INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

TENNESSEE

Several Greyhound and Trailways companies served Tennessee.


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 Kentucky)




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

 11  144  215  Bristol-Knoxville         AGL           Tate Motor C.    1929 ODS
 11      7995  Bristol-Kingsport         TCC(T)
 11  144 7990  Bristol-Johnson City      TCC(T)  1929  ---------------  1929 TCC
 11  144 7990  Johnson City-Knoxville    TCC(T)  1925  Safety Coach     1928 TCC
 11  426 7994  Knoxville-Chattanooga     TCC(T)  1924  Southern Motor   1928 TCC
 19            Bristol-Johnson City      QCC(T)
 25  426  360  Corbin KY-Knoxville       SEG           Safety Coach     1929 SEG
 25      7750  Corbin KY-Knoxville       SET(T)  1949  ---------------  1949 SET
 27       350  Somerset KY-Chattanooga   SEG     1927  ---------------  1927 SEG
 31  444  365  Bowling Green-Nashville   SEG     1927  ---------------  1927 SEG
 31      7999A Scottsville-Gallatin      CTL(T)  1938  ---------------  1938 CB
 31      7998A Gallatin-Nashville        CTL(T)  1926  ---------------  1926 CB
 31  445  365  Nashville-Athens AL       SEG     1924  Union Transfer   1930 SEG
 31      7999A Nashville-Lewisburg       CRS(T)
 41  280  410  Hopkinsville-Nashville    SEG     1924  Union Transfer   1930 SEG
 41       415  Springfield TN-Nashville  SEG
 41  438  410  Nashville-Chattanooga     SEG     1924  Union Transfer   1930 SEG
 43       366  Nashville-Florence AL     SEG     1924  Union Transfer   1930 SEG
 45       209  Humboldt-Jackson TN       DGL     1935  ---------------  1935 DGL
 45      8154  Fulton KY-Jackson TN      SBL(T)  1928  Gibbs Bus Line   1939 TRI
 45      8160  Jackson TN-Corinth MS     SBL(T)  1941  ---------------  1941 TRI
 45            Union City-Jackson TN     DGL     1930  ---------------  1930 SMC
 45            Jackson TN-Corinth MS     DGL           Horn Bus Co.     1927 SMC
 51       400  Fulton KY-Memphis         DGL     1925  Gregory Bus      1929 PIG
 51       400  Fulton KY-Union City      DGL     1930  ---------------  1930 SMC
 51       400  Union City-Dyersburg      DGL     1929  ---------------  1929 SMC
 51       400  Dyersburg-Memphis         DGL           Independent Co.  1928 SMC
 58            Bristol-Cumberland Gap          Tri State Coach
 64      8059  Murphy-Chattanooga        SMS(T)
 64      3690  Chattanooga-Selmer        DGL     1930  ---------------  1930 SMC
 64      3690  Selmer-Bolivar            DGL     1927  ---------------  1927 SMC
 64      3690  Bolivar-Memphis           DGL     1925  ---------------  1925 SMC
 64      8154  Bolivar-Memphis           SBL(T)  1941  ---------------  1941 TRI
 70  427  360  Asheville NC-Newport      AGL           A&B Coach Co.    1930 SKYS
 70  427  360  Newport-Knoxville         AGL           W. F. Dawn       1930 SKYS
 70  144  215  Knoxville-Nashville       SEG     1924  Union Transfer   1930 SEG
 70      7990  Knoxville-Nashville       TCC(T)  1929  ---------------  1929 TCC
 70      7990  Crossville-Cookeville     CTL(T)  1934  Cookeville Coa.  1935 CTL
 70      7990  Cookeville-Nashville      CTL(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 CTL
 70      7999  Sparta-Smithville         CTL(T)  1926  ---------------  1926 CB
 70      7999  Smithville-Nashville      CTL(T)  1924  Nashv.-Smithv.   1926 CB
 70      7993  Nashville-McMinnville     TCC(T)  1929  ---------------  1929 TCC
 70  478  215  Nashville-Jackson TN      DGL     1927  ---------------  1927 SMC
 70  478  215  Jackson TN-Memphis        DGL     1926  ---------------  1926 SMC
 79            Clarksville-Paris               Western Kentucky Stages
