1991 Gillig Phantom - Valley Metro No. 436
This 1991 Gillig Phantom, Coach 436, was built in Hayward, California and was one of ten new buses delivered in December 1991 to the Greater Roanoke Transit Company (GRTC), also called Valley Metro. They were Roanoke's first wheelchair-accessible transit buses. These buses were also the first ones to be delivered with aluminum wheels and electronic, digital-display destination signs. In 1994, this bus was renumbered 9108 as part of Valley Metro's revised numbering system which identifies each coach by the year purchased. Coach 436 (9108) remained in service until March 2004, when it was one of the buses replaced by a new fleet of the same make and model.
The Gillig Corporation was founded in Hayward, California in 1980 and is one of today's leading transit bus manufacturers, mostly due to the success of the Phantom. This model was produced from 1980 to 2008 with only minor cosmetic changes. As of this writing, Valley Metro still operates Phantoms exclusively in fixed-route service.
This coach is equipped with a Detroit Diesel 6V92TA turbocharged engine and an Allison HT-748 electronically-controlled automatic transmission. It was donated to Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum, Inc. by GRTC in March 2004 and has been preserved with its original fleet number and paint scheme.
(Fred Donaher, Museum Curator, 2009 CC & T)