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Southern Pennsylvania Bus
(See also Chester Traction Company)
"Dedication and Opening" program picture courtesy of Janet Moulder, email@example.com
Cover of the "Dedication and Opening" program book for the new terminal at 13th & Edgmont Ave.
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The Southern Pennsylvania Traction Company began operating buses in January 1925 to replace "jitneys". The buses had schedules between the Post Office (5th & Welsh St.) and Highland Avenue, and between the Post Office and the Worth Steel plant at the Delaware state line.
The Southern Penn buses (dark green below with cream color around the windows and the top) continued to operate until the late 1950's or early 1960's. At that time they became a part of another company which was eventually taken over by Red Arrow and then became a part of SEPTA.
|Some Former Drivers:||Baker, James (from Garden
Golden, Joseph A.
Guyer, Abe (from Brookhaven)
McKinnell, Matthew (began as a conductor 1894; also served as a car dispatcher & officer clerk)
Mumley, William (completed 27 years of service in 1950)
Page, Troy L. (1924-1941)
Quinn, Joseph (completed 27 years of service in 1950)
Shields, Joseph Jr.
"Joseph Shields Jr of Eddystone; later to become Eddystone Police Chief; was a driver for Southern Penn at one time. He has many fond memories of driving."
Thanks to Derwood220@aol.com
Tinley, Alfred J.
|Other known Employees:||Dewess, William (Bus Checker
Garvine, Gilbert (called Dugie)
of Routes of Southern Penn Bus Company
(courtesy of Terry Redden Peters)
Routes as listed in the June 1937 Bus Schedule book:
Buckman Village - Sun Ship
Darby - Chester
Darby - Wilmington
Eddystone - Marcus Hook
Marcus Hook - Chester
Marcus Hook - Darby
Marcus Hook - Parkside
Marcus Hook - Sun Village - Eddystone
Marcus Hook - Wilmington
Sun Ship - Buckman Village
Twin Oaks - Chester - Darby
Upland - Chester
Upland - Sun Hill
Wilmington - Chester - Darby
|Recollections:||"My father, Walter F. Donnelly, started work with Southern Penn back in
the 1930's as a bus driver, went on to be the Chief Dispatcher, and then Office Manger,
when Southern Penn had to relocate after the fire. He finally retired in the late 1970's.
I know of two other drivers who were good friends of my father during that time, their
names were Abe Guyer (from Brookhaven) and James Baker (from Garden City). I can remember
my mother taking my father's lunch up to the bus stop at Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Avenues in Garden City when he made one of his frequent stops there. I can also remember
stopping into the "Bus Barn" when we were in Chester for a soda with my father
and the other drivers that were there."
Fred J. Donnelly, firstname.lastname@example.org
"The fire was more likely in 1947. The picture is of the rebuilt barn, we used to call it the car barn because they had trolleys before busses. the last tracks that I remember were the passing section between 18th & 20th sts.. on Edgemont Ave. The wind wasn't that bad that night and was blowing toward 13th st. as the old busses were in the side yard on 14th and they were not destroyed nor as I said before the section behind our house on Crosby st. I now remember standing on 14th St. watching. The flames were fairly high and when the gas tanks starting going they chased us away. I did stay home from school the next day and toured the ruins before they put up barricades. I got chased that day too.
"In winter time when it snowed we used to hop the busses on our sleds, the new busses were harder to find a hold than the old ones so we mostly took the Upland route."
- John J. Flanagan, email@example.com
[Editor's Note: The date of the fire was January 22, 1948 - 1]
my mom's obituary, "Mrs. Lee and her late husband, Harry S. Lee, owned and operated Lee's Confectionary Store...from 1944 to 1951".
(The store was located at 14th and Edgmont, directly across the street in front of the
"... I lived behind the bus barn in Chester and my Dad was a driver for them until he retired in 1972 and died shortly after that. I lived on Crosby St. 13th street. ... I don't remember allot but we played allot of Whikey Stick in the driveway to the repair shop for Southern Penn Company. I played for years there and had Aunts that live on Esrey Street also that does not even exsists anymore"
picture of Southern Pennsylvania Buses & Employees
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Many thanks to the following for supplying additional information for this page:
1 - Bill Crystle, date from Chester Times newspaper clipping.
© 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 John A. Bullock III.
This page last updated 10/18/05