Los Angeles Railway (LARy) Two Bells employee newsmagazine, May, 1940: First diesel buses

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    Excerpt from the May 1940 Two Bells, the employee newsmagazine of Los Angeles Railway re: the newly arriving fleet of diesel buses.

    The same issue also states that its transportation library ordered its first diesel engine maintenance manuals for employees.

    "Seating 45 passengers, the first of a fleet of diesel hydraulic motor coaches have arrived for service on Los Angeles Motor Coach Company lines (a subsidiary of Los Angeles Railway and Pacific Electric).

    Equipped with a six cylinder, two cycle diesel engine and torque converter, these coaches offer a new degree of smooth acceleration with no vibration or uneven motion.

    As a speed of 20 miles an hour the hydraulic transmission is cut and the rear wheels of the coach become directly connected to the engine.

    Attractive interiors boast mohair upholstered seats, stainless steel fittings, spacious aisles and wide windows.

    These coaches will represent the first consignment of a million dollar new equipment program."

    See also: www.flickr.com/photos/metrolibraryarchive/5347807420/

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    1. castillopaul49 51 months ago | reply

      i like this oid la transit bus photo 2!

    2. alan_weeks 51 months ago | reply

      As I kid I wrode these buses on Western Ave. LAMC Line 84.
      Lots of nice memories. They ran for years and all thru the World War 2.
      Alan Weeks

    3. yoqi 34 months ago | reply

      Nice ad. The bus in the photo has the original vertical windshield design.

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