Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Kenworth-built school buses

In the early 1940s, Kenworth began branching out into bus production with their buses bearing the "Pacific" name after their parent company "Pacific Car and Foundry Company." One of their first products was the Pacific SchoolCoach Model T126 (which were built to Washington State school bus specifications,[4] but available in other configurations as well), which became the first school bus ever to feature a roof escape hatch and dual side emergency exits as standard equipment.[5] Also produced was the CarCoach, a small, early type-A school bus which featured an extra wide entrance door, and a vehicle known as the CargoCoach (nicknamed the "Bruck", of which only 12 were built.)[6] The CargoCoach was a hybrid design using the shell of the T126 SchoolCoach platform, which sported a modified rear end design featuring twin cargo bay doors that opened up to a full cargo bay, and the front half of which was a regular transit bus. Other offerings included a public transit bus based on the T126 SchoolCoach platform. In 1957, with PACCAR wanting to focus more on heavy duty truck production, the Kenworth bus division was sold to Gillig Bros., a bus manufacturer based in Hayward, California that would ultimately use a majority of the T126's (as well as the T216's) [7] design in their own products.

In 2007, efforts began to expand the Gillig Coach Historical Society's role into preserving Kenworth "Pacific" SchoolCoach school buses.

KW T2000

Often imitated, never equaled, the T2000 sets new standards in aerodynamics, performance and driver comfort. Built primarily for over-the-road application, it's design uses new millennium materials and technologies to help maximize operator profit. Advanced composite materials, weight saving components and leading edge aerodynamics blend together to push the limits of fuel economy and boost vehicle carrying capacity.

The T2000's spacious interior offers drivers style, comfort and an ergonomic cab design to help reduce operator fatigue. Luxurious amenities and intelligent use of space combine to improve the quality of life on the road.

The T2000, like all Kenworth products, is designed to be exceptionally reliable and easy to service. The T2000 incorporates improved access for routine and preventative maintenance, reducing downtime and maintenance costs.

The T2000�s superior aerodynamics, light weight design, and enduring residual values combine to make the T2000 a high-value real world solution to your transportation needs.


* Engine sizes from 13-liter to 15-liter
* Accommodates up to 600 horsepower engines
* Front axles from 12,000 to 14,600 lb ratings,
* Rear axles from 23,000-lb single to 46,000-lb tandems
* Set-back front axle provides optimum wheel cut and weight distribution
* 59-inch taperleaf springs for a smooth ride
* Aerodynamic, light-weight design for optimum fuel economy and maximum carrying capacity
* Sloped hood, large windshield and DAYLITE Doors for improved visibility
* Integrated, wide open cab/sleeper design
* 7-foot-wide cab with 30 inches between the seats for driver comfort

Sleeper Options
* Kenworth offers multiple sleeper options to match driver/fleet requirements: 75-inch AERODYNE
* 60-inch AERODYNE

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Kenworth T2000 Peterbilt Valvo Western Star International