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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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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.

A bus parked on the side of the road

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A full shot of a bus full of boxes

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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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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.

Lawrence Walker

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.

Steveston Tram

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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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.