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  1. Best sounding buses

    This is SUPER geeky, but I had to make it. I'm sure I share this with some of you out there, older and younger members, but the way a bus sounds is very important to me. Certain things can make me love or hate a bus, and sound is pretty much at the top of the list. Be it an awesome sounding axle, a dirty exhaust or a savage jake brake, it always helps. Now being a younger and inexperienced member I know that my interests are tailored towards newer buses, Cummins ISL/L/9/M/X/B etc., and even the DDS50/60 etc, (that's about it; anything older I genuinely dislike, especially the 6V92), but I'm curious to hear what your interests are when it comes to sound. To each their own opinion, so post videos or comments of your favorite sounding buses. As a matter of fact, I listen to audioclips of good ones while I work; it really helps. I'll start us off with a few: As you may know, or be able to tell, I'm a ZF fanboy, so here are a few. Listen with bass on if can: First pull off: I've recently discovered a popular French bus, Heulizez, which makes the GX337h, which sounds quite punchy. Listen from 3:29: And we can't forget Allison. Love the shifts into 5th and 6th on these things, never disappoints: from 0:54 to 1:30: Let's hear what you've got!
  2. According to page 153 on the December 14, 2017 Board Meeting report, there is a project titled "2019 Conventional bus expansion" under the 2018 New Capital Program that highlights the replacement of 32 High Floor Buses with 32 double-decker Low Floor buses. What we DON'T KNOW at this moment: 1) Transit Centre (besides RTC because a chunk of them are going there for sure.) 2) Route specifics (aside from 601/555 linegroup) 3) Destination sign 4) Colour scheme 5) Seats 6) Height and configurations (including the engine, doors, seating arrangement) 7) Which Orions will be replaced ((Please no speculation on any of the above until the RFP comes out)) What we DO know at this moment: 1) Alexander Dennis will be providing the double deckers (since they're the only successful makers in North America thus far)
  3. Neoplan AN460 Sale Search

    This is my first post on this website, so here goes (forgive me if this isn't the right place to post it). I've been a fan of transit and buses for many years now; I think it goes back to when I was a kid and growing up riding the bus just about everywhere. Now I've grown to the point where I want to be a bus collector and gather a series of buses, both past and present. Now the one I'm looking for in particular has been rather hard to find. I'm looking for a Neoplan AN460 still intact that hasn't been torn apart yet or scrapped in a junkyard. I've looked all over, eBay, Transit Sales, Bargain Bus News, and many other used bus sales websites, but to no success. Out of the many buses I've looked and seen over the years, this one has always stood out to me is it was a common bus I rode in Pittsburgh back in 2011-2013 before they were retired and now owning one for me would serve a nostalgic purpose. Does anyone out there know of any person, place, or transit agency that might still have one and is looking to sell it in the future or is up for sale right now?
  4. Here's an odd one. The Bruce Peninsula now has a privately operated transit system based out of Wiarton, Ontario (that's about 20 Min NW of Owen Sound). They currently have one route, and they are using an ex Hamilton bus (apparently its a full sized transit bus!). A smaller cutaway will soon run another route to the popular Sauble Beach as well. They are also planning a connection to the Chi Cheemaun ferry stop at Tobermory. http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/2017/06/08/transit-bus-service-on-bruce-peninsula Their fleet information describes them as having a 38 passenger transit bus, and its supposedly ex HSR. Anyone know what that might be... D40LF? https://brucepeninsulatransit.com/other-services/ Given that I spend a lot of my summer up on the Bruce, I will be on the lookout for this new operation, and hope to report more soon.
  5. Owning a bus

    Hi Everyone, ANIME-AND-BUSES here, I'm new here and this is my first topic. So, in the future, I plan to buy a New Flyer bus hopefully when Santa Cruz Metro retires some of their models. But I want to ask others what was their experience with buying a used bus, and what do they do with it.
  6. I would like to start a discussion regarding your reviews and opinions of transit vehicles in Québec. I think that this discussion would be better suited in the Québec Transit Discussion forum than the General Vehicle Discussion Forum.
  7. A thread for Greyhound buses and any other American bus living a second life in Guatemala: Company Model, Number, Guatemala License Plate Fuente del Norte: MC-12 #1875 C271BCL MC-12 #2948 C561BMS MC-12 #3100 C939BNC MC-12 #3113 C230BND Rapidos del Sur: MC-12 #3073 C709BDG Photos: #1875 IMG_5212 by GojiMet86, on Flickr #2948 IMG_4315 by GojiMet86, on Flickr #3073 IMG_5213 by GojiMet86, on Flickr #3100 IMG_4404 by GojiMet86, on Flickr #3113 IMG_9126 by GojiMet86, on Flickr I'll throw in a couple more in case anyone manages to identify them: IMG_6882 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_6880 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_6876 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_6520 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5733 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5271 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5269 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5266 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5260 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5257 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5252 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_5246 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_4286 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3866 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3882 by GojiMet86, on Flickr
  8. Ready Bus Line #L380 was in Calgary, Alberta earlier today:
  9. Future TTC Bus Orders

