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Private lines, Pre-MTA


Deaks

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Someone mentioned in another thread that there was a lack of pix of the private bus lines in their pre-MTA days. So here's some that I have taken over a couple of visits to New York in 2003 and 2004.

 

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My favourites, the NYBS Fishbowls. This one's at Madison Square Park in the PM rush.

 

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Another one of the Fishbowls, this is on 72nd Street (I think). I was on my way to Big Nick's when I took a few here so 72nd it is, I assume.

 

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Similarly smart MCI Classic.

 

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Scruffy-looking old Green Bus Lines RTS at the Manhattan end of the Q60.

 

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Triboro RTS on 'training bus' duties in Queens. I have written down that it's at 71st Street and Queens Blvd.

 

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Another Triboro bus at the same location, this time an Orion V.

 

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One more Triboro shot, this time a raggedy-looking RTS at the 74th Street subway station. Evidently cosmetic appearance was not too important to Triboro.

 

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A Queens Surface Orion V in Flushing.

 

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Then a Jamaica Bus Lines RTS near to the LIRR station in Jamaica.

 

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A Liberty Lines MCI Classic. I think this was taken at or near Madison Square Park. When I returned here last October the road layout had altered somewhat...!

 

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The only Command shots I have are scans of prints, so this one of a gas-powered RTS on Fifth Avenue will have to do.

 

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Then after the MTA takeover, a repainted MCI Classic.

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On the topic of CNG RTSes here's another one:

 

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Not a very good shot as it's in the shadow, but better than nothing. I think it's round the corner from Queensboro Plaza station.

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Nice shots! I miss seeing Jamaica Bus Line & Command Buses. The Liberty Lines Classic does indeed look like if the location was across from Madison Square Park.

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Slammin pic! I remember Triboro 2820 had a mismatched panel in the rear of the bus both on the inside and outside. The location of said bus is on 71 Avenue, not Street.

 

I miss those CNG RTSs too!

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Thanks fellas. When I went back to New York last year it was a bit 'bland' compared to previously, with everything apart from the tour buses and the coaches to New Jersey all blue and white.

 

....btw where's my truck pics?

Sh*t, I forgot all about that. This week Dan for sure.

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