Presenting a collection of Pacific Stage Lines ephemera, including a 1937 advertisement illustration for Hercules Engine Motors that I’ve colourized.
Jack Brown over at SurreyHistory.ca has compiled a comprehensive chapter on Pacific Stage Lines history, with much of the information provided by Murray Boyle, whom I suspect is the son of a Pacific Stage Lines bus driver, Dave Boyle. From the article:
Dave Boyle went into service as a Green Stage driver on a run to White Rock on May 23, 1923. He began his career with the Green Stages Ltd., and continued with Pacific Stage Lines. Here he is shown in his Pacific Stage uniform.
The entire history is a fascinating study of small entrepreneurial initiatives that were ultimately combined to create a more unified bus service spanning both sides of the Fraser River. I believe this aspect of our transportation history deserves more attention, and so as such, I present to you a compilation of various Pacific Stage Lines logos. More from Jack’s website:
An image that the traveling public was very familiar with was the Pacific Stage Lines logo of a flying horse in a circle. The line drawing of a PSL bus was also very frequent in many company advertisements.
The public name for bus services from 1926 to March 1962 was the Pacific Stages Lines. The service was chiefly an inter city carrier, but operated some local and suburban services in the Greater Vancouver area. Suburban service in Surrey began November 8, 1966.
Also presented here is a neat animated GIF which I created from a brochure of unknown vintage for Pacific Stage Lines’ parcel express service, showing the distances (in miles) that Pacific Stage buses traveled. If we had some vintage timetables, it would be neat to see what the ultimate travel times would be between these destinations! Special thanks to Mike Hocevar for his help with this post!