mike from edmonton

Saskatoon Updates

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Martin has called in with the following updates for Saskatoon

>1992 MCI Classic 434 has now been painted into the new Blue and White colour scheme. *This makes the 3rd set of colours for 434 since being delivered in 1992

>the storage/parts yard now hold 7 busses (up from 5 in June)

-388 -1980 T6H 5307N

-389 -1980 T6H 5307N

-390? -1980 T6H 5307N

-399 -1981 T6H 5307N

-406 -1984 GMDD Classic

-731 -1990 NFI D40

-732 -1990 NFI D40

Next Stop: Moose Jaw and Regina

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Martin has called in with the following updates for Saskatoon

>1992 MCI Classic 434 has now been painted into the new Blue and White colour scheme. *This makes the 3rd set of colours for 434 since being delivered in 1992

>the storage/parts yard now hold 7 busses (up from 5 in June)

-388 -1980 T6H 5307N

-389 -1980 T6H 5307N

-390? -1980 T6H 5307N

-399 -1981 T6H 5307N

-406 -1984 GMDD Classic

-731 -1990 NFI D40

-732 -1990 NFI D40

Next Stop: Moose Jaw and Regina

We saw that D40 #733 is still in the active fleet, but we are unsure of #734. For now I believe it is also still active.

I think #406 is the first Classic to be retired for Saskatoon Transit. Also, #434 has been repainted into the new blue scheme.

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We saw that D40 #733 is still in the active fleet, but we are unsure of #734. For now I believe it is also still active.

I think #406 is the first Classic to be retired for Saskatoon Transit. Also, #434 has been repainted into the new blue scheme.

734 was alive and working for aliving in early June when I passed through Saskatoon

406 is the first classic that I have heard about being retired

373 used to be parked in the outdoor storage area but was well parted out last June, looks like she's been scrapped :lol:

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Pics of 434 in the new scheme, and 177 at the Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw.

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Apparently Saskatoon has recieved some 2007 D40LFR's. 0201 has now recieved the blue and silver paint scheme and other 2002 D40LF's are being repainted into the blue and silver paint scheme (so, not being used on DART routes, presumably with the new LFR's arriving).

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June 2007 Saskatoon Update

The following buses are retired and parked beside the garage :

399, 406, 408, 414, 416, 731

2007 D40LFR liveries:

0701, 0702, 0704, 0705, 0706, 0707 are all in DART livery.

0709, 0710, 0712 are all in the new livery.

The following buses are also in the newest ST blue livery:

0201, 0202, 0203, 434, 436, 443, 9705, 9707

Only two 1990 NFI D40's remain in service, 732 & 733.

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Ah very interesting! Thanks Luke!

Also, to note, the D40's were built in 1991. Not 1990. The vins also have 1991 year codes on them which is "M."

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Many Thanx for the update!

Well, looks like the Classics and D40's are now heading for the great beyond and joining the jimmies :) I remember when they were first delivered, time just flies by.

I'd bet that the two remaining D40's are toast when the next order arrives from NFI (remember they signed a long term contract), as well as any remaining jimmies, and maybe a few more classics

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Thanks for those links. This looks to be the only page on the internet with good Saskatoon Transit info in terms of rosters etc. Please keep us updated on what's happening, especially with the older fishbowl units. Ride them all the time on Route 13.

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Thanks for those links. This looks to be the only page on the internet with good Saskatoon Transit info in terms of rosters etc. Please keep us updated on what's happening, especially with the older fishbowl units. Ride them all the time on Route 13.

So you ride them all the time on the 13? Well, you can probably help us out (If you have the time) by noting which Fishbowls you see each day! That would help us keep tabs on which ones are still around. Most of us live in Alberta who have been there in recent years. A few are in Ontario as well.

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Keeping track shouldn't be a problem. I found this board while trying to find more Saskatoon bus fans, still looking.

I can track other busses as well, but can see that the fishbowls are the really special ones. LOL. They put them on DART routes too, right next to the brand new ones, when an extra needs to be run. I apologize for not knowing all the model names.

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Cool, this is probably the board with the most transit fans in general, though the majority of our members seem to be from the Greater Toronto Area.

We would be happy to see your updates here. :) And don't be sorry for not knowing the models - it is really a learning experience. Don't be afraid to ask either! :o Those websites listed above have the models for the majority of the fleet as well if you wanted to do some "research" on your own too.

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Cool, this is probably the board with the most transit fans in general, though the majority of our members seem to be from the Greater Toronto Area.

We would be happy to see your updates here. :) And don't be sorry for not knowing the models - it is really a learning experience. Don't be afraid to ask either! :o Those websites listed above have the models for the majority of the fleet as well if you wanted to do some "research" on your own too.

Models, LOL, damn, I remember just calling them new, newer and newest gmc's when I was first watching them...

I have spent a lot of time in Saskatoon when I was younger, so I remember a lot the of Jimmies arriving, and now they are being retired, time flies I guess, so get you pictures now!

Welcome aboard persona non gratta (png when I was younger), feel free to either post pic's here &/or many of us are more than willing to post them on our websites

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These are all the records I have today, I never kept track of busses before...

August 1st, 2006

382 on Route #4

October 9th, 2007

401 on Route #2

826 on a University/Downtown extra

380 on a University/Downtown extra

392 on Route #6

383 on Route #13

394 on Route #3/4

403 on Route #21

I'll keep updating this post until a new one appears, then update daily below it and so on.

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Morning rush hour:

401 on Route #2

826 on a University/Downtown extra

380 on a University/Downtown extra

392 on Route #6

383 on Route #13

Nice to hear some of the Ex-St. Albert Fishbowls are still running! St. Albert may be retiring their MCI Classics from 1990 and 1992 pretty soon!

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Thanks for replying. I didn't realize there was such variety innumbers actually. With only ~115 busses you'd think there will be less number series. What's the difference between the 800 and 300/400 sereis for instance?

I'm keeping track of these old GM's in a spread sheet. How often is it a good idea to post here? Daily, weekly... As I do see them at least every other day, especially in the mornings.

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What's the difference between the 800 and 300/400 sereis for instance?

The 800's are ex St. Albert (AB) buses. They use the same numbers that they did when they ran for St. Albert.

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I spotted what I think was (ex?)ETS 992 at Place Riel this morning. Could hardly make out the number, but it was a blue and silver fishbowl. It had a white Stoon Transit decal below the front window and on the side. Couldn't see the route number.

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Alright, another Saskatoon bus fan!

I might have seen that bus as well, as I'm at Place Riel all workweek. Nearly all the busses I post were seen at Place Riel or on their way there. Here're today's sightings:

Oct 10 2007 382 on an Extra

Oct 10 2007 383 on an Extra

Oct 10 2007 380 on Route # 5

I'm paying a lot more attention to busses now, and am finding that the fishbowls aren't my favorite, although they do have a nice ride. I really like the paint sheme on the older NF, the dark green paint, Saskatoon's original I think.

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