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1939 Ford Transit [09-B]

1939 Ford Transit [09-B] in Strangers on a Train, Movie, 1951 IMDB

Class: Bus, Single-deck — Model origin: US

1939 Ford Transit [09-B]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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sixcyl FR

2005-10-20 07:08


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-- Last edit: 2006-01-01 16:56:10

power600 FR

2005-10-24 22:43


Ford Transit .
1936 si moteur à l'avant, 1939 si moteur à l'arrière .
13 000 de ces bus ont parcouru le pays!...

sixcyl FR

2005-10-24 22:59


..pour moi le Ford Transit, c'etait une camionnette...j' ignorais l' anteriorité du nom sur un autobus d'avant-guerre.
Un rapport avec Transit Line inscrit sur le bus?...

power600 FR

2005-10-28 22:29


Je ne sais pas.
Là j'ai découvert aussi l'existence de ces bus Ford :D

fiestaman FR

2006-11-14 14:30


Etonnant en effet.

Yvon52 BE

2006-11-14 15:51


The forward control Ford Transit bus was introduced in 1936 and in 1939 a new rear-engined version was announced. The 1939 was the first year for new Mercury division of the Ford Motor Corporation, and this car feautured a 95 h.p. V8 engine. The first Transit bus with one of the new engines installed transversely at the rear was built in February 1939. The serial production was started in October 1939 as 1940 model, called as "09-B" model ("0" for 1940 model year, "9" for 239-cubic inch V8 engine and "B" for bus). The 27-seat bodies were supplied by the Union City Body Co.

In the first year, Ford sold 571 Transits and until September 1947, almost 13,000 Transits were built for many operators in the United States and Canada. The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Transport Co. was one of the first customers for new Ford Transits (along with Detroit which ordered five hundreds in July 1939), placed an order for 24 buses in 1939. They were delivered in late 1939 and in 1940, numbered 746-749, 767-776 and 782-791 accordinly. In 1941 Milwaukee received ten additional buses of 19-B model (almost the same as '40 version) and in 1942-45 thirty-two improved Transit (models 29-B and 59-B) were delivered to the city.

Yvon52 BE

2006-11-14 15:56


In December 1939 Washington's Capital Transit Co. acquired batch of thirty new Ford Transit buses (model 09-B) for use on low density routes, they were numbered 2701-2730. In 1941-42 sixty more Transits (models 19-B and 29-B) were acquired, being numbered 2731-2790. Washington's Fords of 1939 and 1941 deliveries were painted out in the regular Capital Transit bus paint scheme of all-silver with a green stripe outlined in black. In late 1941 because of the war-time conditions, the silver was changed to white and roof was painted gray. The original paint scheme was restored on the CTCo buses after the war, however the roof on Fords remained

Cleveland Railway acquired fifty Ford Transit 09-B buses in 1940, numbered 850-899 and ten additional coaches of 19-B model were acquired in 1941, numbered 840-849. Cleveland's Tranits were very helpful in the war-time years but after the war they were quickly out of service, all coaches were withdrawn in 1952-53.

Boston Elevated Railway ordered the sample Ford Transit bus in 1940 (Model 09-B, coach 1905). In 1942 BERy ordered ten more Transits of 29-B model, numbered 1906-1915 (they had only one door) and in 1943/44 and 1946 add thirty five more Fords to the roster, this group of coaches was numbered 1916-1950

The United Electric Railway of Providence, Rhode Island, have a small batch of 13 Ford Transit buses, purchased in 1941-42, they were very helpful during the war

In 1941 Louisville Railway Co. bought its first five Ford Transit buses of the 09-B model, numbered 100-104 series. They were painted out in the orange & cream paint scheme with silver roof with V-front, this scheme was also applied on the Mack CO buses, delivered in 1940. In December 1942 twenty-five Ford Transits of 29-B model were allocated to Louisville and in 1945-46 Louisville received sixty-five coaches of the improved design, at this time the whole Transit's fleet consists of 95 coaches. As well as in Milwaukee, the Louisville's Transits were delivered without emergency door on the left side.

Between 1941 and 1943 most of the Ford Transit buses sold to Canadian operators were built at Windsor and exact copies of the Union City body were produced for them by Brantford Coach & Body. Toronto Transportation Commission received its first 22 Transits in 1941, this was a 19-B vehicles, numbered 770-791. The deliveries were continued in 1941 and 1942 with 35 more buses, numbered in 850-884 series. The Halton County Radial Railway have the former Blue Bird Coach Lines of Woodstock, ON, Ford Transit painted in the TTC colors and numbered 792.

Within 1943 the design of the Ford Transit bus was modified, the roof was changed from canvas to metal and there were some other changes. The serial production of the new improved Transit 49-B was started in late 1943 as 1944 model and design remained almost unchanged until 1947 when the serial production was finished. The Baltimore Transit Co. under management of Fred Nolan, the former manager of the Detroit system, ordered 100 Ford Transit buses in March 1946 and they were delivered in 1946 and 1947 (50 buses of 69-B model, numbered 1201-1250 and 50 buses of 79-B model, numbered 1251-1300). Coaches of 1201-1250 series were delivered with full Baltimore Transit lettering.

Starting from late 40s, Baltimore's Ford Transits were painted in the simplified BTCo yellow and gray paint scheme. Small Ford buses were never very popular with the BTCo and after a few years of operation the BTCo began the process of phasing them out.

Philadelphia Transp. Co. placed its order for 25 Ford Transit buses for $6,168 each (model 29-B, as listed in PTC papers; it seem that this was 69-B model) in 1946 and they were numbered 826-850 (class BB-25). Additional order for 55 more coaches for $6,698 each was placed shortly and they arrived in late 1946 and 1947, being numbered 851-905 (class BB-28). The PTC green, cream and silver paint scheme was applied to the coaches

Chicago Surface Lines acquired its first front-engined Ford Transit buses in 1936 and after the war continued to buy these economical gasoline-powered buses ideal for service on light feeder lines. In 1945 thirty-five rear-engined Transits of 49-B model arrived, first five were delivered in standard ODT gray and were painted by CSL by experimental blue, cream and red livery, same as on 1936 PCC cars. All other coaches were painted in the regular CSL red and cream livery. First batch was numbered 4301-4335 and in 1947 remaining twenty coaches arrived (79-B model), numbered 4336-4355. Despite their small size, Transits were used in Chicago not only at low density routes, but at last years of service also on rush-hours assignment to such busy routes as 56 Milwaukee Limited and 49 Western. Having a long life in Chicago, Transits were retired in 1957-58.

The Public Service Interstate Transportation Co. was one of main customers of the Ford Transit buses. The figures are very impressive: 240 coaches were delivered in 1944 (Model 49-B; 3400-3499 and 4300-4439 series); 40 in 1946 (Model 69-B; 4400-4479 series) and year 1947 saw the final non-GM bus purchases from the giant company, when a group of Ford 79-B's and Brill C-44 suburban buses were delivered. The order for 246 Transits of 79-B model was the last and one of the biggest in the Ford Transit bus story. These coaches were numbered A600-A845 in the Public Service roster. In 1950 the company bought seven additional second-hand Transits from Ironbound Transportation Co.

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