Saturday, October 22, 2011

Old School Bus



A few weeks ago we had Train Week. Well, this week will be Bus Week. I wonder if people have as pleasant of memories riding on buses as trains? Hopefully we will find out this week. The picture above shows a school bus. It was taken in 1921 in West Virginia.

Most of my memories of school bus riding was not very pleasant. Long trips, uncomfortable seats, and getting home very late, and still having school  the next day.

15 comments:

  1. When we lived in Virginia I remember riding to school in a school bus after a big snow (about three or four times a year) that was fitted with tire chanes. There is little more bone jaring action than riding in a bus as it bounces along on chains sitting on high pressure tires. When you got off you could feel your legs and backside tingling from the constant high speed viberations of the bus. Ah, what wonderful memories.

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  2. I lived on a farm in the 50's and had to ride the bus every school day. It was about an hour trip. I was used to it. Really love seeing these old pictures. I can stare at them for hours. Maybe I was reincarnated from around 1900-1920!

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  3. I lived just over a mile from my high school, and had to walk to and from school (And it was uphill both ways) every day. They did not have town buses and I lived just inside City limits, with no other homes within 8 blocks of us. So no bus rides for me. While walking to school each day, at least 6 or 7 buses would drive by. That didn't bother me on nice days, but when it was raining or 25-30 below zero, I would think nasty things about those bus drivers.
    I participated in 3 different varsity sports, and for out of town games I had to walk to the gym to get on the bus and then the bus would drive right by my house. I couldn't get them to pick my up on the way out of town.

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  4. I rode the bus in school in the late 70's and 80's. Also was a runner and rode the bus to track and cross country meets around Ohio. One day on the interstate highway a section of the re-tread of one of the rear tires came loose at 60 mph. Whap Whap Whap every revolution of the tire the piece of retread struck the bottom of the bus creating a very loud sound inside. We always rode in the back of the bus so we could chew tobacco without the driver seeing us spitting.

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  5. I too lived in town, and no bus rides for me, at least in grade school. Had to walk to school about half a mile, with some pretty steep up and down and a railroad track, athough Mom gave us a ride if it was really rainy. If if was snowing, we had to walk as she was afraid to drive in the snow, but that was OK cause we loved it when it was snowing.

    At the time, in the 50's, the train track was very busy, and the trains stopped a lot in town and completely blocked access to school. We were under strict orders not to go under the train cars when they were stopped, never know when they might move. So, a lot of standing around, missing early outdoor playing time, or getting home late after school, and missing playing time then too.

    One day, probably in '52, there was a troop train stopped in town. on its way to Oakland or San Francisco. These particular passenger cars had exposed balconies on the ends of the cars, with stairs up and down, and the soldiers were standing out there looking around. They saw me standing there, and one of them asked me what I was doing. "Waiting for the train to move so I can go to school" I said. Well, a couple of them hopped off, picked me up and put me on the steps, I ran across the back of the car, and down the steps on the other side. I have always remembered that little escapade with the trains. Probably the only time I got one over on the trains.

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  7. I too had to go over a railroad track. Sometimes the train would stop for a long time. Not knowing better, we waited and waited and finally, holding my little brother's hand we would pass under the train. My parents never knew and when I told them, years later,they were horrified. I still get giddy when I think of the fear we had going under the train, but we were more afraid of being late for school. It was another era...

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  8. Rode school buses from 1st thru 12th grade. always a joy. Smooth ride, soft seats, quiet, pleasure to ride. Road was always in good repair, rain and snow never fell.

    NOT!

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  10. Small country school for 1st thru 7th grade about 1 mile ride. Then 10 miles for high school in 'town'. Our HS bus driver was the best. Every year for Christmas my dad allowed me and my brother to select a bottle of whiskey for him. We would give it to him on the way to school and he would put it in the glove box. When he sneezed he didn't say achoo. He said awhiskey! He let my brother and the older kids smoke in the afternoons if they asked and traffic was light. I rode the bus my last day of hs even though I had a truck by then. My last chance to ride a bus and see my friends.

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  11. Love the detail on the pictures when you hit the closeup click! Keep it coming? Thank you.

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  12. This looks like the school my Mama went to in Parkersburg, WV in about 1925. Do you have any knowledge of what WV school this is?

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  13. Nance,
    All I know is that it is Pocahontas County.
    PJM

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  14. I rode the bus from 1956 to 1969 fourteen miles to school. It was a 45 minute drive. Kids didn't drive cars to school much back then..at least not from the area I lived in. Everyone rode the bus. I hated the pukers..some little kids would get car sick and puke..they would have to sit all alone. When I got older we played card games on the bus:)

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