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37974 Shinn St, Fremont, CA 94536

Mailing Address P.O. Box 601105 Sacramento, CA 95860-1105

#2 – Santa Cruz Transit Company

Initial Service

GM built 252 TGH-3101 “Old Look” buses in 1950-1952, including bus #2 delivered to Old Pueblo Transit (Tucson AZ) as #121.

Service History

In the early 1960s, # 2 was acquired by the private Santa Cruz Transit Company. Santa Cruz Transit ended up using this bus as a storage shed in nearby Capitola, CA. That’s where the public Santa Cruz Metro Transit District found #2 about 10 years ago.

The Santa Cruz MTD began a complete ground-up restoration of the bus shortly after they acquired it. 

Pathway to PBM

By January 2010, Santa Cruz MTD had completed about 90% of the restoration. It was then that they donated it to the Pacific Bus Museum along with a spare gasoline powertrain as well as a number of spare body parts.

What People Love 

The evolution of the private Santa Cruz Transit Company transitioning to the public-owned Santa Cruz Metro Transit District mirrored the transition of public transportation nationwide.

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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 #2 are also needed at this time to complete this remaining work. All donations for bus #2 will be placed in a Special Fund account exclusively for the restoration and maintenance of bus #2. Please make a donation today to continue the restoration of bus #2!

Make a "Pacific Bus Museum" donation to the Special Funds account for for bus #2.

Support Bus #2

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

Bus #2 is operable and currently undergoing completion of its electrical system. Minor cosmetic work remains.

Ownership Snapshot

Original Owner: Old Pueblo Transit #121

Acquired From: Santa Cruz MTD in 2010

Current Livery: Santa Cruz Transit #2

Technical Specs

Year Built: 1951

Manufacturer: General Motors Truck and Coach Division, Pontiac MI

Model: TGH-3101

Serial#: 496

Powertrain: Rear mounted 6 cylinder GMC 270 cubic-inch displacement gasoline engine with a GM Hydra-Matic 4-speed automatic transmission

Body: Aluminum

Length: 29 ft

Width: 96 in

Seating: 31 passengers - transit seating

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