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    Hockey and Coaches is where the passion is at.

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  1. translink fan

    Greyhound Spottings & Photos

    Lots of farm outs lately. More drivers gone. Blue Star coaches, TRAXX, and even my employer have been callled for covering runs to Kelowna and Kamloops.
  2. translink fan

    Greyhound Spottings & Photos

    Also take into account that the moral right now is down so everyone isn't really having a good time at work with the end being near. Why stay when you aren't happy right?
  3. translink fan

    Greyhound Spottings & Photos

    A lot of drivers already found other jobs. When some look at it, even if a driver or mechanic has 10 years in the company, they're only getting 2 days a month per year in severance (if I remember correctly as was explained when I got the notice). Why stick around for that? Maybe a couple thousand dollars in severance that won't last? When you can just slip into another job. The older guys I worked with in the shop are retiring. Transit is going to come in and do a job fair sort of deal with the drivers that are interested in coming over from what I've heard.
  4. translink fan

    Greyhound Spottings & Photos

    Traxx Coach Lines 822 amd 5613 did runs to Pemberton today. Im hearing enough equipment but no drivers. But also saw 2 Greyhound buses leave for whistler later in the day.
  5. translink fan

    Greyhound in the news

    The refurbishment those DLs went through down in the US before coming north wasn't much of a refurbishment. All its seemed like was new paint and upgraded ammentities. The DLs were clapped out to begin with. I wouldn't say the maintance is poor on the Canadian side of things. The preventative maintenance program was pretty good for what was given to work with. You can only fix them up and keep them going for so long. When they announced "new" buses which were the X3-45's from the Oil sands, some staff were happy until they arrived. Now they're just white elephants sitting in the yard going nowhere with multiple issues. Would have been nice if Canada was purchased new buses.
  6. translink fan

    Greyhound in the news

    You pretty much summarized what majority of Greyhound employees feel about First Group.
  7. translink fan

    Greyhound in the news

    Guess the first wave of lay offs with me and others was just a sign of things to come. Moral was low before but now it's even worse with the announcement. I was hearing rumors of downsizing facilities before the lay off but didn't expect a shut down so soon. More like maybe Greyhound gets sold off. General consensus talking with my ex co workers is that First ran Greyhound Canada into the ground from the get go. Didn't give the mechanics a lot to work with. Even the down south from Seattle to Portland it's just been downhill. I feel for the employees and the communities being left in the dark with no transportation. Hope some companies step up and fill the gap.
  8. translink fan

    Greyhound in the news

    Reminds of one night a Seattle Schedule was leaving Vancouver but some reason the outside pane shattered. Being the bus came up from the South, we had no spares. Nor a replacement pane to put on. Told the driver we couldn't do anything for him. Late night, and no parts. In the end another schedule came up and switched everyone over, but the replacement bus couldn't be serviced or cleaned. Felt bad for the passengers on board.
  9. translink fan

    Wilson's Transportation

    I bet it's ex Traxx 870 to 874 or 880-885?
  10. translink fan

    Wilson's Transportation

    Not the first. They have that double decker Van Hool. A bunch of Ex Traxx Equipment and CBL equipment was sold off and some ended up on the island. Didn't know a Van Hool ended up with Wilsons.
  11. translink fan

    General Motorcoach Spottings & Photos

    It makes a difference. Helps keeps the coach clean. Not to mention, the drivers have to clean their own coach at the end of the day. Some companies may have their own cleaning crew for buses, but on tour, the driver can have a long day. And the last thing he or she needs is a big mess to clean up. It ain't so easy cleaning a coach on your own.
  12. translink fan

    General Motorcoach Spottings & Photos

    Was getting a bus fixed at Pacific Coach Line's garage the other day and saw Ctours H3-45 #368. Ctour Prevost H3-45 #386-2 by Dannny29, on Flickr
  13. translink fan

    Greyhound in the news

    I'll be pretty honest, I don't see a future in Greyhound. In my short time working there, I've never seen such a big company go so far downhill from what it used to be. It's sad to see.
  14. translink fan

    Universal Coach Line

    If you look closely to the front windshield, looks like a Tauck Tours placard.
  15. translink fan

    General Motorcoach Spottings & Photos

    Found where Ctours parks their buses. Won't disclose the location but I did not trespass of course. Photographed 298. I think the other bus is 268 which was out at the time today. Ctour Prevost H3-45 #298-2 by Dannny29, on Flickr
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