INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

KENTUCKY

Southeastern Greyhound Lines was the most significant bus company in Kentucky, while Trailways had a smaller presence. Southeastern Greyhound Lines competed with a few 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.

(map also includes Tennessee)




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

 23  215 7976  Portsmouth-Ashland KY     CBL(T)  1927  Blue Ribbon L.   1955 CBL
 23            Ashland KY-Jenkins        SEG           KY-VA Stages     1950 SEG
  I            GEORGETOWN-LEXINGTON          1902-1934  KENTUCKY TRACTION
 25  426  350  Cincinnati-Lexington      SEG     1924  Thorobred Bus    1926 SEG
 25  426  360  Lexington-Corbin          SEG     1925  Thorobred Tran.  1926 SEG
 25      7750  Mt. Vernon-Corbin         SET(T)  1949  ---------------  1949 SET
 27       302  Cynthiana-Lexington       SEG           Bishop Bus Line  1927 SEG
  I            LEXINGTON-NICHOLASVILLE       1910-1934  KENTUCKY TRACTION
 27       350  Lexington-Somerset        SEG     1927  ---------------  1927 SEG
 31       305  Louisville-Scottsville    SEG           Service Bus Co.  1930 SEG
 31  444  365  Louisville-Bowling Green  SEG           Safety Motor     1926 SEG
 41  280  410  Evansville-Providence     SEG           Crowley Bros.    1930 SEG
 41  280  410  Providence-Hopkinsville   SEG     1933  ---------------  1933 SEG
 42  444  365  Cincinnati-Louisville     GLGI    1925  Southland Tran.  1928 GLOH
 45       400  Paducah-Fulton            DGL     1925  Gregory Bus      1929 PIG
 45       400  Paducah-Fulton            DGL     1930  ---------------  1930 SMC
 51      8154  Cairo IL-Fulton           SBL(T)  1928  Gibbs Bus Line   1939 TRI
 60       296  Ashland KY-Lexington      SEG           White Star Bus   1926 SEG
  I            LEXINGTON-FRANKFORT           1905-1934  KENTUCKY TRACTION
  I            SHELBYVILLE-LOUISVILLE        1910-1934  LOUISVILLE & INT.
 60  217  296  Lexington-Louisville      SEG     1923  Lou.-Lex. Bus    1929 SEG
 60       300  Louisville-Evansville     SEG     1926  Thorobred Bus    1929 SEG
 60       401  Evansville-Paducah        DGL     1932  ---------------  1932 DGL
 60      3554  Paducah-Cairo IL          DGL     1925  Gregory Bus      1929 PIG
 62            Georgetown-Bardstown      SEG
 62            Bardstown-Elizabethtown         Kentucky Bus Line
 62      7999B Elizabethtown-Paducah     CTL(T)        Kentucky Bus     1972 CTL
 62      8133  Paducah-Cairo IL          SBL(T)  1930  Gibbs Bus Line   1939 TRI
 68            Maysville-Lexington       SEG           Blue Star Bus    1926 SEG
 68            Glasgow-Bowling Green           Bowling Green Hopkinsville Bus Co.
 68      3041  Bowling Green-Hopkinsv.         Bowl. Gr. Hopkinsv./TN Trailblazers
 68      3302  Hopkinsville-Aurora             Western KY Stages/Brooks Bus Line
 68            Aurora-Paducah                  Western Kentucky Stages
 79      3043  Russellville-Clarksville        Bowl. Gr. Hopkinsv./TN Trailblazers
119      7979  Williamson WV-Pikeville   CBL(T)        Scott Nickles    1946 CBL
119      7979  Pikeville-Jenkins         (T)
119            Jenkins-Whitesburg              Hazard Jenkins Line
119            Whitesburg-Harlan               Cumberland Coach Lines
119       361  Harlan-Pineville          SEG   
127      7750  Cincinnati-Danville       SET(T)  1949  ---------------  1949 SET
150      7750  Mount Vernon-Danville     SET(T)  1949  ---------------  1949 SET
150            Mount Vernon-Danville     SEG
150       304  Springfield-Louisville    SEG     1927  ---------------  1927 SEG
231      3045  Owensboro-Bowling Green         Fuqua Bus Lines/TN Trailblazers
421            Richmond-Harlan                 Black Brothers Lines
431      3042  Owensboro-Springfield TN        Bowl. Gr. Hopkinsv./TN Trailblazers
460      7979  Grundy VA-Pikeville       SEG           KY-VA Stages     1950 SEG
460       296  Paintsville-Lexington     SEG           Josh Walsh       1929 SEG
641      3302  Paducah-Paris TN                Western KY Stages/Brooks Bus Line
  S       296  Hazard-Lexington          SEG           Swope Transp.    1930 SEG
  I            LEXINGTON-PARIS               1903-1934  KENTUCKY TRACTION
  S       302  Lexington-Maysville       SEG           Red Star Trans.  1926 SEG
  S       304  Columbia-Springfield      SEG     1927  ---------------  1927 SEG
  S      7976  Cincinnati-Portsmouth     CBL(T)  1927  Blue Ribbon L.   1955 CBL


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)".

One Greyhound route was eventually sold to Tri-State Bus Lines, identified by Russell's Guide table number 3554.


GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

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.

Dixie Greyhound Lines (DGL) - incorporated 1931, assuming operation of several routes from Pickwick-Greyhound Lines (PIG), which had been formed in 1928 as a company jointly owned by Pickwick Stages and Greyhound. Shortly after formation, acquired Smith Motor Coach Corp. (SMC), which was incorporated in 1925. Consolidated 1954 into Southeastern Greyhound Lines, consolidated 1960 into Southern 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.


TRAILWAYS BUS COMPANIES

Central Bus Lines/Central Trailways (CTL) - incorporated 1934 as Cookeville Coach Co., renamed 1935 to Central Bus Lines, in 1946 joined Trailways, sold 1954 to Transcontinental Bus System./Continental Trailways

Consolidated Bus Lines/Consolidated Trailways (CBL) - formed 1926 by J. E. Craft, incorporated 1933 as Consolidated Bus Lines, in 1954 joined Trailways, in 1956 merged into Virginia Stage Lines/Virginia Trailways, sold 1966 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Southern Bus Lines/Southern Trailways (SBL) - formed 1945 through merger of Bordelon Lines/Bordelon Trailways, Interurban Transportation Co./Interurban Trailways, and Tri-State Transit Co./Tri-State Trailways (TRI). Tri-State Transit Co. began operating in 1922 as Caddo Transfer & Warehouse Co., renamed 1923 to Tri-State Transit Co., in 1938 joined Trailways. Southern Bus Lines sold 1948 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 1954 renamed Southeastern Trailways.


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

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


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