Continuing my blog on the Board Meeting held Tuesday evening in Hershey, I am pleased to announce that the Board has appointed Ken McNellis to fill the unexpired term of Bob Beard, who (if you read yesterday’s blog) has resigned from the Board. We welcome Ken to the Board as he brings a lot of bus experience to the Board.

In his 44 years of driving Charters, Guided Tours and Line runs, he has driven 38 different models of coaches (GMC, MCI, Flxible, American Eagle, and Prevost), 4 different models of School Buses (Thomas, Carpenter, International, and Freightliner), and 2 types of Mini-Coaches (Ford and Freightliner).

On March 23, 2009, he was awarded the “Driver of Distinction Award” by the PA Bus Association and Klein Transportation for one million miles of accident-free driving since 1966 to the present with no traffic citations for any type of violation (

Ken became a member of the Museum of Bus Transportation in 1988 and became more involved with the Museum with the acquisition of the Amtran #153 and has been instrumental in cleaning and restoring this vehicle to its present condition. He wanted to help preserve this bus because it came from the first transit authority ever established in the state of Pennsylvania.

If you were at the Spring Fling on Friday, you will remember Ken as the person who, in the pouring rain, helped the shuttle turn around at the Annex, helped the vendors unload their wares, and generally helped with any other outside situations on that rainy day.

We believe Ken will be a great asset to the Board and please join us in WELCOMING him and congratulating him on his appointment.