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  1. Does anyone know what the exact VINs would be for the 1988 and 1991 Orion I 01.502 30-foot buses that were operated by METRA of Columbus, GA? 1988 Orion I 01.502: 1135: 2B1119E7_J6001778 1136: 2B1119E7_J6001779 1137: 2B1119E7_J6001780 1138: 2B1119E7_J6001781 1139: 2B1119E7_J6001782 1140: 2B1119E7_J6001783 1141: 2B1119E7_J6001784 1142: 2B1119E7_J6001785 1143: 2B1119E7_J6001786 1144: 2B1119E7_J6001787 1991 Orion I 01.502: 1148: 2B1119E7_M6002862 1149: 2B1119E7_M6002863 1150: 2B1119E7_M6002867 1151: 2B1119E7_M6002868 1152: 2B1119E7_M6002869 1153: 2B1119E7_M6002870 1154: 2B1119E7_M6002871 1155: 2B1119E7_M6002864 1156: 2B1119E7_M6002865 1157: 2B1119E7_M6002866 Thank you, Ben
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    METRA Columbus (GA)

    Does anyone remember what other buses METRA had purchased new (or bought any used buses from other TAs) in the 1980s and early '90s, besides the 1984 Flxible Metro-As (1121 to 1130)? They may be found in past issues of Motor Coach Age, among other sources. The CPTDB Wiki entry for this agency has many gaps to be filled, and these Flxibles were one of them that I found for it. https://www.cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Metra_(Columbus)#Retired More found: 1135-1144 = 1988 Orion I 01.502 (delivered 1-2/1988), probably with 6V92TA Detroit Diesel 1148-1157 = 1991 Orion I 01.502 (delivered 7/1991), again likely with 6V92TA Detroit Diesel - fleet IDs not in order of SNs (which would be, in order of SNs: 1148-1149, 1155-1157 and 1150-1154) Therefore, the following gaps as to what buses had these fleet numbers below (whether brand new or acquired used) still need to be filled in: 1016 to 1120 1131 to 1134 1145 to 1147 1158 to 1165 Thank you! ~Ben
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    Montgomery County RideOn

    I see no one here but me has devoted a topic here to Montgomery County RideOn of Rockville, MD. http://en.wikipedia....ki/Ride_On_(bus) http://cptdb.ca/wiki...p?title=Ride-On One of the interesting topics concerning MCRO is about the removal last year (2012) of 60 Champion/Navistar shuttle buses due to seven fire-related incidents, the first few of which reported in 2009. The 60 buses were originally placed in service in 2007. Ever since the fires consumed seven of these buses, the MCRO drivers' union had been skeptical about their reliability. http://articles.wash...buses-bus-fleet http://www.nbcwashin...-144716835.html http://www.wtop.com/...us-manufacturer When these buses were removed, MCRO ran on a Sunday/holiday schedule until it received leased buses from WMATA and PAT (Port Authority of Allegheny County), numbering 48 in all, to temporarily fill the void left by the Champion buses. 15 of these (13 of which were purchased using ARRA funding) were from PAT and are 2003 model Navistar/Mid Bus type "C" buses (PAT had retired these as part of their budget cuts in 2011) while the other 30 are 30-foot 1997 Orion V's representing the WMATA leases. 28 of the 60 replacement buses, made by Gillig, will show up in the MCRO fleet this July while the other 32 are expected to show up in the summer of 2014. http://www6.montgome...0130204_TE3.pdf ~Ben
  4. Interestingly, they used to have operated Orion I buses that had Detroit Diesel 6V71N engines and Voith D851.2 transmissions! They would sound similar to Brampton Transit's 1988-90 Orion Is (with the Detroit Diesel 6V92TA engine and Voith D863.2 transmission), but slightly different: Those were: 8721-8730, 01.502 30', built 1986-87 8931-8935, 01.502 30', built 1989 8936-8950, 01.507 36', built 1989 ~Ben
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    Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (RTA)

    Were there any classic buses CCRTA used to run, including amongst? GMC New Look Flxible New Look TMC CityCruiser / Orion I Gillig Phantom Grumman (Flxible) 870 / Flxible Metro ~Ben
  6. Has anyone ever been down to Knoxville, TN in the past 10 years and shot any pictures/videos of any buses they had there? This video, by Montigue Magruder (MetroLinerXLZ), devotes the first third of its length to the KAT system. Does anyone know if KAT still runs their nine Flxible Metro "D" 30-foot buses, and what transmissions these may use? 881-887 were delivered in 1993 and use the big Cummins L10E diesel engine, while 888-889 were delivered in 1994 and use the small Cummins C8.3 diesel engine. Both sets may have used either the Voith D863.2-W7 or ZF ECOMAT 4HP590 transmissions. ~Ben
  7. Benjamin

