Classic Trolleys, Buses and Motor Coaches ... travel back in time!


The operating vintage classic bus fleet is the heart of the Manitoba Transit Heritage Association’s museum collection, offering a physical, moving record of over one hundred years of public transportation in City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba.




    HERITAGE FLEET

 

Bus Number: 111

Year, Make & Model: 1937 Twin Coach 23R

Features: Hercules six cylinder gasoline engine, a 3-speed manual transmission, air brakes.

Capacity: 25 passengers.

The bus was part of a five bus order by the Winnipeg Electric Company in 1937. The unit had no back door and originally operated on the Winnipeg - Selkirk commuter line, however it was found to be too small for the passenger demand and was transferred to operate on routes within the City of Winnipeg. The bus remained in service until 1955 at which time it was sold Sutherland Cartage. It was recovered from King’s Welding yard in 1990 and restored by MTHA volunteers in 1993.

 

CITY TRANSIT TROLLEYS & BUSES

Bus Number: 214

Year, Make & Model: 1942 Twin Coach 30GS

Features: Hercules six cylinder gasoline engine, a 3-speed manual transmission, air brakes.

Capacity: 30 passengers.

The bus was purchased by the Winnipeg Electric Company in 1941. The unit operated on routes within the City of Winnipeg and remained in service until 1957. The bus was recovered in 1989 at Grand Marais, Manitoba and has been partially restored by MTHA volunteers. Work continues today on completing this unit back to operational status.

Bus Number: 565

Year, Make & Model: 1946 Ford Transit 69B

Features: Six cylinder gasoline engine, a 4-speed manual transmission, air brakes.

Capacity: 27 passengers.

The bus was purchased by the Winnipeg Electric Company in 1946 along with 4 other sections. The unit operated on city bus routes until 1955 when it was sold to J. Goldberg. The bus was recovered in 1990 and was restored by MTHA volunteers in 1992.

Bus Number: 1768

Year, Make & Model: 1950 Canadian Car Foundary - Brill T48

Features: Electric propulsion trolley coach, air brakes, 40-foot length.

Capacity: 48 passengers.

The electric trolley was purchased by the Winnipeg Electric Company in 1950 as part of its rails to rubber conversion program. The unit operated on city bus routes until October 30, 1970 when it served as the last in-service trolley coach. The bus was stored in 1970 and is preserved by the MTHA.

Bus Number: 200 (ex-Regina Transit)

Year, Make & Model: 1954 General Motors TDH-4801

Features: Detroit Diesel 6V50, air brakes, 37’ 3/4” length.

Capacity: 48 passengers.

The was originally purchased by Los Angeles Transit Lines in 1954, later becoming part of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority as number 6583. The bus was sold to the Sacramento Regional Transit District, then to BC Transit in Victoria, and finally to Regina Transit. It is now with the MTHA.

Bus Number: 751 (ex-Metro Transit #132)

Year, Make & Model: 1971 General Motors T6H-4421A

Features: Detroit Diesel 6V71N, Allison VS2-6 transmission, air brakes, 35-foot length.

Capacity: 45 passengers.

The bus was bought by the Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Metro Transit), and originally housed a large computer on-board for testing a early radio/geo-positioning system. The bus was converted into a regular service unit and operated until 2001. The section is operational and preserved for by MTHA volunteers.

Bus Number: 963 (ex-Perimeter Transportation #651)

Year, Make & Model: 1979 Ontario Bus Industries Orion 01.503

Features: Detroit Diesel 6V53N, Allison MT-643 transmission, air brakes, 31’ 7” length.

Capacity: 33 passengers.

The bus originally operated as part of the Airporter service for Perimeter Transportation in Vancouver, British Columbia. The unit was sold to Beaver Bus Lines and operated both in Regina (Moose Mountain Lines) and Winnipeg. It was acquired by the Prairie Dog Central Railway and donated to the MTHA for preservation as Winnipeg Transit had a number of these units in its fleet from 1981-2005.

Bus Number: 107

Year, Make & Model: 1984 Flyer Industries D901

Features: Detroit Diesel 6V71N, Allison V730 transmission, air brakes, 40-foot length.

Capacity: 51 passengers.

Originally ordered by the Chicago Transit Authority, this unit ended up at Winnipeg Transit in 1984.  It was donated to the MTHA for preservation.

HIGHWAY MOTOR COACHES & COMMUTER BUSES

Bus Number: 858

Year, Make & Model: 1990 New Flyer Industries D40

Features: Detroit Diesel 6V92TA, Allison V731 transmission, air brakes, 40-foot length.

Capacity: 51 passengers.

Operated in regular service for Winnipeg Transit from 1987 until 2010.  It was donated to the MTHA for preservation.

Bus Number: 316

Year, Make & Model: 1988 Motor Coach Industries TC40102N “Classic”

Features: Detroit Diesel 6V71N, Allison V731 transmission, air brakes, 40-foot length.

Capacity: 51 passengers.

Part of a 34 bus order by Winnipeg Transit in 1988 that was awarded to Motor Coach Industries.  The units operated in regular service until 2007/2008. This bus was donated to the MTHA for preservation.

Bus Number: 33

Year, Make & Model: 1963 General Motors Diesel Division (Canada) SDM-4502

Features: Detroit Diesel 6V71N, 3-speed manual transmission, air brakes, 35-foot length.

Capacity: 39 passengers.

Purchased by Beaver Bus Lines in 1963, this commuter coach operated in service between Winnipeg and Selkirk until 2008.  It was donated to the MTHA for preservation.

Bus Number: 20

Year, Make & Model: 1956 Western Flyer Coach T36-2L

Features: International Harvester Red Diamond 6-cylinder, 5-speed manual transmission, air brakes, 35-foot length.

Capacity: 38 passengers.

Originally purchased by Thiessen Bus Lines as #19 in 1956, this coach quickly joined the Grey Goose Bus Lines fleet as #20. This section operated in service on many Grey Goose short routes, but in particular on the Winnipeg-Stonewall run until 1969.  The unit was sold to Melnick Bus Lines of Pinawa, Manitoba. It was restored in 1996 by New Flyer Industries and donated to the MTHA in 2009.

Bus Number: 75

Year, Make & Model: 1958 Western Flyer Coach T38/40

Features: International Harvester Red Diamond 6-cylinder, Spicer 5-speed manual transmission, air brakes, 35-foot length.

Capacity: 39 passengers.

This section was delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force (#119A35-1815) and worked out of CFB Calgary, Alberta.  The unit was sold to Northern Bus Lines of Flin Flon, Manitoba in 1973. It was purchased in 1996 and restored by New Flyer Industries, then donated to the MTHA in 2009.

Bus Number: 111 (ex-Canadian Coachways #42)

Year, Make & Model: 1966 Western Flyer Coach Canuck P-41

Features: Detroit Diesel 6V71, 5-speed manual transmission, air brakes, 35-foot length.

Capacity: 41 passengers.

This section was purchased by Canadian Coachways and worked out of Edmonton, Alberta.  The unit was sold to Northern Bus Lines of Flin Flon, Manitoba in 1971. It was rebuilt by Northern Bus Lines, then donated to the MTHA in 2015.

Bus Number: 112

Year, Make & Model: 1984 Motor Coach Industries MC-9

Features: Detroit Diesel 8V71, 5-speed manual transmission, air brakes, 40-foot length.

Capacity: 47 passengers.

This coach was purchased new by Northern Bus Lines of Flin Flon, Manitoba in 1984. It primarily operated charter service (never ran on gravel roads) and did overload work for Grey Goose/Greyhound on their schedule routes. Northern Bus Lines donated the unit to the MTHA in 2015.