 79       209  Paris TN-Humboldt         DGL     1935  ---------------  1935 DGL
 79            Humboldt-Brownsville      DGL     1935  ---------------  1935 DGL
127            Danville KY-Jamestown           Short Way Lines
127      3102  Jamestown-Crossville      CTL(T)  1926  ---------------  1926 CTL
127      3102  Crossville-Chattanooga    CTL(T)        Cherokee Motor   1937 CB
129            Knoxville-Murphy          SMS(T)
231            Lebanon-Murfreesboro      CTL(T)
311      8020  Newport-Knoxville         SMS(T)
411            Bristol-Greeneville             Tennessee Coach Co.
411            Greeneville-Newport             Tennessee Scenic Coach Lines
411            Newport-Knoxville         SMS(T)
411      7994  Knoxville-Chatsworth GA   TCC(T)  1934  ---------------  1934 TCC
412            Jackson TN-Dyersburg      DGL
431       415  Springfield TN-Nashville  SEG
431      7999A Lewisburg-Fayetteville    CRS(T)
441      8060  Knoxville-Gatlinburg      SMS(T)
441            Gatlinburg-Sylva NC       SMS(T)
  S      2820  Damascus-Mountain City    AGL
  S            Union City-Huntingdon     DGL     1930  ---------------  1930 SMC
  S       350  Knoxville-Rockwood        SEG     1924  Union Transfer   1930 SEG
  S            Celina-Cookeville         CTL(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 CTL
  S            Cookeville-McMinnville    CTL(T)        Cherokee Motor   1937 CB
  S            McMinnville-Tullahoma     CTL(T)  1940  ---------------  1940 CTL
  S      7993  McMinnville-Chattanooga   CTL(T)        Cherokee Motor   1937 CB
  S            Livingston-Red Boiling S  CTL(T)
  S      7998A Red Boiling Sp.-Gallatin  CTL(T)  1938  ---------------  1938 CB
  S      7999A Leitchfield-Scottsville   CTL(T)  1964  ---------------  1964 CTL
  S      7998B Clarksville-Nashville     LAD(T)
  S      7990  Nashville-Memphis         SBL(T)  1946  ---------------  1946 SBL
  T      8020  Waynesville NC-Newport    SMS(T)
  S      8154  Jackson TN-Bolivar        SBL(T)        Shorty's Bus     1941 TRI
  S            Bolivar-Holly Springs MS  SBL(T)        Shorty's Bus     1941 TRI
  S            Jackson TN-Savannah TN    SBL(T)
  S            Savannah TN-Florence AL   SBL(T)        Charles Sloan    1947 SBL


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 independent bus companies, identified by the following Russell's Guide table numbers.



2820  Twin State Coach Lines
3102  C.C. Bus Lines
3690  Gulf Transport Co.



GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

Atlantic Greyhound Lines (AGL) - incorporated 1936 as merger of Old Dominion Stages (ODS) which had been incorporated in 1929, Skyland Stages (SKYS) which had been incorporated in 1930, and several other companies. 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.

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

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. In 1947 acquired Consolidated Bus Lines (CB), which had been incorporated in 1926.

Crescent Stages/Crescent Trailways (CRS) - incorporated 1928 as Dixie Stage Lines, reorganized 1931 as Crescent Stages, in 1938 joined Trailways, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Smoky Mountain Stages/Smoky Mountain Trailways (SMS) - in 1938 joined Trailways, sold 1956 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.

Ladd Motor Coach Lines (LAD)

In 1960, Continental Trailways acquired Tennessee Coach Co. (TCC), which had been incorporated in 1928.


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

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


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