CTHF Webinar Presentation - History of OBI - Shared screen with speaker view
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Settle down Jan. We’re only 30 seconds in
calm down jan lol
Jan already wet himself, the presentation hasn't even started
Orion V 5 7000 series love them on Arrow routes mostly dispatches at Queensway alot
Also late 1960s - the very last of the Fords and Fitzjohns were going
35'CanCars were still going strong, even though that company bailed in 1962.
many of the 30 foot gm newlooks were re-engined
second hand orion I's returned to airport shuttle work in the late 90's with PMCL
They used MC-9 windshield glass I believe
Was the 01.503 air conditioned?
The GO ones had AC installed at the back, with a smaller rear window
This two piece door is nasty, so much blind spot
ex go 35 foot 1513 went to Burlington transit and then to PMCL at the airport
the taller entrance door on newer Orion I's was to comply with ADA specs. to allow a standing passenger to be boarded with the lift
8439 before the fire!
8610 was ex-demo
The front end looks shorter than the later production units
Very interesting photo, have not seen that front end before!
Neoplan had a model very much like the Orion II at Expo 86.
Some of the TTCs Orion 2s did do the Community Bus Routes for some time as well
Ottawa got 2 used CNG Orion IIs, which lacked all-day fuel capacity.
The demo Orion III was chartered for Jean Chrétien's 1984 bid for the Liberal leadership.
to get an extra seat Mississauga and OC Transp spec's narrow front door
did you buy this one peter??
Interesting, thanks Peter!
The Orion V/VI/VII windshield is said to be Flxible-influenced.
Bakersfield diesels have 6v92 engine with zf transmission and could beat anything on the road
This bus is still around, it's in Mexico
Yes turned into a motorhome
I sold it to a guy from Kingston. Drove it all the way from Kingston to the southern tip of Mexico. It’s still running
Local_globe is the guys handle on Instagram if you want to follow along
Some of the ex GO Orion V made it out Alberta as well. Aurora Transportation in Bonnyville picked up a few of them for some of their oil field contracts. They didn't last very long in service with them as they didn't work out very well in the dusty environments.
note the glider kit has orion I narrow axle
I think the Aurora Transportation units all ended up with Beaver
what happened to this unit??
I think that's what they mentioned when we were there for the farewell to the D40 charter
Scrapped. Cut up in Toronto
the glider kits were shells intended for New Orleans but incomplete when the original Ontario Bus Industries shut down.
was this purple orion VI a diesel?
I still get a monthly cheque from Orion RRSP plan
I loved driving the Orion VIs
center door style was for systems with short sawtooth platforms
what was the last system to get the Orion VI?
Pace got some in 2004, I think they were likely last
Was OC Transpo the biggest, with 140?
Biggest issues were the offset rear engine and the independent strutt front suspension
They've been gone for a couple of years now
Developed in 2006
first prototype was finished in fall 2006
i visited edmonton in 2007 stayed with a cousin, the local cable news station made a big deal about that orion 7 hybrid
Edmonton only have 2 hybrids left in service. We had 6 - two were converted to straight diesel, and then the two Orion's were retired
Is this the first livery or the updated livery?
I got photos of it just white with letterings
The lazy A
The guy who listed it ended up deciding to hold on to it
OC Transpo got 8 Orion I 30' cancelled from St. John's in 1979.
1991. Still in service up until COVID
The Louisbourg ones have a wheelchair lift at the rear door
STCUQ kept them around at the back for years.
what year is 8705?
Giles on the right!
Most of the Montreal-area CIT operators were private companies who were not subject to Quebec subsidy rules.
le tram?! what the heck is that.....
A tour bus tarted up to look like an old-time open tram.
oc only guys with sutrak on roof to allow for rear window
Interesting flag on the Kingston bus
jan do you have any Kleenex left? I think I'll need some
this 117 became Clarington transit!
Oshawa had such a great fleet back in the day!
RE ex-YRT 9401..... if you have Instagram, the new owner in Mexico is local_globe on IG.... sorry took me awhile to find his profile
that 315 ended up at Burlington transit
and now the buses in stratford go to the new terminal near the station...... before the pandemic i would go there to see shows but went fanning before to kill time
colltrans unit went to sinton then to pmcl as 827 and then to yrt as 8503
nice presentation! See you soon!
The Timmins ones ended up in Pickering no?
You keep goingy. I drove a lotof this hardware.
SSMs Orion 6s will be retired this summer when they get their first new flyer order
It deserves to be said that Cornwall also operated ex-Kingston Orion VI in addition to ex-Mississauga
The smaller rear window because it has AC
ohhhh that was a great trip!
Calgary Transit had Orion Is as well
When orion IIs were fueled and parked and air system would leak and it sat drooped, fuel would overflow and smell would linger
Calgary had several Orion Is and one Orion II.
the last Canadian 2008s
The Calgary Orion II eventually went to Baffin Island!
last orion V order went to Somona
Thanks Peter, no wonder it always smelled like diesel at the back of the Oakville Transit garage and absorb-all everywhere
what a piece!
Excellent presentation Kevin! Thank you for sharing this history with us!
Thanks Kevin! that was a fantastic presentation
I love you kevin
Thanks Kevin! Great presentation!
Finally Jan’s honest opinion of an Orion 7Awesome presentation Kevin
Fantastic presentation Kevin!!!
Good show Kevin....
Great presentation enjoyed the history of Orion.Thanks
https://flic.kr/p/shAjd9 another Alberta Orion. Edmonton EMS had this customized by Crestline for an ambulance bus.
great presentation. thanks.
good presentation kevin
A very interesting presentation Kevin. Thank you!
Jan has a photo of that on his wall
Thank you very much Kevin, it was a great presentation!!!
Great presentation, Kevin!!!
Great presentation. Hope to see more of these in the future while we're stuck at home and can't meet in person
it was nice seeing pictures of the orion 1s richmond hill had, i became a fan when they were on their way out.... they were very bouncy to ride on, especially going on the speed bumps hillcrest mall used to have
I remember platform seats mainly from the Mc7