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  1. It’s the golden handcuffs here in Toronto stopping me. I’m exactly halfway through my 30 year stint. Knock wood, I’ll be healthy enough at 53 when I come out the other side to enjoy semi retirement with my full pension....Maybe get in with a charter outfit out there or something for fun mostly. I’ll likely stop spinning wrenches for money though, unless I get an offer I can’t refuse.
  2. I’ve similar aspirations, but my thing is to be close to the Pacific Ocean...But I digress.
  3. Since others are mentioning as far afield as Banff and Canmore, Red Deer and lethbridge would be fair game too. I admire that you’ve got the balls to follow through, though it doesn’t appear to be a voluntary choice in your case. I’ve pondered leaving too, but chickened out...at least for the next decade and a half. Knowing you chose pragmatism over your dreams is a shitty feeling.
  4. If you did, they’d be followed up on. That’s one customer service initiative that had withstood the departure of Mr. Byford.
  5. I wouldn’t call the heavy modifications and wall to wall stockpiled escalator and signalling equipment in Wilson’s old north terminal unused.
  6. For those curious, they’re manufactured by JW speaker. https://www.actiontrucks.com/product-detail/JWS0551771/led-headlights-model-8800-evolution-2-chrome-heated-low-beam?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzM3mybuD5AIVARgMCh0yZQW6EAkYBCABEgKqnvD_BwE
  7. 2252 has received a Trump unit on the dashboard. Bear in mind this is a cosmetic installation only. The electronic internals have been removed. The infrastructure is long gone anyway.
  8. The BYD chargers are their own pedigree, and are not compatible with other vehicles. Proterra and Flyer both subscribe to the same EV charging standard, SAE-1772, and can be charged at either west end facility.
  9. That’s the trend in the entire automotive industry. This link shows specifically what happens to them when the do fail, and it’s not throwing them away. https://www.ttc.ca/About_the_TTC/Commission_reports_and_information/Commission_meetings/2016/July_11/Reports/21_PA_-_Supply_of_BAE_Propulsion_Parts_for_the_Hybrid_Bus_Fl.pdf
  10. Except it’s the older models that came out on top. Put your tinfoil hat away.
  11. It’s pretty arbitrary, but there are some internal hardware and software differences in the 12-16xx “G7” PCS equipped units ( the lead acid conversions) vs. The 17-18xx “G9”( the lithium ion from day 1), with the earlier units being somewhat more reliable, at least comparing their respective PCS failure rates. This was also largely the rationale for overhauling the 12/13/14s and skipping the later builds.
  12. Heh. Those spicers whine even more than the automatics.
  13. Those fit for service will keep going until their respective MTO stickers expire..... or management decides the create a make work project of decommissioning them. With all the new 3400s and the warranty coverage that comes with new purchases, shop workload is pretty light at the moment.
  14. Here’s the list of units marked for death...a great many are gone already, as you all have noticed: 1572 1622 1636 1640 1641 1672 1643 1645 1664 1686 1687 1750 1752 1756 1759 1760 1761 1763 1766 1768 1769 1771 1772 1774 1775 1778 1779 1781 1782 1791 1792 1793 1794 1795 1799 1802 1703 1804 1807 1808 1810 1813 1717 1818 1824 1825 1827 1829
  15. Seven years is actually a little late if used heavily.
  16. Here’s the flyer solution: -Both. I’m assuming it’s a two tier system, that only dips into the lower diesel heater when an input from an ambient temperature sensor, or overall battery state of charge monitor tells it, for instance. Otherwise the upper one adapted to be a 70 odd thousand btu tea kettle can handle it. Those two heaters are also plumbed in to keep the batteries in the thermal “goldilocks” zone, so that puts an even greater demand on the HVAC system that isn’t there on the rest of the fleet...the legacy hybrids basically use a 600 volt air heater grid behind the forward air intake filter to keep theirs warm. The Novas have their own independent glycol circuit. The electric flyers go one step further and even have a dedicated Freon compressor and circuit for cooling the batteries too, if needed. you can barely see it tucked away aft of the gold painted auxiliary motor. Looks like an overgrown sealed unit out of a Frigidaire.
  17. There’s about 25. I just haven’t posted the memo.
  18. Broken down into its consituent subsystems, most of the consumable parts for the axles and brakes, suspension can still be sourced without too much fuss if one is resourceful. Those same parts pop up regularly in other vehicles, and weren’t pedigree to any specific model. problems will arise when you need pedigree parts like windshields or interior fittings, and I’m not sure NATSCO supports the early version of Dinex multiplexing ours used. Hell, the Toronto fishbowl owners I’m in contact with have an easier time... there’s still more than a handful of 1970’s ex OC units that can be parted from in North eastern Ontario. The same certainly can’t be said of the TTC’s oddball mini fleets of the late 1990’s The parts that make it stop and steer are far, far more crucial than the ones that make it move. A smoked transmission doesn’t maim and kill bystanders. here’s just a taste...
  19. In the interest of public (and frankly their own) safety, fanboys have no business “restoring” a 13 ton vehicle.
  20. https://www.langillesmetalrecycling.com/
  21. Uhh, you mean me? I already had a B/Z licence under my belt, so I only had to pass the internal TTC exams.
  22. Neither Harvey shop nor Duncan are registered motor vehicle inspection stations (only the divisions are) so it wouldn’t be for MTO purposes, at least not directly.
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