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    Buses for sale

    Speaking of SMART, I'm surprised to see they're the ones auctioning off the three Optima Opus buses used by Lake Erie Transit (Monroe, MI)... https://www.govbids.com/scripts/surplusauctions/itemdetl.asp?id=15663
  2. The RTS body structure was built in 5' modules, which allowed the manufacturer to build 35' and 40' buses by simply altering the number of intermediate modules placed between the modules that carried suspension parts. In any case, the "front module" is just that -- the very front module. While this bus is an RTS Series 08 and was billed as being wildly different from an RTS Series 06, in reality, it's that front structure that's different. That said, it is VERY different -- different door design, different interior design, different electrical panels/ wiring, different window glass, different cockpit, etc. Even more confusing, it's also different from the first iteration of the Series 08 (a more rounded form; google Chicago's for a feel of their appearance) and it's different (but slightly similar) to Nova's WFD module design. My concern with this design for you is that parts for this module might be more difficult to come by simply because, compared to the standard RTS front module, fewer were produced with this module. In any case, I don't think this is going to iron out the roads any better than a F550, nor do I think it is remotely maneuverable enough for your needs. Your prerogative if you want to try it, but I don't think you'll be satisfied in the least.
  3. If, in fact, this is one of the ex-YVR Airporter buses, then it was actually sold new in Canada. In fact, that order was the only RTS order sold by TMC to a Canadian operator. FWIW, the 08 series of RTS buses were never all that popular with operators, and didn't have the greatest build quality. While most of the coach is shared with other RTS designs, any parts needed for the front module will be much more difficult to source than the "conventional" narrow-door RTS. Every RTS, from the first ones built by GMC in '77 through the last ones built by Millennium some 30 years later, used stainless frames. I don't know why the modular construction would impede from you converting the coach any more than any other transit bus of the era. You will, however, probably have some work cut out for you when it comes to building substructure for the likes of water tanks, etc - but that's likely to be the case with any bus that wasn't originally built with underfloor storage bins. Probably not the greatest, though "very rough roads" is pretty vague. While these were built to endure city streets and their lack of maintenance, they weren't designed nor built for your vision of beating around fire roads and the like. My suspicion is a more modern, purpose-built motorhome chassis would be a better fit for you. Might not be the answer you're looking for, but I'd give it serious consideration before jumping into converting an RTS.
  4. Does anyone have a link to any official information as to what the TTC is doing for Doors Open? By pure coincidence, I'll be in the GTA that weekend and would love to tour anything transit related that I can... Thanks for your help. -Evan
  5. Firstly, I always did what you suggest -- the full, original high-res files were NEVER allowed for download for someone other than myself. I lost count of the interesting email I received from people who were OUTRAGED that I wouldn't just allow them to freely crib my high-res files. As if it was their God-given right. As if it was beneath them to simply ASK for the bigger files. Ah, the joys of the Internet. Secondly, there's a BIG difference between "seeing my photos" and "stealing my photos." You'd be surprised where some of my work wound up at times. I had absolutely ZERO qualms about showing my work online and classifying them into public groups -- in fact, it fostered discussions and friendships on my Flickr comments section -- but I loathe when people either stole the files, claimed authorship/ownership, or failed to give proper attribution. "I FOUND IT ON GOOGLE, BRO" is not a valid excuse as the added click that took them to where they downloaded the file took them to my Flickr page. It's simply a matter of people not giving two...uh, merdes. Thirdly, that public domain's a tricky thing. Especially when all my photos were uploaded to Flickr with "all rights reserved" copyright settings. Watermarking's an option but it's a PITA to go back and apply them to several hundred photographs. And yes, there are apps that will retroactively apply them to content on Flickr, but to my knowledge, they don't leave an un-marked original behind for my personal use/reference/etc. In short, I've just learned it's easier to not trust people and not make any photo accessible to the general public. It stsinks, but I'm tired of playing this game.
  6. It was at the Museum of Bus Transportation a few years back but I haven't been since, so don't know if they kept it post flood repair...
  7. Are you sure about the engine location? I was fairly certain these were mid- or rear-engined buses with, at the most, a front-mounted radiator. Here's the interior of the lone SEPTA bus to be spared...really doubt there's enough room for an engine in that little compartment.
  8. I've had so many photos stolen online that I've just moved to make my Flickr page entirely private. Now it's more just a file repository for my personal use; I can pull up things on a tablet through the Flickr app when I need/ want them or link to them on the forum as needed, but that's it.
  9. I'm confused. It technically ended years ago when it Iconografix published it... And as for the meaning, reference #2: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bookend
  10. What do you mean, what do I mean? I meant exactly as I typed above: "And now I can say I've personally viewed both ends of the RTS production coach timeline...the very first and the very last." As for Millennium...it hasn't built a production bus since 2007. I think you can easily read between the lines. Har har, captain literal. Should I start a Kickstarter project? ;-)
  11. Finally made it down to College Station, Texas last week. Spent a day riding the "Aggie Spirit" service around campus -- quite fun. And now I can say I've personally viewed both ends of the RTS production coach timeline...the very first and the very last... 'Twas a good run...
  12. I suppose it could have been Cummins for both...but SMART #9368 shows a '95 build date on OMOT, which would put it in plenty of time for a Series 50. I was also told firsthand by the maintenance supervisor for SMART in that time period that there was a difference in engine. I've yet to find any further solid evidence from TMC documents -- they're virtually impossible to come by. Likewise, I have no further information on VIN NR828851, which was built in '92. Some suggestion indicates it might have gone to Road Runner Transit in that era but I never found any reliabile photos or information on that system's history that could confirm that. I will, however, point out (like I did in the book) that the Series 07 was very much a rolling testbed. The T-drive was an experiment (albeit derived from the GMC 05 design), as was the front module. The coach used what would become the second-generation RTS 08 module -- but that design wouldn't be adopted on the 08 until 1993. If 9368 somehow ended up being built in late '92, I could see it being a test bed for the then-up-and-coming Series 50. And yes, when I first set out writng the book back in '04 or so, I had confirmation from the bus parts distributor that SMART sold all coaches to that they had been scrapped. Whether or not that's entirely true, I don't know, but can't imagine there was much demand for veritable oddball coaches with a questionable reliability record. One was pretty well ravaged by fire at some point anyways...further reducing possible demand for secondhand parts.
  13. Yes, it's all in the book. One had a Series 50, the other a Cummins ISC. Trans was a ZF Ecomat for both. As for demos being sold -- yes, not that uncommon, but it certainly was for prototype units to be sold off. The only way this one was hawked was because it was transferred to TMC during the sale of the RTS line to Dial/Greyhound -- otherwise, GM would have scrapped the things to cover its arse for liability reasons. And as much as I hate to do this...please help support a starving author...if you like the RTS, I know you'll like this, even if the MTS debacle was only shaping up when it went to print... http://www.amazon.com/Rapid-Transit-Series-Buses-Enthusiasts/dp/158388209X
  14. The book I wrote on the RTS includes photos of the lone T-drive prototype Nova built while at Altoona for testing. WFD, rooftop CNG, if memory serves. It was the only one built. NM, found the photos. Sure looks like the 05. A former GM/TMC service rep remembered it being moved to Roswell as part of the TMC buy-out, but that it was later sold to Las Cruces, NM. Sure seems it made it out to Florida, somehow...
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