The photo above was take in the late 1940s or early ‘50s at the Greyhound depot on Baker St. The photo at bottom shows Brad and Jane Shirley’s bus last weekend at the same location

LETTER: Helpfulness impresses visitor

My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting Nelson last weekend, entering our bus in the Road Kings car show.

My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting Nelson last weekend, entering our bus in the Road Kings car show. Unfortunately, upon our arrival Friday afternoon we tore the engine oil pan which left the bus unable to run.

As fire chief in Salmon Arm and knowing retired Nelson chief Simon Grypma for many years, I called him for advice. In a very short period of time we had Simon, Jack Chambers and other car club members, firefighters and chief Len MacCharles all on hand to assist us.

A call was made to Ray at Kootenay Motors who dropped everything to assist us. Within a couple hours, Western Auto Wreckers had towed the bus to Kootenay Motors who removed and welded the pan.

The next morning on their day off, Ray and mechanics reinstalled the oil pan and we were operational once again.

We can’t thank everyone who assisted us enough. What a great community Nelson is.

On another note, ironically Kootenay Motors is the location of the original Greyhound station and our bus was back where it was decades earlier.

Brad and Jane Shirley, Salmon Arm

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