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This ex-Orleans Express Prevost XL-II almost fooled me for a second hand Canadian Forces Coach until I caught up to it and noticed it had Alberta plates

then saw the small print. Check out the attached image captured in Calgary, Alberta earlier today:

I spotted another ex-Orleans Express XL-II for Canada Coach Lines numbered as 304 and looking identical to #305 which is posted in an earlier post in this thread.

surprised they were able to use the Canada Coach Lines name which was previously owned by the Hamilton Street Railway. Guess the statue of limitations must have expired

That had crossed my mind as well, but I guess it doesn't matter if the company from Hamilton has been gone now for so many years...

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So Canada Coach Lines (Former Pinnacle Sightseeing and Tours) has the primary contract for doing the shuttle work for the Mac's Midget AAA Hockey Tournament this year taking place from Dec. 26-31st in Calgary, AB. This is a tournament of teams from across mainly Western Canada.

They seemed to have their whole fleet out at one point or another over the past few days in Calgary. Saw all of the former Pinnacle coaches out there (except #106). More interesting though, is that they actually have 3 former Orleans Express. As noted above #304, Le Mirage XL-II, #305 an X3-45. Also they have #307 which is another former Orleans Express X3-45. I spoke to one friendly driver, and I asked how many of the blue Prevost they had, he said 3.

So in their fleet they currently have:

#106 (all white Prevost H3-41)- didn't see this coach during the tournament though

#108 (a yellow H3-41 recapped 2003-2009 style),

#109 (an all white MCI J4500)

#301 (I am pretty sure this use to be #401, but did not carry a fleet number on the outside- this was one the former Banff Trans/Tours MCI 102EL3). Though a number of posts above the bus looks like it had some fire damage, I am quite sure it has been fixed, on the door side, above the door where the number #401 has been painted over or scrubbed off, it left some dull black marks that were present on #401, these same marks are present in the same spot on #301). As well the legals are in the exact same font and location on #301 as they were when Pinnacle had this bus #401.

#1103 (former Gray Line West- MCI 102EL3)

#9246 (all white Prevost H3-45)

#304 Ex-Orleans Express Prevost Le Mirage XL-II

#305/307 Ex-Orleans Express Prevost X-45

As well they have a few of those coach cutaways Krystal K38 models on IC chassis.

Who knows maybe they have more undiscovered lurking around their Banff yard.

There seems to be a bit of patterning with these numbers. With the exception of #1103 and #9246, the ones place on all the fleet numbers are from 1 to 9. #301, 304, 305, 106, 307, 108, 109. Maybe #1103 and #9246 could become #302 and #303, and those buses starting in the 100's could become 300's? Just me speculating :lol:

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So, #406 is actually a fairly late model XL-II as well as #506 first spotted today!

406 - http://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php?title=File:Canada_Coach_Lines_Banff_406-a.jpg

506 - http://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php?title=File:Canada_Coach_Lines_Banff_506-a.jpg

406 is former Orleans Express #5604 and 506 is former Orleans #5605, both went to Acadian before coming out to Western Canada.

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They should be XL-II's when you look at the location of the rear axles!

That is interesting. They have the headlights of an X3-45 but the rear axle is clearly XL-II as you state. Prevost must have some kind of conversion kit where coach owners can modernize their XL-II with the X3-45 headlight package, just to make things more confusing for the bus fan !!

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I am quite sure that the late model Prevost XL-II coaches (last one or two years of production) were delivered with those headlights.

This is based off of observing new Diversified Transportaiton coaches back when they made the switch from XL-II to X3-45.

Here is an example, this series of Le Mirage XL-II for Diversified were new coaches for them in 2005. It has the newer style headlights.

diversified_1488.jpg

That is interesting. They have the headlights of an X3-45 but the rear axle is clearly XL-II as you state. Prevost must have some kind of conversion kit where coach owners can modernize their XL-II with the X3-45 headlight package, just to make things more confusing for the bus fan !!

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