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I have added a new photo gallery on my website with 15 photos for VTC here: http://www.busdrawings.com/coach/bc/vtc/index.htm

I have also updated the VTC Wiki page to include H3-45 #208 as it was not listed there previously, so if anyone else has more info on this coach, please feel free to edit the Wiki page with that info or post it here for a wiki editor to add it. http://www.cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php?title=Vancouver_Trolley_Company

Also, I am hoping someone else on here knows more about these Trolley Replicas and #168. Here are some photos of these buses, so if someone else knows the info on these vehicles and is a Wiki editor, please feel free to add the info to the VTC Wiki page or leave the info here for someone who can. Much appreciated and thanks!

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Here is what I can tell you.

All vehicles numbered below 200 follow a specific scheme. All fleet numbers end in either a 7 or an 8. Fleet numbers ending in 8 are diesel powered. Fleet numbers ending in 7 are propane powered, with the exception of #17 which is gasoline powered. Model years vary, but here is what I remember of the fleet roster. I do have more detailed information but unfortunately I don't think I have access to it at my current home in Taiwan - most of my VTC paperwork is sitting in my filing cabinet at my parents' home in Vancouver.

PROPANE UNITS (fleet #s ending in 7). **All these units are front-engine**

7, 27, 37 - All propane powered trolley replicas. 34 seats, hydraulic brakes. Normally restricted nowadays to summer service on the Stanley Park shuttle. These are identical and I believe they are all the same model year, 1991 if I remember correctly.

17 - Gasoline powered. I believe the official seating capacity is 24 (making it a class 4 vehicle), but I remember reckoning that in real life one could fit as many as 26 pax into it. There is a picture of this trolley on Trans-Continental.

***NOTE**** This vehicle is #17 the second. The original #17 was identical to 7, 27 and 37 and was sold a number of years ago. I don't think I ever knew exactly when it left the fleet.

47 - 1993 model year replica trolley, Ford chassis. Propane powered, air brakes. 34 seats.

57 - Very similar to 47 but it is a couple of years newer, maybe 1995. Wooden window frames (only unit in the fleet like this).

67, 77, 87, 97, 107 - All 34-seat replica trolleys, propane powered with air brakes. Model years vary. I don't think the newest one is any newer than 1998 or 1999.

DIESEL UNITS (fleet numbers ending in 8)

8 - Replica trolley, 34 seats. Freightliner chassis, 2001 model year, hydraulic brakes. Front engine.

18 - Rear-engine Startrans replica trolley, yellow and green. Air brakes. Not sure on the model year.

28 - Similar to 18. Rear engine Startrans replica trolley. Green. Air brakes.

38 - Rear-engine Startrans replica trolley. Air brakes. Fully wrapped for Capilano Suspension Bridge.

48 - Rear-engine replica trolley. Freightliner chassis. Ex-Gray Line West. Open-back configuration. Hydraulic brakes. Blue.

58 - Rear-engine replica trolley. Freightliner chassis. Ex-Gray Line West. Convertible to open-back configuration by removing body panels near rear. Hydraulic brakes. Red.

68 - Rear-engine replica trolley. Ex-Banff Transportation and Tours, acquired late 2010.

168 - Front-engine mini bus. I believe this is a Freightliner/Eldorado. I think it is a 1994 model year. Fully wrapped for Capilano Suspension Bridge.

178 - Eldorado Escort RE. Unsure of model year. 24 seats.

188 - Eldorado Escort RE (you already have the details on this one)

198 - Front-engine Freightliner/Eldorado. Very similar to 168 except it had a rear luggage compartment. Acquired November 2010. Written off in summer 2011 due to fire.

Notes on Coaches:

203 has a twin, 204. Both are 1994 models.

205 is ex Perimeter Transportation 6537.

There is a 207. All I know is that it's a Prevost H3-45. One or both of 207/208 is ex Universal, from what I heard when they were acquired. I might have a photo somewhere (please note that any photos taken inside the garage will NOT be put on the wiki)

Notes on Orion Is:

VTC never owned ex Perimeter #s 653 or 655. Only three buses came from Perimeter to VTC; those were 654, 674 and 676 as noted.

