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I received an updated fleet listing from Fort McMurray Transit, via CUTA. The wiki needs to be updated with: 1995 to 1996 --> 2014 El Dorado EZ Rider II - 25 seats 1997 to 2008 --> 2015

I believe that to be unit 1968. The lack of a driver side ad rack is the clue On a side note, I hope that everybody in the area is okay and the fire can be put out quickly so that the residents can

The following buses made it to Edmonton: 1952, 1966, 1981, 1999, 2008, 2010 May 5, 2016

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A update on Fort McMurray

In Service buses on June 13 2007 :

1534, 1580, 1581 Ex BC Transit bowls

1926, 1927 Original FMT Classics in old livery

1946, 1989, 1990 Used Classics in ghost livery

1939, 1940, 1944 New Flyer D40LF in wraps (these buses are still in ghost livery)

1938, 1941 New Flyer D40LF in ghost livery

1942, 1943 New Flyer D40LF in new livery

Anyone visiting Fort McMurray should be aware that visiting Diversifield is not recommended during weekdays. The management there seems to not like visitors, they will kick you off there property & won't disclose any details about the transit fleet.

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A update on Fort McMurray

In Service buses on June 13 2007 :

1534, 1580, 1581 Ex BC Transit bowls

1926, 1927 Original FMT Classics in old livery

1946, 1989, 1990 Used Classics in ghost livery

1939, 1940, 1944 New Flyer D40LF in wraps (these buses are still in ghost livery)

1938, 1941 New Flyer D40LF in ghost livery

1942, 1943 New Flyer D40LF in new livery

Anyone visiting Fort McMurray should be aware that visiting Diversifield is not recommended during weekdays. The management there seems to not like visitors, they will kick you off there property & won't disclose any details about the transit fleet.

Well, it may not go to everyone, but there's another way to get the info.

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Anyone visiting Fort McMurray should be aware that visiting Diversifield is not recommended during weekdays. The management there seems to not like visitors, they will kick you off there property & won't disclose any details about the transit fleet.

Yes, I had a tough time getting in last year, although we did get in. Had issues with drivers and supervisors as well. Not the friendiest of places. They have been developing a bad rep.

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Yes, I had a tough time getting in last year, although we did get in. Had issues with drivers and supervisors as well. Not the friendiest of places. They have been developing a bad rep.

I wonder why as it's a quiet area.

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End up on Wood Buffalo's website for one reason or another...

Went looking through council minutes...

And found their bus purchas report for 2007.

Apparently they entered into a 10 year deal with New Flyer for the supply of 10 buses.

In 2007, they were looking at either 2 hybrids, or 3 diesels.

Hybrids came in at $605 518 each

and diesels at $396 518.

They chose the diesel option largely because of extra training required for hybrid maintenance.

I've got a project to work on before I seach through any more minutes... but I'll post anything else I find in this thread...

And a link to their route maps and schedules which as a pic of a D40LF in the new paint scheme: http://www.woodbuffalo.ab.ca/residents/get...it_map_2008.pdf

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Nice livery. I like it, not sure why though, perhaps I'm tired. Surprised to read about their DATS drivers (or equivalent) sell passes on board. Although I can't see them selling so many that having money on them (the whole 'Operators Do Not Carry Change' thing) is going to be a problem.

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That's what I want to know! :-p Is it? I believe during the trip I kept mixing it up with #1918 and have gone through my photos and see that I have NO photos of #1917. I am guessing it may be retired, but it's hard to say since neither of us know if its lurking inside the garage or not.

I believe that we decided 1917 is likely still running as that mechanic told us 8 GM's were running... and we accounted for 7.

The unknown ones were 1917 and 1933.

It is assumed all other ex ETS, Calgary and St. Albert buses are retired.

Unfortunately, we still don't have a lot to go on. Maybe it wasn't 8 buses... but only 7 and 1917 and 1933 are retired. Maybe it is actually 9 running and 1917 and 1933 are both still running.

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I believe that we decided 1917 is likely still running as that mechanic told us 8 GM's were running... and we accounted for 7.

The unknown ones were 1917 and 1933.

It is assumed all other ex ETS, Calgary and St. Albert buses are retired.

Unfortunately, we still don't have a lot to go on. Maybe it wasn't 8 buses... but only 7 and 1917 and 1933 are retired. Maybe it is actually 9 running and 1917 and 1933 are both still running.

Yes, I have had those thoughts as well and would have to agree.
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It appears #1918 has been retired as it is now parked in Calgary at PWT's Red Arrow shops and I have been told that it is being used for parts for the Spruce Meadows Fishbowl fleet. It makes me wonder if Fort McMurray Transit has received some more new buses?

Here is an image of Fort McMurray Transit #1918 taken in August of 2008.

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Fort McMurray has at least 6 ex-Santa Monica Classics numbered 3522-27. According to a driver, they got them six months ago resulting in the retirement of all the fishbowls. Only 1580 (ex-BC Transit) was observed at the garage but I did not get to go inside to see if any others were still on the property.

Bus 3522 is serial 2AUYT82J6N3000027.

The following buses were observed in service today: 1942, 48, 49 (D40LF in new colors), 1939, 44 (ad buses), 1925, 28 (Classics still in original colors but looking very rough), 1990 (Classic ex Salt Lake City) and newer D40LF (1950-54 painted all white).

MCI Classic 1945 was observed at the garage, obviously retired (parts cannabilized) but it was the only one that I saw in the new paint scheme.

Kevin

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Fort McMurray has at least 6 ex-Santa Monica Classics numbered 3522-27. According to a driver, they got them six months ago resulting in the retirement of all the fishbowls. Only 1580 (ex-BC Transit) was observed at the garage but I did not get to go inside to see if any others were still on the property.

Bus 3522 is serial 2AUYT82J6N3000027.

The following buses were observed in service today: 1942, 48, 49 (D40LF in new colors), 1939, 44 (ad buses), 1925, 28 (Classics still in original colors but looking very rough), 1990 (Classic ex Salt Lake City) and newer D40LF (1950-54 painted all white).

MCI Classic 1945 was observed at the garage, obviously retired (parts cannabilized) but it was the only one that I saw in the new paint scheme.

Kevin

Thanks for the update Kevin!

Hope you've enjoyed your time in Alberta!

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