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Noel News

TMS members continue to prepare for Christmas. Our Lights Tour is sold out, though we have a wait-list. Email tours@transitmuseumsociety.org if you wish to be placed on it.

GM #4107 will attend two events on behalf of TransLink – a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the head office on December 1st between 6 and 7pm, and the Surrey Santa Parade on December 3rd. The parade will take place in Cloverdale at the Fairgrounds at 3pm. Ewen Streit & Antony Sherest decorate 4107 while Matthew Walker attends to the interior lights.

Our volunteers continue readying NFI Low-Floor for service. In addtion to the the public lights tours, it will operate several private charters. Jason Sharpe & Richard Dyer replace the wipers and give it a wash.

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Continuing the countdown to Christmas

Our shop crew, Sean Keating, Jason Sharpe & Milan Streit did a last minute check of the completed cooling hose replacement. Then Trevor Batstone took 9753 on a road test, confirming everything was in order. The cooling system was the major project because the the system had to be drained and refilled; over the next few weekends other hoses which do not involve that will be replaced, but essentially #9753 is ready for its assignment on our Christmas Lights Tours.

Speaking of which, there are very few seats remaining! We are working to “firm up” our route, ensuring a 40′ bus can navigate the roads of Coquitlam & Port Coquitlam, and checking proposed stopping places.

Bryan Larrabee, President of TMS, writes:

“Thanks to Sue and Savannah and their sales team at the Model Train Expo. Their efforts generated over $900 in sales!  We had #4612 on display and had a number of present and past members drop by to say hello.  The organizers were happy with the turnout for the two days but it hasn’t gone back to pre-COVID days.

(Photos by Lawrence & Sue Walker. )

Thursday and Friday (November 9/10), #4612 was the star at a TransLink Marketing video shoot at VTC.  James Pearson was on hand to make sure they took care of our bus.  I have no idea what the video was about, but everyone was happy with the shoot!

On Wednesday November 8th, Evan Russell, Oscar Kapsa, Lawrence and I took #3106 back to Deroche and brought #4107 home to the shop. We are temporarily putting the antlers and Rudolph nose on #4107 so it can go to TransLink’s Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Surrey Santa Parade.”

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Keepin’ Cool

 

Before the Christmas season, our shop crew is working on replacing 9753’s coolant hoses.

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First step is to drain and store almost 48 litres of expensive coolant! A cart full of bottles and a shopping cart

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Then one by one the hoses are replaced with new ones assembled by Sean Keating. You can see the corrosion of the sheathing blocking the flow of coolant in the hose. A person holding black gloves

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Jason Sharpe, Milan Streit and Richard Dyer then have the task of threading the new hoses through the nooks and crannies of the Series 50 engine.

Richard Dyer shows us one of the the new hose installations. Then once all have been replaced, the vehicle road tested, it’s time for the Christmas Lights Tours!

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A D40 “flies” back to Langley — briefly.

D40 #3106 makes a brief return to Langley. It is usually at our Valley storage, but last week TMS members Bryan Larrabee, Lawrence Walker and Milan Streit took #4107 out there. This created space at Langley to bring #3106 in. It is still loaded with spare parts that were stored inside during our move from Roseberry. After unloading, the two coaches will again trade places, hopefully on November 8th.

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Issac Tam & Kyle Little unload the parts from 3106, and later, Issac gives the coach a good clean.

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#4107 on route to Mission along the Lougheed Highway (Lawrence Walker)

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Well, look who is here! #3334 will keep #4107 company for the next week or so (Lawrence Walker)

Christmas Lights Tours

These popular tours are back! There’ll be four trips –December 15th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd. All will depart from Coquitlam Central Station at 7.15pm. Reservations are now open. This year we have changed the reservation and payment procedure to make it easier for TMS members to reserve a seat.

You’ll receive a one-time-passcode via email. Enter this to make your reservation. We will not accept payment until we confirm that good weather is forecast for the departure date. Then you can pay online, or onboard the bus with cash or card.

