Greyhound Escorter

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Can anyone tell me how many Escorters were manufactured and in the Greyhound fleet ? I have seen a picture of the Greyhound yard at the fair and counted 14 in that particular shot.

Maybe former Escorter driver Larry Leif can shed some light on this.

Also, regarding the musical horns on the Escorters. Did they just play the 3 note "Go Greyhound" or the whole jungle including the "and leave the driving to us" or something more ?

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Yep, the horn on the escorters played the whole jingle..."go Greyhound..and leave the driving to us.".

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Hay Perisphere, do you remember me? We met at a Bicentennial committee meeting in 1975.

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Dear Hoodlock,

You're kidding. The 1976 Bi-Centennial! Please get in touch with me. That whole celebration in NY was a blast. Love to hear from you.

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On the Greyhound escorters...many may know this, but for those that don't, their 1939-40 predescessors had a horn that played the tune of the famous old New York song "East Side, West Side', specificaly the bars "boys and girls together". It was the single most recognizable sound throughout Flushing Meadows at that first fair.

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The Escorters and Glide-a-Rides were manufactured by Clarke Equipment Co. Their "bag" was heavy construction equipment and forklifts.

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Mike. Actually, the 3 1/2" circular feature on the outside of each of the wooden struts that supported the top was a company emblem which said "Designed and Manufactured by the Kalamazoo Manufacturing Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan", and contained their company logo.

The Escorters also sported a plaque on the dash, behind the steering column, which stated "Manufactured by Kalamazoo Manufacturing Co. for Greyhound at the World's Fair 1964-1965". This plaque also contained the Serial and Engine numbers.

Unfortunately, Kalamazoo ceased operation in the mid 1980's after over 100 years in business. Their primary interest was the manufacture of railroad and off-road utility vehicles. Because of this, there is very little information available as to how many were made and was hoping that someone here might have some information on the subject.

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Hmmm, that's odd!

In Fair News, Vol.2 No.4, Greyhound unveiled the Glide-a-Ride, "designed and manufactured by Clark Equipment Co., Battle Creek, Mich."

Or are you talking about the Escorter only?

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Only speaking of the Escorter. On the surface, one would assume that Greyhound would have used the same manufacturer for both the Escorter and the Glide-a-Ride. Clarke, being a heavy equipment company, was probably better suited to produce what would have had to have been a much more powerful vehicle. I doubt that the Escorter’s little 2 cylinder engine would have been enough to pull very many tram cars.

While there is much similarity between the two, there does not appear to be any markings on the Glide-a-Rides similar to those on the Escorters that would indicate that they were made by the same company.

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Ahh...thanks, Flat. This is the first I'd heard that the 2 vehicles were made by different companies. New info is good!

Did I miss your introduction? If so, sorry, and welcome to the group! How did you know about the Kalamazoo connection?

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United Airlines "Complete Guide to New York City" - World's Fair edition page F-13.

" ... Greyhound had 160 Escorter Taxis made ..."

I don't know how accurate this info is.

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When I visited the Glide-A-Rides in Buffalo they were made by Clark. The motors were 3 cyl Continentals.

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For those of you that have a copy of VAULT II, the recorded sound of the Greyhound horn appears on the Albert Fisher Collection, track 3, originally recorded at The Fair by Tony Schwartz in 1964.

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Mike. Thanks for the welcome. I’m aware that the Escorters were manufactured by Kalamazoo because I’m in the process of restoring one, from the tires up. It should be a real beauty when finished.

I read elsewhere on this site that the original musical horns were removed from the Escorters while still in use at the fair, as they would get stuck when wet and became very annoying. A complete restoration should include the horn, if not an original (which probably no longer exist) at least one that plays the same tune. Perhaps Ray in Pasadena can direct me to where I might obtain a copy of the Vault II recording of the original horn.

I did not attend the fair, so there is no way for me to judge how many Escorters might have been crawling around, but it’s hard to believe that there would have been 160 of them. How about someone who was there ? Does that number seem unreasonable ?

