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  1. We have been working hard to marshal drivers and ready buses. This will be our first multi-vehicle display in many years. We're anticipating having six buses available. Exactly which ones depends a bit in which units are operating or can be repaired in time. I know the 1954 GM is ready, and we're expecting to debut the Museum Bus [1979 OBI Orion 01]. What else appears will be "as available"...
  2. Am I remembering correctly that this year's electrics were dependent on Federal grant money? Would that be a separate grant or this big one?
  3. I would guess the 100 electrics won't arrive until after the new garage is ready, so five years out at the earliest? I'm also guessing the 137 diesels will role in first. Maybe 34/year for four years?
  4. I accessed winnipegtransit.com on my smartphone today and landed in the a completely new interface. So far I'm quite disappointed. Things that were a click or two away in the old version are now multiple clicks to access. The list of stops nearby are all indicated by their stop numbers (with the actual description in tiny print underneath). The schedule display for the stop no longer indicates which buses are early or late. The "just passed" buses are gone too. The output has seems to emphasize appearance over information. Huge downgrade in usefulness in my view.
  5. The MTHA has been for some time working on converting our OBI Orion 01 bus to a rolling museum. We have removed most of the seating and installed display cabinets, installed photo walls, and have reversed the back two rows of seats to face a wide-screen TV where we intend to project photos and videos as part of the displays. Last week we were able to put up 31 photographs on the photo wall. The wall holds 32 photos, and the photos are mounted with velcro so they can be changed out. Here are some photos of the photo walls: If you have any transit-related artifacts you would like to contribute to the displays inside the bus, please contact me to let me know.
  6. I came across this article searching Winnipeg Tribune articles. Winnipeg Tribune 13 October 1920. I did not know that Assiniboia once ran its own bus service in competition with Suburban Rapid Transit Co./Winnipeg Electric Railway Company.
  7. The Annual General Meeting of the Manitoba Transit Heritage Association is the evening of the last Monday in May. 7pm Monday 30 May 2022 in the "Transit Break Room" inside the maintenance garage ('G") at Fort Rouge Garage. If you think you might want to join the MTHA this is a great opportunity to check us out. If you're thinking attending please let me know, either through a direct message on this board or by email to contact@mtha.ca .
  8. The bus shelter/homeless shelter at northbound Osborne Street at River Avenue has been attended by police all afternoon today (at least since 1:45pm when I first passed by). The shelter and plaza area between the shelter and Subway was taped off. Around 5pm the police forensic unit was dusting the interior glass. It resembled a search for finger prints I've seen in TV shows...
  9. The bus shelter/homeless shelter at southbound Osborne St N and Broadway has been destroyed by fire. [I hope no one was hurt].
  10. Two of the Graham Transit Mall stations (or "stations") need new names. MTS Place "Station" had already changed to BellMTS Place but now BellMTS is no longer the arena's corporate sponsor so it needs a new name again. I think they should get off the sponsorship merry-go-round and pick a new one. Maybe Arena ? I'd go further and rename it Millennium Library. The other one is of course Bay. It might be wiser to wait and see if anything becomes of the closed department store. Right now the only name I've come up with is Vaughan. What do others think? Are there better choices?
  11. City exploring possibility of offering public transit Category: Local News Published: Tuesday, 29 June 2021 10:00 Written by Brian Oliver Portage-la-Prairie, Manitoba, has conducted a transit feasibility study in Spring 2021. (click on the title for the article) Comment: I would expect starting a public transit system in Portage-la-Prairie is a long shot. Maybe an on-demand service like Okotoks or Cochrane?
  12. There is a long-standing Amtrak thread under RAILWAYS.
  13. Bus #107 is booked for a shoot (not sure if it's TV or a film).
  14. I see the whole of the route on Westminster is discontinued. That segment is the oldest city transit bus route in Western Canada, having started 01 May 1918.
