INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

INDIANA

Several Greyhound and companies served Indiana, while Southeastern Trailways was also significant. A few bus companies either competed with or were owned by Interurban Railways, indicated in CAPITAL LETTERS.


1976 MAP

Color coded map shows intercity bus routes in existence in 1976.

Blue indicates Greyhound, red indicates Trailways. Additional colors indicate significant independent bus companies, and are identified with labels. Black indicates smaller independent companies.

Thin blue or red lines indicate routes which were once part of Greyhound or Trailways, but later transferred to independent bus companies.




US    2005/1976     Cities    Greyhound or   Year     Original   Year     Consol-
Hwy.  Russell's     Served    Trailways      Intro-   Company    Consol-  idated
No.   Guide                   Company or     duced               idated   Company
      Table                   Division

  6            Bryan OH-Waterloo               Short Way Lines
 12  250  382  New Buffalo-Chicago       CGL           Carey & Leach    1928 SMCL
 20  200  285  Toledo-Chicago            CGL     1933  ---------------  1933 CGL
 20      7810  Toledo-Chicago            ABI(T)  1933  Safeway Lines    1937 NTR
 24  239  401  Fort Wayne-Huntington     PGL   
  I            FORT WAYNE-PERU               1901-1938  INDIANA RR
 24      7754  Fort Wayne-Peru           SET(T)  1938  ---------------  1950 IRR
 24      1319  Fort Wayne-Logansport           Indiana Motor Bus
 24      1323  Logansport-Remington            Short Way Lines/Indiana Motor Bus
 24            Remington-Kentland        SFT(T)
 27      1580  Angola-Fort Wayne               Short Way Lines/North Star Lines
 27      1391  Fort Wayne-Richmond IN          A.B.C. Coach Lines
 30  241  280  Fort Wayne-Chicago        PGL     1928  ---------------  1928 GLIN
 30      7750  Wanatah-Chicago           SET(T)        Empire Trails    1947 SET
 31  243 1315  South Bend-Indianapolis   GLG
  I            PERU-INDIANAPOLIS             1903-1938  INDIANA RR
 31      7754  Peru-Indianapolis         SET(T)  1938  ---------------  1950 IRR
  I            INDIANAPOLIS-LOUISVILLE       1901-1941  INTERSTATE P.S.
 31  238  355  Indianapolis-Louisville   PGL           Colonial Stages  1933 PGL
 33      1316  South Bend-Fort Wayne           A.B.C./Indiana Motor Bus
 35      1317  Michigan City-Logansport        Indiana Motor Bus
  I            KOKOMO-MARION                 1905-1932  NOR. IND. POWER
 35            Logansport-Muncie               Hines Coach Lines
 35      1392  Muncie-Richmond                 A.B.C. Coach Lines
 36            Mt. Summit-Anderson             Dare Bus Lines
 36            Indianapolis-Rockville          Indianapolis Rockville Clinton Bus
 40  202  290  Richmond IN-Terre Haute   PGL     1928  Yelloway         1929 GLIN
  I            INDIANAPOLIS-TERRE HAUTE      1900-1940  INDIANA RR
 40      7754  Indianapolis-Terre Haute  SET(T)  1940  ---------------  1950 IRR
 40      7800  Richmond IN-Terre Haute   ABI(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 ABI
 41  238  355  Chicago-Kentland          PGL     1927  ---------------  1927 GLIN
 41            Attica-Terre Haute              Illini Swallow Lines
 41       403  Terre Haute-Evansville    PGL           B. M. Larrick    1930 SOL
 41            Terre Haute-Evansville          Wabash Valley Coach Co.
 50            Cincinnati-Shoals         CPG           Yelloway         1930 CPG
 50       303  Shoals-Vincennes          CPG           Yelloway         1930 CPG
  I            RUSHVILLE-INDIANAPOLIS        1906-1932  IND. & CIN.
 52  238  355  Cincinnati-Indianapolis   PGL           Ind.-Cinc. Bus   1927 GLOH
  I            INDIANAPOLIS-LAFAYETTE        1903-1930  T.H. IND. & EASTERN
  I            INDIANAPOLIS-LEBANON          1903-1930  T.H. IND. & EASTERN
 52            Indianapolis-Lebanon            Illini Swallow Lines
 52  238  355  Indianapolis-Kentland     PGL     1927  ---------------  1927 GLIN
 52      7750  Indianapolis-Lafayette    SET(T)        Victory Coach    1947 SET
  I            INDIANAPOLIS-CRAWFORDSVILLE   1907-1930  T.H. IND. & EASTERN
136 7097 1222  Indianapolis-Danville IL        Illini Swallow Lines
150       303  Louisville-Shoals         CPG           Blue & Gray      1930 CPG
231      1323  Chicago IL-Remington            Short Way Lines/Indiana Motor Bus
231            Lafayette-Greencastle           Illini Swallow Lines
231            Greencastle-Bloomington         Bloomington-Spencer-Greencastle
231       401  Jasper-Dale               GLGI    1925  Blue Goose       1928 GLIN
421      7750  Wanatah-Reynolds          SET(T)        Victory Coach    1947 SET
421      1315  Kirklin-Indianapolis            Indiana Motor Bus
  I            INDIANAPOLIS-GREENSBURG       1907-1932  IND. & CIN.
421      7750  Indianapolis-Greensburg   SET(T)  1932  ---------------  1945 SET
460            Louisville-Evansville     SEG           Jack P. Archey   1936 SEG


INTERCITY ROUTES VIA STATE HIGHWAYS

Additional bus and interurban rail routes along Indiana state highways.