    Indy-Go 1983 Orion I VINs

    You're welcome! ~Ben
  8. Could anyone please check these below to see if indeed they are the correct VINs for the first 50 Orion I's delivered to Indy-Go, then the Indianapolis Public Transportation Commission? 8301: 2B1129775C5440572 8302: 2B1129771D6606600 8303: 2B1129776D6607601 8304: 2B1129772D6608602 8305: 2B1129779D6609603 8306: 2B1129775D6610604 8307: 2B1129771D6611605 8308: 2B1129778D6612606 8309: 2B1129774D6613607 8310: 2B1129770D6614608 8311: 2B1129777D6615609 8312: 2B1129778D6616610 8313: 2B1129774D6617611 8314: 2B1129770D6618612 8315: 2B1129777D6619613 8316: 2B1129773D6620614 8317: 2B112977XD6621615 8318: 2B1129776D6622616 8319: 2B1129772D6623617 8320: 2B1129779D6624618 8321: 2B1129775D6625619 8322: 2B1129776D6626620 8323: 2B1129772D6627621 8324: 2B1129779D6628622 8325: 2B1129775D6629623 8326: 2B1129771D6630624 8327: 2B112977XD6631626 8328: 2B1129776D6632627 8329: 2B1129772D6633628 8330: 2B1129775D6634630 8331: 2B1129771D6635631 8332: 2B1129778D6636632 8333: 2B1129774D6637633 8334: 2B1129772D6638635 8335: 2B1129779D6639636 8336: 2B1129775D6640637 8337: 2B1129773D6641639 8338: 2B1129774D6642640 8339: 2B1129770D6643641 8340: 2B1129777D6644642 8341: 2B1129775D6645644 8342: 2B1129771D6646645 8343: 2B1129778D6647646 8344: 2B1129776D6648648 8345; 2B1129772D6649649 8346: 2B1129773D6650650 8347: 2B112977XD6651651 8348: 2B1129778D6652653 8349: 2B1129774D6653654 8350: 2B1129770D6654655 Thank you, Ben
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    Indy-Go 1983 Orion I VINs

    So that would mean these were in fact delivered with Detroit Diesel 6V71TA engines instead of 6V92TAs. Only the CyRide demo Orion I 01.506 (1408) also made/delivered in '83 was known to have the 6V71TA, as was one bus built for Pacific Transit in Astoria, OR. ~Ben
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    ORION I transmission dipstick needed

    It appears this bus he owns is a 1987 model 01.508, powered by a DD 6V92TA (DDEC) engine and Allison HTB748 transmission. MJT also had four others: 16, a 1980 01.504 powered by a DD 6V53N engine and Allison MT643 transmission. 17-18, a 1981 01.504 - same powertrain as 16. 20, a 1982 01.504, powered by a DD 6V71N engine and Allison MT644 transmission. ~Ben
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    Portland TriMet

    TriMet's budget highlights and proposal of service changes for FY2018: http://news.trimet.org/2017/03/trimet-releases-fiscal-year-2018-proposed-budget-that-expands-bus-service-improves-system-reliability-and-adds-57-new-buses/ https://trimet.org/betterbus/serviceimprovements-fy18.htm Includes some new routes, minor changes to existing routes, and... 57 new buses! ~Ben
  12. Could you please verify these VIN numbers for all of Pullman Transit's Gillig Phantoms? The list: 96: 15GCB0918F1081263 (35TB/96/6V92, 10/1985) 97: 15GCB091XF1081264 (35TB/96/6V92, 10/1985) 98: 15GCB0911F1081265 (35TB/96/6V92, 10/1985) 95: 15GCB091XG1081542 (35/96TB/6V92, 11/1986) 94: 15GCB091XH1081655 (35/96TB/6V92, 2/1987) 93: 15GCB0915H1081918 (35/96TB/6V92, 7/1987) 92: 15GCB0917M1083907 (35/96TB/6V92TA, 1991) 104: 15GCB0918N1084579 (35/96TB/6V92TA, 1992) 105: 15GCB0912P1085097 (35/96TB/6V92TA, 9/1993) 107: 15GCB2013R1085637 (S50/T35/96, 1994) 100: 15GCB2015R1085638 (S50/T35/96, 1994) 106: 15GCB2118V1087487 (C21B096N4, 9/1997) 103: 15GCB211XV1087488 (C21B096N4, 9/1997) Thank you
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    Portland TriMet

