Sunday, February 26, 2012

"From The Driver's Seat" by Jim Maust

MOBT member Jim Maust wrote a very interesting book entitled "From The Driver's Seat", a very personal accounting of the encounters of a well versed and very professional charter & tour bus operator. We have seen and read several books written by regular route operators but this is the first book we're aware of by a charter & tour driver. Jim shares his likes & dislikes (note the chapter on New York City charters). He focuses on the mere fun of taking longer trips which he often refers to as vacations.

This 265 page book is available at the MOBT gift shop for $24.95. Contact us to reserve a copy and we'll be glad to mail one to you. If you're in the Hershey area, please stop by the gift shop and pick up a copy.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

More Post Flood Work Activity

On Feb.15th Ken McNelis & Tom Mozer were at the annex. The burglar alarm system was installed by Shearer Security Devices. Ken & Tom sorted and stored shop manuals. Checked all batteries and ran the lawn tractor to charge it's battery. (This was done to prevent freeze up of batteries). General housekeeping and organization of tool room. Repaired front door handle. D-con pest poison placed in buses. Prepped out building for removal. Checked storage trailers. Planned work sessions. Thank you Ken & Tom for your help.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Museum Closed Sunday Feb.19th

Just a reminder the museum will be closed on Sunday Feb.19th as a bridal show is taking place. The museum will reopen on Monday Feb.20th (Presidents' Day).

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Happy 100th Anniversary Post Road Stages

The MOBT recognizes yet another bus company celebrating it's 100th year in business in 2012. Post Road Stages/Collins Bus Service of South Windsor CT has been owned and operated by the Collins family since day one. Post Road Stages provides charter bus services for school groups, sports teams, tour & corporate groups and conventions. Their in house tour company, Post Road Tours offers various retail tours for individuals & groups. Collins Bus Service is the commuter service operating under contract to the state of CT DOT, providing scheduled weekday line run service between Vernon & Hartford. The MOBT extends congratulations to the Collins family and Post Road Stages on 100 years of service.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February Board Meeting

A reminder the monthly MOBT board meeting will be held Wed. February 15th at 6:30PM at the AACA Museum building in Hershey. A reminder that regular board meetings are open to all members.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

More Post-Flood Work Activity To Report

Some more post-flood work activity to report: On Feb.1st the Bonanza MC-9 was moved from the Service 1st Restoration facility to Ed Wolf's garage, and the Red Rose Flxible was removed from the annex by the salvage company. On Feb.2nd Ed Wolf worked on the MCI-5, the foot brake valve is stuck and the brakes could not be released. The old valve was removed and rebuilt, a new foot valve on order. Over the past few weeks, Ed Wolf moved or oversaw the moving of the following: the Peter Pan bus and the 4106 were moved back to the annex, the 4103 was moved to Service 1st Restoration, the Capitol 4104 is at the Wolf's garage with the transmission removed. A used transmission obtained from Crawford. The output shaft is loose and a new seal will be installed. The Michaud bus is at Ed Wolf's garage, new wiring front to back, air & oil warning lights work but no guages, ready to go back to the annex. The Jamaica Lines fishbowl will be going to the salvage yard. A big thank you to Ed Wolf for the many hours of work and overseeing the bus moves.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Save The Date: Spring Fling Sat.June 2nd

Plan to join us for the MOBT's annual Spring Fling on Saturday June 2nd. Once again this year the flea market, bus displays and food court will all be held at the museum, the flea market and food court will be indoors, with buses on display on the museum floor as well as outside on the museum grounds. More details to follow, we hope you can join us and please bring a friend!!