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This is SUPER geeky, but I had to make it. I'm sure I share this with some of you out there, older and younger members, but the way a bus sounds is very important to me. Certain things can make me love or hate a bus, and sound is pretty much at the top of the list. Be it an awesome sounding axle, a dirty exhaust or a savage jake brake, it always helps. Now being a younger and inexperienced member I know that my interests are tailored towards newer buses, Cummins ISL/L/9/M/X/B etc., and even the DDS50/60 etc, (that's about it; anything older I genuinely dislike, especially the 6V92), but I'm curious to hear what your interests are when it comes to sound. To each their own opinion, so post videos or comments of your favorite sounding buses. As a matter of fact, I listen to audioclips of good ones while I work; it really helps. I'll start us off with a few:

As you may know, or be able to tell, I'm a ZF fanboy, so here are a few. Listen with bass on if can:

First pull off: 

I've recently discovered a popular French bus, Heulizez, which makes the GX337h, which sounds quite punchy. Listen from 3:29:

And we can't forget Allison. Love the shifts into 5th and 6th on these things, never disappoints:

from 0:54 to 1:30: 

 

Let's hear what you've got!

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Having grown up riding Fishbowls in the 1980s, I would have to say my favourite bus engines are the "Screamin' Jimmies", two-stroke Diesel engines mated with the VH and VS torque convertors.  I compiled a list of Youtube videos a few years back and will share them here:

6V71 w/ VH: NYCTA 100 – 1959 TDH-5301/0286:

(4:41)

6V71 w/ VH: ETS 438 – 1960 TDH-5301/1566: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEGwAQ6QBPM (7:54)

6V71 w/ manual: Vanderhoof 92 – 1964 SDM-5302/0226:

(8:09)

6V71N w/ manual: NJ Transit Z546 – 1968 T6M-5306/0045:

(5:51)

6V71N w/ VH9: CTCUM 14-008 – 1972 T6H-5307N/C131:

(4:09)

6V71N w/ VH9: Woodstock Transit 14 – 1976 T6H-4523N/C422:

(12:01)

6V71N w/ VS2-6: Spokane Transit Authority bus – 1974 T6H-4523A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICenr2KLrbU (4:03)

6V71N w/ V730: STO 7901 – 1979 T6H-5307N/M1148:

(6:14)

6V71N w/ V730: OC Transpo 8238 – 1982 T6H-5307N/2GHYT82W0C3500323:

(2:23)

8V71N w/ manual: Academy Bus Lines 22 – S8M-5303A:

(4:27)

8V71N w/ VS2-8: Golden Gate Transit 870 – 1974 T8H-5307A/2215:

(3:32)

8V71N w/ VS2-8 and Jake:  SF Muni 3210 – 1969 T8H-5305/0272:

(14:19)

8V71N w/ VS1: Metro Dade Transit 110 – 1971 T8H-5306A/0270:

(16:32)

8V71N w/ V730: NYBS 1481 – 1982 T8H-5308A/2GHYT86HXC3500275:

(8:32)

8V71N w/ V735: HSR 518206 – 1982 TA-60102N/2GHYR92HXC5200041:

(8:38)

6V92TA w/ V730: BC Transit P4107 – 1982 T6H-5307N/2GHYT82J7C3500503:

(8:45)

6V92TA w/ V730: Santa Monica Big Blue Bus 5128 – 1986 T8H-5307A/2GHYT82J3G3500021:

(9:38)

Toroflow w/ MT-41G: City of Nelson 6000 – 1971 TDH-3301/0112: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azZHQa9dgmU (6:43)

6V53N w/ AT540: Canadian Premier Charters 1563 – 1973 TDH-3302N/0171: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j93IZ7uqWI8 (6:37)

BBC 4EL02030L: ETS 102 – 1982 HR150G/2B9546PDxBE003:

(3:39)
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I loved the sound of OC Transpo's 6V92TA Classics and D40s, even though they were slightly different in sound. I prefer the D40 one just a bit more. I also loved the 6V71N/V730 Fishbowls, 6V71N/V730 Classics, and the 6V71N/V731 Classics. They all sound the same to me. The V731 is the same transmission as a V730, except controlled electronically.

