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  1. This. Unless they get in a major wreck (like involving extensive frame damage, not just a corner pushed in) or it burns to the ground no LFR or newer bus is gonna be retired.
  2. I believe that they kind of peck at them with an excavator, shear or claw (depending on what that yard uses) until they end up as two pieces, which are then reduced in size in the same way until the whole bus is gone. The only buses that were crushed were the D40s, and those had their roofs punched in with excavators and then loaded onto a barge.
  3. These were Internationals with the Maxxforce (aka Maxxfarce) diesels. These ah... didn't have the best reputation, even in medium duty trucks. Damn near bankrupted International (and many of the companies that bought these trucks.)
  4. The used transit market is very soft. Not much demand for transit buses, because the only uses for them in private hands are as rental car shuttles. And most operators just buy new Gilligs. Pretty much every other use case is better served by a cutaway shuttle, school bus, or motor coach. Also, most used transits are pretty beat up and wore out.
  5. Pretty sure that the D40's were all driven in.
  6. That's a pretty big screwup. Guessing the shuttle was too far right in its lane and clipped the Xcelsior?
  7. What do you want it for? They are pretty expensive to maintain, register, and insure. Plus, most retired buses sold at auction are generally beat to hell.
  8. ??? The D60LF's would have been refurbed 8-10 years ago. All of them have been rebuilt around that time. At this point, they will all be retired pretty soon, as their replacements arrive.
  9. Maxxforce engines (especially those built in the early 2010's) have a pretty shitty reputation as far as reliability goes.
  10. DD453T

    Los Angeles MTA

    Speaking of odd buses with tag axles, here is a Ford shuttle with a tag axle. https://barnoneauction.hibid.com/lot/40333487/1985-ford-econoline-350-bus?q=bus&cat=0
  11. DD453T

    San Diego MTS

    Possibly the end of diesel in MTS's conventional fleet. Saw a brand new Gillig running route 894. Meaning that the last D40LFs dedicated to 894 are possibly retired.
  12. Are the buses that were cleared out headed to scrap, sale, or back to service?
  13. In any case cleanliness is the absolute wrong thing to focus on. It is literally the easiest thing possible to fix. What you should be looking at is the mechanical shape of the bus. Most D40LFs are already past their designed service life, often significantly so. Also, knowing that D40LFs are made of steel and that Edmonton lays down salt on the roads, the chances are very good that the frames are rotted. Cracking is also possible, all of which means that they are only good for scrap. Even without serious structural issues it costs Translink a significant amount (think 50-100k) to rehab a bus.
  14. I don't want to drop a turd on anyone's dream but most used transit buses have been rode hard. Which means that there will be a lot of maintenance expenses. The purchase price is not the end all and be all of vehicle ownership. With the D40LF's especially, they are likely to need major engine and transmission work. And heavy duty diesel repairs and rebuilds are not cheap.
  15. Looked like a pretty straightforward repair, only a few replaceable panels were involved, doesn't look like any frame damage. Slap on a new bumper, corner piece and cover, done.
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