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Vancouver [CA] - All NewFlyer delivered

J. Lehmann - 28.12.09

The last of the 74 articulated E60LF trolleys has now been delivered (2574) so the fleet strength in Vancouver is 262. That is higher than it has been since 1986 when the last E800 (Nr.2601-50) were retired after Expo86 closed. Maximum fleet strength in the late 1950’s was 351 when we had 327 Canadian Car Brills from 1947-1954 and 24 second-hand Pullmans from Birmingham Alabama. Fleet strength in 1979 would have been 311 (50 E800 Flyers and the rest the newer Brills).

Since the 1980’s, several of the main routes have been partially replaced by Skytrain lines and also by express diesel buses which are implemented in anticipation of eventual conversion to rail.

Route 8-Fraser was converted to articulated trolley operation, replacing the 2-axle trolleys currently used. The Fraser route was one of the first trolley lines to open in Vancouver, August 16, 1948.

There will be an opportunity to see glimpses of the trolley fleet on TV when Vancouver hosts the 2010 Winter Olympics in February. None of the venues are served directly by trolley coach but it is hard to go anywhere in the city without encountering them. The other main venue for the Olympics, the village of Whistler, is served only by diesel buses, but is currently receiving the first of 20 hydrogen fuel-cell, full-sized low-floor buses for use during and after the games. The bus fleet size in Whistler will be increased from 39 to 135 units during the games. Following the games there will be massive retirements of old (diesel) equipment throughout British Columbia, and the province will be 100% low-floor for all urban transit operations at that point.

Informations: John M. Day

Dec 6th: 2009 New Flyer E60LFRs assigned to de-icing runs in the middle of the night, here brand new 2570.
Dec 14th: 2009 New Flyer E60LFRs 2573 in revenue service
Author: David Lam