I’ve been seeing a lot of red in Christmas decorating this year, so I had a hankering for a bright spot of red for this week’s photo. Here is a grill view of the iconic Red Jammer tour buses that traverse Glacier National Park during the summer months. We got to briefly ride in this beauty during our Montana trip in 2012. If Santa ever wanted to upgrade from his trusty reindeer and sleigh, I could very well envision him driving a Red Jammer bus!
The National Park Service contracted with the White Motor Company (Cleveland, Ohio) to build the vehicles in the 1930s. The buses were used at many western National Parks, and Glacier is the only one that has continued the tradition. The Glacier buses were completely refurbished by the Ford Motor Company in 2001, and 33 of them are currently in service. Each red bus can hold 17 passengers and a driver. With a rollback canvas convertible top, all of the bus riders can easily view the park’s magnificent mountain peaks and valleys.
The touring drivers are called “jammers” because of the jamming sound the gears made as they drove the rugged mountain roads through the park. That was back in the day of standard transmissions.
If you ever go to Glacier National Park, I hope you will look for them or get to ride in one! Here’s an information video, so you can see what the rest of a red jammer looks like.