Toronto Transit Commission 2600-2619

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Interior layout of 2600-2619.

Toronto Transit Commission 2600-2619 were GMDD T6H-5307N "New Look" buses built between 1978 and 1982. They were originally delivered to the Commission de transport de la communauté urbaine de Montréal (CTCUM).

Engine Transmission Seating Destination sign
Detroit Diesel 6V71N 181 bhp @ 2000 rpm Allison V730 3 speed 40 Otaco Benches Luminator Matrix:MAX

History

Acquisition and Rebuild

In 1998, the TTC intended to purchase up to 100 approximately 18-year old New Look buses from Société de transport de la communauté urbaine de Montréal (STCUM, successor of the CTCUM), who had excess buses at the time. They were intended to be used as replacements for the Flyer D800Bs and the 1987 New Flyer D40s, which were being considered for early retirement due to frame corrosion issues.

Because of the costs and difficulty of rebuilding these buses, as well as the number of non-TTC standard features they contained, only 20 units were ultimately rebuilt. The younger buses from the 23-, 24- and 25-series were mostly used in the program, with TTC 2600 and 2601 being rebuilt from older 22- and 21-series units (respectively) early on to test the feasibility of rebuilding older units.

The 64 units acquired by the TTC were 21-041, 063, 081, 112, 22-009, 014, 015, 028, 029, 033, 034, 042, 068, 089, 116, 127, 132, 141, 145, 150, 23-007, 008, 009, 028, 029, 030, 033, 036, 041, 063, 072, 081, 082, 089, 090, 095, 105, 108, 115, 117, 122, 124, 128, 129, 130, 133, 140, 146, 147, 24-010, 018, 019, 020, 023, 042, 043, 046, 072, 084, 106, 113, 25-005, 024, 069. Unrebuilt units were initially stored at Hillcrest, and were later stored offsite at a lot in Mimico until being disposed of.

Features

During their rebuilding at Hillcrest, the buses received some new features. The rollsigns were replaced with Luminator flip-dot destination signs. The driver's area was enlarged, which took up one passenger seat, and a blacked-out effect acrylic divider was installed to accommodate the new driver's seat. The steering wheel was also replaced with a more modern one and power steering was added to assist drivers in turning. The interior colour scheme of light blue from Montreal was changed to the TTC's cream and brown. The light blue walls were painted light cream and the interior of the doors and dash area were painted brown. The light blue vinyl seats were reupholstered in brown vinyl.

One feature distinguishing these buses from regular TTC New Looks were their McKay gate operated rear doors, which required the gate to be pushed open in order to open the rear doors as one exited the bus. This was designed as a one way exit, as STCUM passengers do not board through the rear doors. However, most TTC routes allow boarding through the rear doors in fare-paid areas at subway stations, so one would have to pull the gate towards them before boarding through the rear doors. Because the McKay gates hindered rear door boarding, these buses were primarily restricted to service on route 35 Jane, which was one of only a few TTC routes that did not enter a fare-paid area. After route 35 became accessible, the buses were mostly found on route 41 Keele, then 96 Wilson until their retirement.

Details

Fleet number Thumbnail Date Serial/VIN License plate Garage Status/Disposal Notes
2600 Toronto Transit Commission 2600-a.jpg June 1980 M1425 BJ7 818 Arrow Rd. Retired
September 2006
2601 December 1978 M1060 BK1 828 Arrow Rd. Retired
November 2004 - mechanical failure
2602 June 1981 2GHYT82WXB3500764 BK1 835 Arrow Rd. Retired
November 2004
2603 October 1982 2GHYT82W4D3500066 BK1 841 Arrow Rd. Retired
November 2005
2604 January 1981 2GHYT82W9C3500157 BK1 823 Arrow Rd. Retired
October 2005
2605 Toronto Transit Commission 2605-a.jpg October 1982 2GHYT82W0D3500047 BK1 836 Arrow Rd. Retired
August 2006
2606 April 1981 2GHYT82W8B3500603 Arrow Rd. Retired
October 2005
2607 Toronto Transit Commission 2607-a.jpg August 1981 2GHYT82W1B3500913 BK1 840 Arrow Rd. Retired
July 2006
2608 December 1982 2GHYT82W2D3500129 BK1 839 Arrow Rd. Retired
November 2005
2609 Toronto Transit Commission 2609-f.jpg September 1981 2GHYT82W6C3500021 BL8 244 Arrow Rd. Retired
September 2006
2610 June 1981 2GHYT82W2B3500788 BK1 849 Arrow Rd. Retired
November 2005
2611 June 1981 2GHYT82W4B3500789 BK1 869 Arrow Rd. Retired
November 2006
2612 June 1981 2GHYT82W1B3500765 Arrow Rd. Retired
December 2005
2613 Toronto Transit Commission 2613-a.jpg September 1981 2GHYT82W2C3500033 BK1 854 Arrow Rd. Retired
September 2006
2614 June 1981 2GHYT82W9B3500769 BK1 855 Arrow Rd. Retired
May 2006
2615 Toronto Transit Commission 2615-a.jpg October 1981 2GHYT82W6C3500150 BK1 861 Arrow Rd. Retired
November 2006
2616 February 1981 2GHYT82W9B3500349 Arrow Rd. Retired
October 2005
2617 February 1981 2GHYT82W8B3500326 Arrow Rd. Retired
November 2005
2618 February 1981 2GHYT82W1B3500331 BK1 868 Arrow Rd. Retired
November 2005
2619 Toronto Transit Commission 2619-a.jpg February 1981 2GHYT82W9B3500335 BK1 863 Arrow Rd.
Retired
January 2006

Donated (or sold) to Belka Enrichment Centre.