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Specific Item Information: National City Lines (NCL) purchased the LA Railway in 1945 from Huntington; renamed it as the Los Angeles Transit Lines (LATL). NCL motorized 100 streetcar systems including LA's with equity funding from General Motors and others. The familiar livery, dubbed "Fruit Salad", was retired on March 3, 1958 when LATL, Pacific Electic Ry., and Metro. Coach Lines were unified under the LA Metropolitan Transit Authority's two-tone green banner as a public agency. LATL took delivery of these buses in Oct. - Nov. 1947. All were equipped with automatic transmissions.
Model Information: Model is of a GMC TDH-3610 Transit Bus. Comes with photoetched detail parts for mirror and windshield wipers. These details must be applied by the owner. The buses look fine without them but even better with them. The instructions recommend that they be applied with CA glue.
Prototype Description: The Model TDH-3610 Transit Bus was built by General Motors Truch and Coach Division® in 1947 and 1948. The TDH-3610 was the 10th progressive version of the basic "semi-monocoque" design developed in 1939.
The first of these buses, now commonly referred to as an "Old Look" GM, were first manufactured in 1940. The same basic body style being produced until 1959 when it was succeeded by the "New Look" GM trasnit bus.
Over a 20 year period, 35,101 "Old Look" GM buses were manufactured. Most of these buses lasted 15 to 20 years or longer in service.
Road Name History:
Matthew and his brother built models of all kinds, but their model train career began in elementary school when they started making 3-D cardboard miniature trains from pictures found in the pages of Trains Magazine and Model Railroader Magazine. On a visit, many years later, with the late Richard Buike of Trackside Trains in Burlingame, California, the conversation turned to the lack of N-Scale passenger trains and how the few that existed didn't look right. "I told him right then and there that I was going to produce high quality, historically accurate passenger railroad cars. Even I was a little surprised when I said this." The first product was a 1950 Pullman-Standard "10-6" sleeping car made of brass. Wheels of Time became one of the first makers of historically accurate and realisticly detailed passenger train cars. At Wheels of Time, we research original equipment and recreate it with CAD software for production. We're lovers of history and sticklers for detail. On our line of Transit Motor Coaches (a fancy way of saying "buses"), even the destination *roll* signs are historically accurate. Be sure to check out all our beautiful and accurate products. We hope you'll come to share our passion for trains, here recreated in miniature. At Wheels of Time, you get to take home a piece of a fascinating history.
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