|Coach 595 began it's life
with the Miami Transit Company in Florida as coach 557 in November of 1954 as part of a 25
coach order of GM TDH4512 transit coaches. It's retirement date in Miami is unknown but
most likely the late 1960's. It was purchased by the Luzerne County Transportation
Authority in Wilkes-Barre, PA where it ran until 1975. It was renumbered from 557 to 595
while in Wilkes-Barre. It was leased to PAT, along with several other coaches, in 1975 due
to PAT needing buses to handle the massive increase in ridership due to the energy crisis.
Our Coach 595 in
the Round House
|Coach 595 while
still in service for PAT in 1979. Grant Street just past the Blvd. of the Allies in
Downtown (Click for larger
PAT had an agreement that if
a certain dollar amount of work had to be put into the leased buses, ownership would pass
to PAT. All of the Wilkes-Barre buses passed that dollar amount and ownership of the
coaches reverted to PAT. The buses were painted in the current PAT MOD livery with 595
receiving a lime green and white livery along with the "Hilltop Looper" theme.
Around 1979, this coach was
leased to the New Castle Area Transit Authority along with several other of PAT's 500
series New Look coaches. It ran in New Castle, still using the fleet number of 595, until
1983 when it was returned to PAT. The bus was acquired by AMCAP shortly after it's return.
The bus, unfortunately, had
sat for a number of years during AMCAP's formative days and has received some water damage
in the rear section. This does require some rewiring and parts replacement as well as some
With some help, coach 595
could be operational again in a short period of time. Current plans are to either restore
595 back to it's 1975 PAT acquired appearance (MOD livery wearing the Hilltop Looper
theme) or as one of the many Independent Operators.
Manufacturer: General Motors
Detroit Diesel 6-71
Fair. It needs work but can be made operational with some time and work, especially in the