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I hope the XD 40's are more operator friendly then the 4 Nova's BT has.

The more I do this job the less I like the Nova buses.

The Nova front doors are painfully slow.

The Nova's have a bouncy ride and are not as good in icy/snowy conditions.

The Flyers we currently have are much smoother and more operator friendly.

 

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Buses 55 & 57 are both back in service since getting their new engines (57 received engine & transmission)

55 runs and drives good...I haven't operated 57 yet

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I got to drive 57 today.

It drives nice and runs good.

It isn't the quickest New Flyer in the fleet but it's a smooth bus to operate.

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Bus 59 is back and repaired from the collision with the building last fall.

It's not in service yet but will be soon

 

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New Handi buses 26 & 28 are on active duty.

28 has been operating for a couple of weeks, 26 became active this past Monday.

Handi buses 25 & 27 should be operating soon.

 Handi Buses  22, 23 & 24 are now retired from service.

The city is keeping Handi bus 21 as a spare.

Currently Handi bus 20 is still active but only until

the remaining new units become active.

 

All the retired units including bus 20 were traded in as part of the tender for the new units.

It remains to be seen if they are actually shipped back to Crestline or sent to Auction in Winnipeg.

Either way it's not the cities concern.

 

I've operated both 26 & 28, very nice units!!!

These have gas engines. Much quieter and seem to have good power

and acceleration.

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On 3/23/2018 at 3:56 PM, BusRider said:

Probably 71 and 72 since transit has seems to have been going in numerical order.

This is correct!!!

The bus board in the barn has been updated with all the new buses (Handi and Regular).

71 & 72 are listed on it.

I heard rumors that they are expected to arrive any day now.

Update.... 71 & 72 are here...they arrived Wednesday May 16 2018

They have the same striping as the Nova Buses.

49 & 50 are parked outside...I expect these two buses to be retired soon after

71 & 72 become active.

 

I got to drive bus 59 last night. (the bus that hit the building last fall)

It drives and steers good but it runs like crap!!!

Low on power and the transmission slips when up shifting from 3 to 4.

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1 hour ago, BusRider said:

Damn! Looks really good!

Yes they are very nice!!!

I feel these two are the new Flag Ships for BT

49 is retired from service....the fare box is removed.

50 is still listed as active. I doubt it will ever see service again.

71 is in the shop getting 49's fare box installed.

 

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71 was in service this afternoon on one of the ML routes.

My buddy from work was operating it.

He said it's very nice, the doors work fast but the bus is slower accelerating than the Novas.

 

I'm assuming it's power will be on par with the existing New Flyer buses in our fleet.

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I operated the new Xcelsiors (71 & 72) a few times now.

They are a nice driving solid feeling bus.

The doors work decent!!!

The power seems down on them. Maybe they are DE-tuned for break in?

Both Xcelsiors seem quite slow accelerating.

The 2010 DFLR's will easily out accelerate the Xcelsiors and the Nova's will easily out accelerate the DFLR's

 

 

 

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