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Articulated

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  1. Thank you for the detailed information! Much appreciated to learn a little more about the internal workings.
  2. The coach does not matter as much, as Greyhound Lines and Greyhound Canada pooled equipment for most, if not all of their eastern routes which crossed the border. I would regularly see both US and Canadian coaches on runs from Montreal to NYC or Boston. It's more a matter of who the operator is, i.e. a Greyhound Canada or Greyhound Lines employee. This is more a question to others... I know on the Vancouver-Seattle run the US operator continued through to Vancouver. Toronto-Buffalo runs are done by Canadian drivers. For Greyhound runs from Montreal to the US, are they done with the US drivers all the way to Montreal, or is there a point at where there is a switch between Canadian-based and US-based drivers? I am leaning towards the former, but would like confirmation from someone more knowledgeable than myself on this topic.
  3. W628 and W629 have been delivered and plated. Still the same ProMaster/CS-2 vehicles as last year.
  4. Stop tagging every person who edits the Wiki in every post you make. It's getting annoying. The photo of 4964 I would argue does not meet guidelines; the shadow covers the entire side of the bus, and the bus only occupies a small portion of the frame. Please stop making this a "competiton" to get your photos up on the Wiki.
  5. The current Union Station Bus Terminal is going to be the base of a building shortly. The land USBT is located on (plus the air rights over the rail corridor) was included in the deal that got the new terminal incorporated into the base of the building on the south side. As for everyone yammering on about the new terminal being too small, current USBT has 7 platforms, and current TCT has 7 departure platforms (never mind that they're numbered 1-14, each platform has 2 numbers assigned to it. This is a holdover from the days before 45' coaches were standard. The even numbered platforms are never used nowadays), plus one lane in the Elizabeth Street building for arrivals. With the amount of service reductions over the past couple of years, there are no more than 4 scheduled departures within any 30 minute span, so 7 platforms for arrivals and departures will be sufficient. The new terminal seems to have 2 levels of 7 platforms each; this nicely segregates GO and intercity passengers onto two separate levels, and each level has enough platforms for their own needs.
  6. TTC: 1500 heading east on Sheppard at Don Mills just now. No bike rack, and being followed by a pusher truck.
  7. Their website still lists their Vaughan location as the "head office"; however, they also list a location on Hollyholme Farm Dr in an industrial area of Barrie. They may have moved much of their buses and maintenance up there, especially as the Casino Rama runs form much of their income. I'm not sure who owns that yard around Jane/407; I have seen buses from multiple owners on that property in the past, so it may be that Angel was only leasing space, and have moved their operations to a property they now own in Barrie.
  8. Forgot to post this on here, but the first two Island class vessels entered service earlier this month: Island Discovery entered service on June 10th on route 18 (Powell River - Texada Island), directly replacing North Island Princess. Island Aurora entered service one week later on June 17th on route 25 (Port McNeill - Alert Bay - Sointula), allowing Quadra Queen II to become a full-time relief vessel. This completes a series of vessel shuffling for the replacement of Howe Sound Queen, which retired back in June 2019.
  9. BC Transit is taking delivery of new high-floor cutaways with Girardin Micro Bird/G5 bodies for HandyDART service. The first 13 units will be delivered to Victoria, while the next 15 will replace all of Nanaimo's fleet (Wiki lists 14 HandyDART vehicles, with the news article listing an extra "light duty bus temporarily activated in January" that will be replaced). I'm assuming some of the newer Arbocs in Nanaimo's fleet will get shifted to other communities, as they have a couple of newer ones that shouldn't be up for replacement quite yet. 2590, 2597-2598 have been spotted being delivered, assuming they are for Victoria. https://www.bctransit.com/nanaimo/news?nid=1529709626854
  10. The Skeena does not normally run with sleepers; it is a day coach, and does the trip from Jasper to Prince Rupert in two days, overnighting in Prince George. The main point of resuming once-a-week service on this line is to provide service back to the isolated communities along the train's route. Jasper (and connections further to Edmonton) is not the main destination - Prince George and its services (like the hospital) are.
