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Coach 159

1953 Beaver Coach B-35-PT


Our Coach 159

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This coach is perhaps the most unique coach in our collection as it was from a local Western Pennsylvania bus manufacturer, the Beaver Metropolitan Coach Company of Beaver Falls, PA.

Coach 159 ran for the Woodlawn & Southern Motor Coach Company (W&S) of Aliquippa, PA which was a subsidiary of the Beaver Valley Motor Coach Company (BVMCCo) of New Brighton, PA. The BVMCCo was the parent company of the Beaver Metropolitan Coach Company when this coach was manufactured.

It appeared to be an oddball in the W&S fleet as the bus had fog lights as delivered. It is believed that this bus may have been built for another company which cancelled or rejected the coach.

Currently, we are unsure as to it's retirement date. When it was sold, the interior was stripped out by the new owner so that the bus could be used as a camper. When the bus was acquired by AMCAP, the engine was missing but another engine has been located for it. Some work has been done for the restoration at this point which includes new wiring and insulation in the ceiling panels as well as prep work for further re-wiring.

This is one of 3 known Beaver Coaches known to survive. One is held by a New Jersey museum and the other is privately owned by an AMCAP member. Beaver produced close to 1,000 coaches for many systems and was a well known bus in the Western Pennsylvania area.

Plans are to restore this coach back to it's original W&S livery although the interior will have to have seats modified since the seats were missing when we acquired it.

Specifications

Manufacturer: Beaver Metropolitan Coach Company

Year: 1953

Model: B-35-PT

Serial: A962

Length: 30 foot

Width: 102 inches

Engine: International Red Diamond Gasoline

Seating: 30 passengers

Condition: Poor. The bus needs much work to make it operational again. Some work has been done on this in terms of wiring and acquiring needed parts.


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