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Forgive the naive question, but how are new vehicles delivered? For example, a new Gillig, buit in CA to a bus company in NC would put a few thousand miles on the clock even before it enters service if driven from factory to it's new home city.

The thought had never entered my head before I moved from the UK to NC.

Mick Capon

Durham, NC

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Yes, it is normal for the buses to be driven the long distance to the receiving agency. Even though that might seem ridiculous - as previously mentioned it helps "test" the vehicle, and it is probably cheaper than trucking them all, especially a larger quantity.

You'll often see buses with plastic wrap on the front during delivery:


And them being washed before actually being delivered to the agency (Peter McLaughlin photo) - you can also see the temporary in-transit sheets in the windows:


Sometimes demonstrator buses will have manufacturer license plates (for example, since New Flyer is based in Winnipeg, the bus might be registered there as it travels throughout the country). In some cases, the vehicles keep those plates until the agency accepts delivery.


This bus was destined for King County Metro in Seattle, Washington but has a Manitoba plate. Photo taken in Edmonton, AB!

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IRT_BMT_IND - No it's the same, but of course the distances are much, much shorter. In the UK most buses are not integral. The chassis usually being delivered by low-loader truck to the body builder.

Years ago the chassis were driven to the body builders, the drivers wearing heated flying suits and googles as there was little or no protection from the elements!

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