Greyhound in British Columbia

BC Driver Divisions

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Greyhound in British Columbia - BC Driver Divisions

Post war in Nelson the territory covered by regular drivers was east to Fernie where they met Fort MacLeod or Calgary drivers west to Penticton, northwest to Nakusp and a local run that started in Nelson, went to Trail and returned to Kaslo to overnight, or sometimes based in Kaslo. Junior drivers on the spareboard worked on any of these runs. Penticton Spareboard drivers could overload to Nelson if required.

In Penticton, previous to the opening of the Hope-Princeton Highway in November 1949, regular runs went up the OK Valley to Revelstoke or Kamloops, south to meet the US bus at the International Boundary, west to Spences Bridge and a local service in Princeton to serve Copper Mountain, the Big Bend when open in summer was run by Calgary drivers based at Golden.

In Vancouver, previous to the Hope-Princeton, Vancouver went to Spences Bridge(or Big Horn or Shaw's Springs). Drivers from there went to Williams Lake and then another driver to Prince George. After the Hope-Princeton opened Penticton drivers ran thru to Vancouver,on the north runs the Division was moved to Ashcroft with a driver change at Quesnel who round tripped Prince George until a move to Cache Creek in 1957 and road improvements eliminated the Quesnel job, Cache Creek also ran to Revelstoke, after the opening of the Rogers Pass in 1962. With the opening of the Rogers, Nelson lost much of it's Traffic and with the opening of the Salmo-Creston Skyway in 1963 service via the Kootenay Lake Ferry ended and the Nelson Division was disbanded.. The Nelson Division drivers were divided between Calgary and Vancouver, with the runs being Calgary to Creston for the east end and Penticton to Creston on the west. Greyhound had begun in Canada in 1929 at Nelson and now they were gone. D.G. Ball worked his final 13 working years from Penticton or Osoyoos to Creston BC. He completed his last trip from Creston,arriving at Penticton on time at 1415 October 28 1976 to be greeted by L.B.'Red' Sutherland, Regional Manager for BC. Coincidentally, Red was a former Nelson Division driver who did the last regular run from Nelson to Fernie in 1963 via the Kootenay Lake ferry. The next day on the return trip to Nelson was via the Skyway.

Al Mee (Greyhound driver) taken at Westwold, BC in 1947 Taken at the Nelson bus depot in 1951 This 500 won't arrive on time in Nelson. The driver will have to claim O/T, at the Greyhound it was Article II Section 54B, Terminal & Road Delays
This picture was taken during August 1945. For some time during the late 1940's until 1950/51 in an effort to balance the miles in the Division, the Nelson drivers ran from Trail to Penticton and from Trail to Kingsgate the two through trips per day. There were three through trips daily between Fort Macleod and Kingsgate and Nelson manned half of them(3 drivers) the New Hotel was home-away-from home.
Eddie's Point at Anarchist Mountain Lookout overlooking Osoyoos, BC
Gordon Hill on Greyhound W518
taken at Boston Bar, BC in Dec 1950

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