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1950 twin coach 52-s2 (pacific electric №2150) SPTC224 Model 1 48

1950 Twin Coach 52-S2 (Pacific Electric №2150)

Ref.#: SPTC224
Scale: 1:48
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The Pacific Electric intended to purchase 200 new buses for rail service replacement under an 1950-51 modernization program (at a cost of $7 million) and Twin Coach and GM supplied the sample buses to the company in 1950. In January 1950 the large Twin 52-S2 coach was delivered to Pacific Electric and operated on variety of routes as demonstrator under number 2150 until November 1950 when it was purchased. PE liked the coach, it was economical and had a large capacity, however it was underpowered for most Pacific Electric routes, so the company decided not to purchase more because of the 'lack of the reserve engine power' and placed an order for GM TDH-5103 coached instead. Pacific Electric use this coach mostly on route 52, Los Angeles-Alhambra-Temple City in 1951-53 and it was transferred to Sierra Vista local line in June 1953 until the sale of the Pacific Electric passenger service to Metropolitan Coach Lines in October 1953. (Information via P.Allen Copeland).
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