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#1 Flatlander

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 03:57 PM

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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Posted 23 October 2003 - 12:28 AM

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

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Posted 23 October 2003 - 03:20 AM

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

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Posted 23 October 2003 - 06:39 AM

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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Posted 23 October 2003 - 06:44 AM

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.

#6 Mike Kraus

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Posted 23 October 2003 - 08:44 AM

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

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Posted 23 October 2003 - 11:56 AM

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.

#8 Mike Kraus

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Posted 23 October 2003 - 12:53 PM

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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Posted 23 October 2003 - 02:33 PM

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 Escorterís 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.

#10 Mike Kraus

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Posted 23 October 2003 - 03:25 PM

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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Posted 23 October 2003 - 10:41 PM

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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Posted 24 October 2003 - 02:19 AM

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

#13 Ray in Pasadena

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Posted 24 October 2003 - 03:34 AM

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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Posted 24 October 2003 - 02:41 PM

Mike. Thanks for the welcome. Iím aware that the Escorters were manufactured by Kalamazoo because Iím 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 itís hard to believe that there would have been 160 of them. How about someone who was there ? Does that number seem unreasonable ?

#15 Mike Kraus

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Posted 24 October 2003 - 03:28 PM

Holy mackerel, Flat, where ya been? Posted Image

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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