TMC RTS Transit Bus – Assembled
Iconic Replicas #87-0399
TTC Toronto- Destination : 11 Bayview to Davisville STN
Walthers Part # 808-870399
HO Scale (1/87th)
- All diecast metal
- Limited edition production of 504
- Every model are only produced once.
This detailed HO Scale TMC Rapid Transit Series (RTS) Transit Bus is perfect for adding realism to your mordern city streets. In 1971, the Urban Mass Transit Administration launched the Transbus research project with the goal to design a bus that would be lightweight, comfortable, and accessible to the elderly and disabled. General Motors proposed their RTS-3T (Rapid Transit Series 3-axle Transbus). It had a lowered floor, three axles, and resembled the RTX, but was 45 feet in length and had conventional transit seating. The RTS-3T used a Detroit-Diesel Allison GT-404 gasoline turbine with an Allison HT-540 transmission.
As the future of the Transbus project became uncertain by 1976, both General Motors and Rohr announced their intention to to produce so-called “Advanced Design Buses” (ADB) in the interim. General Motors incorporated features of the RTX and Transbus into what became the earliest RTS prototype in 1973. This bus had two axles and a higher floor. The Transbus designs never entered production, and General Motors focused their energies on the RTS which began production in 1977.
General Motors sold the RTS design and patent rights to Transportation Manufacturing Corporation (TMC) of Roswell, New Mexico in May 1987. The two companies did a joint order for the New York City MTA to prepare TMC for the production. TMC would sell the design and patents to Nova Bus in September 1994. This limited-run model features a die cast body with injection-molded parts, window glazing and fine decoration. It’s a great addition to your 1980s and later layout scenes or vehicle collection. This Bus is one of many detailed HO Scale bus models from Iconic Replicas.
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