Toronto Transit Commission 6360-6419, 6530-6559

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Toronto Transit Commission 6360-6419, 6530-6559 were Orion 03.501 buses built and delivered between 1987 and 1989. This series of buses was purchased alongside 9530-9564, Orion II buses used on Wheel-Trans.[1] The Orion III was a joint venture between Ikarus of Hungary and Orion Bus Industries of Mississauga, ON. Ikarus provided the frames of the vehicles, and Orion installed the mechanical systems and other components such as windows and interior.

Cracks and corrosion developed in the frames rather quickly due to poor workmanship, materials, and rust proofing.[2] Thus the buses were pulled off the roads en mass several times during their careers. After the first discovery of frame issues in 1995, the TTC placed an order with Orion for 135 Orion V 40 foot long buses, enough to replace the entire fleet of 90 articulated vehicles.[3] These Orion V buses were numbered 7000-7134.

While all of the buses were retired by September 2000, 19 buses were rebuilt and put back into service a year later due to a bus shortage and increasing ridership. The final 19 were retired for good by June 2003. Other units were sold to OC Transpo, where they were rebuilt and lasted until 2003.

When in service, these buses were found on busy routes around the system, including the 39, 53, 106E, 37, and 81. Towards the end of their lives they were confined to Malvern Division, and they provided service on routes 39, 53, 129, and 171 Progress.

Engine Transmission Seating Destination sign
Detroit Diesel 6L71TA 270 hp ZF 5HP590 5 speed 61 Otaco Model 6468 Luminator Matrix:MAX

Details

6360-6419

Fleet number Thumbnail Date VIN License plate Garage Status/Disposal Notes
6360 1987 2B1379F73H5010137 Retired
May 1995
6361 1987 2B1379F75H5010138 Retired
May 1995

Sold to OC Transpo as 8899.

6362 1987 2B1379F79H5010139 BE4 229 Retired
February 2000
6363 1987 2B1379F73H5010140 BE4 230 Retired
May 1995

Sold to OC Transpo as 8885.

6364 1987 2B1379F75H5010141 Retired
May 1995

Sold to OC Transpo as 8876.

6365 1987 2B1379F77H5010142 Retired
May 1995

Sold to OC Transpo as 8881.

6366 1987 2B1379F79H5010143 Retired
January 1996
6367 1987 2B1379F70H5010144 BE4 234 Retired
May 1995
6368 1987 2B1379F72H5010145 Retired
March 1999
6369 1987 2B1379F74H5010146 Retired
May 1995

Sold to OC Transpo as 8898.

6370 1987 2B1379F76H5010147 Retired
January 1997

Sold to OC Transpo as 8883.

6371 1987 2B1379F78H5010148 Retired
January 1997

Sold to OC Transpo as 8878.

6372 1987 2B1379F7XH5010149 Retired
December 1999
6373 1987 2B1379F76H5010150 Retired
October 2002
6374 1988 2B1379F70J5010151 Retired
January 1996
6375 1988 2B1379F72J5010152 BE4 242 Retired
May 1995
6376 1988 2B1379F74J5010153 Retired
January 1997

Sold to OC Transpo as 8880.

6377 1988 2B1379F76J5010154 Malvern Retired
June 2003
  • Rebuilt.
6378 1988 2B1379F78J5010155 BE4 245 Retired
May 1995
6379 1988 2B1379F7XJ5010156 BE4 246 Retired
May 1995

Sold to OC Transpo as 8889.

6380 1988 2B1379F71J5010157 BE4 247 Retired
January 1996
6381 1988 2B1379F73J5010158 Retired
January 1997

Sold to OC Transpo as 8875.

6382 Toronto Transit Commission 6382-a.jpg 1988 2B1379F75J5010159 BJ4 720 Retired
February 2000
6383 1988 2B1379F71J5010160 Retired
June 2000
6384 1988 2B1379F73J5010161 BE4 251 Retired
May 1995

Sold to OC Transpo as 8896.

6385 1988 2B1379F75J5010162 BK4 685

(prev. BJ4 722; BE4 252)

Malvern Retired
May 2003
  • Rebuilt.
6386 1988 2B1379F77J5010163 RetiredJanuary 1997

Sold to OC Transpo as 8890.

6387 1988 2B1379F79J5010164 Retired
September 1999
  • Retired in 1999 after an accident.
6388 1988 2B1379F70J5010165 Malvern Retired
June 2003
  • Rebuilt.
6389 1988 2B1379F72J5010166 Malvern Retired
June 2003
  • Rebuilt.
6390 1988 2B1379F74J5010198 Retired
March 2000
6391 1988 2B1379F76J5010199 Retired
January 1996
6392 1988 2B1379F79J5010200 BE4 318 Retired
January 1996
6393 1988 2B1379F70J5010201 BE4 319 Retired
January 1996

Sold to OC Transpo as 8892.

6394 1988 2B1379F72J5010202 Retired
May 1995
  • Retired after an accident.
6395 1988 2B1379F74J5010203 BE4 321 Retired
September 2000
6396 1988 2B1379F76J5010204 Retired
April 1997
6397 1988 2B1379F78J5010205 Retired
December 1999
  • Retired after an accident.
6398 1988 2B1379F7XJ5010206 Retired
January 1996

Sold to OC Transpo as 8893.

