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Vancouver Transit Fanning Guidebook

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Upon popular requests by many members, along with the upcoming MBS convention taking place in Vancouver over the next weekend. I took the time to compose a transit-fanning guidebook, containing all information that will greatly assist our visitors who may not be fully familiar with our transit system in Vancouver. Please download the attached PDF document, which saves you the time and process of having to do research and reading prior to your trip! If this guide book does not contain information to your questions, please feel free to reply to this topic and one of your Vancouverite amigos will answer your question as soon as possible! :D

Vancouver welcomes YOU!

This source is up-to-date as of Januar 14th, 2012

DISCLAIMER: This guide is meant for personal, non-commercial purposes only. Please do not copy, modify, forward, publish, or utilize this resource in any other ways beyond private usage, without prior permission from the author. This resource is intended to offer the latest information regarding transit fanning in Vancouver as of January 1st, 2011. Reality is subjected to changes without notice, please use and handle this information at your own discretions. This resource is not intended to support or motivate individuals from conducting unlawful behaviors that may cause harm or damage to any second parties or organizations. The author of this information resource, David Lam, shall not be held responsible or liable for any losses, damages, injuries or deaths. In the cases of disputes, the author of this publication reserves all rights to make the final decisions.

By downloading and / or utilizing this resource, you thereby consent and agree to all terms and conditions as listed above.

Dave

Vancouver transit fan guide_Jan142012.pdf

Vancouver transit fan guide_Jan142012.pdf

Vancouver transit fan guide_Jan142012.pdf

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The 1995 D40s aren't totally restricted to rush hour, there's normally at least 1 running the 240 all day as well they can be found occasionally on the 239 and 246. Do NOT miss out on these, they are the last high floor buses in the area with the original sweep paint scheme and they have a roar that can't be beat.

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Upon popular requests by many members, along with the upcoming MBS convention taking place in Vancouver over the next weekend. I took the time to compose a transit-fanning guidebook, containing all information that will greatly assist our visitors who may not be fully familiar with our transit system in Vancouver. Please download the attached PDF document, which saves you the time and process of having to do research and reading prior to your trip! If this guide book does not contain information to your questions, please feel free to reply to this topic and one of your Vancouverite amigos will answer your question as soon as possible! :blink:

Vancouver welcomes YOU!

Dave

Did the MBS guys get a chance to visit Bill McDonald's garage in Victoria ? He really has a lot of bus-stuff to sell and bus loads of bus fans to his garage would be an awesome way for him to move some merchandise. I was there while visiting some nearby relatives and it's an awesome place. I bought some post cards !!!

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Did the MBS guys get a chance to visit Bill McDonald's garage in Victoria ? He really has a lot of bus-stuff to sell and bus loads of bus fans to his garage would be an awesome way for him to move some merchandise. I was there while visiting some nearby relatives and it's an awesome place. I bought some post cards !!!

Ahh yes, his basement is always the "Toys R Us" for transit fans, definitely worth a visit if you happen to make a stop in Victoria! His basement is filled with transit pins, postcards, diecast models and replicas!

Dave

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Ahh yes, his basement is always the "Toys R Us" for transit fans, definitely worth a visit if you happen to make a stop in Victoria! His basement is filled with transit pins, postcards, diecast models and replicas!

Dave

I tipped off my friend Dawn into going there. I may hit there with my friend Laura in June. I was there last year with some friends. I didn't see his basement but the garage was wall to wall and tree top tall full of stuff. Barely room to move. I'm glad the MBS guys had a chance to 'go shopping'.

He should set up a page on CPTDB and sell stuff.

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The latest edition of Mr.Lam's Vancouver Transit-Fanning Guidebook is out! For the brave souls who are interested in battling with the rain and come to Vancouver to chase after buses in the winter, or those who simply would like to read a text book about transit-fanning in Vancouver as of September 2010, feel free to download the PDF document from the first post of this topic! (Post #1)

New Updates include..............

The latest information of the CMBC / West Vancouver Municipal Buses currently in active revenue service

The latest destiny of the retired New Flyer D40 / D60

New Contents!

Table of Content on Page 2, therefore you can go straight to the topic that you are most interested in right away by entering the page number after opening the PDF document

A fancy cover that makes you want to ride a bus in Vancouver immediately! :D

Detailed information about major transit-hubs for photography (where + when = best photo ops!)

I decided to make this guidebook more professional-looking........like a text book! That's how I became inspired to publish my own text book, after having spent $565 on text books for this semester. ^_^

Enjoy!

