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October 31, 1956: An Era Ends In Brooklyn
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2021 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

W. B. Fishbowl makes mention of the buses acquired from Mack when Surface Transportation defaulted on their payments.

I believe that the Board of Transportation bought about 115 buses from the 300 order. They were fleet numbers 5000-5114 and they were model C-45 of 1948.

Here are two photos showing the buses, still in Surface colors minus their "Ride the Surface Way" slogan in the parking lot of the Flushing Depot (now the Casey Stengle Depot). The emblem under the driver's window is the Board of Transportation logo.

That is the Flushing/#7 elevated with Lo-Vs and in the distance you can see Twin Coach buses, ex-North Shore ready for scrapping.

The book by Guy E. Martin has the first photo on page 42 however, it does not allude to the BOT or the Flushing Depot



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2021 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a magnificent plethora of classic buses.....truly sobering to think that not a one of those handsome MACKS survives today (at least, a few Lo-V's are still with us today)......

GREAT photos, as always.....thanks for sharing..... Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2021 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Number 5114, a Mack C-45, originally ordered by Surface Transportation, now part of the Board of Transportation on route M-13.


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