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  1. Saw a couple of 7900's this weekend with the olds bulbs and there are quite a few at OG hybrids with them as well. At first we were replacing them on a fix as fail basis but now they are being called on MTO and other inspections so the remaining ones should be replaced soon. Regarding the glare, I had one where the operator complained of approaching vehicles flashing him as if they were being blinded by the headlights. Turns out someone installed the new lamps upside down. Ive also seen a couple where all four bulbs were replaced with the LED's by mistake.
  2. I've installed quite a few of those on Orion buses. For a while we could not get new replacements for two of the old style cameras so we had to install the newer style mini dome cameras. Recently though we have a new supply of the old cameras in stock but who knows for how long.
  3. They are at Mt Dennis for repairs and will be leaving shortly. These two buses along with 7955,7956 and 7957 have had the lower seats stripped out and have been converted to EMS patient transport units.
  4. As of this week 8362 is still being repaired.
  5. No, the buses are there for technician training courses which are based out of Mt Dennis currently.
  6. I've also heard their will be no full electric buses or charging infrastructure at McNicoll for the foreseeable future.
  7. Hope you have a long and happy retirement and thanks for the recent updates. Congratulations on making it out in one piece! I have 18 years left to go.
  8. Had a look at 8095 yesterday. The entire L/F corner is caved in from top to bottom. It is repairable but I have my doubts due to it's age. We'll have to wait for the bean counters to inspect and make their decision.
  9. Spotted ex TTC 9411 driving along Van Horne west of Don Mills around 6:30 this evening.
  10. The 8000's have much more in common with the 7900's than they do with the 8100's. The engines, transmissions and engine cradles are identical and interchangeable. The DPF system on the 8000's is an add on passive system with its own computer module, harness and pressure sensor which are separate from the Cummins ECM. The system was a stop gap used only on these buses. It was very basic and does not have the capability to regenerate (clean the DPF) on its own like the active system found on the NG hybrids, 8100's and newer buses do. The DPF's must be changed out every year or they will plug the exhaust which in turn causes the pressure sensor module to send a signal to the main ECM to shut down the engine. While at Queensway I remember attending several road calls for a stalled bus where this was the case. Luckily for us techs all we had to do to get the bus going again was to pull the pressure sensor module fuse then the engine would restart. The filter was then replaced after we drove the bus back to the garage. On the newer buses once a code trips for a plugged DPF it usually ends up on a tow truck.
  11. I'm sure there will be some foam to clean up before the day is over 🤣
  12. One was wrapped today. Can't remember the # but it was in the bodyshop all day so you may have missed it.
  13. As of today the screws are being removed from the bus windows. I'm not sure if they will lock the windows again next summer of forget about the idea altogether.
  14. The first one should be plated next week. Then operator and maintenance training will begin. Revenue service should start by the beginning of the next board period.
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