Orion VIII

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Was looking up unrelated information about the renovation of the Eitel Building on 2nd and Pine and found this on Google Images:

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Anyone have any insight on the demo of a Swiss-made FBW/Hess articulated trolley coach in Seattle? These appear to be 70's era coaches.

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It was a demonstrator vehicle from 1974 from Bern, Switzerland. It served in Vancouver and Seattle prior to entering service in Bern. Apparently when it returned to Switzerland it caught fire in 1976, was rebuilt and finally retired in 2006 in Bern.

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Beware coach 1108 broken arm for front slot of bike rack, when I got to my stop my bike was barely hanging on by the rims in the groove...

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17 minutes ago, dancingfatpotato said:

Beware coach 1108 broken arm for front slot of bike rack, when I got to my stop my bike was barely hanging on by the rims in the groove...

Why are you telling us?

Did you call Metro customer service? Did you let the driver know so he can write it up?

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Must say today was well spent getting to ride some Seattle Transit/Metro History over to Ballard today, first was riding the very rugged 77 year old Twin Coach, 643, and heading back was on the AMG, 1008, both still ride & operate very smoothly although the AMG came off the wires 3 times, the first two times were within two minutes of each other, Happy Independence Day/Canada Day to everyone! I'll have videos of these up sometime this month! 

My YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3Oe3iiSKuRoMSjQJ79EFFA

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Is route 342 from Bellevue Base or north? 

I saw a BB xcelsior 40 7238 as well as a D40LF 3686.

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Great shots from the trolley excursion.

I find it interesting that they've decided to retain a Gillig Phantom trolley. In the past, MEHVA decided to retain a MAN SG220, but not keep a SG310 and MAN trolley due to fleet similarity. In this case, MEHVA has both a diesel Phantom and a trolley for their excursions.

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1 hour ago, anonymous guy said:

Great shots from the trolley excursion.

I find it interesting that they've decided to retain a Gillig Phantom trolley. In the past, MEHVA decided to retain a MAN SG220, but not keep a SG310 and MAN trolley due to fleet similarity. In this case, MEHVA has both a diesel Phantom and a trolley for their excursions.

Well the Phantom Trolleys are pretty much a "One of a Kind" Bus so I'm sure that's why they kept it, and I still wonder to this day why the MAN SG-310 Trolley (4020) got sent to Illinois for their railway museum, especially when yes they have both a diesel & trolley Phantom, as well as both versions of the AMGs.

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2 hours ago, pnwelevator said:

Well the Phantom Trolleys are pretty much a "One of a Kind" Bus so I'm sure that's why they kept it, and I still wonder to this day why the MAN SG-310 Trolley (4020) got sent to Illinois for their railway museum, especially when yes they have both a diesel & trolley Phantom, as well as both versions of the AMGs.

Due to the one-off nature of the Phantom trolleys, I believe the Illinois Railway Museum also got gifted a Phantom trolley from Metro as well.

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1 hour ago, anonymous guy said:

Due to the one-off nature of the Phantom trolleys, I believe the Illinois Railway Museum also got gifted a Phantom trolley from Metro as well.

Yes, 4123 was the Phantom that was gifted to Illinois.

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I tapped the hardwired ORCA reader for the B Line at Bellevue TC.  I don't know if this is a side effect of FareBot or if it's how they're coded.  If so, this will be interesting when the 8100s start arriving. 

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6 hours ago, pnwelevator said:

Well the Phantom Trolleys are pretty much a "One of a Kind" Bus so I'm sure that's why they kept it, and I still wonder to this day why the MAN SG-310 Trolley (4020) got sent to Illinois for their railway museum, especially when yes they have both a diesel & trolley Phantom, as well as both versions of the AMGs.

Because the 4000s were a maintenance nightmare and MEHVA keeping one in operating condition was a bit of a daunting task.

IRM reports that 4020 has run well for them for a decade, but they also have indoor storage. 

12 hours ago, dancingfatpotato said:

Is route 342 from Bellevue Base or north? 

I saw a BB xcelsior 40 7238 as well as a D40LF 3686.

It is split between both bases.

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Just finished getting the video of 1940 Twin Coach 643, which includes a little history and a "40's touch" as you'll see as you watch the video, here's the link, hope you enjoy!!!

 

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Remove if Unnecessary, 

This afternoon I took the 3:30 pm 235 from Kirkland to Bellevue, however when I was boarding the bus I noticed an extremely strong fume smell, gasoline or diesel, and an even stronger smell inside the bus. When we got to Bellevue Transit center another passenger notified the driver, however it seems as if he did nothing. I said this because I was waiting for the 226 in front of BTC bay for 235, I could still smell the strong odor coming from the bus. 

Bus is 7215.

Any reasons for this and why the bus driver did not fix the issue? 

 

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10 minutes ago, dancingfatpotato said:

Any reasons for this and why the bus driver did not fix the issue?

He's not a mechanic, and the mechanics would file a grievance if he tried to fix it.

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Just now, Atomic Taco said:

He's not a mechanic, and the mechanics would file a grievance if he tried to fix it.

Wouldn't it be dangerous for passengers to inhale those fumes for extended period of time? The 235 is a pretty long route. 

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Just now, dancingfatpotato said:

Wouldn't it be dangerous for passengers to inhale those fumes for extended period of time? The 235 is a pretty long route. 

You asked why he didn't fix it, not why he didn't notify the coordinator.

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1 minute ago, Atomic Taco said:

You asked why he didn't fix it, not why he didn't notify the coordinator.

Would the coach continue along the route until the end of the day to be fixed by a mechanic at the base? 

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Just now, dancingfatpotato said:

Would the coach continue along the route until the end of the day to be fixed by a mechanic at the base? 

If directed by the coordinator, yes.  Possible reasons for not taking immediate action include:

  • Based on the information the coordinator had, the coordinator deemed the issue not urgent enough for a coach change
  • The coordinator ordered a coach change at a terminal or later stop
  • There were no available mechanics/equipment for a coach change

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5 hours ago, dancingfatpotato said:

Remove if Unnecessary, 

This afternoon I took the 3:30 pm 235 from Kirkland to Bellevue, however when I was boarding the bus I noticed an extremely strong fume smell, gasoline or diesel, and an even stronger smell inside the bus. When we got to Bellevue Transit center another passenger notified the driver, however it seems as if he did nothing. I said this because I was waiting for the 226 in front of BTC bay for 235, I could still smell the strong odor coming from the bus. 

Bus is 7215.

Any reasons for this and why the bus driver did not fix the issue? 

 

Again, just like northwestern said, why are you telling us?

Either tell the operator or report it to Metro customer service.

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SDOT has finished the Roosevelt RapidRide Locally Preferred Alternative report. It's an interesting read for transit wonks.

Highlights:

  • The line will only run to the future Roosevelt Link station, not to the Northgate Transit Center.
  • The line will be an expansion of the trolleybus system
  • No new trolleybuses will be purchased for the line, instead some of Metro's existing trolleybuses will be repainted red.
  • There will be bus-only lanes in the most congested areas, but buses will travel in general purpose lanes for the majority of the route.

I believe the LPA plan was approved by the transportation committee last night, now it goes to the full Seattle city council.

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