Originally Posted by bansil
Okay,how do you remember that?
I remember I rode the coolest bus in town in the 1960's. All the bus routes were bid out by the town each year on a cents-per-mile basis, and most drivers were owner-operators. One driver owned 3 buses and had employees.
Most of the buses were straight-6 International gassers with a 4-speed stick, and a standard roof. Remember, those old Kornbinder transmissions were 3-speed plus "underdrive." By high school there were a few IH diesels and one or two automatics.
My owner-operator Larry had a V-8 Ford with a 2-speed rear axle. The stick was either 4-speed or 5-speed with underdrive. It had a high roof with luggage trays so it could be used as an activity bus.
Larry drove all day. First the town high school run, then the town elementary school run, then a run to one of the four grammar schools. After than, Larry switched to a truck and did the mail run between the local post office and the city. Back in the bus for the high school, elementary school, and grammar school afternoon runs. He must have been low bidder, because he got all the long runs from our far end of town.
It was good that he had the overhead bins. It gave you something to hold onto when you had to stand. You couldn't always be lined up between two seat backs. One year, they gave Larry so many miles that he had 80+ students packed in like sardines on the first day of high school. They adjusted about 20 kids off of the run, but we were still nearly the last pickup, and I think I stood every day. I practiced 'surfing' the bus, using no hands on stops, starts, and turns.
Maybe that 'splains a lot about how I turned out . . . .