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Holy mackerel, Flat, where ya been? biggrin.gif

I assumed that none of the Escorters survived in original form, except as vague rumors. How about some gritty details? And some photos, maybe? What say?

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To Flatlander.......

If you'll send your mailing address to me via email, I will return a copy of the Greyhound horn track on CD-ROM, playable on your PC. It's in MP3 format.

With my compliments, of course, but I do expect to be taken on an "A" tour at The Fair when all is ready.

mailto:draydar@earthlink.net

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I’m going to try and post a picture of the Escorter in its pre-restoration condition. If this doesn’t come through, please understand that I’m new at this. If so, you can see that it was a little rough, but pretty much intact and the restoration is progressing quite nicely.

Ray, Thanks and I’ll be in touch via e-mail.

<a href="http://members.cox.net/flatlander31/Escorter1.jpg" target="_blank">http://members.cox.net/flatlander31/Escorter1.jpg</a>

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Rats. It didn't come through as intended. But, at least you can get to it through the link. Perhaps someone can tell me how to post pictures in the message so that next time it will work.

By the way, you will notice that someone must have removed the top at some point and put it back on backwards.

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<font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Park Bench:

Hear a brief "sound bite" of a Greyhound Escorter "Go Greyhound - and leave the driving to us!" horn as recorded in the Industrial area.

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Good heavens Bench, that sounds like a mariachi trumpeter!

I thought I remember the Escorter horn being a faster tempo than that. Maybe it's just that memories speed up with age... :D

Thanks for sharing it----

Randy

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quote:


Originally posted by Flatlander:

Rats. It didn't come through as intended. But, at least you can get to it through the link. Perhaps someone can tell me how to post pictures in the message so that next time it will work.

By the way, you will notice that someone must have removed the top at some point and put it back on backwards.


You type Escorter1.jpg

It looks pretty darned good! If this is pre[-restoration, it's amazing that nobody painted over the Greyhound logos in 40 years!

Randy

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Whoa, Kewl!!

Yes, please email, I have a couple of dozen questions.....

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Where and when did you acquire the Escorter?

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The Escorter was acquired this summer from the estate of a relative. It was among a number of old, decaying vehicles, all of which were to be sold as salvage and destined for the crusher. Being somewhat unusual, I simply thought it might be something fun to tinker with (my mechanical ability up to this point consisted of removing a gas cap and reading a dip stick), with the idea in mind that if it became too expensive or complicated of a project, I could always dispose of it later. In fact, due to the condition of the fiberglass body and a lot of surface rust on the exposed metal areas, I almost passed it up.

Only after starting to mess with it a little did I begin to become aware that it might be of some interest to others, including those of you here at PTU. Since then, I have been approaching it as a full blown restoration, keeping in mind that I don’t want to put more into it than it might be worth (projects like this can quickly become real money pits).

Needless to say, there is no documentation in the way of drawings, blueprints or spec sheets available, so everything has to be done by “seat-of-the-pants” with help where I can find it.

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If it's any help Flatlander, we've got about a zillion photographs of the exterior of Escorters. They might help with such things as the location of the radio aerial on the roof, and night views showing which of the logo markings were reflective, and which ones were not reflective.

Also, if PTUers can help track down another Escorter, comparison of the two might yield information allowing fabrication of missing or damaged parts (unless both are missing the same part!).

It's an advantage that the body is fiberglass- there are plenty of experts around in fiberglass repair of cracks, dents, fractures, etc.

From the picture it looks like the front seat may be original (the color and styling seem to match photos), but has a big rip in it. This too can probably be reupholstered to match if the seat structure underneath (springs and so on) aren't too rusted out. Otherwise it becomes more of a challenge to 'build up' the seat again- but having the original upholstery- even though damaged- is a plus.

Good luck, and don't hesitate to ask here at PTU for advice, guidance, technical assistance, or whatever....

Randy

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Hey Flatlander, are you Philip Smith from Kansas?

You might want to check out this PTU thread & contact the Greyhound Museum referred to in the thread for any Escorter information (if you haven't already).

http://www.nywf64.com/ubb/Forum28/HTML/000121.html

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