These passengers are ready to depart for the day in one of the only two 1923 Model 50 buses in Yellowstone Park. The Model 50 buses are unique in having a much longer and wider body with seven seats wide enough for four people each and now providing room for up to 25 passengers. Passengers enter doorless seat six, which is over the rear wheels, through a walk-through from the last seat.
Luggage is stored on the sturdy fixed top reached by a folding ladder from the back of the bus. During rain or snowstorms, side curtains can be rolled down between each roof support. The dash has an instrument panel with switches to turn on the electric headlamps, a first for touring buses in the Park.
The Model 50 chassis is much heavier and was designed specifically for buses, not an upgraded truck chassis. These buses come equipped with steel disc wheels and dual rear wheels. But with the same GN engine as in the smaller buses, the Model 50 buses are quite slow going up and down the frequently steep grades in Yellowstone. Thus, these two buses usually carried passengers on the mostly flat route between the Union Pacific rail station at West Yellowstone and Old Faithful
White Motor Company - 1923 MODEL 50
Engine: 45 HP Four Cylinder Engine (GN)
Transmission: 4 Speed Manual
Steering: Manual, Cam & Lever
Brakes: Mechanical, Rear Wheel Brakes Only
There were six side doors opening onto seven bench seats, 25 passengers plus the driver. The Bender body had a 198” wheelbase. The roof was solid and luggage could be stored on the roof rack. They had steel disc wheels and electric lights. It utilized 36” x 6” tires all around, with duals on the rear.