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Date Posted: 18:39:42 08/16/15 Sun
Author: Denny Whalen
Subject: Re: How far away from Central did you live?
In reply to: Don Fiesinger 's message, "Re: How far away from Central did you live?" on 11:08:35 08/11/15 Tue

Don, those old sloped back buses were known as the 600 series. My grandfather worked as a mechanic for the Transit and bought one of those old buses as they were being replaced (paid nearly nothing) drove it out to a resting place behind their house at Moyers Corners and used it as a workshop until the day he died.



>>Distance for me was 1.2 miles from 202 Onondaga Ave. I
>>normally walked unless weather was really nasty, in
>>which case I took the bus. Fortunately for me, the
>>closest bus stop was practically at my front door at
>>intersection of Bellevue Ave and Onondaga Ave.
>>Speaking of buses, I recall that for a short time in
>>those days Syracuse Transit had older buses with
>>sloped back ends and standard transmissions. I can
>>still recall drivers grinding the gears at times to
>>get those old timers to move. Kind of a metaphor for
>>us sometimes nowadays, no?
>>
>>PA Dave
>
>Those were the buses that would often overheat in the
>summer and stall out. You either waited for the next
>bus or started walking (which was usually quicker).
>Those buses also had rear bumpers that you could hang
>onto in the winter and slide along on the icy or snowy
>roads.

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