coach #126, GM TDH 5103-559, was originally delivered new in 1951 to the Pacific Electric
in Los Angeles, CA as #2857. Painted in a striking silver and red swoop scheme and adorned
with anodized aluminum trim below the windows the 2800 series were last word in bus travel
when new. Antelope Valley Bus Lines in Lancaster, CA acquired the bus in the late
1960s for their transit operations in the Lancaster-Palmdale area. The bus was
renumbered #126 and painted a metallic green over part of the two-tone green and white
paint scheme of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, successor to the Pacific
PBM Secretary, the late Stephen Schwarzwald, acquired the bus from Antelope Valley Bus
Lines in 1975. Stephen donated the bus to the PBM in 1992.
General Motors, Truck and Coach Division, Pontiac, MI
Model: TDH 5103,
Serial # 559, Built 1951
Powertrain: 6-71 GM
diesel engine transversely mounted in rear
with 2 speed
Seats: 51 passengers
- Transit seating
Length 40 ft. -
Width 102 in.
#126 is currently stored in Williams, CA. It is complete and operable. The PBM hopes to
restore this bus to its original Pacific Electric silver and red swoop paint scheme and
have it in good operating condition. Mechanically, the #126 needs an engine overhaul and
its fuel tank cleaned out. Cosmetically the bus needs repairs to the damaged right rear
corner along with replacement of some of the window glass and complete body preparation
before repainting. Sections of the interior also need repainting.
the PBMs bus preservation efforts. Join the museums Adopt-A-Bus program. Adopt
this bus or any PBM bus of your choice by contributing to a special fund account reserved
for maintenance and or restoration of each bus. All of the PBMs buses have their own
special accounts and all funds donated to a particular account will be used only for that
To donate to the
Special Funds account for this bus indicate Antelope #126 on your contribution.
Click here to make a donation to the "Pacific Bus Museum" for this bus.