    http://news.trimet.org/2017/02/trimets-payroll-tax-bond-rating-remains-the-highest-of-any-similar-transit-agency/ 121 new buses will help fill this void you mention. That would also spell the end for the 2200s and 2300s as they are now the oldest buses. ~Ben
  14. I'm starting to wonder how many Gillig Phantoms and Orion I's actually had eleventh-hour changes that do not correspond with the VIN number? Off the top of my head, I can pinpoint the Ride-On (Montgomery County, Rockville, MD) 1988-89 Phantoms were initially built with DD 6V92TA engines (code 09 in VIN), but actually had Cat 3208T engines (code 04) and those in turn were replaced by Cummins C8.3 diesel engines (code 18 in VIN). Markham Transit's 1983 and 1985-86 Orion I's (2018-2019, 2021-2024 and 2027-2030) may (or may not) also be victims of these 11th-hour changes you describe. While their VIN code, 7, would suggest 6V92TA power, some of these had been repowered to 6V71Ns (code 2 in VIN) later. ~Ben
  15. I hope you can get a ride video for 1122 soon! ~Ben
  16. While we all know for certain that every Gillig Phantom that Pullman Transit had ordered since 1991 came with the Voith D863 transmission, I am not sure if the same logic applied to the very first ones dating between 1985 and 1987 (units 93 to 98). Could any Pullman Transit experts please clue me in on these first six Phantoms? Complete list of Phantoms: 1985: 96-98 (model 35TB/96/6V92, DD 6V92TA MUI engine) 1986: 95 (model 35/96TB/6V92, DD 6V92TA MUI engine) 1987: 93-94 (model 35/96TB/6V92, DD 6V92TA MUI or DDEC engine) 1991: 92 (model 35/96TB/6V92TA, DD 6V92TA DDEC II engine) 1992: 104 (model 35/96TB/6V92TA, DD 6V92TA DDEC III engine) 1993: 105 (model 35/96TB/6V92TA, DD 6V92TA DDEC III engine) 1994: 100 and 107 (model S50/T35/96, DD S50 DDEC III engine) 1997: 103 and 106 (model C21B096N4, Cummins M11-280E+ engine) Thank you, Ben
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    Gillig product discussion

    I wonder if that would also mean that any Flxible Metros, Neoplans, New Flyers and TMC/Nova RTS IIs that were built with ZF and/or Voith transmissions were all just T-drive setups but offset? ~Ben
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    Flxible Metro VINs

    And 1817-1843 would have the "Z" engine code (Cummins M11-280E). ~Ben
  19. http://cptdb.ca/wiki...ro_%27N_VINs%27 Here's one addition for you to add to the above link: VIN: 1GF5ANPK0ND103378 Model: 40102-6C Build date: 4/1992 Operator: Tri-Met (OR) Unit number: 1701 (aka the "Art bus") VIN breakdown: 1: made in the U.S.A. G: Flxible Corporation F: Flxible transit bus 5: Flxible Metro series (1983-96) A: 40" x 102" body length/width N: 2 doors, wheelchair lifts, two wheelchair spaces, no A/C P: Cummins L10-280E diesel engine (49 states) K: Compressed air brake, drum type, no ABS, rear axle spring parking brake 0: check digit N: 1992 model year D: assembled in Delaware, OH 103378: serial number ~Ben
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    Gillig product discussion

    The "V drive" low-floors as far as I know never used the old-style Allison V730 series transmission except for one LFS demo to Toronto. ~Ben
  21. Benjamin

    Portland TriMet

    That's disrupted not disputed... ~Ben
  22. Benjamin

    Portland TriMet

    Apparently they have turned to New Flyer for these... ~Ben
  23. Benjamin

    Portland TriMet

    Jared, 3201-3205 have already joined 3206-3260 at Merlo for awhile... ~Ben
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    Portland TriMet

    http://www.rosecitytransit.org/systemmapper/static.php?inservice=all According to the current updates here all of the 2100 series Gillig Phantoms are MIA, as are the last two 2009 New Flyer D40LFRs (2939-2940). ~Ben