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  1. This presentation may answer at least some questions as to where the special 1939/1940 New York World's Fair Greyhound sightseers wound up after the expo ended. The top photo below is representative of the 100 special such vehicles custom built for the Exposition Greyhound Lines division of the Greyhound Corporation by Yellow Coach in 1939 and were exclusively modeled as 1207's The 1207, powered by a 308 cubic inch Chevrolet gasoline engine located beneath the driver's seat, measured 45 feet in length with a 108 inch width and featured two longitudinal back to back wooden benches that sat 50 adults. Road worthy these vehicles were not with only a single forward gear and a 'cruising' speed of about five to seven mph - however, they were ideal for the purpose they were designed for and rumor has it that many although not all found new homes at amusement parks in the southern tier after the fair closed. At least two are known not to have followed the same path as shown below; In September 1942 during World War II the Army Air Forces was assigned its first women as members of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), for work in the Aircraft and Warning Service which operated listening posts when enemy attacks on the United States were expected. In the center image a 1207 is seen in 1942 dressed in Army Olive Drab and transporting a group of uniformed ladies presumably within a military compound - it is unclear as to how many of these buses the government bought but you can bet that it was certainly more than one. In a change of pace, the lower frame below shows a 1207 in the service of La Guardia Airport Tours - note that the terminal building still carries the 'New York Municipal Airport' name which would be changed by the Port Authority in 1947. Top photo courtesy of the World's Fair Corporation. Center photo courtesy of Library of Congress. Bottom photo courtesy of Getty Images. Some information culled from Wikipedia and the Motor Bus Society. Mr. Linsky - Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica, New York

    In this 1937 shot taken at the site of what was to become the City of New York Pavillion, we see the then Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia at the levers of a Lima Locomotive and Shovel Cran rig symbolically breaking ground for the beginning of construction. Grover Whalen, President of the World's Fair Corporation looks on. Photo courtesy of the Queens Borough Public Library. Mr. Linsky - Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica, New York

    In addition to the Long Island Railroad and the New York City Independent Subway lines serving the 39/40 World's Fair there was a direct route from Manhattan Via the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) system from the Second Avenue El over the Queensborough Bridge and through Flushing. Pictured below in an image taken in 1940, we see a busy IRT Station at the Fair. Not long after the fair ended, the line was torn down with the steel from which being sold to Japan! Photo courtesy of the Chales Warren Collection. Mr. Linsky - Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica, New York
  4. Just as the Long Island Railroad played an important part in transporting sightseers to the 39/40 exposition, so did it for 64/65 with service from Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan through special spurs directly to its own terminal at the fairgrounds, and boasted a short twelve minute ride each way. Seen below is fleet number 1525 and one of thirty cars (1500 to 1529) custom built for the fair in 1962 by the Pullman Car Works division of the Pullman Standard Car Company of Chicago, Illinois. These 'Multiple Unit' (MU) electric cars were very fast, quiet and comfortable with amenities usually found only in pricier long haul parlor coaches. Certainly a memorable chapter in the history of a railroad that dates back to 1834. Photo courtesy of Ron Zeal. Mr. Linsky - Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica, New York
  5. Thanks to Getty Images and the New York Daily News, we see a barge load of very ominous (but cute) looking Dinosaurs floating down the Hudson River on their way to the Sinclair Oil exhibit in a photo taken probably sometime in 1963. Passing fashionable Riverside Drive in the background, the cruise will take the displays around the horn of Manhattan and up the East River to an inlet near the fairgrounds and then by special low beds to the Sinclair site. Enjoy, Mr. Linsky - Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica, New York

