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Old 03-16-2016, 10:50 PM
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How about another bus?

Wonderful work on the bus! If you are looking for another bus project, how about an early 40s Pony Cruiser? Our local Transportation Museum has a poor, beat up example and I have always wanted to see if a model could be done in White Pass and Yukon Route livery.

Keep up the excellent work.

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Old 03-17-2016, 09:25 AM
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Thanks for the kind words guys. I had never heard about the Pony Cruiser before. With its front engine, it looks a bit like the ACF Brill. I have a GM 3751 "Silversides" in the works, but it is not likely to be finished anytime soon as I am still focusing on the 3703 and other projects.

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Got curious about the Pony Cruiser since it rang some memory bells so dug a little bit:

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.

By the way, Cami your model looks excellent!

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Old 03-22-2016, 07:41 AM
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Thanks alot Whulsey.

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Pony Cruiser

And just to add a bit to Whulsey's info, the company that built Pony Cruisers is still around "kind of", having gone out of buses in 1952 and changing its name to Unifab Corporation and going into general metal fabrication. The company is still in Kalamazoo, MI and the current owner has a lot of the archived company info and has an interest in their bus history.

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Old 03-24-2016, 11:08 PM
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Hey John,

Thanks for the update about them. Always good when the current owners not only keep the archives but has an interest in what they contain.
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