Gillig 855-9 under-floor-mounted diesel-powered #7 was delivered in late December 1978 to Shasta College in Redding, CA. This well-appointed activity bus was the last of many Gilligs purchased for the college fleet.
In service for just under 40 years. The bus was originally delivered with a midship-mounted Cummins 290 engine. The first underfloor-engine bus school bus was produced in 1941 and they were the mainstay of the business for the next four decades. The original Cummins 290 engine was later upgraded to a more powerful Cummins 335.
Shasta College donated #7 to the Pacific Bus Museum upon its retirement in the fall of 2018, along with many spare parts.
This has all the things people love about school buses, but also has some very neat additions to make it suitable for mountain driving near Redding, CA. This includes a 10-speed transmission, downhill “Jake” brake, and “on-demand” snow chains that don’t require the driver to get out and put them on.
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 #7 are also needed at this time to complete this remaining work. All donations for bus #7 will be placed in a Special Fund account exclusively for the restoration and maintenance of bus #7. Please make a donation today to continue the restoration of bus #7!
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.