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  1. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    The higher numbered ones (I want to think 7340 or 7341 up to 7374) were based in Poco for at least five years. I believe that it was the delivery of the C40LFRs in 2006 that displaced them to Surrey. My timing may be a little off, but I am pretty sure that all of the 1999 D40LFs were already in Surrey by the time the D40LFRs were sent there from Burnaby.
  2. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    About a week and a half ago someone spotted R8010 at Bridgeport displaying "555 CARVOLTH EXCH"...
  3. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Corrected for accuracy.
  4. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    Didn't you and I talk about that years ago? I don't think that 7184 ever actually made it back into service, so perhaps it wasn't deemed fit for revenue service.
  5. 2017 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 trial

    Noooooo... No, no and no. Way too much passenger turnover for that.
  6. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    During the trolley crisis, the Cummins loaners from BTC were, as I recall: 7375, 7376, 7377 and 7380. I thought that the 1999 D40LFs loaned from Surrey were 7344, 7347, 7348 and 7349, but now that I go back through my old pictures I'm not sure about the last two, because it wasn't until a year or two later that I got pictures of 7348 on the 15, and 7349 on the 491. (I know for a fact I've also got shots of 7349 on the N16.) A couple of D40LFs were also borrowed from Richmond. I think those ones were 7239-7241. See attached images: 7375 on the 100, 7376 on run 1 of the 25 (most likely not a BTC run, especially since the time stamp says the picture was taken at 8:33 am), 7380 on the 405 as you recalled, another shot of 7375 but this time on 17/049 (I only just remembered that this was before the weekday 49s were moved to RTC)
  7. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Fleet overhaul, that thing has been out of service for a while. I know that FOH test drives sometimes go up to SFU and/or along Lougheed in both directions.
  8. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    There's a chance it might not even be equipped with TMac...
  9. 2017 Garage Transfers and Storage Reactivations

    Oh you think this is bad, you haven't seen me when I'm cracking down. And trust me, you do NOT want to.
  10. Vancouver: T-Comm "E-Sightings"

    I saw it too, actually that index was my second choice behind the work I ended up choosing. You'd only be doing the 480/351/601 on Mondays, but it had Thursday Friday off which I like. I ended up settling for Wednesday Thursday just because of what my Friday work is... What's even more strange about the block @Dr. BusFreak has pointed out is that it's not even on the 480 line group - it's run 12 on the 403! I think I saw it a few times last night (16133).
  11. Vancouver Special Sightings

    A little under two years ago I drove 7264 on a 33... and I took pictures to prove it. Ordinarily it wouldn't have been anything special... but that run happened to carry on to do the first and third N16... Yes, I have pictures of that too!
  12. Vancouver general sightings and notes

    Last night a Unitow wrecker was standing by at RTC when I got back to the yard at 21:46. As I was walking back to my car I noticed it was hooking something up, probably one of the shuttles still sitting in the dead line. I assume those are going to the scrap yard. Perhaps the one I saw getting hooked up at RTC last night was heading to the same place.
  13. New Flyer D40LF Retirement / Storage watch

    Not that I know of. That said, apparently when they were first converted, a couple of them ran in Surrey for a short time, and this I knew nothing about. Yes. 3174 wasn't the first bus to carry a "training" prefix. The first was 5508, a 1976 (?) 35 foot T6H-4521A fishbowl, which was removed from storage in 2006 for use by the training department. The next was 4187, a 1989 MCI Classic, followed by 3174 a couple of years later. Also, completely unrelated: as of yesterday, only three retired D40LFs remain in RTC: S7339, S7268 and V7258.
  14. Translink fleet overhaul watch

    The Fleet Overhaul Watch thread was created to keep a running inventory of what equipment was being cycled in and out of Heavy Fleet Maintenance (Fleet Overhaul) at BTC at any given time. Back when this thread was created (10 years ago!!) whenever I swung by BTC I'd take note of everything that I saw parked outside the shops and anything that I could see inside, and then post that information here. Like @Express691 mentioned, sightings at Fleet Overhaul were used as a guide to keep track of what buses we knew were off the road, waiting for repairs, undergoing said repairs or being painted. The Refurbishments thread was much more specific, and that thread was the main purpose of having this thread to keep track of what was in Fleet Overhaul. If we knew a certain bus was in the paint shop, we also knew that it was likely to emerge and end up back on the road looking like it just came fresh from the factory. Man did they ever shine on that all-important first day back in service!! The number of hours we'd spend standing on street corners waiting for a bus to show up sporting a fresh paintjob and shiny white wheels... These days it's just not the same when some Nova bus comes back after being missing in action for a few months, because it just looks... gray with yellow and blue stripes. Blah.