Auto Stages in Yellowstone 

Yellow Busses 

White Motor Company Models & Specs. 

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Yellowstone Park Transportation Logo, Yellow Buses
Yellowstone Park Transportation Logo, Yellow Buses
White Model TEB, White 11-Passenger Bus, Yellowstone Bus

TEB - 11 Passenger                  1917-23

            3/4T, 140” wheelbase truck with 45hp GEC engines, 4-spd transmissions, and open-side bodies.  Front tires were 34” x 5” pneumatic with 36” x 6” on the rear.  There were four pairs of doors opening onto seats for three passengers, allowing for 11 passengers and the driver.  Although in practice, only one passenger sat in front with the driver.  The left-hand doors were sealed to prevent opening onto traffic.  The transition between the hood and dash was squared off, while the windshield was a solid 2-piece unit (upper & lower).  Kerosene running lights were located below the windshield and under the frame supporting the rear boot.  They were powered by acetylene bottles on the driver’s side running boards. A canvas boot covered the rear wooden platform that was supported by a steel frame.  A canvas top was supported by detachable bows at each bench and celluloid side curtains could be put up in inclement weather.

 

Plate numbers 1-135.

108 vehicles purchased from 1917-1923.    (Image YNP Archives #115013)

Yellowstone Bus, White Model 15/45, Yellowstone 11-Passenger Bus

15/45 - 11 Passenger                1920-25

Similar body to the TEBS, except the transition between the hood and windshield was rounded and the windshield was split into four pieces - upper/lower and left/right.  The wheelbase was slightly longer (143-1/2”) with an updated chassis and improved 4-cylinder GN motors.  The later 1923 models had 50hp GR motors, as did later deliveries.  Front tires were 34” x 5” and rear 36” x 6”. Other amenities were mostly identical to the TEBs. The 1922 models had Scott bodies, while the 1923 and later models had Bender bodies, without LH doors. The rear contained an enclosed trunk instead of a boot.  Four oval-shaped windows graced the tonneau cover on the sides at the rear. A canvas top was supported by detachable bows at each bench. Celluloid side curtains could be put up in inclement weather. Acetylene bottles were carried on the driver’s side running boards to power the headlights.

 

Plate numbers 137-349.

214 vehicles purchased from 1920-1925.        

White Bus Model 50; Yellowstone Model 50 Bus, Yellow Bus

Model 50 - 25 Passenger          1923

            There were six side doors opening onto seven wide benches to seat 25 passengers plus the driver. The Bender body had a 198” wheelbase with a 4-cylinder GN motor. The roof was solid and luggage could be stored on the roof rack, accessed by a folding ladder from the rear of the bus. Side window curtains could be rolled down in inclement weather. It was the first model to feature electric lights. They had Budd steel disc wheels and electric lights. It utilized 36” x 6” tires all around, with duals on the rear. As the heavy buses were slow at climbing hills, they were mostly used on the West Yellowstone to Old Faithful run.

 

Plate numbers 930-931.  (Originally numbered in the 330s)

2 vehicles were purchased in 1923.                                 [Photo: YNP Archives]

White Bus Model 614, Yellowstone Bus 614, Yellow Bus

Model 614 - 14 Passenger        1931

 

            There were four doors to seat 14 passengers. The roof was open with a roll-back canvas, with roll-up glass door windows. The luggage area was enclosed in the rear with two side-opening doors. There was a single, slanted windshield. It was powered by 75hp overhead valve 6-cylinder White 3A engines, with four-wheel Lockheed hydraulic brakes, 4-speed manual transmission and glassed-in Bender bodies. The bus was wider and more comfortable than the other buses used and were primarily run on the longer Cody to Lake Hotel route. The ccanvas top could be rolled back in nice weather to allow passengers to stand up for better view or photographs.

 

Plate numbers 351-358.

8 vehicles delivered in May 1931.                                    [Photo: YNP 114504]

White Bus Model 706; Yellowstone 706 Bus, Yellow Bus, Jammers

Model 706 - 14 Passenger        1936

 

            There were 27 of these 14-passenger buses introduced in 1936. They had two squared-glass windshields, roll-down glass windows and lantern-style rear running lights. The bodies were produced by Bender bodies with an open roof and roll-back canvas tops that tied down along the edges. Each seat had grab handles for passengers to hold on to while standing to view the park through the open roof.  The 1937-38 models had improved 16Ah motors. They sat on a 190” wheelbase chassis and were powered by a White 318 cu.in. six-cylinder 16A engine. Renowned industrial designer, Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky was responsible for the radiator cowling and grill design. 

