ABOUT THE BUSES:Purchased with federal funds by the City of New Orleans, the 410-517 series were American Motors' first production Metropolitan buses. They were based from all three operating stations (Canal, Arabella, and Carrollton) and could appear on any NOPSI line. The series carried the New Orleans standard express lamps flanking the front destination sign and was air conditioned. Several made it into the RTA era; some even received repainting from the two-tone green to a white with Mardi Gras stripes livery. The AM Generals were replaced by M-A-N Americana buses in 1985-86.
AM GENERAL 415:AM General 415 on the Magazine line at Camp and Canal Sts. in 1976. Scan of a duplicate slide in my collection added 10/15/13.
AM GENERAL 417:AM General 417 on the Jackson line at Canal and Baronne Sts. in May 1981. It's about to make another uptown trip.
AM GENERAL 418:AM General 418 in the new RTA colors on the South Claiborne Poydras branch at the S. Carrollton terminal. Buses were supposed to be rehabilitated, including air conditioning, before they were repainted. The express lamps are lighted for the Claiborne limited stop service. Photo from Jerry Squier collection courtesy Scott Richards added 01/22/14.
AM GENERAL 422:Brand new AM General 422 on the Freret line at St. Charles Ave. and Gravier St. on April 27, 1975. Whitney National Bank is visible to the left. Full and cropped images come from a slide in my collection and were added 08/23/12.
AM GENERAL 434:AM General 434 seen at the Canal Station wearing the new RTA livery of white with Mardi Gras stripes in early 1984.
AM GENERAL 438:AM General 438 on the Tulane line at S. Carrollton and S. Claiborne on April 15, 1977. Two slides taken by Charles Porter added 04/13/13.
AM General 438 on the Tulane line at South Carrollton and South Claiborne Aves. Two GMC New Look buses, the first one a 5301, immediately follow, and both appear to be running Tulane as well. My guess is this a peak hour shot. Photo from Jerry Squier collection courtesy Scott Richards added 01/22/14.
AM GENERAL 442:AM General 442 on the Tulane line at Canal and Elk Place.
AM GENERAL 450:AM General 450 in RTA colors on Express 71, University Place at Poydras, circa 1984. Photo cannot be sharpened. Note the express lamps turned on.
AM GENERAL 482:AM General 482 on the Canal-Cemeteries line at Canal and University Place.
AM GENERAL 497:AM General 497 in the busway outbound at Canal and Dauphine Sts. in a slide dated May 1976. The crop shows twin lamps to the left of the air conditioner; NOPSI installed them on most buses to warn motorists when buses were stopping. The front of Kress is visible on the right. Note all the trash on the neutral ground and in the street. Two photos added 11/19/11.
AM GENERAL 498:AM General 498 on Express 80 with a Carpenter bus at the foot of Canal Street in 1984. The curbside express lamp appears to be out; the streetside one is lit. One photo added 05/07/11.
AM General 498 repainted in RTA colors is seen at the foot of Elysian Fields next to the power plant on February 17, 1985. RTS 567 behind has a scraped up streetside bumper. The letter E is just visible on the headsign, suggesting this could be a Desire bus. Both its roof hatches are open. The 498 looks pretty spiffy in the white with Mardi Gras stripes. Scan from a Kodachrome slide in my collection added 08/29/12.
AM GENERAL 515:AM General 515 on the Canal-Lakeshore line at Canal and Bourbon Sts. in June 1976. Slide by an unknown photographer from my collection added 01/13/17.
UNKNOWN FLEET NUMBERS:AM General on the Freret line at Carondelet and Canal Sts.