Sunday, May 31, 2009
Now they are saying we are to have scattered showers Friday and Saturday. Let's hope they are wrong--you know they often are!
Pastor Dan has his "kitchen" set up so hopefully you will bring your appetite when you come to the Spring Fling next Friday and Saturday! (Oh, and bring some $$$ too!). See you on Friday or Saturday!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday it says 40% chance of showers and 78 degrees for a high and Saturday is to be partly cloudy and 78 degrees for a high. Both of those sound okay to me. If you remember, last year was a SCORCHER! It was so hot you could not stand to walk out by the buses--you just roasted. So here's hoping we get a break in the weather this year. Are you prepared for any type of weather??? Thankfully the tables are all inside--but it is nice to be able to congregate outside and admire the buses. So here's hoping!
Friday, May 29, 2009
We are hoping for a few nice days before the Fling (it rained Tuesday and some Wednesday--forecast for rain through Friday this week) so that we can get the Pierce Arrow out from its storage at the Museum and cleaned and polished so that it can be on display.
As in other years, we will have food available at the Memorial Annex so you can spend the entire day (not having to worry about going somewhere for lunch)--and enjoy the display of buses and the displays inside the Annex as well as all the vendor tables. See you on then!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Yesterday, Tom Mozer power washed the floor of the building--especially trying to focus on the spots that appeared to have oil seepage last year. Dan cut the grass with the ride-on mower. We have 10 new tables this year and they were unloaded into the building.
Next Tuesday (June 2), for our Board Meeting, we will be at the Memorial Annex--hopefully earlier in the afternoon to start to set up for the Fling.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
We are expecting another record turnout--as we have been having emails and messages from people from all over the country telling us they will be attending -- many as a first-time visitor. Those of you who were with us last year will remember that scorching heat we had--so be prepared. That weekend last year was actually the hottest weekend of the summer! And, actually, it was not even summer yet. I don't know yet what the forecast is--but certainly hope it will not be a repeat of last year.
Put on your walking shoes--there is lots to see both inside and outside and bring your appetites as Pastor Dan Lehman will be cooking up a storm with his "partner in crime", Board Member Don Barlup--both are GREAT with the barbecue -- so be ready to eat up!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
BoltBus is a bus line operating in the NE US. It is a 50/50 venture between Greyhound Lines and Peter Pan Bus Lines providing service between NY City and other cities in the NE, utilizing the existing operating authority of Greyhound Lines (although it is run as a distinct business).
Here's what they offer their riders:
WiFi: free unlimited wireless internet access available to all riders on the bus.
Plug-ins: most of the seat rows have a standard power outlet for laptop, phone, iPod charging, etc.
Legroom: a row of seats has been removed from the bus which means 3 extra inches of legroom.
Loyalty Program: make 4 round trips (8 one ways) on BoltBus and receive a free one-way ticket.
Wheelchair access: Majority of fleet is wheel chair lift equipped per ADA.
Reserved Seating: a confirmation number guarantees you a seat on the bus as long as you arrive five minutes before departure.
Standbys and walkups: walkup requests are processed five minutes before departure and are sold only if space is available.
Boarding Process: passengers are assigned a group (A, B or C) and will board as their group is called.
Sounds like a great innovative idea to me!
Monday, May 25, 2009
The second verse, to me, says it all:
"I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on."
For some reason, that one always brings me to tears--remembering those who sacrificed their lives to give us freedom.
Let's all remember those who have fallen for the freedom we have in this beautiful country of ours. I hope you get to visit the cemetery today to remember those lost in the service to our country or get to watch a parade in your home town.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
- Be gentle with the Earth.
- Think twice before deciding not to charge for your work. People often don't value what they don't pay for.
- When there is a hill to climb, don't think that waiting will make it smaller.
- Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
- When declaring your rights, don't forget your responsibilities.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Those words can signify two things:
1. We made a sale through our webpage GIFT SHOP
2. Someone has made a donation to the Museum!
Either way, we are excited to get that email.
PayPal is an easy way to make a payment to us online. Just go to PayPal and select SEND MONEY and type in our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Put in the amount of your donation and then we will then be notified that there is a payment waiting for us.
And then we will say a BIG THANK YOU!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This year we are pleased to have in addition to the Museum's artifacts a display on School Buses by one of our members. Please be sure to stop by and look at all the information that is there. We will, of course, have a Members Table, and two tables with items from the Gift Shop. On Friday, June 5, the Gift Shop table will also host Ken Springirth, author of numerous Arcadia Publishing books, to sign any books you purchase. Ken's books on trolleys and buses have been our most popular Arcadia books in the gift shop. His titles include: Greater Erie Trolleys, Johnstown Trolleys and Incline, Pittsburgh Streamlined Trolleys and Suburban Philadelphia Trolleys. And don't be fooled by the titles--many of them include photographs of buses (with credits to the Museum of Bus Transportation). Ken will not be with us on Saturday because he will be signing another book (East Broad Top Railroad) at an event at the East Broad Top Railroad.