Russell's Guide Table Numbers

Greyhound tables had numbers below 700, while Trailways tables had numbers above 7000. Table numbers in between were independent bus companies. Although Greyhound Lines of Canada, not covered here, had tables numbered in the low 700's.

Where no table number is indicated, service had been discontinued by then.

Further clues on Greyhound or Trailways affiliations are the presence of a "G" or a "T" in a company abbreviation. Trailways company abbreviations are followed by a "(T)". While abbreviations of certain Greyhound companies not obviously "Greyhound" in name are followed by a "(G)".

Over the years, certain Greyhound or Trailways or other routes were sold to the following independent bus companies, identified by the following Russell's Guide table numbers.



1315  Indiana Motor Bus
7097  Burlington Trailways (new company)



GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

Capitol Greyhound Lines (CPG) - incorporated 1930, consolidated 1955 into Eastern Division of Greyhound.

Central Greyhound Lines (CGL) - incorporated 1936 as merger of Eastern Greyhound Lines of Michigan and two companies in New York, consolidated 1955 into Eastern Division of Greyhound. Eastern Greyhound Lines of Michigan had been incorporated in 1924 as Safety Motor Coach Lines (SMCL), acquired in 1926 by Greyhound predecessor Motor Transit Corp. as a subsidiary, and renamed in 1930 to Eastern Greyhound Lines of Michigan.

Great Lakes Greyhound Lines (GLG) - formed in 1928 as Eastern Michigan Motorbuses, a bus subsidiary of Eastern Michigan Railway (Detroit United Railway prior to 1928), renamed 1941 to Great Lakes Greyhound Lines. Consolidated 1957 into Central Division of Greyhound.

Great Lakes Greyhound Lines of Indiana (GLGI) - incorporated 1941, acquiring the original Ohio Greyhound Lines, which had been renamed in 1935 from the original Central Greyhound Lines. Two earlier Greyhound companies had been incorporated in 1926 in Indiana (GLIN) and Ohio (GLOH), with routes in 1930 reassigned to Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines, and this original Central Greyhound Lines. In 1957, Great Lakes Greyhound Lines of Indiana was consolidated into Central Division of Greyhound.

Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines (PGL) - incorporated 1930, consolidated 1955 into Eastern Division of Greyhound. Two earlier Greyhound companies had been incorporated in 1926 in Indiana (GLIN) and Ohio (GLOH), with routes in 1930 reassigned to Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines, and the original Central Greyhound Lines which later became Great Lakes Greyhound Lines of Indiana. In 1954, Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines acquired Southern Limited (SOL), which had been incorporated in 1928.

Southeastern Greyhound Lines (SEG) - incorporated 1926 as Consolidated Coach Corp., in 1931 began operating under name Southeastern Greyhound Lines, officially renamed 1936 to Southeastern Greyhound Lines, consolidated 1960 into Southern Division of Greyhound.


TRAILWAYS BUS COMPANIES

American Buslines (ABI) - incorporated 1935 as All American Bus Lines, renamed 1946 to American Buslines and joined Trailways, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Indianapolis & Southeastern Railroad/Southeastern Trailways (SET) - interurban railway introduced bus service, in 1938 joined Trailways as Indianapolis & Southeastern Trailways, merged 1947 into Indianapolis & Southeastern Trailways, in 1950 acquired Indiana Railroad (IRR) bus operations, in 1954 renamed Southeastern Trailways, sold 1971 to Southeastern Trailways.

Northern Trails/Northern Trailways (NTR) - formed 1937, in 1939 joined Trailways, sold 1944 to All American Bus Lines, renamed 1946 to American Buslines and rejoined Trailways, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System.

Santa Fe Trail Transportation/Santa Fe Trailways (SFT) - formed 1928 as bus subsidiary of Santa Fe Railway, in 1935 acquired Southern Kansas Stage Lines (SKS), in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

EARLIER TRAILWAYS COMPANIES

Some of the more obscure Trailways member companies, which eventually became part of the nationwide Trailways system.

Empire Trailways (Empire Trails) - a 1941 Trailways condensed nationwide timetable mentions a route from Pittsburgh to Chicago via Columbus. But a 1948 Russell's Guide includes a map of American Buslines showing such a route, but no timetable for such a route, apparently discontinued in the meantime.

Yankee Trailways (Yankee Trails) - in 1938 joined Trailways. A 1941 Trailways condensed nationwide timetable mentions a route from Chicago to Indianapolis. Route later operated by Victory Coach Lines/Victory Trailways, merged 1947 into Indianapolis & Southeastern Trailways.

Victory Trailways (Victory Coach Lines) - during 1940's assumed Yankee Trails/Yankee Trailways route from Chicago to Indianapolis, merged 1947 into Indianapolis & Southeastern Trailways.


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

Maps and further information on the significant independent bus companies, serving Indiana.


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