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GO 8452 (2019 Pride bus) seen on the 47 this afternoon with its wrap still intact.

This was one of the test units for the super single drive wheels. The super single wheels on this unit have been replaced with the standard dual drive wheels, as shown in the photos.

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TTC Tracker Sightings

8892 is on the 60

8893 is on the 935

8894 is on the 59

8895 is heading out on the 46

8896 is on the 84

8897 is heading out on the 927

8900 is on the 120

8906 is on the 36

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It must be "Take your Antique Buses out on a Sunday Cruise!" Sunday at HCRR. And where better to cruise your antique buses than southern Etobicoke! Southern Etobicoke loves antique buses!

7913 seen on 2 Anglesey 48 Renforth Rathburn. I hope it's "lucky 13" and hangs in there like its ancestor 7013! (Where did the 1996 Orion V retirement thread go? Oh, there it is!)

7920 seen on 111 East Mall.

7970 laying over at Long Branch loop on 110A.

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53 minutes ago, wil9402 said:

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3752, 8411 & 8588 operating in a convoy southbound on 43A yesterday afternoon. 8946 on 43C joined the group south of the 401 as well.

That's really interesting. I saw 8411 on the 116 yesterday for the regular Birchmount tripper at around 12:50pm. I think it might have switched over to 43C once it reached Kennedy.

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Yesterday's sightings:

TTC:
#8197, #8206 | 11 BAYVIEW 
#9224 | 16 McCOWAN
#3484 (C) | 21 BRIMLEY
#3242 (B), #3604 (B), #3623 (B) | 36 FINCH WEST
#3420 (A) | 38 HIGHLAND CREEK
#1315 (B), 1327 (C), #1402, #1529 (A) | 39 FINCH EAST 

#8149 (A), #8217 (A), #8382 (A) | 42 CUMMER
#1209, #1270 (B), #1385 (B), #1521 (B), #3429, #3449 (B), #3489 (B) | 53 STEELES EAST
#3235 (A), #3272 (A), #3497 (A), #3503 (B), 3514 (B), #3536 (B) | 60 STEELES WEST
#1219 (C), #1248 (A), #1324 (A), #1392 (A), #3446 (C), #3459, #3460, #3488 | 95 YORK MILLS
#8372 (F) | 97 YONGE
#8218, #8311 | 115 SILVER HILLS
#8130, #8204, #8328 | 122 GRAYDON HALL
#8123, #8181, #8346 | 125 DREWRY

#1225, #3430 | 133 NEILSON
#1211 (B), #1276 (B), #1288 (C), #3440 (A) | 939 FINCH EXPRESS 
 
#1660 (B), #9060 (A), #9068 (A), #9088 (B), #9094 (A) | 953 STEELES EAST EXPRESS
#3724 | 960 STEELES WEST EXPRESS
#1309, #1339, #3458 | 995 YORK MILLS EXPRESS

YRT:
#325 | 23 THORNHILL WOODS
#934 (A) | 91 BAYVIEW

#1611 | 300 BUSINESS EXPRESS
#1006 | 303 BUR OAK EXPRESS

#1093, #1396, #1974 | 601 VIVA BLUE
#583 | NIS (Finch and Bayview)

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TTC 7912 on the 123B Shorncliffe Sherway passing by its contemporary 1000 which was presumably laying over on the 501L shuttle.

TTC 7923 on the 123C.

Hand me downs heading on down the road.

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TTC visual sighting

8088 is currently on the 71 Runnymede at Mt Dennis  

8019 was on the 89  W E S T O N  route southbound near Keele Stn around 7pm. (Edit) This bus is still on the route as of 7:50pm as it just crossed Eglinton southbound

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From yesterday, March 14, 2021:

TTC:

36: 3265, 3520, 3546, 3607, 3633

39: 1201 (A), 3401 (B), 3412 (B), 3447 (A)

42: 8108, 8317, 8323, 8366

53: 1250 (B), 1324 (B), 1337 (B), 1347 (B), 1562 (B), 1660 (B), 3435 (A), 3490 (A)

60: 3296 (A), 3334 (A), 3516 (B), 3573 (B), 3608 (B), 3624 (A), 3651 (A), 8901 (B)

97: 8114 (F), 8369 (F)

Unknown business around Finch station: 1217, 1277

125: 8164

GO BUS:

19: 8321

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Just curious to all those who post this type of content, anyone feel free to answer.

Why post select units when it is expected and known that they will be operating on a given route.

Not trying to attack anyone or their respective posts, I just don't understand why it's being posted. Many thanks for your insight! 

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3 hours ago, MRD10 said:

Just curious to all those who post this type of content, anyone feel free to answer.