Dave

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The latest edition of Professor Lam's Vancouver Transit-Fanning Guidebook is out!

Quoted for truth. ^_^

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I tipped off my friend Dawn into going there. I may hit there with my friend Laura in June. I was there last year with some friends. I didn't see his basement but the garage was wall to wall and tree top tall full of stuff. Barely room to move. I'm glad the MBS guys had a chance to 'go shopping'.

He should set up a page on CPTDB and sell stuff.

Do you have any contact info for him? I"ll likely be in Victoria the first week of October; might be interesting to pick something transit related while I'm there.

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Bill MacDonald

<removed address>

I have two phone numbers. One is his home (or cell) and one is the family business (which has been sold). Not sure which is which so you may try both.

I have a feeling the first number is the (now defunct) family business. The second number could be residence or cell number.

<removed phone numbers>

Bring a big suitcase, it's a wonderland of transit shopping. Lots of good stuff from the Glory Days of Transit.

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For those with the Ibooks Ap this pdf file is readable on the Ipad,Iphone 3G/3GS/4 and Ipod touch (newer)

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For those with the Ibooks Ap this pdf file is readable on the Ipad,Iphone 3G/3GS/4 and Ipod touch (newer)

Hmmmm.......maybe I should turn the book into an app and make transit fans pay to buy it! :)

No, I won't be evil like that, ever! <_<

Dave

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Said the guy who took about 30 Xcelsior calendars and other New Flyer goodies to sell on eBay. <_<

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Said the guy who took about 30 Xcelsior calendars and other New Flyer goodies to sell on eBay. :)

I ended up giving most away! Is that right, Ashton? <_<

Dave

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I ended up giving most away! Is that right, Ashton? <_<

Dave

Yes indeed! Thank you sir!

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Vancouver Transit Fanning Guidebook (January 1st, 2011) edition is out and available for downloading! Please refer to post #1 for more information.

Updates of the latest publication:

Updated information reflecting fleet movements occured between September 11th, 2010 and January 1st, 2011

Updated information reflecting service changes occured between September 11th, 2010 and January 1st, 2011

New Information: Non-transit related information for visitors, based on the following questions:

Where to SLEEP?

Where to EAT?

Where to SHOP?

Where to VISIT?

Comments are more than welcome........I would love to listen to feedbacks and suggestions for improvements in the future. Are there any information that you would like to be included in the next publication? Any ways that I can make this guide more helpful to visitors? Please let me know.

Enjoy!

Dave

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As someone who goes out to eat a lot... and I mean a lot. Here's some of my personal favorite places to eat.

Another good place to eat has to be Hellen's Grill on Main and King Edward. Serves breakfast all day, and the prices aren't half bad either. Plus on some of the tables you get your own personal juke box, which plays songs for about a quarter each. Expect to pay close to 20 bucks for a meal including tips. Ways to get there are VIA the 3 and 25.

For ramen there's always G-MEN Ramen in Richmond. Expect to pay 10 bucks per bowl and is only open after 4PM. To get there, ride the 410 and get off at Sexsmith.

For the outdoorsy type, there are food stands at Bridgeport Station just south of the loop. You can almost find all different types of Japanese cusine, from ramen to sushi and everything in between. To get here, its very self-explanatory - Canada line train to Bridgeport.

If you happen to be in the airport and want a burger, try Harvey's on the Arrival's level in the domestic terminal. One of the few places I know were you can customize your own burger! Well... other then going to a Home Depot, (but who wants to do that anyways). Burger's range from 4 bucks to 12 for a full meal. Another self explanatory place.

Now... for those of you who love something sweet. Try Kryspy Kreme Doughnuts in South Delta. Its slightly more expensive then Tim Hourtons, but at 90 cents a doughnut how could you go wrong? Good coffee too. Best way to get here is by taking a 340 from 22nd Street Skytrain Station and getting off at 70th Ave.

