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Go Southeastern Greyhound Lines and Leave the Driving to Us Part I

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  • An A.C.F. Brill Suburban Motor Coach in 1937

The Greyhound Line started back in 1914 when Carl E. Wickman began transporting miners in Minnesota from Hibbing, to Alice, for fifteen cents a ride. The regional transit line expanded rapidly and by 1918 it was operating close to twenty buses. They were soon dubbed Greyhounds after the Fageol Safety Coach came into use in the early twenties because of their gray paint and sleek appearance. The running dog was first used as the company’s logo in 1929.

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  •                      A pair of A.C.F. Brill Suburban buses in 1942

After further expansion its corporate offices were moved from Duluth, Minnesota, to Chicago, Illinois, during 1930. Only a year later the Great Depression was threatening the company’s future, but in 1933 a turnaround point was reached when the bus line became the official transportation carrier for the 1933 Century of Progress in Chicago. From that point on the company prospered and in the mid-thirties introduced modern style buses with an all-metal bodies and rear-mounted engines.

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The photos seen here begin in 1937 at the top of the post with an A.C.F. (American Car and Foundry Company) Brill Suburban Motor Coach that was a 42-passenger unit with rear-mounted under-floor Hall-Scott power. The photos above showing refreshments being served and a restroom all date from 1942. Below is a pair 1941 images of another larger style A.C.F. Brill, first introduced in 1937; this bus features air conditioning.

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The photos are courtesy of the University of Kentucky and were taken in Lexington, which was the home of a large Greyhound Terminal. More can be learned here about American Car and Foundry which added buses to its line starting in the mid-1920s. Look for some more interesting post-war Greyhound photos in Part II.

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7 responses to “Go Southeastern Greyhound Lines and Leave the Driving to Us Part I

  1. Would like to see more pictures of Southeastern Greyhound as my father was a driver out of Chattanooga and I was hired as a driver 05-03-1968 and worked the run out of Maysville to Lexington January thru May 1969.

    • Interesting photos! This is the first time I seen this type of bus. My Greyhound seniority date is 6-14-1973. I worked out of Omaha, Nebraska and Santa Barbara, California.

  2. Suburban Transit Corp. in New Brunswick, NJ (now part of Coach USA) used ACF Brill intercity buses for their New York City runs in the late 1940’s – early 50’s when they were replaced with GM Silversides. Suburban provided charter bus service to my grammar school, and it was always a treat when we would get a ride on one of the ACF “high seaters”, as we called them.

  3. My father was a driver for over 22 years, which was headquartered out of Louisville, KY. He drove several routes over all those years: Elizabethtown-Fort Knox (in its hey days)-Louisville and return to all. We lived in Bardstown and Dad drove his own car to Elizabethtown where he picked up his bus that as stored there. On his final return to E’town, he would store the bus and drive his own car home. He was responsible for talking Greyhound into making routes to Springfield/Lebanon and other rural locations along those routes. Several times he had overnight runs to Evansville, IN and Harlan County, KY. Once while overnighting in Harlan County, he was flooded in and couldn’t get home for 4-5 days. Greyhound also provided their drivers on Highway Post Office Buses, which Dad drove for a while. Mom would take him down to Bardstown’s Post Office and drop him off for his run and then pick him back up when he returned. As I recall Greyhound owned the HIPOs and rented them out to the US Post Offices. When I was young, Dad would take some extra-board jobs taking people to family reunions. Sometimes our whole family was invited by the charters to come along. I remember going to Clifty Falls. Also, Mom went to Washington, DC with Dad when he drove some Bardstown seniors on their class trip there. In March, 1970, I flew home on emergency leave (from Vietnam via Japan)

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