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This thread will contain everything to do with Wheel-Trans and its fleet: deliveries, retirements, and other general questions and information.

"The Friendly Bus" W100-W209 Deliveries

Legend: In Service, Delivered (not in service), Awaiting Delivery

W100 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

W125 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49

W150 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74

W175 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99

W200 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09

Total: 110 in service

Last updated: 11:40PM, February 5, 2011

"ELF 125" 9751-9889 Rebuilds and Retirements

Legend: Unrebuilt/Status Unknown, Rebuilt, Retired

9751 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75

9776 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00

9801 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

9826 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

9851 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75

9876 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89

Total: 50 rebuilt, at least 1 retired

Last updated: 6:25PM, January 21, 2011

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Wheel-Trans update: I managed to get a fleet list from a contact who works in Wheel-Trans. Out of the first order of Friendly Buses, there are only 53 active units. All of the five "ex-demonstrat

Didn’t realize that, thanks. Keep counting your age in fractions, and they’ll be calling you kid long after your 15th.

It’s been here for a little while actually... here it is at Davisville/Head office in January...

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Some of us has been noticing that quite a few ELFs have been rebuilt or refurbrished. So this thread is for any Wheel-trans bus spotted rebuilt.

The only bus I can confirm rebuilt is 9773. If the bus is underlined, that means it has been spotted rebuilt.

So far Only one:

9750-9889- 9773

They have been rebuilding them for quite a while now. I'm guessing at least half of them have been completed so far.

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During my trip this past week to the GTA, I heard that the TTC is looking for replacement vehicles for the ELF buses as well. So it should be interesting to see how long these refurbished units last.

IIRC the ELF refurbishment is only to keep service levels at the same level for the next 2-3 years until all the is replaced

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Let's bring this thread back to life, shall we?

First off, remove 9750 from the list. It was retired several years ago, around the same time as the last of the Orion II's.

Here's the ELF's that I've seen rebuilt over the past couple of months:

9752, 9778, 9780, 9794, 9796, 9801, 9808, 9815, 9817, 9824, 9829, 9839, 9844, 9854, 9889

Dan

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How do you tell rebuilt ones from the unrebuilt ones?

As mentioned above, the rebuilt units have two amber strobe lights at the back above the rear doors. They also receive larger rear brake lights above the door, and lose their upper red stripe on the sides (although I think there is one that still has it).

Of course, the really easy way to tell is the lack of rust around the rear door.

Dan

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As mentioned above, the rebuilt units have two amber strobe lights at the back above the rear doors. They also receive larger rear brake lights above the door, and lose their upper red stripe on the sides (although I think there is one that still has it).

Of course, the really easy way to tell is the lack of rust around the rear door.

Dan

Is the rear light before rebuild a strip, and now is it a larger rectangle? I remember seeing both types of rear lights recently.

I'll keep an eye out, Ryerson campus seems to have a lot of Wheel Trans vehicles around it.

On that note, are there any pics? It doesn't seem like the ELFs are widely photographed.

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On that note, are there any pics? It doesn't seem like the ELFs are widely photographed.

I have a couple of ELF photos. I'm slowly trying to expand my collection of them though along with the Orion IIs so that I have a reasonable amount to add a Wheel-Trans/Community Bus section to my website which will hopefully happen within the next couple months.

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Is the rear light before rebuild a strip, and now is it a larger rectangle? I remember seeing both types of rear lights recently.

The very last order of 15 or so may have been delivered with a long strip of LED's - I honestly can't remember right now - but the rest of them had a small 2-LED box mounted just above the door, underneath the overhang. They are getting long strips as part of the rebuild.

Dan

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I wonder if they resolved the problem with the center being too low for clearance?

that one's news to me....

secondly, the rear is full air suspension, the front is air assisted leaf springs it i'm not mistaken.

meaning that changing the ride height is no more complex than adjusting the levelling valve settings.

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