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  1. You forgot the best one at McTavish... "Dead End on Street with No Name"
  2. Maybe I just haven't been very observant... Yesterday however I spotted a couple of SD160s out and about on the red line, which haven't yet had their roof-fairings fitted. Today I spotted one in-between a pair with fairings on the blue line - but again by the time I noticed it was too far to get a number. So there are supposedly at least three which haven't had this done yet.
  3. I don't think anyone's heard anything, and the last time I was in Cold Lake was in July. I never spotted anything out of the ordinary then, but then again I'm not sure if the bus yard I found (with the retired/spare Classics inside) is the actual garage, or if there is another facility nearby. EDIT: While looking for the 'updates' page for Cold Lake (regarding the bulletins posted for 'non-accessible bus will be in service') I came across this little article detailing a new low-floor bus for Cold Lake. It doesn't reveal what type, but this is likely the new '5017' unit. https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/new-public-transit-and-active-transportation-infrastructure-in-banff-and-cold-lake-alberta-886184067.html
  4. I was in Saskatoon last week and recorded six bus rides during my visit. One of them was filmed on bus 1948, and I just want to confirm a few things before I start processing the video for YouTube, Is bus 1948 a BYD K9? Furthermore, I'm assuming it was built in 2019.
  5. Perhaps it's just a fluke... I dunno. Thought I'd mention it as nobody else appeared to.
  6. According to the transit55 site, 7636 came out a few times in April and May (last entry was May 4th).
  7. The problem is that the EPU doesn't power the air compressor, unlike on newer trolleys. CMBC's trolleys also only have a pan-down switch usually used after a dewirement. Newer trolleys have pan-up switches to be used at pre-determined locations with pan-up guides to automatically attach the poles to the wires. CMBC's trolleys can't do that.
  8. Spotted 9287, 9311, 9313 and 9314 boarding the ferry to Victoria at Tsawwassen this afternoon. EDIT: Footage here -
  9. British Columbia is the only province (as yet) that has specific rules regarding headlights. They cannot be blocked by another object (ie a bicycle or rack) therefore BC Transit's units needed to be retrofitted with a different design of headlights to comply with this rule. This is why BC Transit's (and TransLink's) headlights on the Novas are different than in other provinces/states. This was also why for the Community Shuttles, it was noted on riders guides that the bicycle rack was for daytime use only (as a bicycle tended to obstruct the headlights at night).
  10. They were all upgraded fairly quickly. The only one with the original large headlights was West Vancouver 981 (ex BC Transit/CMBC 7298). It was sent to Prince Albert, SK about seven years ago.
  11. Here is a short video I made yesterday of 9001 sporting her 'new' look at the Legislature terminus, around 4pm:
  12. MCW Metrobuses were somewhat high floor double deckers, as used with West Midlands Travel in the UK. They had a step up to the lower level. Forgive the link to a children's TV show, but it's something I grew up with and it shows the aforementioned buses in detail.
  13. 2020, 2058 and 2050 on the Blue line too. I caught a ride on it from City Hall to 69 Street.
  14. Rode on 2212 with a 4-car train made up of entirely refurbs - 2212, 2204, 2207 and 2219 on August 31st. Looked through the last three pages and saw no mention of 2219 though I think it is listed as refurbished on the wiki.
  15. Most likely because the fleet replacement of the Dennis Darts is almost complete, just a few spare contingency units left.
  16. I took a look at Oliver Bowen today. 2063 is inside on track 21. On the rear track were 2075, 2065, 2083 and 2081 coupled together, with 2005 further up all by itself. I'm really hoping to see the U2s come out on the blue line before I go back to BC for the winter in two weeks' time.
  17. I noticed an oddity on my trip to Cold Lake in June. The wiki lists 5012 as ex. Calgary 5098, but according to the pictures I took, they're two different buses.
  18. The 71 has changed a lot since it was first introduced nearly twelve years ago. The old 70A became the 73 (discontinued in 2011). The 70B became the 72. The 70C was what loosely became the 71 - it initially ran like any other 72/73 as far as Saanichton, then on Mt. Newton to Lochside, up to McTavish, then sharing the 70A/73 route through West Sidney along Canora, Weiler and Epco to Stirling Way, across Hwy 17 and turning onto Beacon, taking the same route as today's 72 to McDonald Park Road and Mariner Way. The morning route was the direct inverse of this, starting at McDonald Park Road and Mariner Way instead of Swartz Bay. Today's 71 isn't much different from the express 70, until it gets to McTavish - it then runs through West Sidney like it used to (but avoiding Weiler/Epco) and taking the same route as the 72 when it gets to Beacon and Fifth, with the exact inverse in the AM.
  19. This is a photo I took in Victoria, BC eleven years ago, with BC Transit 929. Photography was an entirely new thing for me and I had yet to learn the constraints of the obsolete point-and-shoot I was using at the time. On the other hand, it looks pretty artistic.
  20. 58.9 to 61.9 in Calgary for the last week or so
  21. When I moved to Canada from the UK in 2004 my family couldn't quite decide where to settle. We tried Nanaimo. Vancouver. Finally after nine months we settled in Sidney (hence my username). Most of my fondest non-transit related memories are shortly thereafter. Meeting the neighbours kids, going kayaking with them for the first time. Swimming parties. Bicycle rides. Even a winter trip to the Okanagan. One of the neighbours kids (whom I adored like the little brother I always wanted) used to frequently wear these shorts. To this day I have never found another pair and it's driving me mad. (Orange with white and blue flames. Sold at WalMart in 2004 or 2005, 725 Originals).
  22. The trips on the 99 that the Aero Elites do are the short-turned trips between Nelson and Playmor Junction. They then become Slocan-bound buses (and similarly in the obverse direction, 20s become 99s at Playmor to Nelson.
  23. There was an idea floated about five years ago that would have seen regional routes (50, 61, 70-72, 75) terminate at Uptown with frequent service between Uptown and Downtown (either the LRT or rapid bus). I think most people like the regional routes as they are though - a thru-ride to Downtown with no need to change buses at a central hub (unless your destination isn't Downtown).
  24. TransLink has better things to do. The world doesn't revolve around us. Most likely they're just keeping that unit in reserve in case it's needed to cover for another unit (involved in an accident, severe breakdown, e.t.c) Ten years ago D40 and D60 units (and some D40LF and D60LF too) were stored just like this at OTC - the reason was they were reserve units that came out during the Olympics.
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