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On 6/28/2017 at 4:52 PM, School Bus 101 said:

8201 now has the updated City of Calgary logo applied just near the front entrance door. Apologies for the picture quality... was taken on a cellphone. 

 

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Spotted 8202 with the same treatment done to it the other day. Not surprised though.

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Just wondering, but does anyone know why these buses (along with the Nova CNGs) regularly disappear from service for months on end, only to abruptly return to service for 2-4 weeks, and then disappear again and repeat the cycle? 

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2 hours ago, School Bus 101 said:

Just wondering, but does anyone know why these buses (along with the Nova CNGs) regularly disappear from service for months on end, only to abruptly return to service for 2-4 weeks, and then disappear again and repeat the cycle? 

This isn’t just limited to the CNG’s. This happens regularly within the larger fleets as well.

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6 hours ago, School Bus 101 said:

Just wondering, but does anyone know why these buses (along with the Nova CNGs) regularly disappear from service for months on end, only to abruptly return to service for 2-4 weeks, and then disappear again and repeat the cycle? 

If I was to hazard a guess, they’re sidelined for longer periods waiting on CNG specific parts periodically, that CT wouldn’t keep in stock at the garages, for obvious reasons. They’d be shipped in from flyer or Cummins distribution centres.

backorder parts delays would be fairly common for the rest of the fleet too. Obviously properties try to minimize downtime, but it’s a fine balancing act between that, and keeping parts worth many thousands of dollars on the stockroom shelves gathering literally inches of dust for “that one time we actually needed that thing”

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I believe Edmonton and Calgary will share their parts stock too, in particular for expensive, rarely needed parts. This might be more so on the LRT side of things mind you. As an example, ETS would keep 1 of part A on hand, CT would keep on of Part B.

In the case of the CNG's, well, CT would be on their own. 

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Might work if the parts are held on consignment. Whomever’s hands carry said part over the counter, pays, regardless of whose stockroom it’s in.

I believe that over here in the nascent country of Dougiestan, parts are not owned nor paid for by the TTC until they leave the central wharehouse inside hillcrest complex.

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41 minutes ago, BCT-3122-D800-10240 said:

Spotted 8202 on the West fence at SG the other day!  So it is finally out of hiding!  Hopefully this one will be back in service sometime soon!

Was it still in white?

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