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#126 – Antelope Valley Bus Lines

Initial Service

GM built 951 TDH-5103 buses from 1950 to 1953. This bus, a GM TDH 5103-559, was originally delivered, new, in 1951 to Pacific Electric in Los Angeles, CA as #2857.

Pacific Electric 2784

The 2800 series was the last word in bus travel when new. They were painted in a striking silver and red swoop scheme and adorned with anodized aluminum trim below the windows.

Service History

Antelope Valley Bus Lines in Lancaster, CA acquired the bus in the late 1960’s 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 both the Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD) and Pacific Electric.

Pathway to PBM

Stephen Schwarzwald, acquired the bus from Antelope Valley Bus Lines in 1975. This bus was part of the West Coast Motor Coach Museum, the predecessor to the Pacific Bus Museum, “Coach Roster” as early as July 1987. In the July 1987, it shows the “Previous Owners” as:

July 1987 WCMCM Membership Newsletter Excerpt

  • Pacific Electric Railway #2857
  • Metropolitan Coach Lines #2857
  • Metropolitan Transit Authority #2857
  • Southern California Rapid Transit District #2857

Stephen Schwarzwald, who was the Vice President of the WCMCM and later was the Secretary of the PBM, donated the bus to the PBM in 1992.

What People Love

The storied history of public transit in Los Angeles makes this Pacific Electric bus a nostalgic reminder.

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How You Can Help

As a volunteer orginization, we are always looking for as much help as we can get. If you've got skills and time, and want to get your hands dirty, consider becoming a member.

If you don't want to contribute "hands-on", financial donations for the restoration of bus #126 are also needed at this time to complete this remaining work. All donations for bus #126 will be placed in a Special Fund account exclusively for the restoration and maintenance of bus #126. Please make a donation today to continue the restoration of bus #126!

Make a "Pacific Bus Museum" donation to the Special Funds account for for bus #126.

Support Bus #126

The Pacific Bus Museum is a non-profit, tax-exempt, volunteer organization registered in the state of California. We were granted tax-exempt status as a non-profit corporation by the IRS under 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code Tax ID # 1683391. Donations to the Pacific Bus Museum are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 

Restoration Status

The #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 the replacement of some of the window glass and complete body preparation before repainting. Sections of the interior also need repainting.

Ownership Snapshot

Original Owner: Pacific Electric Ry. #2857

Acquired From: Stephen Schwarzwald in 1992

Current Livery: #126 custom metallic green

Technical Specs

Year Built: 1951

Manufacturer: General Motors, Truck and Coach Division, Pontiac, MI

Model: TDH-5103

Serial#: 559

Powertrain: 6-71 GM diesel engine transversely mounted in rear with 2-speed Hydromatic transmission

Body: Aluminum monocoque body

Length: 40 ft

Width: 102 in (wide format)

Seating: 51 passengers – Transit seating

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