Durham Region Transit 8050-8055

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Durham Region Transit 8050-8055 were Orion 05.501 buses built in 2003 for the Ajax Pickering Transit Authority (APTA) and acquired by DRT in 2006. They were the only new conventional buses bought by APTA. Two buses were built for Cornwall Transit following APTA's order and share the same specifications.

These buses feature touch bar operated rear door and GFI Cents A Bill fareboxes. The buses were fitted with bike racks and Presto readers in 2009.

DRT issued a tender for the refurbishment of 8050 in 2013. Eastway Refurbishing, the only company to submit a bid, was awarded the contract. The bus received a structural and mechanical overhaul. It was given the current DRT livery, which included the extra stripes under the window. Inside, the bus received a new grey floor and contemporary seats inserts as used on new and refurbished buses. The bus retained its Luminator MAX 3000 signs and was given a rear Horizon sign on the HVAC hood.

It was decided not to refurbish the remaining buses in the fleet. They were relocated to Raleigh Division for storage and subsequently sold for scrap.

Engine Transmission Seating Destination sign
Detroit Diesel 50 275 hp Voith D863.3E 3 speed 43 American Seating Model 6468 Luminator MAX 3000

Details

Fleet number Thumbnail Year VIN License plate Paint Garage Status/Disposal Notes
8050 Durham Region Transit 8050-b.jpg 2003 1VH5H3A2536502086 946 7BF

(prev. BM8 998; BL7 025)

Durham Region Transit Livery 4.png Westney Retired

Sold to Sarnia Transit in 2016 as 164.

  • Skirt panels painted grey and retrofitted with LED headlights in summer 2011
  • Refurbished in 2014 with updated livery
8051 Durham Region Transit 8051-a.jpg 2003 1VH5H3A2736502087 BM8 997

(prev. BL7 026)

Durham Region Transit Livery 1.PNG Westney Retired Skirt panels painted grey and retrofitted with LED headlights in winter 2012.
8052 2003 1VH5H3A2936502088 BM8 996

(prev. BL7 027)

Durham Region Transit Livery 1.PNG Westney Retired Skirt panels painted grey and retrofitted with LED headlights in winter 2012.
8053 Durham Region Transit 8053-a.jpg 2003 1VH5H3A2036502089 946 9BF

(prev. BM9 308; BL7 028)

Durham Region Transit Livery 4.png Westney Retired Livery updated and skirt panels painted grey in 2011.
8054 Durham Region Transit 8054-c.jpg 2003 1VH5H3A2736502090 BN9 761

(prev. BM8 995; BL7 029)

Durham Region Transit Livery 1.PNG Westney Retired
8055 Durham Region Transit 8055-a.jpg 2003 1VH5H3A2936502091 BM8 994

(prev. BL7 030)

Durham Region Transit Livery 1.PNG Westney Retired Skirt panels painted grey in 2011.

References

  • Personal notes & sightings
  • Motor Bus Society Fall 2008 Roster List


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