She Caught The Bus (Apr, 1946)

She Caught The Bus and found a home. Thelma Burnette of Santa Monica, Calif., wasn’t phased by the housing shortage when she found she could buy a discarded double-decker from the Los Angeles Transit lines for fifty dollars. These pictures show what a bright girl can do with an old bus.

  1. Kosher Ham says: June 2, 201011:25 am

    It’s one thing to buy an old bus body, but another thing to get land to put the bus body on, particularly in the coastal areas of California. Of course in those days, land was relatively cheap. Not any more!

  2. khazar says: June 2, 20101:49 pm

    And today it can be yours for 5 million bucks!

  3. Firebrand38 says: June 2, 20102:37 pm

    khazar: Calm down clown, you’re not even close…

  4. Kosher Ham says: June 2, 20103:16 pm

    I wonder how much more it would cost to do the conversion to a motor home. It may actually be cheaper than buying a brand new pusher-type motor home.

  5. Toronto says: June 2, 20106:48 pm

    In 1946, there weren’t very many “pusher type motor homes” around. Heck, the novel ‘The Long, Long Trailer’ wasn’t even out yet.

    As to the land cost, many trailer parks would probably accept that back then. Heck, I know of an RV park that has an old caboose in it.

  6. Rick Auricchio says: June 2, 20108:59 pm

    FB, I believe khazar’s five million is an estimate of the land value…

  7. Kosher Ham says: June 4, 20105:36 pm

    A caboose would make a very interesting RV, provided you had a locomotive and track.

  8. Firebrand38 says: June 4, 20109:09 pm

    Kosher Ham: It worked for Jim West (the original not Will Smith)

  9. Anne says: June 6, 20103:36 am

    That show was awesome, FB.

  10. Firebrand38 says: June 6, 20106:04 am

    Anne: I agree! The train from the series is still operating at the Nevada State Railroad Museum http://www.nsrm-friends…
    Too bad the interior was on a sound stage.

  11. Toronto says: June 6, 20101:49 pm

    I loved the original WWW! (And Brisco County, but that was decades later.)

    When I worked for Eastern Car, the owner of the paint factory (Tibbett’s) next to our rail yard had several private cars, and the locos to pull them with. He would sometimes pull one out to the Via tracks with an old switcher and pay Via to pull him to “Upper Canada.”

    He was, I expect, the richest person for three counties, and lived the grand life.

    A double decker would have been fairly useless around New Glascow – too many bridges had low clearances. We had to route some of our larger non-rail products the long way around.

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