    Looks like TTC is looking for manufacturers for a future bus order. Future TTC Bus order Document request list Here R32PA16809 - FUTURE BUS PROCUREMENT OF TTC BUSES The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is seeking an expression of interest in order to identify and obtain information from firms interested in participating with future bus purchases. The TTC currently operates and maintains a fleet of approximately 2,000 buses to support the movement of its customers across the Greater Toronto Area. A move to steady state procurement has been implemented and the TTC plans on purchasing approximately 120 buses annually.
  10. I'm wondering if anyone besides me has a favorite bus/engine/transmission combination because of the way it sounds? Obviously a lot of us are fans of screaming two-stroke Detroits, but does anyone have another one they personally like? For me, it's a Nova Bus Classic with a Detroit Series 50 and an Allison B400R transmission. In this case the transmission is heard much more prominently than the engine, and I find the B400R's whine under acceleration very pleasant to listen to. Calming, if you will. My local system had such a Classic, until it was retired in 2014 when the transmission failed. 3:10 in this video: Trent
  11. Word of mouth spreads fast. As was hinted in the TTS 2015 Fan Trips thread, yes a TTC RTS charter has been planned for the end of February. I would like to stress that this charter is taking place at night whereas the TTS charter is taking place during the day, and the two charters will not necessarily be covering/touring the same areas of the city. So now there are two RTS charters, not intended to compete with one another but to provide double the opportunity. A select few like to throw words around like it's nobody's business. Keep those kinds of opinions to yourself, most of which are based on false assumptions and stereotypes. Don't want a flame war? Don't start one. With that out of the way, here's what was posted regarding the charter on Facebook, in more detail: With all the uncertainty surrounding the retirement of the TTC’s Nova Bus RTS buses, charter ideas have sprung up again. For those longing for a rush of nostalgia, there is a plan to take an RTS out to Scarborough, East York, and the eastern part of Downtown, mainly covering the routes that Danforth Garage operated with the RTS before it closed down in March 2002. Every effort will be made to charter a bus with a perfectly working Luminator MegaMax 2000 sign and no bike rack to replicate an RTS out of Danforth Garage in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Here are the details of the planned charter in point form: - Date: Saturday February 28th, 2015 - Duration: 4 to 6 hours (hoping for 6) - Start Time: 6 PM (but please try to arrive before 5:45 PM to sort out registration) - End Time: depends on duration – 10 PM, 11 PM, or 12 AM - Break: yes, if charter is 5 or 6 hours in duration; a coffee shop is located nearby for food and/or washrooms - Areas/routes being covered: Scarborough, East York, Downtown (east of Yonge) - Main focus of charter: routes operated by Danforth Garage prior to its closure - Pick-up and Drop-off Location: Ellesmere RT Station - Cost: $50 to $60, depends on attendance - Payment Method: cash, in person at pick-up location Ellesmere RT Station is easily accessible by subway or RT, has ample parking available at no cost (free on weekends) immediately next to the station on the east side (accessible from the east service road off Ellesmere Road), and reasonably accessible by bus (about 5 minutes walking distance from the nearest 95 York Mills bus stops on Ellesmere Road at the west service road). Kennedy Road is the nearest exit off of Highway 401. The pick-up location will be on the west side of the station under the Ellesmere Road bridge (the 95C bus stop is nearby, but the branch does not operate on weekends). For those driving, access to the pick-up location on the west side of the station from the parking lot on the east side of the station is via the station entrance (stairs down, tunnel, stairs up; a fare is not required to cross over to the other side). The original plan for this charter was for it to take place sometime in the summer, but because about half of the RTS buses have been pulled off the road and an increasing number are receiving Luminator Horizon designation signs, it was decided to have the charter before the beginning of next month (as it is feared even more will be withdrawn). If you are interested in/able to attend the charter, please indicate so in a reply below. Also feel free to ask any questions.
  12. FEBRUARY 15TH, 2015. Here is the draft itinerary for the excursion: Depart Millbrae Caltrain/BART 9:20 am Stop 1. China Basin/AT&T Park Stop 2. Ferry Building Stop 3. Transbay Terminal Stop 4. Oakland Bay Bridge Toll Plaza Stop 5. Emeryville Market (lunch stop) Stop 6. Berkeley Marina Stop 7. Northbrae Tunnel & Marin Circle Stop 8. Preservation Park Stop 9. USS Hornet Buses guaranteed to be there: AC Transit 2546 (1988 NFI D40) DDEC 6V92TA Allison HTB-748. AC Transit 942 (1972 GMC T6H-5307N) Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison. Golden Gate Transit 1401 (1994 Flxible Metro "D" 40102-4D) DDEC Series 50 ZF 5HP590. SF Muni 3210 (1969 GMC T8H-5305) Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8. Golden Gate Transit 854 (1972 GMC T8H-5307A) Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8. *There may be others, but I am not 100% sure on those.
  13. http://metrotransitarchives.blogspot.com Hello, everyone: My name is Thomas Reaves and I ran a blog called Metro Transit Archives. In it, I will share photos and advice from my 17 years of being a transportation photographer. Below is a link to my site, which is updated regularly and I will back post all current entries and add more to this forum every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. So sit back and enjoy the ride.
  14. Okay, I know it's a bit late to announce this just now, but on November 1st and 2nd, 2014, Market Street Railway is having another excursion. They did this at the same time in 2013. http://www.streetcar.org/muni-heritage-weekend-november-1-2/. Buses and Trolleys guarenteed (I believe) to show up: 1938 White 784 #042 (White 24A Gasoline/White Hydrotorque) 1939 St. Louis Job 1704 #506 (Trolley) [Display Only] 1950 Marmon-Herrington TC-48 #776 (Trolley) 1969 GMC T8H-5305 #3287 (8V71N/Allison VS2-8) 1976 Flyer E800 #5300 (GE Motor) The usual F-Market 1948-1952 PCC's. 1896 SF Muni Trolley #578 1912 SF Muni Trolley #1 1914 SF Muni Trolley #130 I am not so sure on the 1975 AM General 9635-6 (6V71N/Allison VH9), but I saw it in the shop along with the 1969 GMC New Look. There may be more stuff, but this is the best of my knowledge. I am going.
  15. Favorite Powertrains

