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Wonder if the VanHools are going to get that livery as well!

They are, or at least, they're getting something very similar. 931 has it already. The only difference that I can recall between 931 and the ABCs is that the larger Vanhool is marked "Charter Bus Lines [of British Columbia]" in the older font, just like the Prevosts.

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Looking through my photos, turns out David Thomas Tours also runs those things too. They are 39-passenger (the MCI F3500 was 36).

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A photo of CBL #54 before her rebuild. Not sure when the rebuild happened, but I have my own photos of how she looked after rebuild which I will post shortly.

http://www.taylornoonan.com/nextstop/PHP/p...lect.php?ID=111

Image captured by Michael Taylor-Noonan

EDIT: images of my images of CBL #54 taken in downtown Victoria are now included.

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How about this, Gang? CBL 933 arriving in Whistler Village. I caught this in mid September, around the 16-18th somewhere. I don't envy the driver on this run. He told me he was going from Victoria to Sun Peaks. Nice drive but I would prefer to do that in two days not one.

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I have added 34 new photos to my CBL Gallery on my website for those who are interested. http://www.busdrawings.com/coach/cbl/index.htm

NICE! I had no idea that Bob Marshall's bus was an old CBL!

Also, under your H3-45 section, for transmission details... #923-930 are equipped with ZF AStronic. There are also some H3-45s with manual transmissions, but I don't know for sure which ones... 908-910 for sure, but there are likely a few others. #918 is equipped with an Eaton Fuller automatic transmission.

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Looks like CBL is trying to gain my attention with a shuttle :lol: Spotted 412, a brand new Ford Shuttle on First Ave. near Hwy 1 yesterday. It's complete with the chrome grill, new scheme, and comfy looking seats!

Sorry no photos as I just drove past it.

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Looks like CBL is trying to gain my attention with a shuttle :D Spotted 412, a brand new Ford Shuttle on First Ave. near Hwy 1 yesterday. It's complete with the chrome grill, new scheme, and comfy looking seats!

Sorry no photos as I just drove past it.

I passed this same little bus on the Sea-to-Sky Hwy last week. It took me a back a little to say the least. I thought they were going away from this kind of mini bus.

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Yesterday in Banff, I spotted the following CBL coaches and photographed most of them: 819 (Probably a Series 50 engine and it sounded like a manual transmission), 912, 915 (What's the story on that one? two rooftop motorhome style air conditioners on it), 925, 929, 931, 613. Also today, spotted #901 in Calgary. I will post some photos shortly.

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Yesterday in Banff, I spotted the following CBL coaches and photographed most of them: 819 (Probably a Series 50 engine and it sounded like a manual transmission), 912, 915 (What's the story on that one? two rooftop motorhome style air conditioners on it), 925, 929, 931, 613. Also today, spotted #901 in Calgary. I will post some photos shortly.

915 is a VIP coach of some sort, I know it has a non-traditional interior equipped with tables, probably power ports and a fridge as well (if PCL's conversion job on 3008 for the NDP election campaign charter was any indicator). I suspect the roof-mounted A/C was necessary due to equipment boxes under the floor of the bus to power all the gizmos on board.

I think 819 has a Series 60 engine, and yes it probably does have a manual tranny. The H3-40s have been gradually undergoing engine swaps over the past couple of years, and more recently some of them have been converted from manual to automatic transmission.

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915 is a VIP coach of some sort, I know it has a non-traditional interior equipped with tables, probably power ports and a fridge as well (if PCL's conversion job on 3008 for the NDP election campaign charter was any indicator). I suspect the roof-mounted A/C was necessary due to equipment boxes under the floor of the bus to power all the gizmos on board.

I think 819 has a Series 60 engine, and yes it probably does have a manual tranny. The H3-40s have been gradually undergoing engine swaps over the past couple of years, and more recently some of them have been converted from manual to automatic transmission.

Thanks! However, I do not believe a Series 60 engine will fit into the H3-40 engine compartment and AFAIK, that was the reasoning for the redesign of the H3-40 to the H3-41 to allow for the Series 60 engine at the time. and back to the topic, here is an image of #915.

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I know some of CBL's H3-40's were repowered with Series 50's

Actually the H340's were repowered with Series 60's The XL's that were repowered got Series 50's. All the repowered XL`s are now working as Quick coaches.

NICE! I had no idea that Bob Marshall's bus was an old CBL!

Also, under your H3-45 section, for transmission details... #923-930 are equipped with ZF AStronic. There are also some H3-45s with manual transmissions, but I don't know for sure which ones... 908-910 for sure, but there are likely a few others. #918 is equipped with an Eaton Fuller automatic transmission.

CBL`s manual Transmission H345are 901-903, 905, & 907-913. 904 & 906 had ZF`s retrofitted. They were manuals when they joined the fleet. SOmeone got smart and designed a cup holder where the stick used to be on 904.

Actually the H340's were repowered with Series 60's The XL's that were repowered got Series 50's. All the repowered XL`s are now working as Quick coaches.

CBL`s manual Transmission H345are 901-903, 905, & 907-913. 904 & 906 had ZF`s retrofitted. They were manuals when they joined the fleet. SOmeone got smart and designed a cup holder where the stick used to be on 904.

And Bob Marshall`s bus wasn`t a CBL coach. He was tipped off to it by one of the owners.

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