We will also have a display table and possibly two buses from the New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center. We are happy to have them participate in our Spring Fling--in years past they have driven a bus from NJ -- even on the hottest day of the year last year--a bus with no a/c! So this year they will also have a display table with pictures and information on their organization.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
In the early days of Fifth Avenue Coach Company, when they were hiring drivers, they preferred men who had never driven cars of any kind since driving a motorcoach under conditions faced in New York City, with responsibility for passengers, was a totally different thing from driving an automobile.
During World War II, many drivers and conductors were women, because the men were off to war.
An afternoon rain might cost Fifth Avenue $1,000 in fares, a morning rain, $2,500--because of the open top, no one would sit up there and get wet! The ride up Fifth Avenue atop a double-decker bus was often a Sunday afternoon outing!
Thursday was the heaviest bus-riding day in New York as it was maids' day out and many stores were open until 9 pm!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Another Board Member to introduce you to is Bob Smith, seated on the left side of the picture along with Tom Collins. Bob is retired from Johnson Bus Co. and is one of our Vice Presidents.
Bob has been responsible for the timelines that line the walls of the Museum behind the buses. He has researched and had printed these huge depictions. There is so much bus history there that Iconografx has decided it is worthy of putting into print and next Spring there will be a book published with the information in our timelines. Thank you, Bob!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
It is a great article that not only features our Museum but several others: New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center (they will have an information table at our Spring Fling so you can find out all about them), Chicagoland Historical Bus Museum, Greyhound Bus Museum and the Pacific Bus Museum. Of the five museums talked bout, only our museum and the Greyhound Bus Museum have permanent homes and have buses on display for the general public to see.
Although we are not the ONLY bus musueum--we are certainly grateful that we have a permanent home and can display our buses 7 days a week. AND, take great pride in our entire fleet when we are able to display them for the upcoming SPRING FLING. See you in 3 weeks!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
This is your weekly reminder--did you make your reservations at a nearby hotel so you can enjoy both days? Do you have the list of items you want to look for at the flea market?
We are very excited about this year's Spring Fling. Folk artist, Harold Sauter, while he will not have a table this year, will be a guest at the Museum's Gift Shop table with a few new buses. His work can be seen (and purchased) in the gift shop. He creates larger wooden models of all types of buses--you won't want to miss them and introduce yourself to him when you are there.
Also, on Friday, Ken Springirth, author of numerous Arcadia Publishing books, will be on hand again to sign any books you purchase. Ken's books on trolleys and buses have been our most popular Arcadia books in the gift shop. His titles include: Greater Erie Trolleys, Johnstown Trolleys and Incline, Pittsburgh Streamlined Trolleys and Suburban Philadelphia Trolleys. And don't be fooled by the titles--many of them include photographs of buses (with credits to the Museum of Bus Transportation). Ken will not be with us on Saturday because he will be signing another book (East Broad Top Railroad) at an event at the East Broad Top Railroad.
See you at the Spring Fling!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Also pictured in this blog is Pastor Dan Lehman--chairman of the Fleet Committee--and another one of our dedicated Board Members. Many of you probably don't recognize Pastor Dan in this picture because he is "out of character"--that's right--he is our very own Santa Claus. He and his lovely wife, Dolores, become Mr. and Mrs. Claus every November and December.....they can be found greeting visitors to the Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse. Dan spends a lot of his time at the Annex because he is in charge of making sure the vehicles are up and running--which is no easy task with a fleet of antique vehicles. Dan and his wife Dolores are also very dedicated to Carry the Light Ministries and each Christmas collect non-perishable foods and deliver them to needy families! Way to go Dan and Dolores. (Actually, they have a food bank open year-round and help many, many families throughout the year).
I thought I had taken individual pictures of more of the Board Members but when I downloaded my pictures--I had not--so will do that at a future meeting and introduce you to the rest of them. I think it is nice to put a face to a name!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Holly is passionate about promoting and preserving the history and future of automobiles which is perfect for her new role as Executive Director of the AACA Museum. Holly was selected for this position by the AACA Board of Directors following a nationwide search. Holly is always welcome at our Board Meetings and keeps us updated on their happenings.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Last Friday, Tom Mozer, Ken McNellis, Oliver Ogden, and Bob Devine worked at the Annex. They got the RV covers that had been taken off the week before out of the buses and laid them out to dry (since it was a nice dry day). They then packed them away for the season. Oliver worked in the shed working with files and on then worked the museum floor.
Bob and Ken installed a destination sign and painted some interior on the AMTRAN. Looks good! Jeff Holland was over for a while and helped also. His father was in a bad accident and Jeff is trying to stay close to home to help him. The accelerator still sticks on the Amtran and you must be careful after air pressure builds up. With Ken's help, Tom moved it to the corner of the stone on the right side of the Checker.
We put chairs around the pit as a safety precaution.
The Harran- Oliver borrowed the gas pump from the car museum and Tom pumped the old gas out of the Harran. Tom put about 30 gallons back in the Harran to get it running. The electric fuel pump didn't work until thesecond 15 gallons went in the tank. Tom put Sta Bil in the one tank and would recommend more for the second tank. Tom also sprayed Carb Cleaner in the carb. The Harran seems to run alright now and does hold an idle. Next time Tom is at the annex he'll clean the carb with lacquer thinner.
