Pony Cruiser - People's Rapid Transit Co. 1938-1940 - Kalamazoo Coaches Inc. 1940-1951 - Kalamazoo, Michigan


People's Rapid Transit Co. operated buses over 200 miles of route in the vicinity of Kalamazoo. In 1938 the company constructed a lightweight 16-passenger inter­city bus based on a Ford front-engine commercial chassis, the same chassis originally used by Beaver and also found in large numbers in the Detroit bus fleet. Restyling in 1940 made the Pony Cruiser greatly resemble small FitzJohn buses of the period; also in that year a larger Ford engine was made available, as was a 19-passenger version, and the manufacturing business was separated from the operating company under another name.

The Pony Cruiser had the same kind of appeal as the Ford Transit in being cheap to buy, economical to run, and easy to repair, with so many parts available through Ford auto dealers. A notable use of these buses was by the British Yukon Navigation Co. along the Alcan Highway in the years after World War II. Chevrolet and International K-7 chassis were listed in addition to Ford in 1947, and in 1948 there was a larger model with 25 or 29 seats known as the Kalamazoo Cruiser. Probably about 625 Pony and Kalamazoo Cruisers were built, almost all of them operated by small companies.



For more information please read:

Ed Strauss & Karen Strauss - The Bus World Encyclopedia of Buses

G.N. Georgano & G. Marshall Naul - The Complete Encyclopedia of Commercial Vehicles

Albert Mroz - Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Trucks & Commercial Vehicles

Donald F. Wood - American Buses

Denis Miller - The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Trucks and Buses

Susan Meikle Mandell - A Historical Survey of Transit Buses in the United States

David Jacobs - American Buses, Greyhound, Trailways and Urban Transportation

William A. Luke & Linda L. Metler - Highway Buses of the 20th Century: A Photo Gallery 

William A. Luke & Brian Grams - Buses of Motorcoach Industries 1932-2000 Photo Archive

William A. Luke - Greyhound Buses 1914-2000 Photo Archive

William A. Luke - Prevost Buses 1924-2002 Photo Archive

William A. Luke - Flxible Intercity Buses 1924-1970 Photo Archive

William A. Luke - Buses of ACF Photo Archive (including ACF-Brill & CCF-Brill)

William A. Luke - Trailways Buses 1936-2001 Photo Archive

William A. Luke - Fageol & Twin Coach Buses 1922-1956 Photo Archive

William A. Luke - Yellow Coach Buses 1923 Through 1943: Photo Archive

William A. Luke - Trolley Buses: 1913 Through 2001 Photo Archive

Harvey Eckart - Mack Buses: 1900 Through 1960 Photo Archive

Brian Grams & Andrew Gold - GM Intercity Coaches 1944-1980 Photo Archive

Robert R. Ebert  - Flxible: A History of the Bus and the Company

John McKane - Flxible Transit Buses: 1953 Through 1995 Photo Archive

Bill Vossler - Cars, Trucks and Buses Made by Tractor Companies

Lyndon W Rowe - Municipal buses of the 1960s

Edward S. Kaminsky - American Car & Foundry Company 1899-1999

Dylan Frautschi - Greyhound in Postcards: Buses, Depots and Post Houses


© 2004 Coachbuilt.com, Inc. | Index | Disclaimer | Privacy