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A pretty decent week for me and first gens. On Monday for PM rush, I drove C9-926 and P9-817 was immediately behind me. The latter was on the 80.

Then yesterday, I had P9-927 for PM rush, whereas I saw P9-817 for routes 85, 185, and 84! The old stuff seems to be making it out to Boucherville this week!

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Drove P9-921 on the 606 school tripper this PM in overtime! A rare opportunity to request an older bus was granted :D

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I'd like to assure everyone that first gens are very much still alive here at RTL despite the lack of posting. Even though I do not have the dubious luxury of driving them everyday, I do see them very often but sadly I lack the time to post it. For instance, the oldest bus in the fleet P9-817 was very much active this morning on route 20.

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Let's start 2017 on a high note!

Drove C2-0003 on the 73 in overtime during AM rush today

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Well guys, last Friday I had the dubious pleasure of driving P9-928 on my pm rush piece! Sounds good, looks good! HEH!

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P9-817 on the 85 this pm rush

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P9-817 still alive and unspoiled! Driven today by a friend in PM rush, routes 125 and 55.

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Got a first gen without even trying this PM, C2-0002! Sounds good looks good just like JKD would say

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Initially I was assigned 9-913 this afternoon however due to unforeseen circumstances, I managed to get C9-926 instead.

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Two days ago, I drove the oldest vehicle in the RTL fleet, P9-817. It ran fairly well for a bus that was unretired!

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Drove C2-0003 today in the company of some friends!

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P9-817 on route 86 in pm rush yesterday

I was lucky to drive 2-0009 last week, it was decent

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-Yesterday was pick your own bus at garage Longueuil so I took out P9-925 in the morning

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Quite by chance, I got P9-817 in AM rush!

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We sure do. P9-817 and 9-913 are the last two bona fide first gens we have. Then we have 9-920 through 029 and 2-0001 through 015 active. Then the common second gens start with the 2-02xx series. I see too many first gens in rush hours to make notes, especially while driving, so I just write down what I drive on the rare occasion that I get one.

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P9-923 my bus this morning. It wasn't very good to be honest but it got the job done.

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P9-920 on the 84 this morning

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On 2017-04-11 at 9:19 AM, SMS said:

Quite by chance, I got P9-817 in AM rush!

This would have been the last time that I drove this bus as it is now definitely retired behind Garage Longueuil. Apparently 9-913 was transferred to St-Hubert and has been retired according to tristan... leaving P9-920 as the newest oldest vehicle in the RTL fleet. 2-0012 was also parked behind GALO... perhaps the first casualty of the 2000 15-bus order? It is becoming quite rare to see 99s now but 2000s are pretty much always out at rush hours. At this rate, it will be a matter of time until the 2002s become the oldest conventional buses at RTL!

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P9-920 on the 20 yesterday am rush and on the 19 today am rush!

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Potentially our oldest bus in the fleet P9-920 on 83 this morning and 2-0015 on the 123 right now!!

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Well boys, yesterday I had the pleasure of driving 2-0015 on the 84 in AM rush. P9-921 was sighted on my deadhead back to division this morning. A new board starts on Monday, let's hope that they won't mothball the first gens for the summer. Usually they have a rotation going on.

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PM Rush - 2-0006 on the 78

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C2-0003 on the last inbound 86 this morning, meanwhile I was doing the 86 shuttle in overtime with 21304. The shuttle only does Bachand and Marie-Victorin to Terminus de Montarville, where it connects to the real 86 heading downtown via the JC Bridge. Really easy work!

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