For the next couple of weeks we will talk about the history of the school bus The school bus has become a major mode of transporting students to and from school. Here is information on how the school bus came to be.
A horse-drawn carriage designed to carry 25 children, was introduced in 1827 by George Shillibeer. It was for a Quaker school at Abney Park in Stoke Newington, London.
Here in the United States, Wayne Works, the predecessor of Wayne Corporation, was founded in 1837. By 1886, the company was making horse-drawn school carriages which many people referred to as “school hacks”, “school cars”, “school trucks”, or “kid hacks”. “Hack” was a term for certain types of horse-drawn carriages. Some of these carriages had bench seating in them. The entrance door was in the back. This was to avoid startling the horses when loading and unloading passengers. In this era, it was also very common to use farm wagons in rural areas to transport children to schools. In inclement weather, sleds were sometimes used in extreme northern climates.
We will look at the 1900’s and the continued evolution of the school bus next week.