Prospectus for Blue Mountain Bus Lines
BLUE MOUNTAIN BUS LINES COMPANY
Feb. 8, 1916.
D. W. Doub,
Believing that future interurban and intercity travel will be by automobile busses, the writer will endeavor to bring before you some facts in this connection, soliciting your approval and stock subscription.
The idea is to organize and incorporate a company, capitalized at $20,000, divided into 800 shares at $25.00 a share, to operate several bus lines in and out of Hagerstown, running to Boonsboro and Frederick, to Clearspring and Hancock, and possibly extending to Baltimore and Cumberland, or to any of the surrounding towns as the situation may warrant.
Not less than $10,000 of the capital stock would have to be subscribed before incorporating or commencing operations, which would give sufficient capital to buy four busses complete, similar to the illustrations enclosed. The bodies are built like the latest street car bodies, with seating capacity for 18 and will carry 30 or more. They are built by Brill Co., in Philadelphia, large street car builders, and are mounted on two ton truck chassis. They are electric lighted, heated in winter, and ride as comfortable as the average interurban trolley car, if not more so.
The cost of operating each of these trucks loaded, running on an average of 150 miles per day, will be approximately $12.50 a day. This includes depreciation, repairs, gasoline, tires, oil and driver. The average income is $18 to $20 a day each, and in fact is running higher in some cases here in our own community. This with no organization and with cars too small for the business. (Figures on operating cost and income can be verified from actual practice. )
Right here in this territory there is a big field, practically undeveloped, for this business. There is not a big overhead expense, and no expensive upkeep of roadbed or powerhouse. Extensions or changes in runs can be made with practically no expense. The Middle West has many such companies and as far as reports can be obtained, all are flourishing. McMahon Bros. Transportation Co. of Baltimore, Md., are running six of these busses between Belair, Overlea and Baltimore, with extraordinary financial success, having cleared the cost of their last two cars in six months. Look at the bus lines in your own county. Operating single busses only, with no schedules, they are making good and doing capacity business.
Naturally this will link the smaller towns with the larger ones, and will bring business to the latter. The fact that these other busses are now running with success shows that the field is there. The average traveler will ride in a bus like these described in preference to most of those now running, and in a case of going to Baltimore, would prefer these to a railroad train.
Will you kindly take the trouble to advise what you think of the proposition and give the writer an opportunity to go into details ?
Yours very truly,
Wm. B. Staley
Wm. B. Staley
This prospectus may be a precursor to the Blue Ridge Line. D. W. Doub was an attorney in
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