 

Plate numbers 361-460.

98 vehicles purchased from 1936-1939.

White Bus Model 706; Yellowstone 706 Bus, Yellow Bus, Jammers
White Bus Model 706; Yellowstone 706 Bus, Yellow Bus, Jammers
White 7-Passenger Touring, Yellowstone 7-Passenger, Yellow Bus

7-Passenger Touring Cars

 

            These cars had a 137-1/2” wheelbase with 37” x 5” tires all around.  They had a model GM 4-cylinder, 16- valve motor. They featured four doors, front bucket seats, a rear bench seat, and two rear jump seats, as well as a canvas convertible top and a storage compartment under the rear seat for side curtains. VIPs as well as more affluent visitors to Yellowstone toured the park in vehicles of this type, which were later supplemented by Lincoln touring cars.

[NOTE:  Information & details on these vehicles is inconsistent & incomplete] 

  Plate numbers 700-717; 720-767.

  65 ?? vehicles purchased from 1917-1925. 

  [Photo Yellowstone NPS Collection]

8-Passenger Touring Cars          No Photo

 

  Plate numbers 718-719

  2 vehicles purchased in 1920.

Touring Cars in Yellowstone  1917-1939
Lincoln  -  Ford  -  Buick

Lincoln Touring Cars   -   29 Known Vehicles

 

1925-1927  -  Lincoln 7-Passenger Sport Touring

            [23]  Nos. 801-822; 824

            33” x 5” Tires; 136” W.B.; Style 124 body w/rear luggage carrier

 

1926  -  Lincoln Sport Phaeton

            [1]  No. 822

            33” x 5” Tires; 8-cyl Motor; 136” W.B.; Style 123B body w/ rear luggage carrier

 

1926  -  Lincoln 7-Passenger Berline

            [2]  Nos. 825-826

            33” x 6.75” Tires; 8-cyl Motor; 136” W.B.; Style 147B body w/ rear luggage carrier

 

1928  -  Lincoln 7-Passenger Sport Touring Car

            [1]  No. 828

            33” x 5” Tires; 8-cyl Motor; 136” W.B.; Style 124 body w/ rear luggage carrier; 4-wheel brakes.

 

1922  -  Lincoln 7-Pasenger Sport Touring Car

            [1]  No. 827

            33” x 5” Tires; 8-cyl Motor; 136” W.B.; Leland Body

 

1931  -  Lincoln Limousine

            [1]  No.829

Ford Touring Cars   -   17 Known Vehicles

 

 

1925  -  Ford Model ‘T’ Touring Car

            [3]  Nos. F50 - F52

            30” x 3.5” Tires, Electric starter; Electric lighting

 

1925-1927  -  Ford Model ‘T’ Slip-On Roadster

            [8]  Nos. F1 - F8

            30” x 3.5” Tires, 100” W.B.; Electric starter; Electric lighting

 

1927  -  Ford Model ‘T’ Roadster

            [2]  Nos. F9 - F10

            30” x 3.5” Tires, 100” W.B.; Electric starter; Electric lighting

 

1928-1929  -  Ford Model ‘A’ Roadster

            [3]  Nos. F12 - F14

            30” x 4.5” Tires, 103.5” W.B.;  Electric starter; Electric lighting

 

1931 Ford 14-Passenger Car

            [1]  No. 359

Buick Touring Cars  -  7 Known

1935-1938  -  Buick 7-Passenger Touring Cars

            [7]  Nos. 831-835;  B1, B3

Lincoln Touring Car; Yellowstone Lincoln
Buick Touring Cars, Yellowstone Buick touring

Left:  Lincoln Touring Car, probably used by Wm. "Billy" Nichols.  [YNP #185328-94]

Right:  Western States Buick Distributors at Yellowstone, showing off their various models, 1922.  [YNP #19388]

Buses of Yellowstone Preservation Trust
Lincoln 7-Passenger Touring Car; Buses of Yellowstone Preservation Trust; Yellowstone Touring Car

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Buses of Yellowstone Preservation Trust

 

Above Right:  A Yellowstone Park Transportation Co. Lincoln Passenger Touring Car, faithfully restored by the Buses of Yellowstone Preservation Trust.