1978 saw the arrival of 180 AM General transit coaches. 140 of these were 40 foot (2650-2789) and 40 were 35 foot coaches (1260-1299).
Initally, Drivers didnt like the fact that there was no power steering on the buses, but that issue was rectified when the Authority rectified the issue by adding it. The buses were extremely powerful and really charged through the snow!
The buses had 8V71s with a 3 speed automatic...
Here are some shots of them in action...
Harmar unit 1263 on Penn Ave, by the Greyhound bus station.
1267 sitting on the Harmar apron.
1270 sitting at East Liberty Garage.
1284 on Ardmore Blvd.
1287 on the 11F around the commons at Allegheny Center.
1293 on the 84C, leavng town. This is a East Liberty Division bus.
1298 sitting at East Liberty Garage.
1268 entering the Smithfield St. Bridge.
1269 also on the bridge.
1270 at West Mifflin garage.
1293 at West Mifflin repair row.
2785 on the town side of the Smithfield St Bridge.
AM General # 2676 parked on the apron at Ross Division.
2669 sitting on Wood St. loading passengers.
2696 on Wood St, Downtown.
2675 on Grant St. in town.
1291 on the 51D Churchview, pulling away from 4th Ave.
1283 on Smithfield St loading passengers on the 41C.
1268 At the McKeesport Transit center, on the 60E Jenny Lind route.
1289 and 1293 all brand new at Manchester Main Shops.
2723 Leaving Ross Apron for a ride on the 21A.
2781 loading on 5th Avenue in Pittsburgh.
2720 at Three Rivers Stadium.
2737 on my favorite, the 21A, coming off the Ft. Pitt Bridge.
2762 at Three Rivers Stadium.
2765 in use at the Bus Rodeo, Allegheny County Airport.
2768 at South Hills Junction.
2772 on the Smithfield St. Bridge turning onto Ft. Pitt Blvd.
2784 sitting on layover in McKeesport.
2730 sitting in stadium circle.
Can't read the number, but the bus is on Carson St.
1294 on the 81A route.
1265 on the 51G.
1267 and RTS 1431 on layover.
1272 on the Churchview. This bus has a strange habit of falling off the garage lifts. It did it twice!
1274 in Oakland.
1275 on the 51G, stopped on Smithfield St.
1281 on the Ross garage apron.
1282 at Lincoln and Freemont in Bellevue.
1283 on the 7th St. Bridge.
1285 upon its delivery at Manchester.
1289 in for repairs at Manchester.
1292 on Wood Street, running the Mt. Oliver.
1293 and Pennliner 3556 on layover on Colwell St.
2652 at Manchester.
2669 at South Hills Junction.
2671 coming off the Smithfield St bridge, at Station Square.
1678 and 2659 on delivery at Manchester.
2697 on 5th Ave in Pittsburgh.
2699 serving downtown on Forbes Ave.
2709 on Forbes Ave.
2724 in Bellevue.
2727 stopped to load.
2732 leaving Allegheny Center Mall going to Ross Garage.
2736 on the Ross Apron.
2742 on Lincoln Ave in Bellevue.
2744 on Pittsburghs northside.
2746 on the 54C layover spot at Allegheny Center Mall.
2763 at Manchester.
2777 in Market Square.
2783 and Pennliner 3752 at Station Square.
2787 at South Hills Junction.
2775 on 5th Ave.
1273 turning onto Stanwix St.
More to come!