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  1. Oldest bus in each city

    Barrie Transit 66804, 2004 New Flyer D40LF. Rebuilt Summer 2017.
  2. Barrie Transit

    Is there anything new happening at Barrie Transit?
  3. Barrie Transit

    1709's back on the road. Saw it tonight doing the 4 at Barrie South. No pics yet, but I intend to get some soon.
  4. Buses for sale

    https://www.kijiji.ca/v-heavy-trucks/owen-sound/transit-bus/1332920513?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true Looks like Bruce Peninusula's selling some buses. There's an MCI G-coach listed on there out of Owen Sound as well that I think I recognise.
  5. One thing I really like is high speed runs in transit buses, because you can feel the speed when you do it. I'm just curious as to how fast some of you have managed to do on the bus, especially on transit routes that go onto the highway. My high speeds average between 80 to 100km/h depending on the route, but it's a rare treat to go that fast where I live. I've heard of the YRT Orion Vs being capable of doing 110/120ish, but that's still on my bucket-list to experience.
  6. Clearview Transit

    http://www.clearview.ca/transit Looks like their G5 has arrived and is in service, a monster on a Ford chassis, most likely powered by that monstrum V10. Also, while we're at it, here's my picture of Clearview's bus on Weir Street in Stayner back in August, 2017 when I made a road trip around the county with a fellow member and another friend. I believe this is probably the only pic from the fan community of the Clearview bus actually within her home municipality instead of Wasaga Beach.
  7. Barrie Transit

    Saw an old Eldorado from Midland Transit travelling eastbound on Big Bay Point near Welham garage and SN Diesel this afternoon headed towards Yonge Street, but unfortunately I couldn't get a number or a photo as I was in a car at the time.
  8. http://www.mymuskokanow.com/37042/bracebridge-council-discusses-final-points-town-transit-service/ Latest news today for Bracebridge Transit. They've decided to purchase their own bus, Idk if it's that Arboc in the picture or not, and as anybody could've predicted, Hammond got the drive contract. Routing hasn't been decided yet. There was an article in the Muskoka newspapers a couple of weeks or so ago about the Santa's Village trolley retiring as a result of this launch as well.
  9. Ontario Northland Railway

    Well, the people I'm working for are part of one of the parties that promised to bring back the train as far back as 2013. I got involved with them about a month or two after the shutdown, and got involved with them because I met two MPPs on the train and started chatting with them about what needs to be done. I have a knack for taking an issue related to transport, whether it's this or issues with Barrie Transit where I live, and going deep into research and writing 500-page long papers full of solutions, knowledge and technical data that I've researched myself either through the internet, through personal knowledge, or through conversations with friends and professionals who know what they're doing. North of Pefferlaw the Northlander would travel at the maximum speed of the GP38-2s pulling her, which was around 65 mi/h. North of Washago speeds would drop somewhat, between 40 to 50 mi/h all the way to Cochrane, with brief slow sections through North Bay when we transit through the yards plus any slow orders that happen to be in effect during the trip.
  10. Ontario Northland Railway

    I think it's not the APU specifically that's the issue, but more along the lines of using freight power on passenger trains. If we had a passenger-spec unit that didn't have HEP I don't think it'd be an issue to hook the APU to it. Or even running an FP7A or other passenger-capable carbodied unit like we used to in the 90s, or the CATs like when I went on my first trip to Toronto in 1998. CN would make us get special permission to use anything six-axled on the Northlander when it was needed, like SD40-2s or the SD75I, and I think they required either different logistics or bureaucratic paperwork to turn them around in Toronto because the clearances on the wye in Mimico were supposedly too tight for them. That Innu-owned railway in Labrador first started out using GP38-2s with HEP cars on their passenger service but last I saw they were using ex-Amtrak F40s, so they probably got caught up in the same issue.
  11. Ontario Northland Railway

    I'm working with some people up North on the Northlander project myself. Any members of the board who know me personally or through social media would know that I'm immersed in it and have been since I met some politicians on the last run in 2012. I'll declare my choices for the new Northlander fleet, keeping in mind my information's limited. For locomotives, I'm leaning towards rebuilding some GP40-2 passenger variants from the northeast US, particularly NJT hood units and some of the GP40FH-2 units as well. The NJT units (GP40PH-2 IIRC) would be versatile for the ONTC, because their design allows them to be used on both passenger and freight, due to the visibility and access between units that this unit offers, as well as for the most part having parts commonality with the 1730 series SD40-2s and the three GP40-2s. Even the Amtrak GP38H-3s would be a good unit for us, considering they have just enough power to pull the Northlander and also has the relevant passenger mods done to it. For coaches, I'm leaning towards rebuilt single-deck coaches, either Budd products like if there's any Amtrak "heritage fleet" cars still in storage in Beech Grove, ex-AMT/nee-GO RTC-85s if some are still available, or even ex-NJT coaches, or even Can-Car products if they can be found. I've thought about the Ringling cars a while back, but that auction's over and I would imagine the whole fleet's already been spoken for. The reason I have a preference for HEP-equipped, high-speed, passenger-spec Geeps for the revived services, is not only for the versatility of them, which a skeleton fleet like ONR really needs right now, but also, I'm aware through friends who are around the ONR who told me that the GP38-2 + APU setup that we used before Black Friday 2012 is not allowed by CN anymore unless they do half the speed limit, and that TC regulations are the reason the class ones adopted it. So if we want to do 75 to 90 mi/h on the Bala sub like we used to (the GP38-2 fleet as you know topped out at 65, probably the fastest any GP38-2's ever gone in this country), we'd need to have a locomotive that's designed for passenger work. However, more freight locomotives are needed from what I was hearing, particularly four-axle roadswitchers, so the locomotives I've researched would be perfect for that role, or any other role we can throw at it.
  12. Barrie Transit

