Brampton Transit 0181-0188

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Brampton Transit 0181-0188 were Orion 05.501 "Orion V" buses built in 2001. The order was originally for 9 Orion V buses, but cut down to 8 with 3 secondhand GM New Looks acquired (8289, 8690-8691).

All units were built at the OBI/Bus Industries of America plant in Oriskany NY, delivered by the end of September 2001, and entered service in September/October 2001 (although they were originally expected to be delivered in June of that year). The delivery of most of this order was further delayed by a few weeks due to the terrorist attacks on September 11th causing border issues.

They differ from the 1999 order of Orion V's in having Balios destination signs that initially scrolled the destination, and a more powerful Cummins ISM/Voith D863 powertrain.

Somewhere along the line, 0183 received Axion LED destination signs.

Two units, 0184 and 0185, had trial security cameras (different makes) installed inside during 2002.

As of April 2009, all were equipped with bike racks and were based out of Sandalwood Garage.

Note there is a gap at VIN number 1VH5H3H2116501617 in the series, it is currently unknown what was built in that place. It is speculated this VIN may have been allocated to the 9th bus before it was changed to 8.

Retirement

Due to the push to have fully accessible low floor transit fleets in the GTA, this order of Orion V's were not refurbished, and were taken out of service at the beginning of November 2013 and retired at just over 12 years old.

All units were stored at the back of Clark garage after retirement with their fareboxes and Presto units removed until March-April 2016 when they were disposed of and removed from the property.

Due to the fact that no new buses had replaced these units at the time of retirement, Brampton Transit ordered and took delivery of 23 Nova Bus LFS buses in 2016, with 10 units allocated to replace the 8 retired units in this series, plus 9965 and 9968. The remaining 13 units were purchased for service expansion.

Buses Engine Transmission Seating Destination Sign
0181-0188 Cummins ISM 280 hp Voith D863.3E 3 speed 40 Otaco Model 6468 Balios LED (all units originally delivered with)

Details

Fleet Number Thumbnail Build Date VIN License plate Date (delivery) Garage Status/Disposal Notes
0181 Aug. 2001 1VH5H3H2816501615 BK9 356 Sept. 21 2001 Sandalwood Retired Displayed at Trans-Expo 2003.
0182 Aug. 2001 1VH5H3H2X16501616 BK9 364 Sept. 20 2001 Sandalwood Retired
0183 Brampton Transit 0183-a.jpg Aug. 2001 1VH5H3H2316501618 BK6 672 Sept. 20 2001 Sandalwood Retired Has Axion LED signs.
0184 Aug. 2001 1VH5H3H2516501619 BK6 670 Sept. 6 2001 Sandalwood Retired Equipped with trial security cameras, small black dome style. Removed by Sept. 2003.
0185 Brampton Transit 0185-a.jpg Aug. 2001 1VH5H3H2116501620 BK6 674 Sept. 21 2001 Sandalwood Retired
  • Anthrax scare on October 17, 2001 when white powder was found on seats. Quarantined at BT garage until investigated and cleaned up.
  • Equipped with trial security cameras, white triangular enclosure style, still present in Jan. 2007.
  • One of several shuttles for the OTE 2011.
0186 Brampton Transit 0186-a.jpg Aug. 2001 1VH5H3H2316501621 BK9 365 Sept. 25 2001 Sandalwood Retired
0187 Aug. 2001 1VH5H3H2516501622 BK9 363 Sept. 25 2001 Sandalwood Retired
0188 Aug. 2001 1VH5H3H2716501623 BK9 357 Sept. 26 2001 Sandalwood Retired Hit a pillar while leaving garage on March 26, 2002. Repaired by MTB.


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