There is a 675, which is ex-Banff Transit and was acquired in early 2011.

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Looks like VTC has Purchased some new equipment to his coach fleet. I caught 210 which is an MC-9 with blue trim on it. He has another just like this back at the yard. Reminds me of a full sized malaspina coach :)

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Untitled by Translink fan, on Flickr

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Looks like VTC has Purchased some new equipment to his coach fleet. I caught 210 which is an MC-9 with blue trim on it. He has another just like this back at the yard. Reminds me of a full sized malaspina coach :)

When you say "he", who are you referring to? The owner of Vancouver Trolley? Are you acquainted with him?

VTC recently acquired a total of 4 MC-9 coaches. One of them I can positively confirm is ex Cruise Victoria, because the head dispatcher sent me a picture of a blue MC-9 parked outside VTC's shop still wearing its old fleet number, which was C6. Another member posted as recently as a few months ago that Cruise Vic had three MC-9s for sale, so it's probably reasonable to assume that all three of them made it to VTC. I can only speculate where the fourth one came from until I can get positive confirmation from the ops manager, but I have a gut feeling that I know exactly where it came from and what its history is, especially considering the origin of some of the other used coaches they bought.

Think of it this way. Name me an MC-9 that is blue, and was an oddball (more accurately "one of a kind") in the fleets of its two most recent owners, that is familiar to at least a few people at VTC, and has been involved in at least one ownership tussle...

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When you say "he", who are you referring to? The owner of Vancouver Trolley? Are you acquainted with him?

I was referring to the owner. Im not acquainted with him but i do know of him and seen him a few times at Canada place.

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Looks like Trolley might have picked up an H3-41. Saw it today parked at the VTC yard. The only details I made out of it was framed windows, overhang mounted mirrors, black skirt panels and the black trim continues to the back of the bus and wraps around. I saw this from the skytrain.

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Do all their buses fit in that small lot they occupy? And I sometimes see the Prevosts parked so close to one another, how does the driver even get out?

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Do all their buses fit in that small lot they occupy? And I sometimes see the Prevosts parked so close to one another, how does the driver even get out?

I'm sure they do. I briefly saw the inside of the VTC garage and saw most of the Ho Ho's parked in there in several lines, and one of the MCI D3's in there as well. As for getting out, I'm sure like any other driver, they are REALLY careful when getting out, opening the door as much as they can without hitting the wall or another bus. When I was at Traxx, some drivers would park crookedly and only give me only about 3 feet of space between buses to even get to the bus I was swamping for the day. I opened the door just bit by bit to get in.

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I stand corrected about VTC getting an H3-41. Unit 214.

14628262487_04d08cf023_z.jpgVancouver Trolley Company Prevost H3-41 #214 by Translink fan, on Flickr

14834508603_67d1b63763_z.jpgVancouver Trolley Company Prevost H3-41 #214 by Translink fan, on Flickr

14834625263_d90b057f6f_z.jpgVancouver Trolley Company Prevost H3-41 #214 by Translink fan, on Flickr

The previous fleet number reads 69619.

Enjoy!

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I took TransLink to the Capilano Suspension Bridge many years ago when I visited it. Must be nice to have a direct shuttle now!

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VTC has yet again another acquisition this season. Looks like they have now a Prevost LeMirage XL-II numbered 216 running the Capilano shuttle! To me, this coach is a much better fit for the service! From the shots, I assume it was it's first day in service as well as it looked fresh and clean. (Taken May 1st, 2015).

17198575018_d0c6d7728e_z.jpgVancouver Trolley Company Prevost LeMirage XL-II #216 by Dannny29, on Flickr

16763837124_562f89ff8c_z.jpgVancouver Trolley Company Prevost LeMirage XL-II #216 by Dannny29, on Flickr

17198783860_04bd5360f0_z.jpgVancouver Trolley Company Prevost LeMirage XL-II #216 by Dannny29, on Flickr

More shots are on my Flickr! Enjoy!

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