Saturday, October 5, 2013

Annual Meeting Update

By now all members in good standing should have received the mailing for this year's annual meeting which will be taking place on Saturday October 26th at the museum in Hershey. The mailing contains the agenda for the day's events with a form to mail back with your payment (or donation if you cannot attend) and the ballot for this year's election of board members. If you did not receive the mailing and you are a current member in good standing (membership paid/up to date) please contact the museum at 717-566-7100 X 119. We look forward to seeing you on October 26th.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Annual Meeting Saturday October 26th

The Museum of Bus Transportation's Annual Meeting will be taking place on Saturday October 26th at the museum. The day will begin at 9:00 AM when the museum and gift shop open for the day. Members can check in, view the buses on the display floor and visit the gift shop where you will receive a 10% discount on bus related items purchased on October 26th. At 10:00 AM the meeting portion of the day begins with our guest speaker. We are pleased to announce that this year's guest speaker will be Frank Martz Henry, Chairman of the Board of the Martz Froup, Wilkes Barre PA. Frank Martz Coach Company was founded in 1908 and is Pennsylvania's oldest bus operating company. Mr. Henry will discuss the history and growth of the company. Following Mr. Henry's presentation, the annual business meeting will take place. After the meeting concludes a delicious lunch will be served, followed by a mini flea market. The day's activities will conclude with a mid-afternoon bus trip around the Hershey area, including scheduled stops at the George Sage Memorial Annex and our new Hershey storage facility. We expect to return to the museum between 5:00 & 6:00 PM. Cost for members to attend the annual meeting is $35, which includes lunch. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on October 26th.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Gerald Squier Has Passed

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Gerald Squier, a well known bus historian and author who was also a long time member of the Motor Bus Society and more recently served as secretary on the MBS board. He was co-author (with John McKane) of the book Welcome Aboard the GM New Look Bus , a detailed history of the New Look, or Fishbowl bus. We sold many copies of this book in the gift shop when it was first released. Gerald's knowledge and efforts to record and preserve the history of bus transportation will be remembered and appreciated by many. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Gerald's family.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Less Than 3 Weeks Till Spring Fling

Spring Fling is less than 3 weeks away from today. We are looking forward to a great day, and we hope you'll plan to join us on Saturday June 1st. We will have vintage buses from both the museum's fleet and visiting buses on display in the museum parking lot. We will also have modern buses on display as well. MCI is scheduled to display a demo coach, ABC Companies is expected to bring one as well, and maybe a surprise or two. The bus memorabillia flea market will take place inside on the museum floor. We will also have food and refreshments for sale at our kitchen on the museum floor. We will also offer hourly shuttle bus service between the museum and George Sage Memorial Annex for those who wish to view the buses on display there. We'll keep you posted with updates as we get closer.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dot Anderson Has Passed

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Dorothea Elder "Dot" Anderson at age 96. Dot, along with her late husband Orville DeWayne Anderson operated Anderson Coach and Travel based in Greenville PA. Anderson Coach and Travel started out with one school bus in 1937 and today still operates school buses, but also operates motor coach tours and charters throughout the United States and Canada. All of us at the museum extend our deepest sympathies to the Anderson family.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Happy 65th Anniversary Motor Bus Society

All of us at the museum wish to extend our congratulations to the Motor Bus Society as they celebrate their 65th anniversary this year. Founded in 1948 as the National Motor Bus Association, the purpose of the MBS is the collection and publication of the history and development of the bus industry in North America. Twice per year, the MBS holds conventions where members travel to visit bus operations and tour bus garages and related facilities in and around the area the convention is based. The MBS also participates in our annual Spring Fling, renting a table to sell current and back issues of their publications along with bus memorabillia. Later this week the MBS will hold the first of two special 4 day conventions commerating this special anniversary as members gather in Secaucus, NJ and from Thursday thru Sunday will be touring in New York City area and New Jersey. This Fall the MBS will hold it's first ever overseas convention, a 4 day gathering based in London England. Again congratulations to the MBS and best wishes for 2 successful conventions this year.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Happy 80th Anniversary Peter Pan Bus Lines

.The April issue of National Bus Trader contains an article saluting Peter Pan Bus Lines on their 80th anniversary of operation. A well respected operator of line run and charter service in New Enlgland and the Mid-Atlantic states, they are also long time supporters of the museum. All of us at the MBT congratulate Peter Pan Bus Lines on their 80th anniversary.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Spring Fling 2013 Saturday June 1st

Here are the details for the MBT 2013 Spring Fling taking place on Saturday June 1st. As has been the case the past few years, the bus flea market will take place on the bus museum floor, in front of the buses on display. We will also have MBT and visiting buses on display outside. Most major bus manufacturers are planning to attend with a demonstrator bus. We will provide shuttle service to the MBT annex for those who wish to see the buses parked there. We will have an indoor food court and seating available to enjoy your food & drink. And we will have 2 featured buses on display: the 1936 International and the 1955 Flxible VL-100.

For those who would like to reserve tables to sell their bus related items and memorabillia, tables are $35 each or 2 tables for $60. To reserve a table please call 717-566-7100 X 119. If no answer please leave a message and someone will contact you as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you at Spring Fling!!

Additional Storage Building For The Museum

Some great news to share. Thanks to MBT Board member Ralph Fetrow, through his connections in the Hershey area we have located an additional storage facility to allow for all of our buses to be parked under cover. This large (35 feet by 300 feet) garage is owned by the Hershey Trust Company and is located in Derry Township, 2 miles south of Hershey. The MBT board was looking for a rental property that had more storage space than we needed, to allow us to sublet storage, this facility meets that criteria. By subletting storage space, the museum will benefit financially as this will help with lease payments. Thank You to Ralph Fetrow for his efforts in successfully finding this additional storage space.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Searching For Wiring Diagram For Non-Greyhound 4103

Can you help us find a wiring diagram for a non-Greyhound 4103?

Our 4103, although painted as a Greyhound started revenue service in the Quaker City Bus Company fleet in Philadelphia in 1952. We have learned 4103's delivered to companies other than Greyhound are different. If you have or know of a wiring diagram please contact the museum at 717-566-7100 X119. Please leave a message and someone will contact you. Thank You.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tom Collins "My Favorite Bus" Story Featured In February National Bus Trader

The February issue of National Bus Trader magazine introduces a new feature, "My Favorite Bus". This is where a reader contributes a story about their favorite bus. NBT Editor Larry Plachno says many people in the bus industry have a special feeling towards a particular model or favorite bus. The first contribution for "My Favorite Bus" is from MBT President Tom Collins, who shares the story of his favorite bus, the ACF-Brill C-36. Tom drove these buses in his first job at Conestoga Transportation Company. It is a great story that is well worth reading. If you are a subscriber of National Bus Trader, you have or will be getting your issue shortly. Thank You Tom for your story and Thank You Larry for introducing this new feature in NBT.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Save The Date: Spring Fling Saturday June 1st

Save the date: the annual MBT Spring Fling will be taking place on Saturday June 1st. Make plans to join us for a bus memorabillia flea market on the museum floor and a vintage bus display in the museum parking lot. More details and information for vendors wishing to rent table space for the flea market will be posted when they become available. Hope to see you at the 2013 Spring Fling.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Become A Member Of The MBT

 If you're not a member of the museum please consider becoming a member. You can become an annual or lifetime member. Membership includes entrance to the museum for one adult and 10% off bus items in the gift shop just by showing your membership card. Thank you in advance for considering becoming a member. To download a membership application click on the link below: