Gone Too Soon….

2003 New Flyer D40LF #250.  Retired mid-June 2017.

For the first time in a very long time I actually had a day to myself.  What I mean by that is I was too sick to go to work and had to take a sick day.  That meant I finally had time to sort and edit through my photos on the computer.  It literally took me all day to go through about 800 photos, edit and sort them.  Of course that means seeing photos taken recently (such as a few days ago) and from over a year ago.  Seeing photos from last year really struck at the heart strings and the memories from them.  This includes the New Flyer’s from 2003 (fleet number 200-260).

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VIA Update October 2018

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2008 New Flyer #339, on layover at the SA International Airport on route 5 McCullough.

I know, I know…. it’s been too long since my last blog update.  I know I said the workload was slowing down, however things came up which made me busy.  I won’t get into detail on that, but I will on what’s happening at VIA.

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Bus Fleet Update 7/2/18

 

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Bus 871 is seen sitting outside of the graveyard waiting to be picked up and sent to scrap.  It was listed as a non-running unit.  On its last day of revenue service it broke down on route 4.  Instead of fixing the problem, it was quickly retired.

Wow, it’s been a while since I wrote anything.  Long story short it’s been really busy at work.  The hours are long but it’s still a fun adventure.  Anyways at the beginning of June I saw something very odd in the bus yard: and brand new Nova Bus LFS CNG #693, freshly delivered.  When I saw that bus my heart sank, as that meant the contract with Nova was NOT cancelled.  After asking around the office I found out that it’s confirmed that the contract was never cancelled, and it was just a rumor spread by some drivers.  That means once all of the diesel buses are finally retired it will be nothing but Nova’s (not including the specialty buses like PRIMO and VIVA).

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The NABI’s Are Invincible!!!!!

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4/2017 Nova LFS CNG #678

I already know what you’re thinking: why is the cover photo for this blog a Nova bus and not a NABI?  For starters, I don’t have a NABI photo available right now (at least from today’s adventures I don’t).  And second of all, this bus ties in with today’s sightings.

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VIA Bus Observations: Week of 4/8/18

 

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2001 NABI #866 seen Out of Service near Crossroads P/R.  Photo taken on August 10, 2017.  This bus is currently in storage but not retired yet.  And it still has that wrap on it.

 

Another week has gone by so quick that I barely recall what happened at all.  Luckily, I write everything down day by day so I can go remember the week’s events.  And it has been a very interest week of weird bus sightings.  Let’s get to it:

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VIA Bus Observations: Week of 4/1/18

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2003 New Flyer D40LF #255 on route 14 Perrin Beitel / Naco Pass.  This bus was retired in summer 2017 and was sent to scrap in early 2018.

It has been a long month since graduation from the driver training program at VIA.  So far it has been a blast, driving different types of buses and routes every day.  Luckily for me everything has been running smoothly.  The only exciting things that have happened are 2 bus breakdowns, one for loss of air and another for suspension issues.

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