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Re: Glendale Re: Long Island City...

Posted by Joe V on Sat Apr 7 11:53:06 2012, in response to Re: Glendale Re: Long Island City..., posted by gp38/r42 chris on Sat Apr 7 09:02:12 2012.

Don't agree at all. Those buses most definitely were there to plug gaps between trains, not compete with them.

As a youngster, I once wrote the LIRR that they had a 5 hour gap betweeen South Shore Road'n'Rail buses at some time of day. (I still have the letter). He wrote back and said, true, but we have 3 trains inbetween - think of them as ONE service.

So there you have it, right from the horses mouth in the 1960's - those buses were there to compliment the trains, not replace them.

Long Island did not have enough reclining seat buses to inhale those Friday and Sunday trains loads anyway. The tour department, which would often take up 2 or 3 coaches on the train portion, used 6 - 8 SCHOOL buses for the rest of their journey, such as Easter Sunday Tour to Greenport and Mitchell's Reastaurant. (I was on it in 1965).

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