So you can see a lot of work was accomplished.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
American Bus Association, ABC Companies, APTA (American Public Transportation Association), SETRA Coach; UMA (United Motorcoach Association); Lancer Insurance; Prevost; Michaud Buses for Sale, MCI (Motor Coach Industries), and Vernon and Maz, Inc. (If you don't see your Company's name here and believe it should be, contact us through our web site.)
It isn't easy nor is it free to setup a flea market and since we are only charging a minimal $2 entrance fee, we really could not put on the Spring Fling without our sponsors. And I would be amiss if I didn't also thank Wolf Bus Lines of York Springs and Conestoga Tours of Lancaster who provide the transportation bus between the Museum and the Memorial Annex. We also want to thank Wolf Bus Lines for sponsoring our T-Shirt this year! It is going to be beaut!
Monday, May 11, 2009
The second picture shows John Dockendorf, Secretary of the Board, seated at the table and Tom Mozer, standing behind him. Also note Tom Collins standing to the left with his head down. John, an employee of Penn DOT, collects toy buses and has written a book on Greyhound Postcards (which I wrote about in a previous blog--GREYHOUND in POSTCARDS - Buses, Depots and Post Houses, Collection of John Dockendorf). Tom Mozer, Assistant Fleet Manager, retired from NJ Transit (Safety and Training Supervisor), is a newlywed and works hard with the Fleet committee--he is always there when buses need to be moved for the Museum.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
I know you probably think I accidentally uploaded two of the same picture--but look closely--they are different.
On the top picture: Back row, l to r, Ed Wolf, Don Barlup, Dino Mandros, Oliver Ogden, Sharon Ogden; Front row, l to r, Bob Smith, Tom Collins, Dan Lehman, John Dockendorf.
On the bottom picture: Back row, l to r, Ed Wolf, Don Barlup, Dino Mandros, Oliver Ogden, Tom Mozer; front row, l to r, Bob Smith, Tom Collins, Dan Lehman, John Dockendorf.
For those of you who follow this blog regularly, you will remember that in the last week we had a problem with our website and the renewal of our domain name--I had to promise these people my first born, send them two 6-page faxes to prove that we actually existed, AND after spending about 8 hours on the problem, finally got it resolved. I said to them--just look at our webpage--you will see we really do exist. I even had to send them a copy of a photo id for myself! The problem seemed to be when we initially reserved the domain name, we were not yet located in Hershey---but DUH! businesses move all the time! My goodness it sure seemed over-complicated.
Friday, May 8, 2009
So far this year, sponsorships have been received from (alphabetically): the ABA, ABC, APTA, Lancer Insurance, MCI, Michaud Bus Sales, Prevost Car, Setra, and Vernon & Maz, Inc..
(If you don't see your Company's name here and believe it should be, contact us through our web site.)
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Today the various Trailways members are spread across North America. They provide charter bus rental service, bus tours and scheduled route services, with some members providing regular route service to areas not served by any other bus company on an interlining basis with Greyhound Lines, each other, and independent companies. Members generally also offer motorcoach charters and tours in competitive markets.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
It has become an American icon, providing safe, enjoyable and affordable travel to nearly 25 million passengers each year. The Greyhound running dog is one of the most-recognized brands in the world. In 1914, Carl Eric Wickman, a miner, was trying to sell the Hupmobile, a 7-passenger auto, to citizens of the Mesabi Iron Ore Range in Minnesota. A failure as a salesman, Wickman used the Hupmobile to open a bus line, carrying passengers between the towns of Hibbing and Alice, a 2-mi. journey. The bus was so popular that Wickman bought more autos and added 3 extra seats to each one. The long, sleek appearance of the "expanded" buses plus their gray color caused someone to remark that they looked "just like greyhounds streaking by." From then on, Wickman used the slogan, "Ride the Greyhounds."
PLEASE NOTE: Our website is currently "down" because the domain name needs to be renewed and unfortunately, is still in the name of the people who originally created it--so be patient--hope to have it back up and running in a day or two.
Tonight is a Board Meeting--most of the business will be the Spring Fling--will try to report on it tomorrow or Thursday morning.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
The brochure also notes "plush, plump, adjustable seats keep you comfortable throughout any trip...the Golden Eagle is climate controlled for any season with plenty of fresh, clean air. You'll find a completely equipped rest room aboard that features a well-lighted make-up mirror to help you arrive as crisp, clean and comfortable as you were when you stepped aboard." Too bad they discontinued these
Friday, May 1, 2009
New this year, we will be having a SILENT AUCTION--so you won't want to miss out on that. We just approved the layout and design for a NEW T-SHIRT which will be introduced at the Spring Fling.
Remember, our small entrance fee of $2 will help to make this Spring Fling a success. We are proud and thrilled to have as many sponsors as we do this year--as I mentioned last week, they are: APTA (American Public Transportation Association), SETRA Coach; UMA (United Motorcoach Association); Lancer Insurance; Prevost; Michaud Buses for Sale, MCI (Motor Coach Industries). UPDATE: American Bus Association, ABC Companies and Vernon and Maz are also sponsors (as of May 5, 2009).