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So National has at least one what looks to be a fairly new D4505 and at least one brand new Prevost H3-45. So keep an eye out! Saw them both heading NB on the QE II between Red Deer and Calgary this morning.

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There are at least two D4505's that I know of... One of them was plaiin white with no decals or fleet numbers and at the same time, I spotted #213 which is also a D4505. Here's a pic of #213: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vehicle-images/7619691656/ . However, that H3-45 is news to me! Drove past their yard last night and didn't see one.

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Recently, I noticed #153 appeared to be alive / ressurected. It has moved from her spot where she was for at least 3 to 4 years now and was parked in the middle of the yard by the Orion I and the Neoplan AN/440 and was sitting aired up.

Also, I forgot to add these photos of two Blue Birds from National. They have two painted with black between windows and one with no black between the windows. I have not seen any fleet numbers on them at all yet.

And now, this past Sunday, I spotted #153 out and about on the road on Highway #1 by C.O.P. in Calgary. Attached are a few images to go with these notes:

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140712-4699national-bluebird.jpg

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Maybe this one? Fleet number 811.

Very nice btw! Would you be interested in added that photo to the Wiki for National? http://www.cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php?title=National_Motor_Coach

Also, last month while in Vancouver, I spotted and photographed D4505 #212: http://www.cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php?title=File:National_Motor_Coach_212-a.jpg

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Spotted the National D4505 #213 today at Canada Place. Found it's origins too from faint legals from the previous owner. Ex Ontario Northland Transportation Commission. It's a 2007 according to the driver too.

14552843718_9d687f5230_z.jpgNational Motor Coach MCI D4505 #213 by Translink fan, on Flickr

14737121704_35964d5694_z.jpgNational Motor Coach MCI D4505 #213 by Translink fan, on Flickr

14716475816_44d0967942_z.jpgNational Motor Coach MCI D4505 #213 by Translink fan, on Flickr

Added Bonus: Found 185 at a hotel in North Van on my way back from Capilano Bridge while on VTC MC-9 211.

14552821540_f9e3561ed0_z.jpgNational Motor Coach Prevost H3-45 #185 by Translink fan, on Flickr

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Spotted the National D4505 #213 today at Canada Place. Found it's origins too from faint legals from the previous owner. Ex Ontario Northland Transportation Commission. It's a 2007 according to the driver too.

My guess is it was leased by the ONTC, since they would be unlikely to sell a bus of that age. They have been buying used GO Transit coaches lately, or leasing new Prevosts.

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Is National starting operations in Ontario ? There have been a few National School Buses roaming around Ottawa. I saw 1 BlueBird All American parked on Moodie road across from Quesnel Bus Line's yard , I also caught a glimpse of a IC CE300 on Merivale Rd heading Southbound.

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Is National starting operations in Ontario ? There have been a few National School Buses roaming around Ottawa. I saw 1 BlueBird All American parked on Moodie road across from Quesnel Bus Line's yard , I also caught a glimpse of a IC CE300 on Merivale Rd heading Southbound.

Looks like what you've seen in Ottawa are actually "National Express Group" buses. This is a company based in the UK and own Stock Transportation. They appear to be rapidly expanding and have recently purchased smaller school bus companies across Ontario. Perhaps National is a re-branding of Stock School Buses which is a bit ironic because they pulled completely out of Ottawa in 2014 but I am finding many current job postings for them in the NCR. Perhaps they are coming back to replace First Bus which is now leaving. Anyways here's a photo I grabbed today at Rideau and King Edward. We may want to continue this in a new topic:

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