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  1. Don't forget that buses licensed to pick up passengers in Nova Scotia have to pass the NSURB safety inspection twice a year, a process known as the toughest bus inspection performed in North America. It's probably cheaper to replace a questionable bus with another used one that will easily pass the inspection. The inspectors can fail a bus for garbage found between the seat cushion and wall, just imagine how they are when it comes to rust on frames.
  2. The roof separation looks similar to what you'd see after a jaws of life exercise. Chances are they cut off the remaining roof for faster access to those trapped inside.
  3. The charter bus operator I'm working for in Nova Scotia needed to replace some bumpers on his Prevost coaches and after some research I discovered the rear bumper from a New Flyer D40LF will bolt right in place once the old steel mounting plate is removed on the Prevosts. While designed as a front bumper, flip it upside down and it's a back bumper assembly as supplied by Prevost, the same was done on MCI & Nova Bus Classics. So the rear bumpers from 1018 & 1019 will live on as the replacements after we removed them over the past few days at the scrapyard. I also got the safety triangle kit out of 1019 for my own vehicle. The scrapyard is operating a new shredder so the GM cutaways and D40LFs towed in are reduced to tiny pieces within a day of arrival. They aren't salvaging anything once towed in... engines and all end up in the grinder once the grapple hook rips them into smaller pieces for the shredder.
  4. Wow, been many years since I last saw those Orion's . The Gillis family made money for years with those units, first running them as Aerocoach units, then the fortress work and a few of them licensed for charter work under Acadian Lines and Nova Charter Service. Was sad to see most of them rotting away in the back yard around '95 and very happy to see them on the highway headed through Moncton a year later as they headed to new owners.
  5. Just out of curiosity, what does the garage do for a scrap prep? Obviously they remove CT stuff like radio, fare boxes, camera systems, etc, but are they rendering the engine unusable or anything so that the scrap yard can't sell the engine or other mechanical components to another client? I've worked at places where scrap vehicles were drained of fluids and tired swapped out for bald ones then towed away, and other places had us drive scrap buses right to the scrap yard. I can remember driving a spare school bus years ago on a morning run, when I got back to the yard they pulled the radio, painted over the name then had me drive it on it's final trip to the wrecking yard. Mechanic followed me and pulled the plates and batteries once it was parked. JC
  6. I hope VIA can get this up and running without interference from the ATU and local pres. Ken Wilson. I'm typically pro-union but Ken was on the news tonight whining about how the train might compete with Halifax Transit bus routes. Rail transportation isn't covered under municipal or provincial regulations, its covered under federal law. If VIA wants to run trains on tracks that its has users rights for then Ken and his crew should stop complaining and maybe take a look at how the municipality and his members can step up their game once the VIA-operated trains gain a reputation for efficiency, timely service (ie. on-time, not standing outside the bus having a smoke 5 minutes past departure time) and friendly customer service.
  7. The company was quoted in a recent trade publication that they suffered no loss of assets and no employees were injured in the fires.
  8. The contract has changed hands yet again after Stock did their 5 years. Coach Atlantic Group managed to be the winning bidder at $5.6 million which will see them operate 33 regular route buses plus spares for 3 years plus 2 renewal option years. I just hope the low bid didn't happen because of slashed drivers pay like in the past. It was a kick in the pants back in 1992 to go from $12+ per hour with benefits to $8/hr at 4 hours per day max and no benefits. Pay, benefits and union representation had improved once Laidlaw then First Student ran things but I haven't followed employee relations since Stock came in so I have no idea if the union carried on or got voted out. I am curious to see what they bring in for a fleet. Coach Atlantic's bus sales division (TransCon International) is a Lion Bus distributor but the company also has a good relationship with IC Bus. JC
  9. The compressor is active whenever the engine is running. It simply goes into "unloaded" mode once the air is built up, that means air is now simply being moved between the two cylinders in the compressor instead of being compressed. When the systems calls for more air the compressor goes back into "loaded" mode and starts compressing air again. There is no waste of air in applying the maxi at every stop and really isn't much different than the load on the compressor from rear/front door interlocks setting the brakes, air suspension and the usual loss of air through leaky fittings or rust pinholes in tanks after they've been run for 10+ years.
  10. Here's a couple more... 922898 had Laidlaw decals at one point, It came from another Ft. Mac site and I drove it instead of the new ICs because it had lots of heat and was pretty quick on the highway. Shell finally demanded newer buses be used as regular route buses so I drove 898 to the storage yard by the airport where it sat until needed by another site. 2740 came from CNRL and was returned to that location after the workload returned to normal. I'll look around my house for a few camera cards that have pics of the Albian Sands fleet. JC
  11. We "borrowed" it from the CNRL fleet, along with other FS65 buses once the original, 20 new IC's weren't enough to meet the demands at site. There were also some former Laidlaw Ontario and former Laidlaw/First Student Nova Scotia Corbeil buses in the spare fleet that parked way out by Ft. Mac's airport.
  12. Is 2784 a ex-Cardinal FS65? If so I can understand the good highway trip as a I drove 2780 at Shell Albian Sands for FirstCanada for many months back in 2011-2012. Great buses for highway or backroad trips!
  13. Saw this around 12noon today in Burnside. Looks like the Access-A-Bus reversed in the parking lot at 53 Wright Avenue, barrelled down the slope towards the neighbouring building but was stopped by the boulders at the bottom of the hill. The rocks tore up the skirt panels pretty good. One HRP cruiser, two Transit supervisor vehicles and one of Ruggle's large wreckers were all on aite when I went by. I wasn't able to see a fleet number and sorry for the blurry pic. JC
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