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Stan Stickland Collection

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Stan Stickland - Greyhound in BC

Stan Stickland Retires

Thanks to the Penticton Herald and Dave Duncan for their October 1991 Story on Stan's Retirement.

(As a personal note I took over from Stan in Penticton four hours from 3 Valley and there was still considerable snow on the roof).

Stan grew up on the Sumas Prairie and his first driving job in the 40's was hauling milk (in those days in cans) to the various Vancouver Dairies. His next trucking job was with Country Freight Lines running to the Okanagan before and after the opening of the Hope-Princeton Highway in 1949. Stan started with Western Canadian Greyhound Lines May 30 1952 at Vancouver and during the next four years drove out of Vancouver, Quesnel, Penticton and Spences Bridge. Stan and Gert moved to Penticton in June 1956 and he worked out of there until retiring on Sept. 30 1991 at age 65 .He went all directions while working on the Penticton Spareboard and to Cache Creek and mainly to Revelstoke when on regular bus runs as his seniority allowed and the final years on the GPX trucks to Cranbrook. Although Stan was an excellent golfer, retirement was not his cup of tea and he soon began Class One driver training, a stint as an owner operator for Berry and Smith and finally returning to driver training until he was nearly eighty. Stan passed away December 2012.

Working with Stan, a great guy and excellent Driver

During the mid-70's I held regular runs to Osoyoos or Penticton from Vancouver. Trip 10 to Calgary via the Okanagan Valley left at midnight and the driver returned to Vancouver on Trip 5 leaving Penticton at 2330, a 17 hour layover. Most trips Stan Stickland would take over from me in the morning and leave for Revelstoke @ 0700 and return at 2315 when I would take over from him on Trip 5 which originated in Calgary in the afternoon at 1345. On this memorable night, Feb 12 1974 I took over from Stan in Penticton 1972 Super 7 Scenicruiser 378, and he pointed out the brand new steering tires, he and I both had a thing about new rubber. I left Penticton with an almost full load and later traveling down the hill to the Port Mann bridge at 0500 Feb 13, my mother's birthday, pouring rain as usual, passengers began to stir as the multiple street lights wake them up. Approaching the slight curve above the Colony Farm the brand new right front Firestone radial tire separated with the partially detached tread raising the first passenger seats and destroying the stainless steel modesty panel that forms the step well. I was told later by our Shop Foreman the Calgary shop had told him it caused $16,000 damage. I had the fresh air intake open for the defrosters but no fan or A/C. People began screaming and yelling and the windshields fogged up instantly from all the heavy breathing, steering with one hand and wiping the windshield to see the road with the other. I stopped beneath the Cape Horn overpass and with much assistance from several adrenaline fueled young fellows, got on the run-up block (the casing didn't lose any air) jack in place, tools and spare out and back moving in less than 15 minutes. No way to verify it of course, but must be a Guinness record for a front wheel change on a MC-7 with hand tools on the roadside. Arriving in Vancouver right on time at 0600, no overtime claim, just a uniform cleaning, $1.80.

Two days after my experience on the Port Mann bridge, Slim Moore, a senior Calgary driver was driving Trip 5 to Revelstoke and coming down the Field Hill had the same thing happen, again with no warning. Slim was a WWII veteran of the Calgary Tank Corp and told Stan Stickland he hadn't heard such a racket since he was in a tank battle during the war. There were other failures of these tires, I am not sure how many, but it was determined to be a bad batch. Greyhound Lines of Canada did not own the tires during this time and Firestone provided our tires on a mileage charge basis.

Stan with two pilots who were prospective student drivers outside the Kamloops Depot and one local 1956 1976 MC-8-number 482 & Greyhound 1984 Freightliner taken outside the Penticton Shop just before Stan retired, He usually had one of the KW's 1991. Photo by Stan Stickland. Three drivers and mechanic man the Penticton Depot Picket Line during the ten day strike in 1981. Gary Hartmeir, Buddy Boyda (shop), Dennis Edwards, and Clancy Kiehlbauch. Photo by Stan Stickland.
Picture of Stan taken in 1952 when he started at Western Canadian Greyhound Lines. Picture of Stan & Gerry Joyce at Penticton Golf Club circa 2010. Picture of Stan & Gert with the gate bus at Stirling Creek in 2010.
Picture of Bob Dunham who started in 1953 and made this bus for his gate.
The last trip left Penticton on October 31 2018 @ 1345 driven by Blake Moore who was also on his last trip after nearly 40 years service and Greyhound's nearly 88 years of serving the Okanagan. Blake is holding Lyall Chambers cap w/ badge number one of BC Greyhound Lines. Lyall's cap resides in the Penticton Museum.
This is the bus that was at the Brookmere reunion in 2005. It was W522 a 33 passenger Courier 100 and was one of a group of 8 delivered in 1947 to WCGL. It was rebuilt by Rick Munday of Kelowna. The first 100 was built in 1945 and was W501, in 1946 W502/W517 and in 1947 W518/W525. The next group was W526/W540 and were Model 100A's. One more (W541) was delivered in 1948 along with ten Model 100B's W542-W551. Ten Model 100C's were built ending with W560 in 1949. At WCGL they were known as the 500's.There were fifty five 37 passenger Courier Model 200 A,B & C Courier's built between 1947-50 (The 700's) mainly used east of Nelson. The next series were the eleven Courier 85's (The 800's) built in 1951/52 W801/W811, the last gasoline powered Couriers and used mainly between Vancouver & Winnipeg. The 700's were Continental powered, all of the 500's and the 800's were IH power most RD 450's.

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