NOPSI bought 339 White model 788 buses, numbers 1436-1589 and 1600-1784, from 1940 to 1948. (Data from Motor Coach Age, October-December 2001 issue.) The last twelve Whites were retired in 1962. Note that Public Service put the run number in the headsign. Routes were never numbered until Bridge 60, Express 70, and Express 71 were created in the late 1950s.

Some photographs come from The Historic New Orleans Collection and meet their terms and conditions of use for personal and educational purposes. Others are slides I purchased, credit given if indicated on slide mount.

WHITE 1561:

White 1515 on the Desire line on Royal Street in an unknown year. One photo added 10/15/13.

WHITE 1561:

White 1561 on the City Park bus line at Dauphine and Canal Sts. on October 6, 1946. On the left is the Maison Blanche department store and building, and on the right is D.H. Holmes. Note the streetcar tracks beginning abruptly and entering Canal. These were used from 1920 by the Bayou St. John (until 1925) and Broad (until 1929) car lines. Buses replaced trolleys on City Park in 1941 and were themselves replaced by trolley coach operation in 1949. Photo from Charles L. Franck / Franck-Bertacci Photographers Collection, The Historic New Orleans Collection. One photo added 05/20/11.

WHITE 1610:

White 1610 on the Jefferson bus line on Jefferson Highway on August 7, 1950. It has made a passenger stop at the Illinois Central railroad tracks inbound to Carrollton Avenue. Photo from Charles L. Franck / Franck-Bertacci Photographers Collection, The Historic New Orleans Collection. One photo added 05/20/11.

WHITE 1688:

White 1688 on the Desire bus line inbound at Royal and St. Louis Sts. in an unknown year. One of the ornate wrought iron balconies the French Quarter is famous for can be seen above. The bus has an aluminum painted roof and silver numerals. My collection. One photo added 06/01/12.

WHITE 1690:

White 1690 on the Desire bus line outbound at Dauphine and Almonaster Sts. on May 5, 1954. Another White bus is visible on the Gentilly bus line. Photo from Charles L. Franck / Franck-Bertacci Photographers Collection, The Historic New Orleans Collection. One photo added 05/20/11.

WHITE 1692:

White 1692 on the Airline bus line at Tulane Ave. and South Pierce St. on October 5, 1955. The Pontchartrain Expressway (later Interstate 10) overpass is visible beyond South Carrollton Ave. in the distance. Photo from Charles L. Franck / Franck-Bertacci Photographers Collection, The Historic New Orleans Collection. One photo added 05/20/11.

WHITE 1705:

The interior of White 1705 at Canal Station on October 19, 1949. On the left side is visible the rear of a segregation sign. (The NOPSI system was desegregated May 31, 1958.) Outside 1705 at right is a White with steel side panels and gray livery from World War II. Number 1705 is the first of the last group of 788s bought in 1948. Photo from Charles L. Franck / Franck-Bertacci Photographers Collection, The Historic New Orleans Collection. One photo added 05/20/11.

WHITE 1710:

White 1710 on the Desire line upbound at Royal and St. Peter Sts. in an unknown year. The poles and arms at right, however, suggest this shot was taken not long after the Gentilly streetcar was replaced (Desire was May 30, 1948 and Gentilly July 17, 1948) and the tracks were removed or paved over. There is another White in the background, and it may be a Gentilly bus. No photographer credit, scan from a slide in my collection. One photo added 10/05/15.

WHITE 1724:

White 1724 on the Desire line, run 4, upbound on Royal at Conti Sts. in an unknown year. That's the Louisiana Supreme Court on the right; it is in the 21st century partially hidden behind fencing and trees. My collection. Two photos added 02/01/12.

WHITE 1759:

White 1759 on the Desire line downbound at Bourbon and Bienville Sts. (The Old Absinthe Bar) in an unknown year. No photographer credit, scan from a slide in my collection. One photo added 10/05/15.

WHITE 1773:

I believe this is White 1773, seen on the Jefferson bus line inbound at Jefferson Hwy. and Labarre Rd. The National Bank of Commerce in Jefferson Parish is the focus of this slide. According to the City of Harahan website, this main branch of NBC opened October 21, 1955. The Jefferson bus line was sold by NOPSI to Louisiana Transit Co. on August 15, 1959. These dates are the range in which the slide was shot. No photographer credit, scan from a slide in my collection. Two photos added 10/05/15.

UNKNOWN NUMBER WHITE BUSES:

An unknown number White (only the last digit of 7 is visible) on the Frenchmen bus line at Elysian Fields and St. Claude Aves. on December 3, 1954. We are looking through the Esso gasoline station. Frenchmen was renamed Elysian Fields in 1957. Trolley coach wires for the St. Claude line are visible. Photo from Charles L. Franck / Franck-Bertacci Photographers Collection, The Historic New Orleans Collection. One photo added 05/20/11.