Pacific Bus Museum’s Open House draws record attendance

This year’s Pacific Bus Museum’s open house drew a record turnout. The Aug. 20 event featured restored motorcoaches, transit and school buses on display. 

Among the vintage vehicles were three historic Greyhound buses: the MCI MC-7 #1968 and the ACF Brill IC41 #1948, both of which are privately owned; and the Pacific Bus Museum’s GM PD 4151 Silverside #1947.  

Valley Transit Authority’s ( Santa Clara, CA) restored San Jose City Lines #6512, a 1958 GM TDH 4512. (PBM)

The open house featured a one-of-a-kind conversion of a 1955 Greyhound GM PD 4501 Scenicruiser, the former Red Bull hospitality bus that was recently acquired by the museum. Another treat was country and western music legend Tammy Wynette’s private tour coach, a special-ordered 1986 MCI 102C3.  Also on display was an ACF Brill from Star-Dust Tours, and  charter operators American Stage Tours and Amador Stage Lines brought two tour coaches.

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Three historic Greyhound buses, the Museum’s 1955 GM PD 5401 Greyhound Scinicruiser # 8005, the Museum’s # 1947, a fully restored GM PD 4151 Silverside and the 1948 Southeastern Greyhound Lines IC-41 Brill from the Greyhound Historic Bus collection now privately owned. (PBM)

The event also included a bus flea market featuring six vendors offering various bus items to the public. 

Lorne Thompson, president of the Pacific Bus Museum, described the event at its Fremont, California, facility as a “huge success.”

Tammy's bus
Country and western music legend Tammy Wynette’s private tour coach, a 1986 MCI 102 C3. (PBM)


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Attendees enjoy the BBQ luncheon at the Open House. The flea market is in the background. (PBM)

He gave credit to the multitude of volunteers and hours of preparation that went into the event.

“The California weather did not disappoint. It was a perfect day for our event, and the turnout was one of the best we’ve ever had. We had 45 buses displayed on property,” Thompson said. “There was so much to do. There were three raffles, a large swap meet and an awesome lunch. Lots of smiling faces all day.”

Next year’s Open House is planned for Sunday, Aug. 18.

Transit bus
A privately owned and restored 1966 GM TDH 4519 (new look), A C Transit #785.(PBM)


A Greyhound MCI MC-7 from Greyhound’s historic bus collection. (PBM)


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


The interior of the Red Bull hospitality bus and the public enjoying the BBQ. (PBM)

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