I do not really know what a OC Transpo 1992 Orion V sounds like. The only time I heard one was in the Mighty Machines episode where they showed 9246 driving through the bus wash. I liked it, from the short time that I heard it.

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18 minutes ago, OC Transpo/STO Fan said:

I do not really know what a OC Transpo 1992 Orion V sounds like. The only time I heard one was in the Mighty Machines episode where they showed 9246 driving through the bus wash. I liked it, from the short time that I heard it.

6V92TA w/ Allison HTB-748: OC Transpo 9236 - 1992 Orion 05.501/2B1569778N5030938:

(4:32)

Enjoy! ^_^

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47 minutes ago, buizelbus said:

idk how but my favourite is just the same old same old S50 w/ Allison 

Its always a safe combo tbh. Personally, I like my Allisons with ISMs, but a DD with good axles will do. 

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This is just my opinion (most are OCTA buses and Allison Transmissions :P)

 

2007 C40LFR with a Cummins C-Gas Plus and Allison B400R6: 

2000 NABI 40-LFW with a Detroit Diesel Series 50 with Allison B40046: 

1998 D40LF with a Cummins ISC and Allison B400R6: *There's a takeoff at 2:40*

1980 RTS T8H203 with a Detroit Diesel 6V92TA and Allison V730: 

2001 D60LF with a Cummins ISL and Allison B500R6: (the 1999/2000 buses make more of a howling sound) 

Might add more as edits when I find more great sounding buses

 

 

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27 minutes ago, MiWay0310 said:

Its always a safe combo tbh. Personally, I like my Allisons with ISMs, but a DD with good axles will do. 

HATE ISLs in LFs. Something just feels wrong about them.

 

ISLs in LFRs is fine for me tho even though they are the same

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4 minutes ago, buizelbus said:

HATE ISLs in LFs. Something just feels wrong about them.

 

ISLs in LFRs is fine for me tho even though they are the same

I actually quite like ISLs in D60LFs. I find that they sound somewhat like our Inveroes.

I also like the ISL9. It's basically a renamed ISL, but with EPA 2010 or 2013 standards. It's in our D60LFRs, and I quite like the sound of them as well.

I like the ISL paired with a Allison B400R5, or an Allison B500R6.

I like the ISL9 paired with the latter transmission.

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19 hours ago, MiWay0310 said:

@tomsbuspage I didn't know those fishies came with manuals...interesting. 

There are a few Fishbowl videos I am still looking for, such as the gasoline-powered TGH-3301, of which only 13 were built but one was preserved at the Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey, PA; and a suburban Fishbowl equipped the GM Hydrashift option.  Also offered on the PD-4106, it was essentially a type of splitter enabling overdrive operation in each of the four gears, effectively equipping the bus with an eight-speed manual transmission (with two reverse gears!). ^_^ Unfortunately, the Hydrashift components were unreliable and prone to breaking down, so GM dropped the option and many buses were converted to regular four-speed non-synchonised transmissions.

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1 hour ago, haydenschool said:

2007 C40LFR with a Cummins C-Gas Plus and Allison B400R6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGylQjs73b0

That guy is definitely playing with the selectors, sounds good. 

1 hour ago, haydenschool said:

2001 D60LF with a Cummins ISL and Allison B500R6: (the 1999/2000 buses make more of a howling sound)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKsAHF6dh0w

I like the ISL in the LF. Sounds right.

To add, as @M. Parsons said a few weeks ago in another thread, a CAT C9 in a D60LF isn't too bad either.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd97ZkCNBQU

1 hour ago, buizelbus said:

HATE ISLs in LFs. Something just feels wrong about them.

 

ISLs in LFRs is fine for me tho even though they are the same

ISLs sound dirty in LFs. You should hear MiWay's 05s pull off with full throttle. Its actually crazy good. Only thing that I can think of that tops it is an 07-08 NB LFS w/ISL/Voith, with an especially dirty exhaust. 

