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  1. Milwaukee County Transit System

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  2. 2017 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 trial

    I don't see why you chose to continue a debate that was settled over a week ago. Unless you were late to the party, your response was unnecessary. But, while people still see point to come here, my point was that the change in overall capacity suggests the bus was returned to Alexander Dennis and was reconfigured to have an ISX. Since you seem to love my evidence, here's some more for you: A charter company by the name of MARTZ (from Camden, NJ, if I remember correctly)has had a handful of MCI E models rebuilt at Atlantic Detroit Diesel to use a Series 60 with an Allison transmission (previously CAT C13/ZF Astronic). To counter my point and to somewhat agree with yours, the few repowers done within the last 10-20 years have not really required an interior change, because the engine used for repowering fits in the cavity reserved for it (NYCMTA #4899 is an example). Another model that has required modifications for an engine that may not fit is the Orion V. Buses with the Series 50 engine equipped had the middle portion of seats removed to better support the height of the engine, as you say. Another example is Greater Bridgeport Transit, of Bridgeport, CT. All of their LF series buses were repowered to utilize the ISL (previously Series 50 EGR). Some more of my "evidence" that could support the idea that an engine of a somewhat larger size could be fit into a transit bus.
  3. 2017 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 trial

    Well, since we are going to bring up the Altoona report... The Altoona report indicates there are 87 USSC seats in the Enviro 500. The wiki says there's 86 of 4ONE Aries and Lazzerini seating, so there is some proof of the engine being refit to have an ISX. It has a larger liter displacement than the ISL9, and bus builders/transit companies have been known to reconfigure the interior of a bus to support a new engine (An example is Montebello Bus Lines of California: They had sent their 1991 RTS to Complete Coach works to be refitted with Detroit Diesel Series 50 engines, and the rear seating was raised to support the size of the Series 50 engine. Additionally, nearly every bus with the ISM engine has received a body extension/modification to support the size). This is a demo/pilot bus, so the manufacturer is prone to change details to better the overall performance of the bus. A prime example is SEPTA #3000: It was sent to New Flyer with comments from SEPTA on improving the bus and the rest of their order. It was not I who had looked in the engine bay, but Joshua Roden, and assumably another driver because nobody would be able to open the engine bay without the driver, had read the text on the engine emblazoned on the engine, and had said it read ISX, and that driver can potentially confirm whether it does or not. BUT I thought about what Adrian said about not listening to hearsay, and the fact that people said it sounded like ISX, I decided to take a listen for myself. It sounds similar to Nova LFS Artics I've ridden, so I will temporarily concede. I agree with the idea that it has an ISL9, but the truth will be revealed when someone finds their way to the engine bay and gets a picture of some technical information printed on the engine.
  4. Connecticut Transit

    As am I...it could be possible that it occurred because it's the holiday season, and 1204 gets crowded regularly. But even if that was the case, 108 is supposed to be there, unless the driver asked for a 1700 instead.
  5. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

    Due to the crowd the MBS attracts, I imagine Boston will save one or two for then. SRTA sold the last of their RTS last year I believe (All were 1998s, and very few were in working order. One was bought by a bus fan but was scrapped recently because it just kept having issues) but the auction pages should still be up somewhere. Worst-case scenario, the trolley wire cleaner bus comes out, or the MBS will go to Brockton for their 9501 (one of very few RTS in that area, and this one has been preserved by BAT). Another system nearby, CATA, should have one 30ft 1998 RTS running as well, numbered 9803.
  6. Connecticut Transit

    The arrival of the 1800 series definitely signifies the end of the Detroit Diesel era in Connecticut. These will replace the last buses with Series 50 engines (about 60 or so left). Detroit has been in CT buses since the 1960-70s. By the time the arrival of 2018 model transit vehicles arrive, the last Detroit Diesel vehicles will likely be Peter Pans older J4500s, and privately owned buses. CTtransit 2017 New Flyer Xcelsior XD40 #1808 on Route 69 by Xavier Trofisher, on Flickr
  7. San Juan AMA (Puerto Rico)

    It looks like they might've been changed after. This Flx still has 95069 as its number, so my guess would be that AMA printed off some new stickers (or had Flxible send them) to be renumbered. Regarding the serials, I've looked just about everywhere and can't find the ones you're referencing.
  8. Connecticut Transit

    That P/R sign appears on the weirdest buses...saw it twice on New Britain div buses, another time on 124 in Stamford, and now in New Haven. I wonder if there will be one for CTrail.
  9. Allison shift selectors

    The model depicted in the PDF is for Allison MH Series transmissions only.
  10. Reactions to Transit Enthusiasts

    This may have been pushing the envelope a little, but during the summer I visited various garages, including one meant for just new and old bus storage a few miles away from me. The first time I went, I went basically right up to the fence and took pics etc. Same thing next time. The third time I go, I learn from a new security guard because it's private property, I can't be anywhere near the fence with a camera (it's "illegal"...), or the adjacent parking lot (which was not fenced, and full of gravel). Fourth time, I go right up to the sidewalk near the entrance gate, and two security guards are about 15 feet away. They see me, and tell me to stop taking pics. One later goes on to say he'll call the police if I continued. I stayed for a couple more minutes, dismissing what he said (the security guards aren't as powerful or intimidating as they think, let alone something barely synonymous to smart). I went home that day to do some research, and apparently it's only illegal when you plan to cause harm. I've taken pics at the main garage without significant issues, I was visiting a friend on the shore of Connecticut, and was taking pictures at a transit hub. I arrived around 7:45, and had been taking pics for a solid 2-3 hours inside the hub, within the vision of the public eye and a supervisor/SRO from the company who owned the hub. About an hour later, a security guard that seemingly popped out of thin air comes to say it's also illegal to take pictures in the hub (she said due to September 11th). I had thought about challenging this, but I would've been in over my head had I actually gotten arrested for whatever charge they make up. I love transit, but the logic of the people who keep it going makes no sense at basically all times.
  11. You know you're a transitfan when...

    when you have someone ask you why you're taking pictures browsing the web for anything and everything regarding your local company
  12. Luminator IPS software

    Purchasing it directly from Luminator is easy because they can provide all the documentation and support. However, if you do it that way, it is very expensive. Perhaps try asking some local companies for an older version of the software.
  13. Buses with Detroit Diesel Engines Remaining

    Yes, there are in various places such as New York (NYCMTA), Charleston (CARTA), Washington (WMATA), etc etc. But, alternatively, you could look in the CPTDB Wiki. Just go to the Series 50 page, and find "What Links Here" on the bottom left of the page.
  14. Detroit Diesel Series 50 question

    Regarding the East/West thing, Companies like Calgary Transit and CMBC/Translink had ordered a large amount of New Flyer D40LFs in the mid-to-late 1990s and a little bit into the 2000s (i.e. Translink's 2000 D60LF). A wild guess is that these companies had seen how the Series 50 EGR moves, so by the time the EGR model/ EPA 2004 regulations had taken effect (October 2002), they had started investing in Cummins engines. IIRC, you can find some Series 50 EGRs in Central Canada/near Ottawa and Mississauga. Because the exhaust runs through the engine twice, the Series 50 EGR is noticeably slower than the normal Series 50 engine.