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  1. Well, it is 14 years old, and new vehicles are on they way -so draw your own conclusion.
  2. Really varies greatly, but I’d say four to five years is average.
  3. Doesn’t mean that’s where the Open House’s operator was from.
  4. Top: veam (brand name of heavy duty electrical connector) are physically disconnected on the roof. Translation: the battery tub has been electrically isolated from the rest of the bus, rendering all high voltage components downstream safe for removal or decommissioning. One task on a checklist of about 25 things that must be done before a bus is released for scrap disposal. Bottom: Propulsion control system (PCS- the 2nd box on the roof at the rear) has been removed, either for repair or re use elsewhere, and the high Voltage side of the bus must not (and frankly can’t be anyway) energized. Actually, the vehicle data loop runs through there, so the multiplex won’t work, and nothing will run. Usually with decommissioned buses, there’s a shopping list of major parts to pull off to be cannibalized, PCS, ACTG (alternating current traction generator) and/or ACTM (alternating current traction motor), depending on what failed in the first place to bring about it’s retirement. The tape notes just save the next shift a few minutes time knowing what’s already been completed at a glance.
  5. Apparently a maintenance employee had died in a workplace accident. My sincere condolences to all those forever affected by this loss.
  6. I’m aware. I was still working up until late august, y’know.
  7. I thought I had a picture of one removed from the bus, I guess not. End cover is removed in this one. They’re normally hermetically sealed, oil cooled. Both the 1000s and the NG orions use the same traction motor, and are completely interchangeable.
  8. What? These aren’t puppies up for adoption. The onus is on buyers in need of cars to seek out sellers, not the other way around. The public transit entities of the world have had more than ample time to express any interest.
  9. I don’t recall any charging infrastructure being installed there, so how’s that gonna work?
  10. “Headlight interference” ….yeah, I don’t buy it either.
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