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Wheels of Time - 90061 - Bus, GM Old Look - Metropolitan Transit Authority - 2215

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Stock Number90061
Original Retail Price$25.95
BrandWheels of Time
ManufacturerWheels of Time
Body StyleWheels of Time Vehicle Bus GMC Transit
Image Provider's WebsiteLink
Prototype VehicleBus, GM Old Look (Details)
Road or Company NameMetropolitan Transit Authority (Details)
Reporting MarksMTA
Road or Reporting Number2215
Paint Color(s)Red, Cream and Silver
Item CategoryVehicles
Model TypeBus
Model SubtypeGM
Model VarietyTDH-3610 Old Look
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Years Produced1940 - 1969

Specific Item Information: During 1947, the Boston Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) was formed to take over the unprofitable subway, elevated, streetcar and bus operations of the Boston Elevated Railway. The MTA operating authority was over 14 cities and towns. In August 1964, the familiar egg shaped MTA logo was replaced by the MBTA as we know it today. The Boston MTA had a large fleet of C49 motor coaches in several batches numbering over 120 motor coaches. They were all equipped with torque converter transmissions and either General or Firestone air suspensions.
Model Information: Model is of a GMC TDH-3610 Transit Bus. Comes with photoetched detail parts for mirror and windshield wipers. These details must be applied by the owner. The buses look fine without them but even better with them. The instructions recommend that they be applied with CA glue.
Prototype History:
The GM "old-look" transit bus is a transit bus that was introduced in 1940 by Yellow Coach beginning with the production of the model TG-3201 bus. Yellow Coach was an early bus builder that was partially owned by General Motors (GM) before being purchased outright in 1943 and folded into the GM Truck Division to form the GM Truck & Coach Division. The Yellow Coach badge gave way to the GM nameplate in 1944. Production of most "old-look" models was stopped upon the release of the GM New-Look bus in 1959, however some smaller "old-look" models continued to be built until 1969. Approximately 38,000 "old-look" buses were built during the 29-year production run. The "old-look" name is an unofficial term that was applied to this series of GM buses after the release of the GM New-Look, with "New-Look" being an official term used by GM to describe their new line of buses that superseded the "old-look". This is an example of a retronym.

In 1959, GM introduced its New-Look bus with the "fishbowl" style front window, and production stopped on all "old-look" buses other than the "second-generation" models: the 28-foot (8.5 m) TGH-3102 which was built until 1963 and the 30-foot (9.1 m) 35xx models which were built until 1969.

From Wikipedia
Road Name History:
This “MTA” took over the streetcar, interurban and bus services of the Boston Elevated Railway. At the dawn of the 1950s, MTA operated a bit over 200 miles of route. At this time, they had 609 streetcars (over half of which were PCC cars) and 503 subway/elevated cars. The line was reorganized in 1964 as the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA.)
Brand/Importer Information:
Wheels of Time was founded by Matthew Young in the fall of 1995. From an early age, Matthew has had a passion for trains, both in full-size and in miniature. His family frequently went out of their way so he could ride the train, or simply watch the action on the tracks. "On one occasion mom took us to San Francisco along the waterfront. Spotting a State Belt ALCo S-2 locomotive switching the wharves, I persuading my mom to follow it. I watched in wonder as I saw and heard the hit-cup sputtering of the ALCo engine as it revved-up to move railroad cars on and off the car float at Pier 43." Other early family experiences included watching Southern Pacific freight and Amtrak's San Joaquin Amfleet trains roll by as his family waited to be seated at Spenger's in Berkeley, which sat happily right next to the tracks. "My brother and I would shoot pictures of the trains with our Instantmatic 110 cameras, sometimes only getting the wheels or worse yet ... getting a real good close up of my big thumb."

Matthew and his brother built models of all kinds, but their model train career began in elementary school when they started making 3-D cardboard miniature trains from pictures found in the pages of Trains Magazine and Model Railroader Magazine. On a visit, many years later, with the late Richard Buike of Trackside Trains in Burlingame, California, the conversation turned to the lack of N-Scale passenger trains and how the few that existed didn't look right. "I told him right then and there that I was going to produce high quality, historically accurate passenger railroad cars. Even I was a little surprised when I said this." The first product was a 1950 Pullman-Standard "10-6" sleeping car made of brass. Wheels of Time became one of the first makers of historically accurate and realisticly detailed passenger train cars. At Wheels of Time, we research original equipment and recreate it with CAD software for production. We're lovers of history and sticklers for detail. On our line of Transit Motor Coaches (a fancy way of saying "buses"), even the destination *roll* signs are historically accurate. Be sure to check out all our beautiful and accurate products. We hope you'll come to share our passion for trains, here recreated in miniature. At Wheels of Time, you get to take home a piece of a fascinating history.

Wheels of Time manufactures historically accurate model trains, vehicles, and model railroad accessories with a real *wow* factor. Our obsession with detail and historical accuracy is reflected in our exceptional design and production: hold a Wheels of Time model in your hand and you'll be tempted to say, 'It's the real thing!'
Item created by: nscalestation on 2016-12-13 00:59:59

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