Stanley Motor Carriage Co. - 1909-1916 - Newton, Massachusetts


The best-known commercial vehicle made by the cele­brated steam car builders was the Mountain Wagon, a 12­passenger open-sided hotel bus originally developed to serve the Stanley Hotel at Estes Park, Colorado, built by the Stanley brothers. Later, many other hotels and organ­izations used Mountain Wagons, and one is still in regular service today, at the Magic Age of Steam Museum at Yorklyn, Delaware. They were powered by a 30 hp 2­cylinder engine which was in fact a detuned and lower geared version of that used in the larger of the 'Gentle­man's Speedy Roadsters'. The Mountain Wagon was made from 1909 to 1916, and was supplemented by deliv­ery vans and trucks for 1,500 lbs., 1 ton and 1 ¼ ton capacity.

Commercial vehicles were not listed after 1916, but two attempts to revive the firm both involved trucks and buses. The first was in 1924 when an organization called the Steam Vehicle Corp. of America was formed to make cars at Newton and commercial vehicles in the former Watson truck plant at Canastota, N.Y. Nothing came of this, nor of announcements in 1935 and 1936 that Stanley steam buses would be made by the Stanley Steam Motors Corp. of Chicago.



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


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