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Bunch of interesting buses showed up at Upper Canada Mall today:

EX-TTC Orion V 9411

Ex OC Transpo Classic 8776

EX-Greyhound MCI (MC-9?) 4583

Saw what also appeared to be an ex-Woodstock Classic arrive as well along with an older Prevost. 

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1062 and 1083 were helping out on the 506C shuttle today. I took 1083 and customers were all very confused with all the detours, poor driver had a constant crowd of at least 5 people at the front asking for directions. Also overheard some Eglinton relief driver at Castle Frank complaining to a Birchmount driver about the detours, citing the tight right turns and left turns that take ages to do with no priority arrow. 

8689 was on the 94.

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1 hour ago, West Island Transit Fan said:

TTC 

1062 and 1083 were helping out on the 506C shuttle today. I took 1083 and customers were all very confused with all the detours, poor driver had a constant crowd of at least 5 people at the front asking for directions. Also overheard some Eglinton relief driver at Castle Frank complaining to a Birchmount driver about the detours, citing the tight right turns and left turns that take ages to do with no priority arrow. 

8689 was on the 94.

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They've been sending mtd rads everyday on the 506C it seems

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5 hours ago, 7749 said:

They've been sending mtd rads everyday on the 506C it seems

It's impossible to turn the scheduled route when additional detours are added to the route. The Carlton/Church detour was suppose to finish. I don't know what kind of animal brain at the TTC thought this route is okay to push out the door as the people taking it doesn't have other options. The route gets a F- for impossible to use and extensive queuing at turning intersections. They should just tell everyone to take streetcars on Dundas instead. 

Oh the sign that STILL says 506C to Ossington via Ossington. No comment...

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7 hours ago, Xtrazsteve said:

It's impossible to turn the scheduled route when additional detours are added to the route. The Carlton/Church detour was suppose to finish. I don't know what kind of animal brain at the TTC thought this route is okay to push out the door as the people taking it doesn't have other options. The route gets a F- for impossible to use and extensive queuing at turning intersections. They should just tell everyone to take streetcars on Dundas instead. 

Oh the sign that STILL says 506C to Ossington via Ossington. No comment...

I spotted quite a few buses signed incorrectly as 504C to Exhibition via Strachan too.

I was masochistic enough to take almost the entire route from Parliament/Carlton to Ossington station and the whole thing took 65 minutes, while walking that is 70 minutes according to Google maps. I got on around 14:50 and off around 15:55, so not even at the height of rush hour. It was also very busy, suggesting a large gap with the previous bus. I suggested to a few passengers to give up on the bus and walk because it's likely faster, looks like that is indeed the case.

Edit: just spotted 1001 on the 506C, so I won't post these sightings here if they happen daily.

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9 hours ago, 81-717 said:

The only time Yonge st. riders will get the handmedown experience 😆

In recent times, sure, but not historically. The 97 was out of New Eglinton until 2008, and when that opened it had all kinds of hand me downs from various divisions, including Old Eglinton. And if you want to go further back, most of the H5s ran out of Greenwood (5722/24*-5807) (5722-5724 were frequently tossed back and forth between Wilson and Greenwood) until the late 80s/early 90s when the H6s displaced them. And about a decade before that, all the H1s were consolidated at Wilson, on the opening of the Spadina line.

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3 hours ago, T3G said:

In recent times, sure, but not historically. The 97 was out of New Eglinton until 2008, and when that opened it had all kinds of hand me downs from various divisions, including Old Eglinton. And if you want to go further back, most of the H5s ran out of Greenwood (5722/24*-5807) (5722-5724 were frequently tossed back and forth between Wilson and Greenwood) until the late 80s/early 90s when the H6s displaced them. And about a decade before that, all the H1s were consolidated at Wilson, on the opening of the Spadina line.

I was primarily referring to the present day line 1 and how it got both the T1s & TRs first, lol. This'll likely change when the next subways come out, though, since they'll probably go on line 2. And that still wouldn't really make the TRs handmedowns, since they wouldn't be handed down.

10 hours ago, Xtrazsteve said:

The 8100/8300s are pretty much handmedowns now without being handed down.

The 8100s were originally split between Birchmount & Wilson iirc, and are now consolidated at Wilson, while the 8300s are confined to Wilson their whole life since day 1. So in this case the only handmedowns are the ex-Birchmount units, the rest are in the same situation as the TRs probably will be.

10 hours ago, Xtrazsteve said:

The 7900s were originally from Wilson and ran on the 97 when they were new.

True, but according to some on here, a 7900 is the textbook definition of a handmedown:P

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5 hours ago, 81-717 said:

The 8100s were originally split between Birchmount & Wilson iirc, and are now consolidated at Wilson, while the 8300s are confined to Wilson their whole life since day 1. So in this case the only handmedowns are the ex-Birchmount units, the rest are in the same situation as the TRs probably will be.

The 8100-8219 order was all delivered to Wilson when new. Sometime in 2014-2015, they were split up and Birchmount received a good number of them

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Birchmount got some 7900s from Arrow Rd till the 8100s got sent there. During the rebuilt, Birchmount were assigned the majority of the fleet as high as the 818x. Of course 30-50 of them were physically at Hillcrest.

2 hours ago, Young said:

Would the 8300-8396 bus fleet ever be relocated to another division or are they permanent to Wilson?

Umm maybe if they get some new buses, they could send them to the only other division that still has Orion VII diesels. Hmmm....mmmmm... Queensway. HANDMEDOWNS woohoooo!!!!!!

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5 hours ago, bus_7246 said:

The 8100-8219 order was all delivered to Wilson when new. Sometime in 2014-2015, they were split up and Birchmount received a good number of them

Birchmount started getting 8100s earlier than that. 8102 and 8103 moved in December 2010. More moved over in 2011 and the amount increased and decreased over the years until 2018 when they all went back to WIlson.

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