Modern day travel has become a pastime that many enjoy – the modes of travel available and different levels of comfort leaves many options on the table for the willing wanderlust.
Almost a century ago, travelling cross country by car was not as luxe as it can be today. The lack of paved road, and missing amenities like air conditioning, made vehicle travel tough.
At the beginning of the 1900s, leisure travel in general was something experienced exclusively by the wealthy and elite population. In the early-to-mid-20th century, trains were a go-to way to get around, as were cars. With the gaining popularity of group travel, travelling by way of bus was on the rise. That being said, motor coaches have come a long way from their humble beginnings. The original coach was nothing like the coach we know today.
The Charabancs (open sided large trucks with seats) were the first motorized coaches, although this was still nothing like the coaches we know and use today. Operators started purchasing fully enclosed vehicles in the late to mid ‘40’s and then on to what we recognize today as the modern bus. Operators and owners began to build fleets of buses in the early part of the 20th century and regular bus services became common across the country. Over the mid to late part of the 20th century, some of the features that we see today in motor coaches began to be introduced – over seat storage, bathrooms, individual lights and reclining seats began to appear.
During the first few decades of the 20th century, motor coaches went through significant changes both in terms of design and features. By the latter part of the century, the motor coach was a completely different vehicle than the ones that appeared in the 1920s. With the turn of the century, new designs began to appear with improved gas mileage, more comfortable seating, larger luggage bays both under the main compartment and overhead.
Today, the motor coach has evolved into a form of transportation that is not only reliable and efficient but is also able to offer the luxury and comfort that its earlier counterparts could only wish for. From air conditioning and entertainment to reclining seats and spacious interiors, the modern motor coach has come a very long way since the first open-air trucks.
Today, TRAXX is committed to the safety of group travel as well as your comfort by offering on-board amenities. As we learn from the history of travel, TRAXX looks forward to newer technologies to make your travel experience that much better, this year we celebrate 90 years on the road, looking forward, always in motion.
Sun Fun Tours
Since 1978, Sun Fun Tours has been serving the interior of British Columbia and the Okanagan. Planning for a group