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DavidW

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    Canadian Transit, past and present, including what cities have or had transit, what companies and agencies operated transit, and what transit modes operated where and when. Interest spans transit buses, suburban and commuter buses, streetcars and light rail, trolley buses, subways, and commuter trains, and in fixed infrastructure like terminals, exchanges, shelters and stops.

    Also have a general interest in other modes of surface scheduled passenger transport, including Canadian and international long distance trains and buses, and ocean liners.

    I collect ephemera (maps, schedules, fare media) for any of the above.

    I belong to CPTdb, the Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation, the Manitoba Transit Heritage Assoc., the LRT Assoc., the Trolleybus Museum Co., the Canadian Railroad Historical Assoc., the Edmonton Radial Ry Soc., the Bus History Assoc., and the Toronto Transportation Soc.

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  1. Thanks! And now I see that Peter's photo of Winnipeg #133 is used as the reference illustration of a TGH3102 on the CPTdb Wiki page... 😀
  2. I looked for a GM discussion thread but didn't find one. Can anyone help me identify which specific model this bus might be? This Peter Cox photo is dated 1966 and features Metro [Winnipeg] Transit #133, a General Motors product of the "old look" category. It's a shorty version, with no exit door and about nine windows on the curb side. Which GM model is this bus likely to be? My All-time Winnipeg Fleet Roster doesn't seem to include a GM built #133 although there's an incomplete 1939 entry for six model TG2401 buses (fleet numbers unknown). It a bit of a stretch to think a 1939 bus purchase might still be operating in 1966 at age 27. What length (or how many side windows) would a TG2401 have?
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    Manitoba Transit Heritage Association

    The MTHA will have two buses in today's Santa Claus Parade. The joint MTHA-CJNU-Goldeyes float will be #112 (1983 MCI MC-9) and the joint MTHA-Winnipeg Transit float will be #751 (1971 GM "new look").
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    Rider Express

    Rider Express seems to be having trouble launching their interprovincial scheduled service. Vancouver--Calgary is running just once a week. Calgary--Regina--Winnipeg is suspended indefinitely (it never started), and Edmonton--Saskatoon--Regina--Winnipeg announced to start 12 November 2018 is now postponed until 19 November. Rider Express is looking more than a little unprepared.
  5. This picture appears on page 32 of the book "Prevost Buses: 1924-2002 Photo Archive" by William A. Luke (Iconografix 2002). Another Diamond Lines Prevost picture is on my website.
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    Manitoba Transit Heritage Association

    Another view of #188
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    New Winnipeg - Selkirk service

    This one? Kasper Transportation #13. 19 October 2018
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    Manitoba Transit Heritage Association

    We had a work party today to work on the many items outstanding on #188, and have brought it to running condition. There are a handful of additional matters to resolve but it's now roadworthy. Introducing the newest addition to the MTHA operational fleet... Greater Winnipeg Transit Commission #188 (1954 GM TDH-4801), new to Winnipeg via Los Angeles, Sacramento, Victoria, Nanaimo, and Regina. Although this exact model never operated in Winnipeg, #188 represents the General Motors "old look" buses that did operate here. Winnipeg had 35 foot and 40 foot models, so this 37¾ foot example can pass as either! This is the second vehicle added to the MTHA operational fleet this year. An outstanding accomplishment.
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    Thompson Transit

    Pretty sad really that even with months of notice the City of Thompson couldn't have something in place on time. Service ends 31 October 2018 as operator Greyhound pulls out. The earliest City Council can even discuss what to do next is 13 November 2018. And even if they pick one of the two bidders that day, the winner will need to set-up, hire drivers and mechanics, and possibly locate and acquire suitable buses. Stories are the NFI D35LFRs owned by the City of Thompson are experiencing the same troubles that earlier beset their Brandon and Winnipeg siblings, and Greyhound was substituting highway coaches on transit runs. Any new operator will need a plan to address the situation.
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    Manitoba Transit Heritage Association

    Buses 858 (1990 NFI D40) and 316 (1988 MCI Classic) are stored in operating condition. Neither are currently plated by the MTHA. As I understand it 858 is not old enough for an antique auto plate, and 316 only became old enough this year. If I recall correctly 858 was not out on display in 2018. 316 made it out to one event, the MCI company barbecue, which was only open to MCI employees and their families.
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    Life After Greyhound

    I can't make heads or tails of this post. Sudbury, Ontario? Yorkton, Saskatchewan? Pearson Airport? I'm confused.
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    Winnipeg Transit and area

    The "next stop" onboard text for Graham Mall eastbound at Smith no longer says "BellMTS Place". It only says "Smith". I swear even Transit doesn't believe in BRT (pretending buses have stations instead of stops).
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    Hurst Way Routes?

    I would guess the routes would be headed to and from the Beaumont Station on the Southwest Transitway. Not sure which ones though. Lindenwoods services would be my best guess.
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    Winnipeg Transit and area

    The turning radius of the 60ft artics is actually tighter than for a 40ft standard transit bus. The artic is basically a 35ft plus a 25ft trailer. So turning geometry in older neighbourhoods isn't a problem. The main concern in deploying 60ft artics where 40ft's normally operate is stop length. Both the sidewalk configuration for the third door, and the extra length for pull in and pull out need to be added. It can be a tedious, and costly process to pour concrete and change parking and bus stop signage to fit the bigger buses on dozens of bus stops.
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    Winnipeg Transit and area

    I wonder if the main purpose of buying new XD60's might be to retire the second hand D60LF's...
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