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Edmonton [CA] - Increased danger of lung cancer? - Town council chooses “diesel fumes” rather than “no fumes”

J. Lehmann - 04.05.09

Edmonton – Canada

A paper was published by the town council on 14.04.2009 with several suggestions on how to save money. Amongst others it was suggested that the Trolleybus system be closed down immediately and not wait until the planned closure in 2010 when the Trolleybuses were to be replaced by a relatively ecologically unfriendly hybrid bus.

Only four days later, on 18.04.2009, the governing body of the town council decided with a majority of seven votes to six to adopt this suggestion. It was decided that the over 30 year old diesel buses, that are held as a reserve, should now serve in place of the Trolleybuses. It was also decided to reduce the timetable and frequencies.

At the closing stages of the system 24 Trolleybuses were operational 102, 111, 121, 124, 126, 128, 129, 135, 138, 145, 148, 152, 155, 160, 168, 172, 179, 180, 183, 192, 193, 195 and 198 and on the last day of operation, 02.05.2009, the following vehicles were in service: 111, 138, 148, 152, 155, 179, 183 and 195. The historic 1954 built Brill Trolleybus number 202 was also in service as an extra and was also the last Trolleybus to return to the Westwood depot after all the other regular service vehicles had returned at around 6 pm.

Our top photo shows a Trolleybus parade at the eastern terminus taken on 02.05.2009. Trolleybus number 148 in front behind which the historic Brill Trolleybus 202 is visible and ath back Trolleybus number 195.
The bottom photo shows the 55 year old Brill Trolleybus number 202 on the same day at the Jasper Place terminal at the western end of the route.
Photos: James Paull

Translation: Bankes

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