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  1. RZ350

    Canadian Rail Accidents

    Something "sort of" has been done. New regulations require the use of hand brakes when stopping on a hill like this. It's not a perfect solution, but then nothing is.
  2. They were for sale on some other sites for a while.
  3. 2404 is now in CFV I updated the Wiki, not sure how long it's here for.
  4. RZ350

    Rider Express

    This is not always true, having a GOOD partnership, with a company that pays it's bills CAN be very useful in intercity buses. The reality is, what's in it for EBus or Wilsons? Either of these companies can easily do this run if they think it's necessary, and probably better than this guy. He has taken a shot in the dark, and it's not really working out from what I can see. What he should probably do is try to find a run that isn't currently serviced, and see if he can make inroads, before potentially giving all his profit to another company. I have an example for you. Malaspina Coach lines was very successful for a long time, with no partnerships except with Greyhound on freight. They had a route to themselves and profited nicely, until BC Ferries became ridiculously expensive, and air travel became cheaper. Another example was Premier Pacific. The owner was a terrible businessman and there were some very serious issues with the company, but he had one very successful niche. He ran a very profitable run to Whistler with no partnerships. Eventually what will happen in Western Canada is either, One Company will dominate the inter city buses, or two or three will work together to do this. Either way, it's very interesting to watch.
  5. As a general rule, I TRY to Keep CFV and Chilliwack updated in the Wiki as I'm a Transit Supervisor here. My reply to you was meant to be a bit "tongue in cheek" but tone almost never translates to text LOL. As far as Transit keeping things updated? hell they told us that 9841,42 and 43 were going to scrap! I was pleasantly surprised to see 9842 go back into action in Victoria. Usually if a bus get towed out of Abbotsford, it's a goner..... We joke around here, that Abbotsford is where buses go to die. 0111 and 0232, Transit hasn't even given the shop the final word, they keep trying to get us to fix them LOL.
  6. CP Air DC-8 Air Canada DC-8, DC-9, L 10-11, 319, 146 PWA 732 WestJet 732, 73G SWA 732, 733, 735, 73G Allegiant MD-82 Flew a 747 once, but I was really young and don't remember the airline. Might have been Wardair....
  7. 9844 and 9869 are still active here in CFV, 9865 is in a body shop in Chilliwack having accident damage repaired, and is supposed to be returning to CFV when complete. 9844 may leave when we get 9865 back. 0233 may be listed as active, but it has not turned a wheel since arriving in CFV as it needs extensive repairs. Looks like you took some buses off our page that we are still using.
  8. If there is, I am currently unaware of it LOL
  9. Having dealt with Greyhound in this capacity, I can tell you that interlining with greyhound is a major pain. it can take upwards of 7 months to get paid for freight. up to 12 months to get paid for tickets. NOT worth it.
  10. Might be a while, interlining has it's own internal infrastructure requirements, as well as negotiations between the companies involved.
  11. except that a 15 passenger Sprinter is over $100,000 dollars to purchase or a very high lease rate, again I have actually operated this type of vehicle. Costs are pretty high, sure if the owner is the driver you can make some money, works out to about $15.00 an hour. I don't get out of bed for $15.00 an hour.
  12. In general you would be correct, having run 15 passenger sprinters in revenue service, it's not easy. However, if they had freight hauled in a small trailer it can be lucrative. unfortunately it would be difficult at best to get enough freight on board, unless they had some sort of interline with a major courier company.
  13. RZ350

    BC Transit - Chilliwack

    Actually a fairly common occurrence, sometimes we are able to swap the driver right back into the same bus on the return trip.
  14. Both true, it was decommissioned and towed out of here, but like 9842 it might be back.......
  15. RZ350

    Central Fraser Valley

    Actually this isn't quite correct, the busiest run is the number 2 and it is often standing room only and sometimes leaving people behind. It's what happens when you have two Wal-Marts on one route. however, this will probably settle down some if the new route recommendations are implemented in July. Other than that there are a few afternoon University runs that leave people behind but, you cant plan around a rush like that with bigger buses, just hopefully an extra run would be nice. Again though, this might get better in 2019.