Purchased new by Western Greyhound Lines in 1961, this GM TDH-5301 “New Look” was originally #9706. It was one of 10 purchased to serve a route between San Diego and San Ysidro, CA (at the border between the US and Mexico).
All ten were later acquired by the Santa Clara County Transit District (San Jose, CA) and renumbered to #4602-4611 and then to #4702-4711.
Discussions about acquiring this bus began in 1993.
4/17/1993 Board Meeting notes includes some discussion about the acquisition of this bus:
…Tony has registered the coach in the name of the Museum… The pink slip has Tony’s home address and the Museum P.O. Box.
…Jim stated that as head of the Museum’s Acquisition Committee, he is definitely in support of the Museum formally accepting the coach. Rich polled the Board on a vote on the acquisition, and all were in favor.
…Stephen Suggested that Tony bring up to date all delinquent storage and registration fees in order for the Museum to accept the coach. Tony obligated himself to do this, and said it would be done in a timely manner.
Rich then made a formal motion for the Pacific Bus Museum to accept as a donation this G.M. dreamliner transit model TDH 5301 built in 1960 with serial #2203 as Western Greyhound Lines #9706, under the condition that Tony accept full responsibility for maintaining storage and registration status current.
…the entire Board of Directors voted in favor of accepting the coach.”
Santa Clara County Transit District’s #4708 was acquired by the Pacific Bus Museum in 1994.
Santa Clara County is just south of Fremont’s Alameda County. This bus is a local favorite.
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If you don't want to contribute "hands-on", financial donations for the restoration of bus #4708 are also needed at this time to complete this remaining work. All donations for bus #4708 will be placed in a Special Fund account exclusively for the restoration and maintenance of bus #4708. Please make a donation today to continue the restoration of bus #4708!
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