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If you ever gone to school in SoCal or even like in the LA area, you frequently see Crown Coach school buses which are transit style buses that have round corners, sometimes a curving windshield and a rear engine. They also have a unique sound that you can hear particularly when they accelerate. other buses in SoCal include Blue Bird, all angular, Wayne, and Thomas.
Growing up in the LA
area, I seen and rode on many Crown Supercoaches. Back in the 80s, when I was a kid, I went to summer school in the Inglewood Unifed School District, and we rode on 60 area Cummins 743 powered 35 ft Crown Supercoaches, and a old type C ( non transit) Blue Bird, then in 1988 IUSD bought some brand new Cummins 855 ( 300hp) powered 35 ft Crown Supercoaches, and those would take me to summer school up till 1990. My first ride on a 40 ft tandem axles, or what I used to call ten wheelers, was in 1989 and it was own by Mark IV
bus line. I went to summer school at a private school, and we was taking our last field trip of the summer and we was going to Raging Water. I we was in the school hallway, and as we walk to the bus, I was shock that our bus was a tandem axles Crown. I also rode on a MarkIV tandem axles Crown Supercoach in 1991 to Six Flag Magic Mountain for our 6 grade graduation trip, and I can not remember if these two buses was Cummins or Detroit power. In high school, ( Westchester High School) I was on the track team, so I rode on tons of Crowns 35 and 38 ft Supercoach and sometimes LAUSD Supercoach II
, but I do not think I ever went to a track meet on a 40 ft tandem axle Supercoach.
I believe LAUSD still operates Detroit Diesel 6-71 35ft Supercoaches and Supercoach 2s, ( all Supercoach 2s are 40 ft and all LAUSDs had 6v92s) but they retired all there 40ft tandem axle Supercoaches. Which sad, because they was powered by Cummins 743/855s, and they sound like beast!