November 18, 2016

Flashback Friday

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Were you able to come up with the correct answer? It was a tough one this week. First, let’s take a look at the surroundings. The Metropolitan Square building is nearing its 1989 completion date with a strip of scaffolding still visible. The streetlight banners highlight St. Louis Centre, which opened in 1985.

Now comes the hard part – how good is your bus knowledge? The bus shown in this photo is a 1988 Flxible bus model with the old red, orange and yellow paint scheme. However, this particular bus series (8455) didn’t go into service until 1989. So…this photo shows a MetroBus on Broadway in 1989.

Thanks for guessing St. Louis!



8 thoughts on “Flashback Friday”

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      So close Aligo! This was actually shot more toward the end of the 80s in 1989.

  1. Steven Siegerist says:

    Bus is on Broadway southbound between Market and Chestnut. I think this was one of the first order or buses that had power steering. It looks like a Grumman Flxible.

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      Steven, you’ve got to like those Flxible buses, right? This photo was taken in 1989.

  2. Steven Siegerist says:

    I should add that the year is after 1984 as the bus was new in 1984 as evidenced by the bus number

  3. Joe Mullaney says:

    I loved the 5 color marker lights on each side of the route listing, but i don’t think they were ever used to denote anything. The ROY color scheme replaced the lightning bolt scheme.

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      Joe, the colors sure do pop don’t they?

  4. Creighton Rabs says:

    I wonder if this particular bus ran out of St. Clair County given the Illinois tags on this bus.

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