Got the middle of the work week blues? Need something to celebrate? The 202nd anniversary of the start of the War of 1812 isn’t enough? How about the 100th anniversary of intercity bus travel?
That’s the party at the U.S. Department of Transportation Wednesday, where the folks at Greyhound have brought along buses that span the century. (Get to 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE before 1:30 p.m. if you want to see them in person.) Here they are:
The 1914 Hupmobile was the first Greyhound bus ever and was used to transport iron miners from Hibbing to Alice, Minn.
Built by Mack Truck Company, this 1931 bus included amenities such as mohair seats with horsehair stuffing and side curtains to keep out roadside dust and glaring sunlight.
Built by Yellow Coach, this 1937 Supercoach was the first intercity bus to feature an all-metal body and engine in the rear. It was hailed as the ultimate in bus design at the time.
This 1954 Scenicruiser was the first bi-level motor coach, seating 10 passengers on the driver level and 33 on the second level. Notable features included 90 percent glare-resistant glass and air conditioning.
This modern bus can transport 50 passengers and features leather seats, free Wi-Fi, power outlets and three-point seat belts.