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SidneyTransitfan

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  1. 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.
  2. Spotted 9287, 9311, 9313 and 9314 boarding the ferry to Victoria at Tsawwassen this afternoon. EDIT: Footage here -
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Here is a short video I made yesterday of 9001 sporting her 'new' look at the Legislature terminus, around 4pm:
  6. 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.
  7. 2020, 2058 and 2050 on the Blue line too. I caught a ride on it from City Hall to 69 Street.
  8. 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.
  9. Most likely because the fleet replacement of the Dennis Darts is almost complete, just a few spare contingency units left.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 a
  13. 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.
  14. 58.9 to 61.9 in Calgary for the last week or so
  15. 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 drivi
  16. 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.
  17. 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).
  18. 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.
  19. The Double decker buses in London were built anywhere from 1960 to this year. It depends on when they were built. BC Transit's 9001-9010 and 9021-9039 were built between 2000 and 2002. The Enviro 500s were built from 2004 onwards.
  20. Well, a double decker came to Victoria from CMBC twice. I don't think they were both the same one though?
  21. Hi everyone. I don't normally post on this side of the forums (being from Western Canada my trips to Toronto are few-and-far between). Here are a couple of videos I managed to put together from my trip in March. 4103 running from Yonge to Humber Loop on route 501: Plus 4081 on the 501L from Humber Loop to Long Branch:
  22. I have seen some of these buses operating in the West Kootenay Transit system. Those are your best bet for actually riding them, as they are connections for smaller communities to the main service area. Many operate at least two or three days a week, with trips to Nelson in the morning and back in the afternoon or evening. They are handy connectors for smaller communities as there often isn't any intercity bus service anymore.
  23. Aren't the 2009s not supposed to receive those upgrades? They're due for retirement in 2021 owing to BC Transit's 12-year life expectancy for post-2008 buses.
  24. My guess would be morning trippers that deadhead back to Langford and/or return to the yard after the AM peak service finishes.
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