Book Review, The Coach, September 2023, By Tom Lymbery
“The Coach” by Brian W Grams
This book is about Motor Coach Industries of Winnipeg that built the buses that became Canada’s finest. From the 12 – 600s that were able to travel the under construction Alaska Highway from Fort St. John, BC to Fairbanks, Alaska, came bus models that stood up to Canada’s narrow gravel roads.
Exhaustive research by Brian Grams has produced a reference book for those operating, or buying MCI buses. His father, Walter Grams was a Canadian Greyhound driver so Brian grew up in a Greyhound family. He Rode with his father from an early age so could drive a bus at age 15. His first job was driving for Brewster Busses of Banff – taken on with no training at all, but he knew buses and the Banff area served by Brewster.
Brian sent me a copy with the note ‘I’m jealous of your history with “The Hound” which is why he asked me to help him sell his book – he wants it sold by one who can testify to Canadian Greyhound – I first rode one at the age of three, and greeted the drivers daily unloading buses that were carefully balanced across the bow of the sternwheeler Nasookin.
This was an expensive book to produce as almost every page has 3 or 4 buses, along with detail. Brian also has pages filled with explanations as to how the serial numbers worked. this will be a reference book used almost everywhere in the world.
The Coach will be sold exclusively at Gray Creek Store. Please call us at 250-227-9315 to check for available copies.