INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

NEVADA/UTAH

Overland Greyhound Lines, Pacific Greyhound Lines, and Burlington Trailways were the most significant bus companies in Nevada and Utah. Those three companies were affiliated with the Union Pacific Railroad, Southern Pacific Railroad, and the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad respectively.


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.

Nevada

Utah




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            Ely-Bishop CA                   Ely Tonopah Stage
 30  360  550  Green River WY-S. L. C.   OGL     1927  ---------------  1927 YEL
 30      8553  Green River WY-S. L. C.   BTC(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 BTC
 40      8519  Vernal-Salt Lake City     DSL(T)  1934  ---------------  1934 DSL
 40  550  550  Salt Lake City-Reno       PACGL   1927  ---------------  1927 YEL
 40      8553  Salt Lake City-Reno       BTC(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 BTC
 50  555 8520  Grand Jct.-Salt Lake C.   RGN(T)  1928  Lent & Peterson  1935 RGN
 50      4804  Ely-Fallon                      Hiskey Stages/Nevada Central Motor
 89      8560  Spanish Fork-Marysvale    RGN(T)  1929  ---------------  1929 RGU
 89      8560  Marysvale-Kanab           RGN(T)        Cent. Ariz. Tr.  1936 RGN
 91            Preston-Salt Lake City    BTC(T)        Utah-Idaho Cen.  1947 BTC
 91  545  554  Salt L. C.-Las Vegas      OGL     1927  ---------------  1927 YEL
 91  556  554  Las Vegas-Los Angeles     OGL     1927  ---------------  1927 YEL
 91      8555  Salt Lake City-Beaver     BTC(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 BTC
 91      8556  Beaver-Las Vegas          BTC(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 BTC
 91      8556  Las Vegas-Los Angeles     BTC(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 BTC
 93            Twin Falls ID-Wells             Twin Falls Wells Nevada Stage Line
 93      4763  Wells-Ely                       Nevada Northern Ry./Lewis Bros.
 93            Ely-Las Vegas             BTC(T)
 93      4128B Las Vegas-Hoover Dam      OGL
 95      4664  Caldwell ID-Winnemucca          Boise Winnemucca Stages
 95      4128  Fallon-Las Vegas                Las Vegas Tonopah Reno Stage Line
 95 4125 4432  Las Vegas-Needles CA            Sun Valley Bus Lines
191      8510  Green River-Monticello    MOB(T)
666      8510  Cortez-Monticello         MOB(T)
  S  555 8556  Green River UT-Beaver     (T)
  S            Sevier-Cove Fort          RGN(T)  1932  ---------------  1932 RGN


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.



4125   K-T Services
4128B  Las Vegas Tonopah Reno Stage Line



GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

Overland Greyhound Lines (OGL) - incorporated 1952, acquiring Union Pacific Stages and Interstate Transit Lines. 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 1932, Interstate Transit Lines and Union Pacific Stages acquired most of the routes operated by Pickwick-Greyhound Lines (PIG). Pickwick-Greyhound Lines had been formed in 1928 as a company jointly owned by Pickwick Stages and Greyhound, and was dissolved in 1933. Many of the Pickwick-Greyhound routes had been acquired in 1929 from Yelloway (YEL), which had been formed in 1925 as a group of independent operators to operate a transcontinental bus system. But competing service was introduced in 1929 by Interstate Transit Lines. In 1943, both Interstate Transit Lines and Union Pacific Stages began operating under name Overland Greyhound Lines. Consolidated 1956 into Northland Greyhound Lines, consolidated 1957 into Central Division of Greyhound.

Pacific Greyhound Lines (PACGL) - incorporated 1929 as Pacific Transportation Securities, as merger of Pickwick Stages and two other companies. Renamed 1930 to Pacific Greyhound Lines, and consolidated 1957 into Western Division of Greyhound. Pickwick Stages had been incorporated in 1912. In 1929, Pickwick Stages and Greyhound formed a jointly owned company, Pickwick-Greyhound Lines. And 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. In 1932, Pacific Greyhound Lines acquired route between Salt Lake City and San Francisco from Pickwick-Greyhound Lines.


TRAILWAYS BUS COMPANIES

Burlington Transportation Co./Burlington Trailways (BTC) - formed 1929 as bus subsidiary of Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad, in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1946 to American Buslines, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Denver-Salt Lake-Pacific Stages/Denver-Salt Lake-Pacific Trailways (DSL) - formed 1935 as bus subsidiary of Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, assuming route formed prior year by Denver-Colorado Springs-Pueblo Motor Way, in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Rio Grande Motor Way/Rio Grande Trailways (RGN) - formed 1927 as bus subsidiary of Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways. In 1929, Rio Grande Motor Way of Utah (RGU) had formed as a separate bus subsidiary of Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, consolidated 1932 into Rio Grande Motor Way.

Moab Transportation Co. (MOB)


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

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


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