It houses a one-of-a-kind collection of over 500 exhibits relating to historical transportation. It began with antique cars, but soon expanded to include vehicles of all kinds. Some of these are familiar, while others spark the imagination. I can't tell from their website if they own any buses--but the vehicle in the picture belonged to Amelia Earhardt!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Jumping around the country--today, I'd like to point out the Virginia Museum of Transportation (http://vmt.org/). They are located in Roanoke, VA, and have an automobile collection railroad collection, buses parked around the property and a GREAT toy train exhibit that you won't want to miss.
They are located at 303 Norfolk Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016 - right along the rail yards. Their phone is 540-342-5670.
We have actually been there and there is a lot to see. We especially enjoyed the toy train exhibit. Unfortunately, their buses are sitting outside in the weather.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Since it is now officially SUMMER, I thought I would explore a few lesser known bus/transportation destinations around the country. In my search, I discovered a delightful museum located in St. Paul, MN (193 Pennsylvania Avenue E., St. Paul, MN 55130 - 651-228-0263).
It is officially called the "Minnesota Transportation Museum". Their website is http://www.mtmuseum.org/ and they have some delightful photographs of their Museum on it including several buses.
Here's what they list as parts of their Museum:
Jackson Street Roundhouse
Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway
So you can see they are more than buses--but most bus fans also like other commercial transportation. So if you are going out that way--check them out and let us know what you thought.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
A few pictures in this blog show the interior of the Altoona bus and the great work that Ken McNellis, Bob Devine and Jeff Holland have been doing.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
8 buses were moved back into the Annex. The floor was cleaned with a leaf blower to remove dog hair and other debris. The floor in the "shed" was patched. Trash was removed and
dumped. The pit was uncovered and pumped out. If the weather would cooperate, the grass will be needing mowing soon too.
In the Susquehanna Valley, as in other parts of the East Coast--we have had rain almost the whole month of June--hard to keep up on the grass mowing when everything is wet.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Also, please note that that we no longer have the 3x sizes in the Michaud shirts (so they were removed from the website selling)--they are going fast, so if you want one--email me (email@example.com) and I can still grab one and ship it to you ($21.95 includes the shipping cost).
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
The red one is a motorhome, the five in a row (above) were driven here by the fellows of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center (and I know they appreciated the fact they didn't have to drive in 95 degree temperatures this year!), and the Trailways bus--not sure who brought that--someone sent me that picture.
And if you didn't see it--the Museum had the KISSMOBILE on display too!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thank you to all who ate with us--it was our most successful food enterprise to date according to Dan. Thought you would enjoy a few pictures from "Dan's Diner".....Dan, of course, is on the left, and Don Barlup on the right. Sorry, Maureen, I didn't get a picture of you back at the food concession. Actually Maureen was all over the place--she helped for quite a while at the Gift Shop table too--you might have thought you were seeing her twin!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Along the west wall was Dave Dearstyne and his model buses....see small picture.
Check out the rest of my pictures at our website www.busmuseum.org--just click on Current Activities and follow the link to the Spring Fling 2009 photos.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Next to John Lenhart's table was Custom Painted Models by Angel Tollens and his lovely wife Becky (Becky took some pictures for me when I couldn't get up to the Museum--thanks again Becky). The Tollens come down from Rochester, NY, for the event.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Here's the list of vendors and/or displays:
Awesome Dyecast/Jeffrey Silver
Terry Cosentino/Berks Historical Society
Tom Mozer/Dave Dearstyne
New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center
Pete’s Model Garage
Royal Coach/Charles Wotring
Angel Tollens Custom Painted Models
Thank you all for your participation in our day....watch the blog in the following days for more pictures.
And, I want to add a BIG THANK YOU to our volunteers -- without these people, we could never have pulled this off in such a big way (the numbers are in - 77 paid attendees on Friday and 302 on Saturday). Especially, to those who worked in the RAIN on Friday--thanks to Ken McNellis who (in addition, to helping vendors empty their vehicles and set up) directed traffic (vendors, buses, etc) at the Annex in the rain on Friday--he was soaked to the bone but went outside in the pouring rain every time the bus appeared!
Thanks also to Dan Lehman who cooked for us and Bob Devine and his family (Maureen and Tara) and to Don Barlup who helped with the food on Saturday. A BIG THANKS also to Tom Mozer--he is tireless! He was relentless in setting up and tearing down the tables--not sure where he gets all his energy! Thank you Dino Mandros for those GREAT meatballs and the rolls and for helping with the buses/parking on Saturday! Thanks also to Ed Wolf, who handled the silent auctions and the 50/50 drawing, Bob Smith and Doug Campbell who manned the floor at the Museum while we were all at the Annex, and Tom Collins who got things rolling on the buses up at the Museum. Thank you to Bob Beard who did all our publicity and got our sponsors.
