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  1. 20 hours ago, 97SCT said:

    Could see 1145 up there soon. I did see 49 in service twice in the last couple weeks.

    1145 has been running on and off the last few weeks, too. Last I saw it was running 509 Niagara.

  2. 1950 has officially re-entered service on regional runs. However, 1951 has sustained minor body cracking following some sort of collision. The back right corner has been duct taped back together.

    1155 was reportedly backed into a wall at the garage, as well. Damage sustained was determined to be a large hole in the back right corner, next to the blinker.

    Right now, the only vehicle in the fleet that has not been in a collision of and kind is 1174.

  3. 4 hours ago, MaT said:

    Significant? It was sideswiped.

    Three broken windows, structural damage, and damage to the driver's front wheel, as far as I heard.

    A tech from Novabus in St-Eustache, QC was supposed to come out to take a look at it.

  4. Unit 1950 (o/o by Welland Transit for NRT) will be out of commission, temporarily. The 2019 Novabus was involved in a collision causing significant front-end damage yesterday, as the 70/75. There were no injuries, but the bus needs bodywork before it can run again.


  5. So... 1950 was already in an accident, today. No injuries, but it lost some paint on the front end. It was running it's usual NRT 70, at the time, and was sideswiped by Brock University.

    Not the best pic, but 1151 was sent to cover the route.


  6. 1 hour ago, Articulated said:

    Quite possible they picked up a new 2019 LFS.

    Did 1163 get a replacement unit? Otherwise it may be an expansion unit, or additional maintenance spare.

    If it's numbered 1174, I wonder if that means the ex-St Catharines units are internally numbered 1172-1173? Or are there other 2019 LFS...

    I posted this, then saw another 2019 LFS, running 501 Broadway. I didn't see the unit number, but I can confirm that there is at least one other new unit.

  7. 1163 is still active; it was running 505 Lincoln Wellington today.

    As for what other unit they could retire, many drivers have told me that they're having problems with the 1146. The 1155 is also in the garage frequently for coolant issues, and the 1149 looks to be on its last legs. It might be one of those.

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  8. I was talking to a driver a few days ago, and she told me that Welland has at least 2 new units on order. She also says that at least 2 current fleet members will be retired. 

    Judging by fleet age, I'm thinking the 1163 is next in the chopping block.

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  9. Dave Stuart of Welland Transit announced, earlier this week, that January will bring in some new service times.

    Effective Sunday, January 6, 2019, buses will run on the hour and half past.

    If my "insider" with the company is correct, Sunday services start at 9 and will go until 6:30, with units alternating between routes.

    Monday to Saturday will send an elimination of routes 510/511 in favour of services starting at 6:30am (normal routes). Buses will follow the transit model currently in place.

    Stuart says the changes come after a 400% increase of ridership in the morning and at night.

  10. Earlier today, the 1155 broke down at the corner of Dorothy and East Main Streets. The driver said the dash indicated there was low coolant in the system. We managed to limp the bus back around the block, but not before it could stall out twice more. I believe the 1155 may be out for an engine rebuild at 430xxx km. 1168 was brought in to replace it as 501/503.

  11. Welland has now upgraded the fareboxes on all units to print, issue, and read Genfare transfers, but has not trained operators to use them. I had to instruct one this morning on how to use it based off of the St. Catharines method. They will keep the old transfers on board in case of machine failure.

    1146 has still not returned to the terminal for service. No word on where it is. 1144-45 and 1164 have alternated as 506 to cover.

  12. Weekly update:

    1146 is back at the garage, again, for unknown reasons.

    1145 is in for an air system overhaul. Operator stated that she lost all air spring pressure earlier this week as 505. She blew both springs out and lost the air brakes. 1145 was also suffering from a knock in the brakes.

    1149 has developed a brake knock similar to the 1145. Drivers will bring the vehicle to a complete stop, and the brakes will knock and rattle.

    There are currently two buses still displaying old screen messages. 1144 and 1146 have not been reprogrammed.

    1155 has not been at the terminal this week, meaning it's either playing spare or in for extensive repairs. 

    Still no word on any new units. According to one operator, GovDeals doesn't have anything worth buying, right now, and the budget for the rest of this year doesn't call for more units. I guess that puts an end to the rumors. 

  13. 1149 and 1161 have returned to regular services, according to the garage. 49 covered 504 Fitch (still in the old paint scheme), and 61 was in for 1152 all day as 502 Rice Road.

    1154 is covering night service as 506-502.

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