Personally, when the ISL9 started showing up in LFRs, it wasn't as good as the ISM; the ISM has always been the better sounding motor. 

On a side note, when it comes to howling @haydenschool, I think Novas take the cake.

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First takeoff for this vid. The moments after 0:22 are just music to my ears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyxaaoXojwM

Watch from 1:14. Love the howls at 1:34....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFiq4GYYIjM

IMO, some of the 1st and second gen ZF ecomat LFS' are the best sounding ever...

 

 

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43 minutes ago, haydenschool said:

2000 D60LF with Cummins ISL and B500R6: 

Howl is louder and can be heard clearly at 0:31 into the video. I still like the sounds of the Nova's :)

That was poetry. 

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Well this is going to be subjective. I'm not a huge fan of listening to pure audio recordings; I prefer seeing the actual coach in action and hearing its engine. Now my favorite powertrain has got to be Detroit Diesel Series 60 pre-EGR with the Allison B500 transmission or a good old Fuller TX-14607B manual. Not a huge fan of ZFs or Volvo I-Shift. I've got to name the CAT C10 though, I've only heard it once (in my memory) but the fast idle sound was AMAZING.

Cummins always sounds gutless to me for some reason...

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On 1/25/2018 at 1:36 AM, captaintrolley said:

Trolley buses sound the best. Nothing can beat the whine of an electric motor at top speed.

I fell in love with the BAE HybriDrive system on the NG hybrids. The OG ones are much more irritating. Wait till I hear the latest generation with its start-stop technology.

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1 hour ago, Transit geek said:

I fell in love with the BAE HybriDrive system on the NG hybrids. The OG ones are much more irritating. Wait till I hear the latest generation with its start-stop technology.

Check out the hybrids I listed in my initial post. Those have start/stop. Also check these, which also have it:

 

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14 hours ago, Swadian said:

Cummins always sounds gutless to me for some reason...

Really? I found that the ISM equipped GOT MCIs are some of the most potent-sounding in the fleet. To each their own opinion though....

I will admit, a DDS50 in a coach isn't too bad. 

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I found these sites are excellent resources for bus sounds, especially for buses that were retired years ago:

http://transithub.net/sounds.htm

http://www.ttmg.org/sounds.html

http://www.barp.ca/bus/special/sounds/index.html

One of the powertrain combos I remember from the past were the Orion III/Ikarus 286 articulated buses used by OC Transpo and the TTC.  They were poor-quality buses and I couldn't stand much about them, but I did like how they sounded. B)

Cummins NHHTC-300 w/ Allison HT-748: OC Transpo 8750 - 1987 Orion 03.501/Ikarus 286/2B1379977H5010122: https://cptdb.ca/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=41747

Detroit Diesel 6L71TA w/ ZF Ecomat HP-590: TTC 6383 - 1988 Orion 03.501/Ikarus 286/2B1379F71J5010160: http://transithub.net/sounds/ttc6383.mp3

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The best sounding OC low floor bus would be an Invero. I love the takeoff sound at the beginning. The bus has a EPA 2004 ISL, with a B400R5.

I find that the D60LFRs and double deckers sound almost identical, because they're both using the ISL9 with the B500R6. The engines on the artics have EPA 2010, and the double deckers have EPA 2013 engines, if I recall correctly. They both sound great.

The D60LFs sound a little bit like the Inveros, because they're using EPA 2007 ISLs (not the same engine, and more powerful than the Inveros), with the B500R6. These also sound great.

Best sounding STO bus would be a 6V92TA/V731 MCI/NovaBus Classic. Second would be 7901.

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36 minutes ago, OC Transpo/STO Fan said:

The best sounding OC low floor bus would be an Invero. I love the takeoff sound at the beginning. The bus has a EPA 2004 ISL, with a B400R5.

Agreed, I find that in general, D40is never fail to impress. Very deep sounding buses.

OCT: 

A nice sounding Community Transit D40i w/ good sound quality: 

 

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