  11. Hi there, Could you list out the specific things that need fixing/changing? I'm sure myself or another editor would be happy to make any additions or corrections that are needed.
  12. Thanks for the detailed and comprehensive list @Catherine Wilkins! I've added the plates to the Wiki page.
  13. Keeping me busy today aren't you? 😛 The above requests have been completed.
  14. @Jova42R The photo of 9619 is definitely not appropriate. The bus is too small, only occupying a tiny corner of the frame, and is in a shadow, causing it to be very dark and difficult to see any detail of the bus itself. 4747 is a little better, as the bus is centered in the middle of the frame and on a (tight but okay) 3/4 angle. However I agree with @Orion6025 that the image is too pixelated to upload. As mentioned, the ALP46 photos do not meet the guidelines as they are obstructed, and they're also taken against the sun causing their sides to be a large dark shadow.
  15. Added! Thanks for keeping track of the in-service dates.
  16. Done! Links have also been fixed. Both pages have been moved.
  17. Yes and no. Under normal operation there would be little interaction between the CW and CCW loops. Even if there was a minor delay on one train, such as a medical delay, one side would get held but the other can continue. However, major delays such as ones requiring power to be cut to the track would affect both directions.
  18. The transit exchange in downtown Squamish is moving from outside the Chieftain Centre on Pemberton Ave down to the Public Library on 2nd Ave effective June 1st. The new location is in the middle of the loop that every route operates through downtown, so there are no routing changes needed. https://www.bctransit.com/squamish/news?nid=1529709605976
  19. By my estimates on Google, Windsor Junction is at least 25km one-way from the VIA station in downtown Halifax. That would require a minimum of 50km of reversing. Reversing movements are okay for short distances, but for long ones they become a significant safety concern. VIA operates reversing moves from Toronto Union Station to TMC, which is a distance of about 11km; however, this is a fully grade-separated corridor. The long reversing moves could also become a cost concern for VIA; not only do they have to pay the crew and running costs for the additional time to deadhead out to the junction and back, but they also have to pay running costs to the host railroad. Might not seem like much at first, but they stack up running trains 3 times a week.
  20. They use a full-size coach, either a Prevost H3-41/H3-45 or MCI 102-DL3 from my observations last summer. Problem is that the run starts/ends further south in Nanaimo and/or Victoria, so you can't just run a van or Sprinter unless you force a transfer in Campbell River.
  21. Based on previous visits to the Transit Windsor garage, they tend to keep their retired buses sitting around the garage for a while. It's probable that they have retired them from service, and the staff report is just stating which units are to be sold off. The report could also just be "dumbed down" for the Committee, without any of the nuances regarding when the buses were actually removed from service. As always, thanks for digging up the info on the 19 new Novas for Transit Windsor.
  22. Wikipedia lists Ontario Northland Railway as having acquired four TEE sets for the Northlander service. From photos it looks like each train had a locomotive, 2 cars and a cab car.
  23. I would just like to remind all users that there are photograph standards that need to be considered and followed when uploading photos to the Wiki. The point of photographs on the Wiki are to provide an example of what a certain model/fleet/series of buses look like. It isn't intended to have a comprehensive gallery showcasing every bus that has ever existed at every stage of its life. If there's already a couple of photos on the Wiki for a series, it's not necessary to upload many photos that can barely scrape by the minimum standards. While the photograph guidelines that are in place are intended to set a sort of minimum standard, there should also be a level of common sense regarding whether a photo should be considered something that would really be appropriate to upload. The Wiki is also not intended to be personal photo galleries for users, and it's not supposed to be a competition to see who can get the most photos uploaded. Throwing up any old photo is fine if you want to do it on your own personal Facebook or Flickr account, or on your own personal website. Focus on taking a little bit of time to get the shot set up, rather than just getting any random grab shot, and you'll end up with a way better photo. (Source: experience. I took a ton of terrible photos back in my early days that I'm not proud of now... but it takes a lot of learning, advice, and bad shots to figure out what works and what doesn't.)
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