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What Am I for Tuesday 12/21/10

Posted By Jeff Lakaszcyck Monday, December 20, 2010 2:26 PM
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Interesting bus from Bill White.



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Not sure on the body,but will say Dodge/Fargo.

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Kalamazoo Pony Cruiser
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agree with John, 1946 or so..

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I assume that bus 6 is the same as bus 7.

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Beaver Bus Lines 7, a 1946 Kalamazoo Pony Cruiser awaits dispatch to Stonewall.

 
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#6 is on the St. Adolphe line..  ;)

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 Posted Monday, December 20, 2010 4:12 PM
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PONY CRUISER.  Bodies manufactured by Kalamazoo Coaches, Inc. of Kalamazoo Michigan.  Available chassis were FORD, CHEVROLET and INTERNATIONAL Model K-7.  I would say the wheels on this one indicate a FORD chassis.  Beaver Bus Line of Winnipeg Manitoba Canada took delivery of two of these Ponies in March of 1946. 

Don

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Well I'll be, I had no idea that Kalamazoo was a real place!  Well it's not a Pacific, so I am stumped!

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 Posted Tuesday, December 21, 2010 3:46 AM
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I'LL GO WITH THE PONY CRUISER GROUP
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Wouldn't it be cool to be able to tell people you once rode a Kalamazoo Pony Cruiser on the Beaver Bus Line in Winnepeg ? Well of course it would ! John Frances jumped on this one pretty quick so maybe John has ridden one ?? Don MacKenzie has the particulars down pretty good on this 1946 model. The 1st Kalamazoo Pony Cruisers built in the late '30's were all on Ford Chassis. Thanks to Bill White for these photos, along with the additional info below.

"People's Rapid Transit Co. operated buses over 200 miles of route in the vicinity of Kalamazoo. In 1938 the company constructed a lightweight 16-passenger inter­city bus based on a Ford front-engine commercial chassis, the same chassis originally used by Beaver and also found in large numbers in the Detroit bus fleet. Restyling in 1940 made the Pony Cruiser greatly resemble small FitzJohn buses of the period; also in that year a larger Ford engine was made available, as was a 19-passenger version, and the manufacturing business was separated from the operating company under another name.

The Pony Cruiser had the same kind of appeal as the Ford Transit in being cheap to buy, economical to run, and easy to repair, with so many parts available through Ford auto dealers. A notable use of these buses was by the British Yukon Navigation Co. along the Alcan Highway in the years after World War II. Chevrolet and International K-7 chassis were listed in addition to Ford in 1947, and in 1948 there was a larger model with 25 or 29 seats known as the Kalamazoo Cruiser. Probably about 625 Pony and Kalamazoo Cruisers were built, almost all of them operated by small companies."

 

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010 2:51 PM by Jeff Lakaszcyck

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