The most modern intercity bus in the PBM’s museum fleet is the Las Vegas-Tonopah-Reno Stage Lines #172. This General Motors PD4106 was delivered new to LTR Stage Lines in 1964. An intercity carrier, LTR’s main route extended from Reno through Las Vegas to Phoenix, AZ. In the 1960’s LTR operated a US government contract using as many as 70 coaches daily transporting workers between Las Vegas and the Nuclear Ordinance Test Site in Mercury, NV. The contract required no coach being older 5 years old and #172 was part of a group of eight coaches (#165-172) purchased for LTR’s commitment of new coaches for the contract that year. In the early 1970’s #172 was sold to Oregon Coachways in Eugene, Oregon. In need of a 35’ bus for special tour work, Richard Twinning, owner of Scenic Hyway Tours in San Francisco, acquired #172 from Oregon Coachways in 1986. The #172 was donated to the PBM in 1996 along with five other buses as part of Richard Twinning’s historical bus collection.
Manufacturer: General Motors Truck & Coach Division, Pontiac, MI
Model: PD 4106, Serial #2810, Built 1964
Powertrain: Transverse mounted GM 8V-71 Diesel engine w/4 speed mechanical transmission.
Body: Aluminum monocoque body construction
Seating: 39 passengers, reclining seats, w/restroom, air-conditioning,
Length 35 ft. – Width 96 in.
The #172 is in very good mechanical condition. The exterior of the coach has recently been repainted to its original LTR livery of dark blue and white.
Support the PBM’s bus preservation efforts. Join the museum’s 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 PBM’s buses have their own special accounts and all funds donated to a particular account will be used only for that bus.
To donate to the Special Funds account for this bus indicate LTR #172 on your contribution.