Greyhound BusesBy Realistic
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Greyhound BusesBy Realistic 1 year, 9 months ago #1

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<p>Prior to 1900 a company based in Rockford by the name of Arcade was in the manufacturing business as a jobber meaning they made parts and pieces for other manufacturers in cast iron mainly in the farming industry making parts for plows, reapers, and tractors. The company also then began making cast iron stoves, water pumps, and coffee mills among other things. In 1933 the World's Fair organization chose Chicago as it's next city for the fair. The movers and shakers at Arcade decided that they would get into the act and designed some bus toys for children all based on actual buses that were being used at the World's Fair. The 1:1 buses were all made by GM and were 2-piece ones with a truck type tractor and passenger trailer. After that period Arcade also then made regular buses all based on Greyhound. The cast iron business went South and the company, Arcade was forced into bankruptcy. At the bankruptcy sale, some investors bought up the casting machines and the molds for the buses. They began manufacturing them, but not in cast iron but instead in aluminum. The new company was named Realistic. The 4 buses here are Realistic buses. The Arcade buses are available on Ebay for a price. An Arcade bus will set you back about $250.00-$300.00 if in good condition. They cost less than a dollar at the 1933 World's Fair. The aluminum buses by Realistic are about $45.00-$50.00. Unscrupulous people try to sell a Realistic bus thinking they can get the $300.00 price; be careful.</p>
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Re: Greyhound BusesBy Realistic 1 year, 9 months ago #2

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Nice old Greyhound buses there Nile. We have a problem with Greyhound here in Western Canada. They say the ridership has fallen off and are ending all western Canada service by the end of October. Now the provincial government is looking into replacing it while the various cities like Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon in the Okanagan are starting to extend the bus routes they have to get to other cites. The worst is most of our province, BC, is rural and we rely on the buses to get our old folks to doctors etc from the Kootenays to the Okanagan and also down to Vancouver. Not all have a car to drive and some are too old to drive and have no one to drive them. What about them? Would be nice to see someone start up a service with these fine old buses but in 1:1 scale, of course. LOL
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