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Scenicruiser

About the Scenicruiser

General Motors built 1,001 PD-4501 buses from 1954 to 1956 delivered to 17 different Greyhound companies. The Scenicruisers were built with dual straight-in 4V-71 diesel engines driving a single transmission through a fluid coupling. Performance was lacking leading to a dispute between GM and Greyhound. That led to all being repowered with transverse Detroit Diesel 8V-71 engines driving through a Spicer four-speed transmission. The work was done by Marmon-Herrington over an 11-month period beginning in  October 1961. The Scenicruisers held down Greyhound mainline schedules for the next ten years.

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#8005 – Western Greyhound Lines
#8005 - Western Greyhound

This 1955 PD-4501 Scenicruiser was delivered, new, to Pacific Greyhound Lines in 1956.

In the mid-1960s Western Greyhound re-seated these “Travis” buses to 47 passengers to service route between San Francisco-Travis AFB in Fairfield, CA.

In Spring of 2003, the Pacific Bus Museum acquired this bus from the used equipment dealer.

4-Speed Manual, Detroit Diesel, Equipment Broker (Phil Monte), General Motors, General Motors, Greyhound, Marmon-Herrington, Melni Bus Service, Pacific Greyhound Lines, Parlor, Spicer, Western Greyhound Lines


PBM1 – Scenicruiser Party Bus
#PBM1 - Scenicruiser Party Bus

This 1955 PD-4501 Scenicruiser was delivered new to Southwestern Greyhound Lines in January 1956.

This Scenicruiser was customized for promotional use by the makers of Red Bull energy drink.

It was donated to the Pacific Bus Museum by Steven Hofmann in June 2023

4-Speed Manual, Allison, Automatic, Detroit Diesel, General Motors, General Motors, GM Truck & Coach Division, Greyhound, Parlor, Red Bull, Southwestern Greyhound Lines


#1947 – Pacific Greyhound Lines
1948 Greyhound Silverside

Originally this GM, PD-4151 “Silverside” was delivered new to Pacific Greyhound Lines in San Francisco in April 1948.

In early 1972 Greyhound sold its last group of Silversides to a bus company in Peru but the very last Silverside bound for Peru was never shipped. This bus became part of Greyhound’s Historic Bus Fleet.

The Pacific Bus Museum acquired #1947 in January 2023 from Greyhound.

4-Speed Manual, General Motors, General Motors, GM Truck & Coach Division, Greyhound, Greyhound Historic Bus Fleet, Intercity Coach, Pacific Greyhound Lines, Parlor, Unknown Peru, Western Greyhound Lines


PBM History

In 2017 PBM Member, Ron Medaglia, wrote this article on the history of the Pacific Bus Museum, entitled “The Pacific Bus Museum From Hobby to Formal Museum”, for the National Bus Trader magazine.

American Stage Tours, General Motors, GM Truck & Coach Division, Niles Canyon Railway, Niles Coach Lines, Royal Coach Tours, Scenic Hyway Tours, Twin Coach, UC Davis Transit System, Union Pacific Railroad, Unitrans UC Davis, West Coast Motor Coach Museum


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