Why post select units when it is expected and known that they will be operating on a given route.

Not trying to attack anyone or their respective posts, I just don't understand why it's being posted. Many thanks for your insight! 

I can't speak for others who post more often or have been here longer than I have, but I in particular only post notable sightings here.  Some examples include posting electric bus sightings, special livery sightings (RapidTO for example), and I don't know how to explain this one, but something like bus 1222 on 122 Graydon Hall, or 8686 on the 86 Scarborough, etc.

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On 3/15/2021 at 6:30 PM, MRD10 said:

Just curious to all those who post this type of content, anyone feel free to answer.

Why post select units when it is expected and known that they will be operating on a given route.

Not trying to attack anyone or their respective posts, I just don't understand why it's being posted. Many thanks for your insight! 

A lot of it harkens back to the pre-tracker days, when people (including myself) would post what they physically saw/rode during that day, as that was the only source of information available. I would assume that's what most people posting in this thread are still doing, reporting physical sightings, or some unusual sightings as others have mentioned.

Nowadays, the spotting landscape has changed dramatically, as with a couple clicks you can view the location and service details of any bus you want, without ever leaving home.

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2 hours ago, Articulated said:

A lot of it harkens back to the pre-tracker days, when people (including myself) would post what they physically saw/rode during that day, as that was the only source of information available. I would assume that's what most people posting in this thread are still doing, reporting physical sightings, or some unusual sightings as others have mentioned.

Nowadays, the spotting landscape has changed dramatically, as with a couple clicks you can view the location and service details of any bus you want, without ever leaving home.

Even then, there's value in posting physically seen sightings since the trackers are not infallible.  I remember over in the CLRV thread one day in 2018 or 2019 someone said there were no ALRVs out according to the tracking but I'd seen and noted fleet numbers of a bunch of them that were out on Long Branch while I was driving into work from the west end.

But yeah, it's a technological in-between.  Posting sightings here after web forums became common comes after personal, private paper lists but before online vehicle tracking with the data exposed to the internet so it's a bit of a holdover but it does have it's uses.

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I think it makes for interesting reading looking back on old sightings. Something that was once a regular occurrence will not always be so.

My favourite bus in the old days was Orion V #9400, and I've always been fascinated by routes like the 107 which went far and beyond the boundaries of the city. Once, after the discontinuation of the 107F to Kirby Road, I remember wondering if 9400 had ever been dispatched onto said branch. It was very likely she had, but I had no way of confirming - until I found this post.

 

A completely innocuous piece of information that would've otherwise been lost to time.

One day, all of the things that we take granted for now - Orion VIIss and Novas and e-buses - will be every bit as historical to readers as things like GMs and Flyers and Orion Vs are to us now. Trackers are cool, but when no one bothers to compile the data from them, they won't be of much use to anyone but the person reading them.

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On 3/17/2021 at 9:02 AM, PCC Guy said:

I think it makes for interesting reading looking back on old sightings. Something that was once a regular occurrence will not always be so.

My favourite bus in the old days was Orion V #9400, and I've always been fascinated by routes like the 107 which went far and beyond the boundaries of the city. Once, after the discontinuation of the 107F to Kirby Road, I remember wondering if 9400 had ever been dispatched onto said branch. It was very likely she had, but I had no way of confirming - until I found this post.

 

A completely innocuous piece of information that would've otherwise been lost to time.

One day, all of the things that we take granted for now - Orion VIIss and Novas and e-buses - will be every bit as historical to readers as things like GMs and Flyers and Orion Vs are to us now. Trackers are cool, but when no one bothers to compile the data from them, they won't be of much use to anyone but the person reading them.

Indeed.

I'm going to date myself here but first a bit of preamble for context:  The trolleybus system was unique with the two physically separated divisions at Eglinton and Lansdowne.  You can move a vehicle from any point to any other point on the subway system and same with the streetcar system and regular buses can be driven anywhere, of course.  This wasn't the case with the trolleybuses and for the most part the ones at Lansdowne stayed at Lansdown and the ones at Eglinton stayed at Eglinton because towing them off wire was a pain.  I don't know if it exists anywhere but I'd love to see a log of trolleybuses quietly changing divisions or going away and coming back from overhaul.

Every so often in the final years at Eglinton, a red and cream Flyer would be replaced with an overhauled one painted in the CLRV colours.  I don't know if it was Eglinton Flyers being towed to Wychwood and rehabbed and then towed back or if there was a larger vehicle shuffle between the two divisions and the overhaul line at Wychwood.  If there are sighting logs outside of the TTC's own records, it'd be pencil and paper in different people's coat pockets, none of it's online and none if it's searchable.

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