INTERCITY BUS COMPANIES

SANTA FE TRAILWAYS


1948 MAP (WEST)


1948 MAP (EAST)


Santa Fe Trail Stages formed in 1933 as bus subsidiary of Santa Fe Railway. In 1928, Santa Fe Trail Transportation Co. had been formed as truck subsidiary.

Operated primarily from Wichita to Los Angeles, extended in 1935 from San Diego to San Francisco.

Subsequently acquired the following companies:

Southern Kansas Stage Lines
Began operations in 1924, acquired in 1935.

Operated from Kansas City to Tulsa.

Central Arizona Transportation Lines
Began operations in 1933, acquired in 1936.

Operated from Phoenix to Salt Lake City.

Cardinal Stage Lines
Began operations by 1933, acquired in 1937.

Operated primarily from Kansas City to Denver, and from Wichita to Lincoln NE.

Rio Grande Stages
Began operations in 1931, acquired in 1937.

Operated from Albuquerque to El Paso.

Central Kansas Bus Line
Acquired in 1937.

Operated from Wichita to Independence KS.

Central Kansas Bus Line
Acquired in 1937.

Operated from Pittsburg to Parsons KS.

In 1936 joined Trailways. The above companies were merged in 1937 into Santa Fe Trail Transportation Co.

In addition acquired the following companies:

Santa Fe Trails of Illinois
Began operations in 1928 as Blue Motor Coach Lines, acquired in 1933, renamed in 1936.

Central Illinois Bus Co.
Began operations in 1928, acquired in 1936, merged in 1939 into Santa Fe Trails of Illinois.

Santa Fe Trails of Illinois merged in 1941 into Santa Fe Trail Transportation Co.

Histories for many of the Trailways bus companies are sketchy. But more details have been obtained for Santa Fe Trails of Illinois, from the "Opinions and Orders" of the Illinois Commerce Commission.

In 1935, Santa Fe Trails of Illinois acquired National Coach Lines, which had succeeded Decatur Bus Lines, which had been incorporated in 1930. In 1939 acquired Eagle Motor Coach Lines, which had been incorporated in 1926. Eagle Motor Coach Lines had earlier acquired Gem City Motor Bus Co., which had been incorporated in 1923.

Santa Fe Trail Stages sold in 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.


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