Robert Quinn caught a bus back to his past when he purchased and repainted an antique one that he first drove between Hazleton and Tresckow.
Quinn, who owns Quinn's Transit Lines, Hazle Township, tracked the bus to Leesport, Berks County, where the Reading Co. Technical and Historical Society had kept it for years.
"The owner saw how excited I was" and told Quinn that they would sell it at a good price "as long as you give it a good home."
For now, the bus, repainted white with a red stripe beneath the side windows and a red "V" separating the headlights, rests in front of Quinn's Transit garage on Old Airport Road.
He showed the bus at an antique car cruise June 15 at the Laurel Mall, Hazleton.
General Motors made the bus in 1949 in Pontiac, Mich.
Quinn and others in the business say the bus has the GM old-look styling that resembles a loaf of bread and is the model that Jackie Gleason drove while portraying Ralph Kramden in his television comedy "The Honeymooners."
GM made approximately 38,000 of the old-look buses before introducing a fishbowl-style bus with a bigger windshield in 1960.
Terry Cosentino, who volunteers with both the train and bus museums, also has an attachment to the old bus.
His father drove the bus, and he rode on it through the streets of Reading, where the bus traveled routes for 25 years in the fleet of the Reading Street Railway Co. and its successors.
In 1975, Baran's Transit Lines of Beaver Meadows purchased the bus.
There's where Quinn first got behind the wheel.
As an 18-year-old driver in 1980, he drove between Hazleton, Tresckow and Beaver Meadows.
Quinn remembers it was bus No. 10 in Baran's garage.
Baran's sold the bus to the Reading Co. Technical and Historical Society in 1988. On New Year's Day that year, the society took possession.
Cosentino's father, Joseph, who retired April 10, 1987 - the same day that GM stopped manufacturing buses - drove it back to Reading with his son in tow.
"He had retired ... He thought he was done driving buses," Terry Cosentino said.
The elder Cosentino continued to drive the old bus in parades in and around Reading for years.
By 2009, the society had acquired other buses and didn't have the finances to restore the old GM bus, so the members were happy to sell it to Quinn.
Quinn, now 50, said he did little other than repaint the bus to the colors that Baran's used.
The green bench seats and other interior changes that Baran's made remain in good condition. A coin box by the front door looks about the same of those in buses that Quinn now operates for the Hazleton Public Transit, except that today's boxes have an opening wide enough for dollar bills.
In newer buses, LED lights spell out the destination in the tiny window above the windshield. Quinn found a company in the Midwest to make a curtain that will
display the towns that he wants to show in the destination window. He turns a crank to change the display between "Hazleton," "Beaver Meadows," "Laurel Mall" and other stops.
"We drove it to Hershey. It ran beautifully," Quinn said.