1962 GMC Arlington Barcroft & Washington No. 1319


This bus available for display only.

General Motors Corporation manufactured this 1962-5302 in Pontiac, Michigan.  It is known as a "New Look" coach.  It was purchased by the Arlington, Barcroft and Washington Transit Company (AB&W) in March of 1962.  It services the Columbia Pike, Pentagon, Old Towne areas of Alexandria, Virginia, and connected them to Washington, D.C.  In 1973 AB&W and several other private transit companies, were purchased by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).  The bus was renumbered to 1319 and repainted in Metrobus livery.
This bus was remanufactured by Blitz of Chicago, Illinois in March 1984 and was retrofitted with modern components.  Like many of WMATA's "New Look" buses, this coach continued daily service until late 2000, when their oldest coaches were replaced by two new fleets of wheelchair accessible Orion buses.  Coach 1319 ran for 38 years of continuous service.  It operated from the Old Towne garage in Alexandria and was believed to have had its last run in the Crystal City/Pentagon area just before retirement.
This bus is powered by a Detroit Diesel 6V71 engine with Allison V-Drive transmission and features an air starter, which is not commonly found on these buses.  Upon its retirement, coach 1319 was bought from WMATA by bus collector Laddie Vitek, who stored it in Richmond, Virginia until he donated it to Commonwealth Coach and Trolley in 2004.  This bus was restored to its original AB&W livery and fleet number in 2009.
The TDH-5302 (Transit Diesel Hydraulic 53 passenger 02nd model of this size) was produced from 1961-1977 in the U.S. It continued to be manufactured in Canada for a short time afterwards.
General info on GMC 40-foot new look:

  • Length: 40 feet

  • Width: 96, 102

  • Height: 121 inches

  • Wheelbase: 285 inches

  • Turn radius: 42 feet

  • Typical engine: DDA 6V-71, DDA 8V-71

  • Seating: 49-53

  • Luggage: None

  • Aisle Width: 20, 26 inches

  • Front door width: 30 inches

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