6399 1988 2B1379F71J5010207 BK4 672

(prev. BJ3 153)

Malvern Retired
June 2003
  • Rebuilt.
6400 1988 2B1379F73J5010208 BE4 328 Retired
July 1999
6401 1988 2B1379F75J5010209 Retired
December 1999
6402 1988 2B1379F71J5010210 Retired
April 1999

Sold to OC Transpo as 8887.

6403 1988 2B1379F73J5010211 Malvern Retired
June 2003
  • Rebuilt.
6404 1988 2B1379F75J5010212 BE4 332 Retired
April 1997

Sold to OC Transpo as 8897.

6405 1988 2B1379F77J5010213 BK1 991

(prev. BJ3 154; BE4 333)

Malvern Retired
June 2003
  • Rebuilt.
6406 1988 2B1379F79J5010214 BE5 349 Retired
January 1996
6407 1988 2B1379F70J5010215 Retired
January 1996

Sold to OC Transpo as 8877.

6408 1988 2B1379F72J5010216 Retired
July 1999
6409 1988 2B1379F74J5010217 Malvern Retired
June 2003
  • Rebuilt.
6410 1988 2B1379F76J5010218 BE5 354 Retired
September 2000
6411 1988 2B1379F78J5010219 BK8 855

(prev. BJ4 942)

Malvern Retired
June 2003
  • Rebuilt.
6412 1988 2B1379F74J5010220 Retired
January 1997

Sold to OC Transpo as 8886.

6413 1988 2B1379F76J5010221 BE5 358 Malvern Retired
June 2003
  • Rebuilt.
6414 1988 2B1379F78J5010222 BE5 359 Malvern Retired
May 2003
  • Rebuilt.
6415 1988 2B1379F7XJ5010223 Malvern Retired
December 1999
6416 1988 2B1379F71J5010224 Retired
January 1996
6417 1988 2B1379F73J5010225 Retired
January 1996

Sold to OC Transpo as 8891.

6418 1988 2B1379F75J5010226 Retired
January 1997

Sold to OC Transpo as 8888.

6419 1988 2B1379F77J5010227 BK7 380

(prev. BJ4 947)

Malvern Retired
June 2003
  • Rebuilt.

6530-6559

Fleet number Thumbnail Date VIN License plate Garage Status/Disposal Notes
6530 1988 2B1379F79J5010228 BJ3 157 Retired
September 2000
6531 1988 2B1379F70J5010229 BJ3 158 Malvern Retired
June 2003
  • Rebuilt.
6532 1988 2B1379F77J5010230 Retired
December 1999
6533 1988 2B1379F79J5010231 Retired
May 1995

Sold to OC Transpo as 8895.

6534 1988 2B1379F70J5010232 Retired
September 2000
6535 1988 2B1379F72J5010233 Retired
May 1995

Sold to OC Transpo as 8894.

6536 1988 2B1379F74J5010234 Retired
January 1996

Sold to OC Transpo as 8884.

6537 1988 2B1379F76J5010235 Malvern Retired
June 2003
  • Rebuilt.
6538 1988 5010236 Retired
July 1999
6539 1989 2B1379F78K5010237 Retired
August 2000
  • New LED tail lights installed.
6540 1989 2B1379F7XK5010238 BK6 362 Malvern Retired
June 2003
  • Rebuilt.
6541 1989 2B1379F71K5010239 Retired
April 1997
6542 1989 2B1379F78K5010240 Retired
April 1997
6543 1989 2B1379F7XK5010241 BK1 986 Malvern Retired
June 2003
  • Rebuilt.
  • Large fleet # on the front and both sides.
6544 1989 2B1379F71K5010242 Retired
December 1999
6545 1989 2B1379F73K5010243 Retired
April 1997
6546 1989 2B1379F75K5010244 Retired
January 1996
6547 1989 2B1379F77K5010245 Malvern Retired
June 2003
  • Rebuilt.
6548 1989 2B1379F79K5010246 BE5 397 Retired
January 1996
6549 1989 2B1379F70K5010247 Retired
January 1997

Sold to OC Transpo as 8879.

6550 1989 2B1379F72K5010248 Retired
January 1996
6551 1989 2B1379F74K5010249 Retired
February 2000
6552 1989 2B1379F70K5010250 Retired
September 2000
6553 Toronto Transit Commission 6553-a.jpg 1989 2B1379F72K5010251 BK1 995?

(prev. BJ4 954)

Malvern Retired
June 2003
  • Rebuilt.
6554 1989 2B1379F74K5010252 Retired
December 1999
6555 1989 2B1379F76K5010253 Retired
January 1996
6556 1989 2B1379F78K5010254 Retired
January 1996
6557 1989 2B1379F7XK5010255 Retired
December 1999
6558 1989 2B1379F72K5010256 Retired
December 1999
6559 1989 2B1379F74K5010257 Retired
January 1997

Sold to OC Transpo as 8882.

References

  1. Mitchell, Bob (03 February 1987).Mississauga company get TTC bus contract (abstract). Toronto Star. Retrieved on 19 February 2013.
  2. Swainson, Gail (10 May 1995). TTC's bendable buses called `throwaway' Lifespan only six years, commission told. Toronto Star. Retrieved on 19 February 2013.
  3. Campion-Smith, Bruce (09 May 1995). Bendable bus fleet will be junked. Toronto Star. Retrieved on 19 February 2013.