A Motorhome



Both images are from the Internet

As far back as I can recall Railway Express had a

n office everywhere a train with an express car stopped. But in the late ’60s the Railway Express vanished.

UPS was still pretty small and virtually unknown outside the larger cities.

I suppose when Railway Express vanished Congress opened up franchise opportunities for competition and Greyhound got in the act. They designed buses like the one in the photo. Beneath the second windshield was a small stairway of three or four steps and the passengers sat higher than the driver. Beneath the floor was a large baggage area.

I used their service a few times. It was costly, but it apparently worked okay until Greyhound stopped serving smaller towns that weren’t situated along the Interstate, like Coos Bay, Oregon, Crossett, Arkansas, and Rough and Ready, California. There was no longer a need for these buses, but they were still around.

Early in the 1980s a diesel mechanic in Sweet Home, Oregon retired and bought one of these oddball buses Greyhound called a Scenic Cruiser. He spent the winter converting it into a motor home, then he bought a used N360 Honda car – a small car with an air-cooled motorcycle engine. He cut off the top and hinged the windshield so it would lay down over the hood like a World War II Jeep.

When spring arrived he shoved that car into the baggage compartment, loaded his 2,000 pounds of tools, closed the doors and headed for the hills.

Each time he and his wife rolled in somewhere for the night they always attracted a crowd when he opened the hatch, pulled a car from the baggage compartment and then drove away.