Pacific Bus Museum to host open house featuring vintage buses, barbecue

The Pacific Bus Museum will hold an open house on Sunday, Aug. 18, featuring a display of vintage buses, a flea market of bus memorabilia and bus-related merchandise, a barbecue luncheon, and raffles.

The open house will take place at the museum, 37974 Shinn St. in Fremont, California, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Pacific Bus Museum
The 1955 Peerless Stages #246, which was the General Motors TDM-4512 “Old Look.” (PBM)

“The Pacific Bus Museum’s collection comprises over 20 coaches, both transit (city) and intercity (over-the-road) types encompassing eras from the 1930s on up to modern times and is focused on, but not limited to, California and the western United States,’ said Tom Baker, a museum volunteer. “Many come from bus systems that no longer exist. 

He said the open house will include the museum’s operational bus fleet, some visiting buses, and bus artifacts and memorabilia. 

“See them up close and experience the glory and magnificence of these machines and learn how you can be a vital part of ensuring that they are not lost to time,” Baker added.

This bus is VTA’s restored GM TDH 4512 x- San Jose City Lines 6512. (Pacific Bus Museum)

Members and guests are encouraged to bring buses to display. They should arrive at the bus yard starting at 9 a.m. on the day of the event to allow adequate time for parking.

Flea market features memorabilia

Tables will be available at the flea market for sales of bus memorabilia and bus-related merchandise. One table is free for each museum member. Additional tables and tables for nonmembers are $25. Flea market setup will start at 9:45 a.m.

Lunch will begin after 11 a.m., featuring the choice of hamburger, cheeseburger, or barbecue chicken breast, with macaroni, potato, and green salads, water or soda, and dessert. The cost is $14 for adults and $6 for children.

Pacific Bus Museum
The Pacific Bus Museum’s newly acquired 1955 converted Scenicruiser hospitality coach. (PBM)

Raffles will be held after the barbecue. Tickets for each raffle will go on sale at 11 a.m.

Additional information is available on the museum’s website at or on its Facebook page at All proceeds will go to the Pacific Bus Museum, a California tax-exempt, nonprofit organization.

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