GM TDM 5103, serial 008 was part of a group of 37 TDM 5103s bought by Greyhound in 1951.
Greyhound had originally ordered 75 TDM 5103s but the order was cancelled after only 37
were received. (The Calif. P.U.C. determined the buses were overweight thus prohibiting
their use on California Highways. The 37 that Greyhound received to that point were
"grandfathered" in and could continue to be operated in the state) As it turned
out GM built only 37 TDM 5103s, all owned by Pacific Greyhound Lines. Affectionately known
as "Queen Marys" or "Queens" for their large (53-passenger) carrying
capacity. The PBMs
K1407 was originally
used in local service between San Diego and the border near Tijuana, Mexico. In later
years it operated on Greyhounds commute routes in the SF Bay area and soldiered on
into the 1970s when Greyhounds suburban routes were taken over by public agencies.
In 1994 the late
Stephen Schwarzward found The K1407 in a storage yard in Southern California. The PBM
acquired the bus in the same year in a trade and had it transported to Williams Calif.
where it is stored today. The bus was acquired without seats. The seats and other parts
from a sister TDM 5103 (K1420), which was scrapped, will be used to restore the K 1407.
General Motors, Truck and Coach Division, Pontiac, MI
Model: TDM 5103,
Serial # 008, Built 1951
Powertrain: 6-71 GM
diesel engine transversely mounted in rear with a
4 speed mechanical
53 passengers -
Length 40 ft. -
Width 102 in.
The #K1407 is
currently stored in Williams, CA. The PBM hopes to restore this bus to its original
Pacific Greyhound Lines paint scheme and have it in good operating condition.
Mechanically, the #K1407 is in operable condition. Cosmetically the bus exterior needs
complete body preparation before repainting. The interior needs several side panels
replaced, and installation of the seats and some other interior parts. The interior needs
a complete repainting. A set of roadworthy 11.00X 20 tires are also needed.
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 #K1407 on your contribution.
Click here to make a donation to the "Pacific Bus Museum" for this bus.!