1976 Flxible Valley Metro No. 179
This bus was destroyed by the fire.
Coach 179 was delivered to Valley Metro in April 1976. It was one of 22 buses acquired that year and cost $59,000. It was part of the first order for Valley Metro, reorganized from Roanoke City Lines in March 1975. These Flxible coaches were Roanoke's first air-conditioned transit buses. Coach 179 is powered by a 6v71 Detroit Diesel with an Allison VS-2 transmission. In the late 70s Valley Metro touted 179 and its sister coaches as the best buses they ever had.
Coach 179 was retired in July 1988; some of these ran through 1994 at Valley Metro then went on to serve the University of Virginia and Kent State. The bus was donated to the Virginia Museum of Transportation (VMT) in the fall of 1988 who preserved it from 1989 to 2000. In 2000 the VMT donated Coach 179 to CC & T as part of their reorganization. The interior of this bus had been completely restored by Freddie Donaher, current CC & T board member and curator for the museum. It is in need of transmission work after which it will be put in operational service.