INTERCITY BUS COMPANIES

SANTA FE TRAILWAYS


1948 MAP (WEST)


1948 MAP (EAST)


Santa Fe Trail Stages formed in 1933 as bus subsidiary of Santa Fe Railway. In 1928, Santa Fe Trail Transportation Co. had been formed as truck subsidiary.

Subsequently acquired the following companies:

Southern Kansas Stage Lines
Began operations in 1924, acquired in 1935.

Cardinal Stage Lines

Central Arizona Transportation Lines
Began operations in 1933, acquired in 1936.

Rio Grande Stages
Began operations in 1931, acquired in 1937.

In 1936 joined Trailways. The above companies were merged in 1937 into Santa Fe Trail Transportation Co.

In addition acquired the following companies:

Santa Fe Trails of Illinois
Began operations in 1928 as Blue Motor Coach Lines, acquired in 1933, renamed in 1936.

Central Illinois Bus Co.
Began operations in 1928, acquired in 1936, merged in 1939 into Santa Fe Trails of Illinois.

Santa Fe Trails of Illinois merged in 1941 into Santa Fe Trail Transportation Co.

Histories for many of the Trailways bus companies are sketchy. But more details have been obtained for Santa Fe Trails of Illinois, from the "Opinions and Orders" of the Illinois Commerce Commission.

In 1935, Santa Fe Trails of Illinois acquired National Coach Lines, which had succeeded Decatur Bus Lines, which had been incorporated in 1930. In 1939 acquired Eagle Motor Coach Lines, which had been incorporated in 1926. Eagle Motor Coach Lines had earlier acquired Gem City Motor Bus Co., which had been incorporated in 1923.

Santa Fe Trail Stages sold in 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.


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