    Perhaps the closest thing to a 'jet propelled' bus came in the late fifties with General Motor's experiments in Gas Turbine engines. This was not a new concept as the company had shown advanced design prototype turbine power plants in both Chevrolet and GMC trucks several years before, but the first bus to be demonstrated with a 'GT300 Whirlfire engine (known as GM Turbo Cruiser I) was culled from a stock TDH 4512 which was later reconverted to original equipment and sold to Detroit Street Railway. In a second version of a Turbo Cruiser with an improved engine, a stock TDH 5303 with a jazzed up front end (as seen below) toured the country although it was never used in revenue service. That same 5303 was then updated to a version III and, while its final disposition is not known, it is likely that GM destroyed it as was its habit with most of its experiments. The system was by no means a failure but operators involved in the study felt that it was too far ahead of its time, too costly and difficult to maintain and unproven. Original GM photos courtesy of Getty Images and GM Photographic. Pictured is the 'Turbo Cruiser II' on display at the GM Pavilion in the summer of 1964. Mr. Linsky - Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica, NY
  7. Eric, I don't know how to thank you so I won't! (only kidding!). The color is exactly right, and this may be the first time anyone has seen one of these buses in years let alone on the Internet. Please forgive my lack of computer savvy but I don't even know how to open my clip board! Anyway, I owe you one! Best regards to you too. Mr. 'L'
  8. Wayne B. I've managed to get the whole page into my Picture Manager but I can't seem to separate one frame. If you could post the picture (red Bronx Flushing Bus - about at 1.40 into the film, I'd really appreciate it, and then I can handle it from there. BTW; I can zoom in but I can't seem to get full screen with just that picture. Thanks, Mr. 'L'
  9. Oh, that's the GCP alright after Mr. Moses dolled it up for the fair just as it was again re-done for 64/65 (only, for 64/65 it was almost doubled in width with all new overpasses). Glad you enjoyed the film. If you browse through the side bar photos, you'll find other interesting WF reels. BTW; I do see the 'print screen' key that I never knew I had and I'm going to try it! Regards, Mr. 'L'
  10. I'm not sure of how or even if a paused frame of a YouTube film can be saved to an album so the below listed 'URL' will have to suffice for you at the moment. This is a fascinating reel entitled 'Dawn of Tomorrow' (part 2) and highlights virtually all of the modes of local transportation used to bring sightseers to the 1939/1940 World's Fair in Flushing, New York. There are very interesting clips of Fifth Avenue Coaches and even some good footage of the Charter Coach parking lots at the exposition. But the most interesting piece in the presentation, found at about one minute and forty seconds in and goes by pretty quickly, is that of a bright red 1939 Mack Model 'CM-4D' operating for the little known Bronx-Flushing Bus Corporation subsidiary of Surface Transportation Systems of New York (STS). Sixteen of these coaches were ordered by Surface specifically for World's Fair service and each was gussied up for the occasion. Unfortunately, some of the subway scenes are rather dark but the buses and trolley cars show up very nicely. This is a real collector's item - enjoy! Mr. Linsky - Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica, New York
  11. ;Another Hound Found'

    Thanks to my friend Hart Bus at BusTalk.info who very often leads me to great pictures from eBay, I can share with you another 'Greyhound Moment' in Flushing. Fleet number 273 - a 1964 GM Model SDH 5302 (S standing for Suburban)is waiting for tour passengers at an assigned stop along the perimeter of the exposition. The curb signs read 'World's Fair Station' and 'Greyhound Grand Sightseeing Tour'. The image was taken by a mid-western tourist by the name of T.C. Van Degrift on April 23rd. 1965. Enjoy. Mr. Linsky - Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica, New York
  12. Happen to be browsing the New York Daily News Archives and found the interesting image attached showing a special visit by President Roosevelt in June of 1938 to the yet to be completed construction of the Trylon and Perisphere at the fair grounds. Among the dignitaries along with the president in his specially built open top Packard parade car were New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and empire builder Robert Moses. Enjoy. Mr. Linsky - Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica, New York
  13. It appears as though the Greyhound Corporation had a hand in virtually every Fair and Exposition that took place during the Twentieth Century! - and I'll bet it kept their design department busy year round coming up with unique and interesting themes for each extravaganza. Their 1936 entry in Cleveland was just that as shown below in a very ornate passenger body pulled by a 1936 White 'Super Power' tractor. I would imagine that there were numbers of these vehicles connecting perimeter transit terminals with a myriad of pavilions. Photo courtesy of the New York Public Library. Mr. Linsky - Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica, NY

    Since you all like the Trylon and Perisphere Information and Ticket Booths spread about the city during the Fair, I found another interesting image taken at either the New York or New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel. Enjoy. Photo courtesy of the New York City Archives. Mr. Linsky - Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica, NY

    OFF TOPIC You are correct; while the Russians tried copying everything including our Cadillacs, Packards and GM Buses with not a great deal of success, and the English took the easy way out by just 'buying American', the Japaneses also copied - but there was one difference; whatever they copied, they made better than what they were copying - their cameras and eventually their automobiles more than prove that. Mr. 'L'