Friday, April 26, 2013

Motor Bus Society Spring 2013 Convntion - New Jersey

The coaches for Today's Trips were provided by the C.B.O.A. We started out the day with an Eagle Ae-10 #5504, a Flxible Metro "B" 3529, and a Flxible Fishbowl. Our first stop of the day was Lakeland Bus Lines, however before we could get there the eagle needed to be pulled out of service. The Eagle finally caught up to us at Lakeland, and it was diagnosed as having trouble with some wiring to the speed sensor on the transmission. After a quick repair we were on our way again, this time to DeCamp bus lines (We had an intermediate stop scheduled that did not happen because we were running late). At DeCamp we got a tour of the shops and yard, and than headed to Paterson for a quick photo stop before heading to Paramus, NJ for lunch.

After Lunch The MBS convention made a stop at Coach USA/Rockland Coaches yard which also has equipment for the TappinZee Express, and TOR routes. While there the C.B.O.A brought their GMC Buffalo out to play to replace the Eagle. Our next stop was at Spring Valley, where we caught some NJT trains and TOR/TappinZee Express Buses. After that we were suppose to stop at NJT's Meadowlands Garage but no one was home.

Once we got back to the hotel, myself and a friend went into NYC on the NJT 320 bus. After buying a ticket at the stop (Most buses I have seen that operate into NJT require you to have a ticket purchased in advance at a stop or depot. The coaches have these Parkeon Wayfarer ticket registers installed in them, both NJT and private operator's.)  Upon arriving at PABT, we got on a #1 Train to South Ferry with R62 cars, and after looking around the old Origonal South Ferry station for a few minutes (it was quickly renovated after sandy hit since the damage to the new south ferry was so extensive) we went back to times Square on an R Train that had R 46 cars. After having dinner, we walked back to PABT and caught a #320 back to the hotel.

An Eagle AE 10 with a Luminator Horizon destination sign
Preserved ex NJT Flxible Metro "B" #3529

DeCamp Bus Lines MCI D4500 #8417

C.B.O.A. GM Parlor #68

NJT EMD GP40PH #4101 at Spring Valley

NYCT R62 at the old South Ferry station

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