Erie Coach Lines (1930?-1948)

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The Erie Coach Lines was founded circa 1930 through the merger of a couple of small bus lines in the Niagara Peninsula by J. L. Grightmare, former owner of the Hamilton & Dundas Bus Lines.

Based in Welland, Ontario, the Erie Coach Lines operated service between Welland and Fenwick, Fonthill, Port Colbourne, Crystal Beach, and Buffalo.

On December 10, 1948, the Erie Coach Lines was bought by the Canada Coach Lines. At the time, the Erie Coach Lines had 165 employees and a fleet of 32 buses, mostly Ford Transits, along with Twin Coach 41-S and Flxible buses.


Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1941 Flxible Clipper 29BR-41
1941 Ford 19B
1942 Ford 29B
  • 6 units, fleet numbers unknown.
  • To Canada Coach Lines 629, 631, 633, 635, 647, 649 in 1948.
1943 Ford 49B
1944 Ford 49B
1945 Flxible Clipper 29BR-45
1945 Ford 59B
1946 Ford 59B
1947 Aerocoach P-371
1947 Flxible Clipper 29BI-47
40-42 1947 Twin 41-S To Canada Coach Lines 821, 823, 825 in 1948.


  • Hamilton Spectator, December 10, 1948.