Santa Fe Trailways was the most significant bus company in Kansas, while Greyhound had a smaller presence. Santa Fe Trailways was affiliated with the Santa Fe Railway, the most significant railroad operating in the state.

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

 24      8362  Kansas City-Stockton      SFT(T)        Cardinal Stage   1933 SKS
 36  751  561  St. Joseph-Hiawatha       OGL     1925  ---------------  1925 ITL
 36            St. Joseph-Phillipsburg   SFT(T)
 36      8362  Phillipsburg-St. Francis  SFT(T)        Cardinal Stage   1933 SKS
 40  360  572  Kansas City-Oakley        SWGL    1925  ---------------  1925 YEL
 40       572  Kansas City-Oakley        OGL     1929  ---------------  1929 ITL
 50      8423  Kansas City-Newton        SFT(T)        Blue Bird Bus    1930 SKS
 50      8392  Newton-Lamar CO           SFT(T)  1933  ---------------  1933 SFT
 50            Hutchinson-Lamar CO       SWGL  
 54      8402  Fort Scott-Wichita        SFT(T)
 54      8392  Wichita-Liberal           SFT(T)
 56            Osage City-Herington      MOP(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 MOP
 56      4069  McPherson-Dodge City      SFT(T)
 56            Dodge City-Hugoton        SFT(T)
 59  754  596  Lawrence-Garnett          SKGL    1929  ---------------  1929 PIS
 69            Kansas City-Miami OK      SKGL          Royal Coach L.   1928 PIS
 73            Falls City-Atchison       MOP(T)  1930  ---------------  1930 MOP
 73      3739A Atchison-Kansas City      MOP(T)        Cardinal Stage   1929 MOP
 75            Netawaka-Topeka           SFT(T)
 75            Topeka-Independence             Kansas Trails
 75       596  Altoona-Caney             SKGL    1929  ---------------  1929 PIS
 77      8376  Beatrice-Augusta KS       SFT(T)
 77      8432  Augusta KS-Arkansas City  SFT(T)
 81      8376  Belleville-Newton         SFT(T)
 81      8423  Newton-Wichita            SFT(T)        Blue Bird Bus    1930 SKS
 81  362 8423  Wichita-South Haven       SFT(T)
 83            Colby-Garden City               Fred Danford Bus Line
 83       778  Garden City-Liberal             Danford Bus Lines/Mid Continent
154            Mullinville-Dodge City    SFT(T)
160            Pittsburg-Parsons         SFT(T)
160      8402  Parsons-Independence      SFT(T)
160            Independence-Winfield     SFT(T)
160      8432  Winfield-Wellington       SFT(T)
160            Wellington-Harper         SFT(T)
160            Harper-Ashland                  Anthony Stage Lines
166            Joplin MO-Arkansas City   SFT(T)
169            Kansas City-Osawatomie          Kansas Trails
169  754  596  Garnett-Coffeyville       SKGL    1929  ---------------  1929 PIS
183      8363  Phillipsburg-La Crosse    SFT(T)
281      8363  Hoisington-Great Bend     SFT(T)
281            Russell-Alva OK                 Bickel Bus Lines
283       844  Norton-Dodge City               Bickel Bus Line
283       778  Dodge City-Ashland              Mid Continent Coaches
  S      8402  Joplin-Wichita            SKGL  
  S      8363  Wichita-Hutchinson        SKGL  
  S            Hutchinson-Salina         SWGL  
  S            Kansas City-Osage City    MOP(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 MOP
  S            Herington-Pueblo          MOP(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 MOP
  S      8376  Manhattan-Junction City   SFT(T)
  S      8362  Junction City-Salina      SFT(T)        Cardinal Stage   1933 SKS
  S      8363  Newton-Great Bend         SFT(T)
  S      8363  Hoisington-La Crosse      SFT(T)
  S      8392  Bucklin-Dodge City        SFT(T)
  S      8402  Joplin-Parsons            SFT(T)
  S      8402  Independence-Wichita      SFT(T)
  T  362 8423  Topeka-Wichita            SFT(T)
  S      8432  Wichita-Augusta KS        SFT(T)
  S            Horton-Netawaka           SFT(T)
  S            Holton-Kansas City        SFT(T)

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 routes were sold to the following bus companies, identified by the following Russell's Guide table numbers.

750-767  Jefferson Lines
3739A    Trenton-St. Joseph Coaches
4069     Trans State Bus
8363     Continental Trailways
8402     Continental Trailways


Southwestern Greyhound Lines (SWGL) - incorporated 1933 as merger of Western Greyhound Lines and two other companies, consolidated 1960 into Central Division of Greyhound. Western Greyhound Lines had been renamed in 1932 from Pickwick-Greyhound Lines, which had been formed in 1928 as a company jointly owned by Pickwick Stages and Greyhound, and fully owned by Greyhound in 1932. Pickwick Stages (PIS) had been incorporated in 1912, and certain routes were transferred to Pickwick-Greyhound Lines after formation of the joint company. In 1929, Pickwick-Greyhound Lines acquired Yelloway (YEL) system, which had been formed in 1925 as a group of independent operators to operate a transcontinental bus system.

Overland Greyhound Lines (OGL) - incorporated 1952, acquiring Union Pacific Stages and Interstate Transit Lines (ITL). Interstate Transit Lines had been incorporated in 1921, and was acquired in 1929 by Union Pacific Railroad and Chicago & North Western Railroad as a joint bus subsidiary. And Union Pacific Stages had been formed in formed in 1927 as a bus subsidiary of Union Pacific Railroad. In 1943, both railroad subsidiaries began operating under name Overland Greyhound Lines. Consolidated 1956 into Northland Greyhound Lines, consolidated 1957 into Central Division of Greyhound.

Southern Kansas Greyhound Lines (SWGL) - incorporated 1932 as joint operation with Southern Kansas Stage Lines, which had previously operated service competing with Pickwick-Greyhound Lines. Pickwick routes transferred to Southern Kansas Greyhound Lines after its formation. Reorganized 1970's as KG Lines.


Missouri Pacific Bus Lines/Missouri Pacific Trailways (MOP) - formed 1928 as bus subsidiary of Missouri Pacific Railroad, in 1936 joined Trailways, in 1948 resumed independent operation, sold 1957 to Midwest Bus Lines which was a Trailways member, sold 1960 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

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.


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