Formerly # 121 of Old Pueblo Transit (Tucson AZ), # 2 was acquired by the private Santa Cruz Transit Company in the early 1960’s. When the public Santa Cruz Metro Transit District acquired #2 approximately ten years ago, the bus was being used as a storage shed in nearby Capitola, CA.
The Santa Cruz MTD began a complete ground up restoration of the bus shortly after it was acquired. The nine year restoration effort was about 90% complete when the bus was donated to the PBM in January 2010. Included with the donation was a spare gasoline power train as well as a number of spare body parts.
Manufacturer: General Motors Truck and Coach Division, Pontiac MI
Model: TGH-3101 Serial: 496 Year: 1951
Powertrain: Rear mounted 6 cylinder GMC 270 cid gasoline engine with a GM Hydra-Matic 4 speed automatic transmission
Length: 29 ft., Width 96 in.
Body: Aluminum Seating capacity: 31 passengers – transit seating.
Bus #2 is operable and currently undergoing completion of its electrical system. Minor cosmetic work remains.
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 Santa Cruz # 2 on your contribution.