    Haha, I agree with you on losing so many good buses. However, when we had all those classics up here a couple of years ago it was a blast. Honestly they should've just bought them all on top of the idea of rebuilding the 04 and 06 buses, then we wouldn't have to worry about a bus shortage at all. I really wouldn't mind one though, if one came up here while 1709's replacement was being built, I'd probably get as much mileage outta her as I can lol.
  13. Barrie Transit

    I gotta wonder if we're gonna be getting a leaser for the time being?
  14. Barrie Transit

    Some of my friends have been telling me that 1709's being scrapped because it apparently got T-boned by a drunk driver who came off the 400 at full speed while doing Route 4. So far there's no photos of it from my friends, and no reports on the news about it that I've seen so far looking at CTV or the Advance (RIP the Examiner). Anybody else hear about this and can offer more info?
  15. NFI used to have the MiDi, but ADL has since took over that range, so they could be in the running as well. ADL also has an ongoing relationship with Metrolinx over their DDs, so that could probably play a factor into who they pick as well.
  16. GO Transit

    I saw a post on one of the Facebook groups of a SuperLo being spotted in Aurora on a Route 65 service. Does anybody know the details around that? I just wanna know whether some will be coming to Barrie on Route 68 as well as how many per day and when? I know some folks have posted diagrams here of GO's runs on their eastern routes before, so any info you guys could dig up would be much appreciated, I may plan on buying a day pass and just riding SuperLos all day between Barrie and Newmarket on the first day if I can get intel. Thanks in advance.
  17. Barrie Transit

    Ditto. Whoever designed it must've worked in the airline industry before coming here lol. I would've preferred a stripe with maybe just a new logo or something, there's a street sweeper in the fleet that has the new logo and a big stripe on it and it looks really old school.
  18. Barrie Transit

    Took a ride on 1706 today and saw the scheme for myself. I'm pretty proud again to've gotten the very first shots of it lol. Personally I think however it's just too bland and too dark. Especially with the white back end. I'll always prefer the old livery to this one i think, but perhaps it's because I'm more old-school lol? It does look alright, better than the fancy Yankee shite that small little podunks like to pull, but not as good as the classic old scheme. Wonder what some of the others might think? I think it'll eventually grow on me if given time, like how the new GO scheme took a while for us to get used to, some of us were comparing it to Santa Fe's "Vomit Bonnet" back when it first came out I remember. They did an okay job, but to me this one looks kinda like the bland schemes you see on airliners these days.
  19. Barrie Transit

    Can you at least describe the livery? I'd imagine they kept the blue stripe but just added the new City logo? A few years ago I was told about a "rebranding" project that was supposed to be included in the 2013 redesign of the system but ultimately they've either scuttled it or put it off. They were gonna completely rename BT to something else, like "Uride" or "Pronto" or something stupid like that, something fancy like you see in the States.
  20. GO Transit

    Quick question. back in October I drove part of King Road in York Region along with Peel Road 9 past Bolton, and saw quite a few GO Transit bus stop signs as well as one old PMCL sign along that corridor. Does GO still run a route out there? I thought they left that area years ago lol.
  21. Barrie Transit

    Didn't get to see her at the parade, but got to see her tonight while on the way home from the train club. 1705 (2017 Novabus LFS Gen-4) is this year's Christmas bus. I really like the theme they did this year too, seems like some sort of Canada 150 theme!
  22. Simcoe County Transit

    Was the BRT I believe. We got ours in Barrie in 2012 through the TPI. I think that period began in 2011 and ended in 2013, we got those Eldorados and almost all our XD40s through that programme. The 2014s were ordered through a City tender as the TPI didn't cover that year.
  23. Simcoe County Transit

    This is good news. I didn't know that Metrolinx had a 30ft category for this period. Is anybody else ordering 30ft from TPI and who is the marque that won the bid? Sure will be a huge improvement over cutaways.
  24. Barrie Transit

    Ah, okay. I'll check back later and see if I can pull it up for you guys later. EDIT: Here you go. http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1254113
  25. Barrie Transit

    http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/video?binId=1.1274844 I can't find an individual story right now unfortunately, but here's the newscast from today. I think the report is like 5 to 10 minutes into the news.