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.
Our Coach 159
(We'll get a
better picture of this)
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.
Manufacturer: Beaver Metropolitan
International Red Diamond Gasoline
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.