    What are your favorite powertrains? Some of my personal favourties are the 6V92TA/Allison HT-740 to HT-748, the Series 50/ZF, and the Cummins M11/Allison B400R. There are a few more that I really like, but I cannot think of them at the momment.
  16. I mainly have made electronics videos for the past 2 years, but sometimes I upload bus videos. Here is todays upload of sound recordings of Golden Gate Transit's 2003 Orion V's.
  17. School Buses

    I couldn't find anything on this "photography forum" on school buses. I spotted this very old Crown school bus in good shape (from first looks) near Pier 70 in SF. I actually took this picture through the gate (which was quite difficult) and cropped it. Does anyone know what model this is at first looks?
  18. I will post all my new vids and flickr updates here. http://www.youtube.com/user/jmsalgorithms Sub if you want https://www.flickr.com/photos/93337835@N06/ Follow me here too if you want I'll start off with my 2 most recent. Meet up at Maple Meadows: Skytrain goes the wrong way:
  19. T-Drive Nova Bus RTS-06 WFD

    Does anyone know the exact release date of the T-drive Nova Bus RTS-06 Wide Front Door? I am trying to confirm that 1997 Nova Bus RTS-06 WFD's were V-drive only, but I am not 100% sure if that is truly correct.
  20. ( I am not sure why the pictures are sideways. I would suggest clicking on the thumbnails). On, June 11th, 2014, my mother spotted this mysterious GMC New Look (with an interesting marquee on it) in the Hunter's Point/Naval Yard area of San Francisco. I may go to the area to see it one day. Does anyone know the model by first looks?
  21. Cummins VTB-903 Engine

    I don't know much about the Cummins VTB-903 engine. It seems that there also existed a VT-903. I have only seen the VTB-903 be used in Flyer D900 buses. Does anyone have more info?
  22. Are there any buses with Detroit Diesel 6V92TA's still running in California?
  23. Incorrect VINs?

    Some VIN (vehicle identification number) codes may not match the attributes they actually have. I found this out: Queens Surface Corp. no. 847, a 1981 GM T8H-5307A, has a VIN of 2GHYT82J0B3500891 which, per the engine code letter, would suggest a Detroit Diesel 6V92TA engine but this bus actually has an 8V71N engine which should imply this code letter be an "H" instead of a "J." The correct VIN (with 8V71 engine) should be 2GHYT82H4B3500891. Another example is Markham Transit. Their two 1983 Orion I 30-foot buses have these VIN numbers... 2018: 2B1119771D5524814 2019: 2B1119773D5525821 ... which would suggest these came with Detroit Diesel 6V92TA engines but actually have 6V71N engines. The actual VINs should instead be: 2018: 2B1119272D5524814 2019: 2B1119274D5525821 Another Markham Orion I fleet are their two sets of 40-foot buses dated 1985 and '86. Engine code VIN suggests 6V92TA engine, but some say the actual engine is 6V71N. If that was really the case, their VINs should instead be: 2021: 2B1169270F5001229 2022: 2B1169277F5001230 2023: 2B1169279F5001231 2024: 2B1169270F5001232 2027: 2B1169276G5001401 2028: 2B1169277G5001407 2029: 2B1169272G5001413 2030: 2B1169273G5001419 ~Ben
  24. GO Transit's New Paint Scheme

    Some people like, some don't. Now let's discuss it, I have seen 607 in real, the train I was on started in NFS then I boarded in St. Catharines heading to the CNE the trip was normal until we reached the Willowbrook Yard and TMC and I saw a BBD 2000 series Bi-Level with it's doors partly painted In the new scheme. Then we reached Mimico to our delight 607 pulls up with a wired consist. 607, Cab, Bi, Bi, Bi, WC, Bi, Bi, Bi, Cab. That was caught on video, to me I like the new paint but, digitally it looks bad. Oh and BTW I got off at Exibition and saw the 607 from the platform.