  15. Is the reroute temporary or permanent?
  16. As some of you might know, the rarest bus in the MTHA fleet is Grey Goose #20: It's one of only four model T36-2L (Scenicruiser knock-off) coaches built in 1955/56 by Western Flyer Coach. The four units were: Thiessen Transportation #19 (Grey Goose #20) (now MTHA #20) [s/n 8-56] Grey Goose Lines #19 [s/n 15-55] Moore's Trans-Canada Lines #19 [s/n 16-55] Eagle Bus Lines #19 [s/n 9-56] This was discovered in a Manitoba scrapyard just a few days ago: It's clearly one of the three other WFC T36-2L's. It's been modified, especially at the rear. It's also in pretty bad shape. We don't know which of the other three it is. It's a remarkable find. We had general information about two of the other three, including reports that one of them had been spotted in an Edmonton junkyard some years ago. This unit might have been on the road, in it's modified form, in the last decade or two.
  17. The MTHA received a request for images of Winnipeg Transit's logo over the years. Here's how I replied: earlier Winnipeg Electric Company logo (1924 - ?) later Winnipeg Electric Company logo (? - 1953) Greater Winnipeg Transit Commission (1953 - 1961) Metro Transit logo (1961 - 1971) earlier City of Winnipeg Transit System logo (1972 - 1977?) later Winnipeg Transit logo (1977 - present) Did I miss any?
  18. And here's the last three Winnipeg route timetables in this 1957-1963 collection... Portage_Express_Bus-1962_Apr_15.pdf Talbot_Bus-1963_Nov_10.pdf Whytewold_Road_Bus-1961_Apr_09.pdf
  19. Another five Winnipeg route pamphlets from the 1957-1963 era. Aulneau_Bus-1960_Nov_13.pdf Cathedral_Bus-1960_Nov_13.pdf Coniston_Bus-1960_Nov_13.pdf Ness_Bus-1963_Nov_10.pdf North_Kildonan_Bus-1961_Apr_09.pdf I'll post the last three tomorrow. I hope everyone's enjoyed this wander through yesteryear.
  20. Another few route pamphlets from the 1957-1963 period. Many thanks again to Doug Shields for donating the collection. Academy_Bus-1962_Apr_15.pdf Jefferson_Bus-1960_Dec_19.pdf Mountain_Bus-1960_May_16.pdf Portage_West_Woodhaven_Bus-1959_Aug_30.pdf Valour_William_Bus-1963_Nov_10.pdf
  21. The Wednesday posting of old Winnipeg route pamphlets from the 1957-1963 era. Logan_Motor_Bus-1960_Oct_19.pdf Ness_Bus-1962_Apr_15.pdf Sargent_Trolley_Bus-1960_Apr_10.pdf Talbot_Bus-1960_Apr_10.pdf Woodhaven_Bus-1957_Jul_02.pdf
  22. Five more Winnipeg route pamphlets from the 1957-1963 era. Manitoba_Bus-1959_Nov_08.pdf Portage_Polo_Park-1962_Apr_15.pdf Selkirk_Trolley_Bus-1960_Jul_03.pdf William_McPhillips_Bus-1962_Apr_18+1963_Sep_02.pdf Wolseley_Bus-1960_Apr_10.pdf
  23. Still working my way through posting the scanned 1957-1963 route pamphlet collection. Archibald_Dawson_Rd_Bus-1960_Jul_03.pdf East_Kildonan_Bus-1962_Apr_15.pdf Portage_West_St._Charles_Bus-1957_Jul_02.pdf Valour_William_Bus-1960_Apr_10.pdf Watt_Bus-1960_Jul_03.pdf This makes 40 pamphlets posted out of the collection of 63.
  24. Another few route pamphlets from 1957-1963. Crescent_Bus-1960_Jul_03.pdf McGregor_Trolley_Bus-1960_Jul_03.pdf Ness_Bus-1963_Sep_01.pdf Portage_Express_Bus-1962_Jul_01.pdf Whytewold_Road_Bus-1958_Nov_23.pdf
  25. A few more route pamphlets from 1957-1963 era. Ellice_Bus-1960_Jul_03.pdf Marion_Windsor_Park_Bus-1960_Jul_03.pdf Notre_Dame_Logan_Trolley_Buses-1960_Jul_03.pdf St._Annes_Bus-1960_Jul_03.pdf St._Norbert_Bus-1962_Feb_19.pdf
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