We also thankfully had the help of Ralph Fetrow's son (sorry, I didn't get his name) who sold 50/50 chances for us. And, thanks Becky Tollens, one of the vendor's wives, who helped us with the set-up on Thursday--so you can see it was a "all hands on deck" event!
Of course, thank you to Oliver Ogden who maintained the Gift Shop table and has done a great job in setting up the archives in the "shed". He has wrangled a number of "free" (one of our favorite 4-letter words!) file cabinets and has been busy filing items. He also was able to get Ken Springirth (one of the Authors of the books we sell) to be here on Friday to autograph his books. Thanks, Ken.
I hope I didn't miss anyone--I'm sure someone will let me know if I did!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
We are still recovering (as I'm sure most of the vendors are doing)--from such a GREAT EVENT! However, while we were all at the Memorial Annex, there was lots going on at the Museum too!
Monday, June 8, 2009
I will be posted more pictures during the week--just right now I'm very pressed for time. Please email me any pictures you might have taken--especially I'm looking for pics of the 5 buses that came from New Jersey! Thanks.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
What a glorious day we had today--temperatures were just perfect--in the 70s. We had a wonderful crowd.....the first bus arrived from the Museum by 8 am (earlier than expected because people were waiting to board!).
I hope to post some pictures during the week....enough it to say it was a SUCCESS! Thank you all who participated--thank you vendors, thank you volunteers and thank you participants!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
More to come today when the skies are to clear and it is to be in the 70s! Yippee Skipee!! It was barely 60 yesterday and everyone was bundled up.
So hope to see you all--the first bus leaves the Museum around 9 am. When you park at the Museum and are waiting for the bus to take you to the Annex--take a few minutes to enjoy the five historical buses that came from NJ! Thanks guys!
In addition to the attendees, a big Thank You to Michaud Buses for Sale for their generous donation! It was good to see the Michaud family represented at the Spring Fling.
Friday, June 5, 2009
The tables are set up and the chairs put out. Signs are out--flags and banners are out....place is looking very good. We had a lot of helpers today--so a BIG thanks to everyone who showed up. Thanks to the fellows who weed-wacked the weeds in the yard, too.
Thanks also to Dan Lehman and Carry the Light Minstries for donating the food he is cooking tomorrow and Saturday and to Dino Mandros for donating the meatballs and rolls.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Dan will be making final preparations for the food. Oliver Ogden, Sharon Ogden, Tom Mozer, Tom Collins, and Harold Sauter will be setting up the tables. If you can come to help, please email either Sharon Ogden (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dan Lehman (email@example.com) just so we know you will be coming....even if you have just an hour or two to help.
See you on Friday and Saturday!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Friday and Saturday (June 5 and 6, 2009) - 9 am to 3 pm each day
Museum of Bus Tranportation - 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
Free shuttle service to/from the Museum with ample parking at the Museum.
Food is available all day. Many buses on display at the Memorial Annex and the Museum that belong to us and to private owners....this is the country's largest bus memorabilia flea market--so don't miss out.
Admission is a mere $2.00 per person. Bus Museum members who show their membership card can get into the Museum for free and receive a 10% discount at the Gift Shop at the Museum. There will be a Museum Store table at the Spring Fling. Author Ken Springirth will be there on Friday, signing his books. Non-members who pay the $2.00 fee to get into the Spring Fling, can use that ticket and get $2.00 off the admission price to the Museum--so it is a win-win situation.
We have 19 tables filled for Friday and 34 for Saturday. Weather permitting on Saturday we will have two fellows demonstrating how to clean up and paint the wheels on a vintage bus--they will be working on the Williamsburg Bus.
Thank you to our sponsors this year are: 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. And thank you also to Wolf Bus Lines and Conestoga Tours for the shuttle buses and drivers.
Don't forget to stop at the Museum's Gift Shop table and tell me you read the BLOG!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Are you ready for the Spring Fling? Have you got your walking shoes on? Did you remember to pack a hat so that the elements outside (whether they be rain or shine) won't bother you???
See you on Friday and/or Saturday---please be sure to stop by the Gift Shop table and say "hi"!
Monday, June 1, 2009
Tuesday night at the Board meeting, which is being held at the Memorial Annex, we will be finalizing our plans for the Fling.
Don't forget we will have food available both days. We will have a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. So please come prepared to participate. This is your Museum's big fund raiser--please help it to be successful! AND, come and have fun!