Our wonderful lunch at the shop with the crew on October 29th. 2023. When do we get a beautiful day at the end of October?(Sue Walker)

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4107’s transformation begins….

We embark on our Museum Bus project!

Bulletin #1 – October 22nd, 2023

During the Summer, our mechanics inspected 4107. We drove it out to several events to see how it behaved itself on the road. The consensus was that it would be a good candidate for conversion to our second Mobile Museum bus.

These past two weekends, TMS volunteers began to remove the seats from the bus. Jason Sharpe, the project leader for the conversion was also instrumental in bypassing the coolant hoses from the onboard heaters. These have been troublesome, and prone to leaking. Since the coach will primarily be travelling to events in the summer, we decided to bypass the heaters rather than repairing them. (The driver’s heat will remain functional, however!)

(Below: TMS Volunteers Kyle Little (l) and Milan Streit (r) remove the seats from GM ‘Fishbowl’ 4107 in preparation for conversion to our Mobile Museum bus.)

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A Sunny Saturday in Steveston

We had a beautiful fall day for our visit to the Steveston Interurban. 748 guests crossed our doorstep. Always good to have 730 with us, so many more talking point aboard, and many people asking good questions.  Parked on One Road just north of Moncton, with many bus operators coming on board to check us out.

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It was a sunny Saturday October 7th when our Museum bus #730 visited Steveston. We were invited to attend the Steveston Heritage Sites’ (Tram) Culture Days. The focus was its Interurban, #1220, and the secrets behind its restoration.

As part of Culture Days 2023, we welcome a special visit from a 1957 vintage bus courtesy of the Transit Museum Society. This is an extra-special bus, not only because of its age, but because it is also a mobile museum that showcases the transit history of BC, including Interurban trams like Tram Car 1220.

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Above, the TMS Crew: Top, from the left: Ethan Enns, Sue Walker, Lawrence Walker, Anthony Sherst, Frances He, Isaac Tam and Jacquie Sherst. (Front Row) Jacob Rubin, Ewen Streit, Martin Wu and Maxwell Chang

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Thank you to our volunteers

Volunteer Appreciation BBQ

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Volunteers, left to right: Anthony Sherst, Angus McIntyre, Jason Sharpe, Leland Babic, Michael Taylor-Noonan, Bryan Larabee, Paul Waller, Jacquie Sherst, Chris Cassidy, Matthew Walker, Gary Davis, Glenda Cutinha, Jeff Veniot, Kyle Monda, Maxwell Chang, Rian Fatemi, Stephen Goodman, Rob Chew, Ewan Streit (with sunglasses and with pop in face), Ethan Enns, Martin Wu, Oscar Kapsa, Rachel Lee, Issac Tamm, Hubert Leong, Savannah Dewolf, Nathan Sheng, Sue Walker, Aden Wong, Francis  He, Milan Streit, Theodore Cassidy(child), Eric Webster, Richard Dyer, Ron Hoskyn, Sue Bradley, & Fred Bradley

Not in picture were Lawrence Walker And Rhonda Larabee – they were taking the photo. 

Sunday, 1st October 2023 and volunteers of TMS were treated to a BBQ at our Langley facility. It was organized by Sue Walker, Lawrence Walker & Glenda Cutinha as a “thank-you” to those members who donated their time and volunteered at the events we attended this past summer. Thanks to Save-On Foods & Real Canadian Superstore for their generous donations of food for the BBQ. Though they wouldn’t admit to it, I’m sure that Sue, Lawrence and Glenda also contributed from their own pockets, too!

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At the 113th edition of the PNE

TRANSIT MUSEUM SOCIETY is once again helping TransLink with its onsite presence at the 2023 Pacific National Exhibition. This year, its slighly different: instead of being grouped together in one location, TransLink exhibits are spreadout throughout the fair grounds. We, and coach #730, are by Rollerland and the Colliseum. Stop by and say hello!

What a difference a few minutes makes. Host Steve Goodman appears quite lonely and forlorn. But wait! The “SuperDogs” show finishes and 730 is a hive of activity! We’ll have a full report in the next newsletter.

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