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Posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sun Feb 10 15:49:58 2002
For the 1985 bus model year certain old NYCTA GM and Flxible fishbowls got renumbered because they were in the 4000 number range and it was the desire of the TA to start the first 1985 RTS with the number 3900. These fishbowls were to be scrapped in a short amount of time anyway. The surviving TA group of 1969 Flexibles (originally 4000 to 4202) became 7205 to 7299. The surviving MABSTOA group of 1969 Flxibles (originally 4600 to 4727) became 7360 to 7467. The surviving TA group of 1971 GMC's (originally 4300 to 4499) became 6350 to 6449. Finally, all but one of the original MABSTOA group of 1972 GMC's (4800 to 4919) became 6500 to 6518. Which bus was the unlucky one you ask? Turns out the missing bus was actually lucky! 4800 became Blitz 5511. All the other 5500 hard seaters were original TA. 5500 to 5527 (except 5511) were originally in the 6200 to 6349 (hard seats) group; 5528 to 5571 were soft seaters originally in the 6900 series. I remember one 6900 series hard seater operating on local routes: 6948. This bus was not Blitzed. Blitz 5572 to 5576 were originally the MABSTOA soft seat group of 4500 to 4505. 4504 did not get Blitzed: that became 6957 after renumbering.
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