The Future of the past

Metro Employee Historic Vehicle Association (MEHVA) and King County Metro hosted the Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO) membership meeting Tuesday morning, May 30, 2017. AKCHO was established in 1977 to encourage the study and preservation of King County history and heritage, to promote dialog and cooperation among historical organizations, and to increase the public awareness of heritage activities in King County.

After AKCHO members discussed collection preservation and methods to cultivate volunteer participation, the group boarded #724, a 1968 GM “New Look” T8H-5305 once operated by Seattle Transit for a tour of historic Georgetown. General Motors Truck and Coach Division built the GM “New Look” bus nicknamed the “Fishbowl” (for its six-piece rounded windshield) between 1959 and 1986. The T8H-5305 was a public transportation workhorse during much of the latter half of the twentieth century. Although GM produced over 44,000 “New Look” buses, perhaps this iconic bus is most famous for its starring role in the 1994 movie “Speed.”

Josh Shield, MEHVA’s current President, provided AKCHO members an overview of MEHVA and King County’s efforts to maintain and restore vintage transit vehicles, the challenges faced today, and capably piloted the vintage coach as the group toured Georgetown.