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1930s era Red Tour Bus - Glacier National Park, Montana

Photos by Chris Henn

     This vintage White Motor Company tour bus waits outside Glacier National Park's McDonald Lake Lodge. 1930s era Red Tour Bus - Glacier National Park, Montana Built from 1936-1939, the 17 passenger tour buses were used in seven national parks. Due to safety concerns, the aged fleet was removed from service in 1999. Today the fleet has been completely refurbished and put back into service, thanks to Ford Motor Company and the National Parks Foundation. The park's buses, rebuilt from the ground up, have the latest ultra-low pollution engines, modern chassis and disc braking systems, and retains its famous Mountain Ash Berry Red paint job. Although the 1930s era gear jamming transmission has been replaced with a modern automatic, the bright red bus hasn't lost its classic nickname.
     The Gear Jammer, with its rolled back canvas top, is perfect for viewing all the overhead scenic landscapes along Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road. Some of the original buses may also be seen in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, and Gettysburg Military Park in Pennsylvania.


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