On the topic of coffee, skip the big brands like Timies and Starbucks. Try one of the local cafe's and coffee shops. One of my personal favorite places to grab a cup has to be Waves Coffee Shop. They have a number of locations dotted around the city. Coffee ranges from 2 bucks for a small to 6 bucks for a large cup of their signature brands. You can also get free wifi, and grab a sandwich. For the location nearest you, check out their website at www.wavescoffee.ca

If coffee, burgers and Asian cuisine aren't your thing and you just want to grab a pizza. There's three different locations I've always liked. First off, is Super Great Pizza. Located outside the Joyce Skytrain Station, you can get a slice here for just under 2 bucks. Or if you like a deal you can get 2 slices and a drink for just under 4 bucks. There's also FM Classic pizza located on Pender and Howe, also right next door to classic pizza is another pizza place which is has been unnamed and never did figure it out. But its right next door so you can't miss it. Now the third place happens to be Amore pizza on Robson street. At 2 bucks a slice its slightly more expensive then the other places. But its quite good, you can get 2 slices and a can of pop for just under 5 bucks. There's also one other local chain of pizza places. Fresh Slice Pizza. They are as local as you can get, with locations dotted around the city. And its about the same price as Amore Pizza. For the location nearest you, check out their site at www.freshslice.com

Now for those of you who love outdoor vendors, try one of the local hotdog vendors you see dotted around the city. A couple of my personal favorites have to be the ones located at the following intersections: Granville and Georgia, Beach Ave and Davie Street, Robson and Burrard and Main and Terminal.

Of coarse you can always go to fast food places like McDonalds, Wendy's, Starbucks and others. But you can't beat the local dining experience. But... if you want something west cost... try a 7/11 hotdog, pizza, coffee or slurpee.

- Bryan "Goggles"

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A place to eat:

Pearl Castle

Location: #1128 3779 Sexsmith Road (located in the same plaza as G-Men)

Directions: Same as G-Men

Cuisine: Taiwanese

Specialties: Hot Pot, Bubble Tea

Price: $15 and Under

Notes: nice renovations, friendly staff that speaks fluently in English and Mandarin, Good tasting food.

But, there are lineups during dinner hours. Waiting time depends what time it is.

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A place to eat:

Pearl Castle

Location: #1128 3779 Sexsmith Road (located in the same plaza as G-Men)

Directions: Same as G-Men

Cuisine: Taiwanese

Specialties: Hot Pot, Bubble Tea

Price: $15 and Under

Notes: nice renovations, friendly staff that speaks fluently in English and Mandarin, Good tasting food.

But, there are lineups during dinner hours. Waiting time depends what time it is.

That's where all the cool Asian kids hang out.........is that right George? :P

Dave

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That's where all the cool Asian kids hang out.........is that right George? :)

Dave

Oh yes, I second that motion! :P

Pearl Castle has also received the rating of "approved genuine Taiwanese cuisine" from an individual who dined there barely one hour after disembarking a plane direct from Taipei, visiting Vancouver for the first time! (my girlfriend)

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The Firewood Cafe

Location: A 10-15 minute walk south on Cambie from Broadway-City Hall Station or take a 15 and get off at W 14th Avenue.

Thoughts: A truly amazing pizza cooked in a wood fueled oven. Most people think of pizza as greasy, but not this! It's crispy and filled with great flavors.

I'll add some more suggestions later

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For ramen there's always G-MEN Ramen in Richmond. Expect to pay 10 bucks per bowl and is only open after 4PM. To get there, ride the 410 and get off at Sexsmith.

They're open at lunch too :P It's my all-time favourite restaurant.

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It's my all-time favourite restaurant.

I like it too! One of my choices when I come to Richmond.

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Worth adding to the description of the Old Spaghetti Factory in Gastown (page 32): It's the only location where the streetcar, BCER # 53, is the original, not a replica.

Where to sleep: My last few visits to Vancouver, I have stayed at one of the 2 Best Westerns on Granville: the Château Granville, 1100 Granville at Helmcken; or the BW Downtown Vancouver, 718 Drake at Granville. Either is a fairly short walk from the Canada Line at either Vancouver City Centre or Roundhouse. There's also the Sands, Davie at Denman, at the end of the Davie-Robson loop. I stayed there only once, on my first visit there in 1983. Book and find other BW's through www.bestwestern.com

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With the changes effective beginning from April 18th, the Vancouver Transit Fanning Guidebook has been updated accordingly. Several restaurant suggestions contributed by various members have been incorporated into the guidebook, with proper reference and credit acknowledged. Thank you for all the suggestions submitted........and while I haven't taken every piece of suggestion from every member, please do keep in mind that several factors have to be considered, such as the uniqueness / specialty of the restaurant and accessibility of the location by public transit, prior to being considered for becoming incorporated into the transit fanning guide: after all, the readers will most probably value quality over quantity of suggestions. If you do happen to have more brilliant restaurant ideas, or any suggestions that you think would be appropriate to become incorporated into the guidebook, please do share your opinions under this topic!

I can foresee the fact that this guidebook will be updated in the near future, as the C40s become extinct! :P

Cheers,

Dave

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