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No, not Lawrence

But this:

We’re not sure of the design philosophy involved here, but this is a “hinge” that attaches various door flaps to the body of our 1976 Flyer E800 10240 #2649. The obvious explanation is cost savings since its made from rubber, not stainless steel. The lifespan of the part is in the neighbourhood of ten years – eventually it will need to be replaced. And then Flyer’s parsimoniousness  will turn round and bite the the operator’s finances. It’s not just a simple matter of screwing on a new hinge; the surrounding body panels will probably have to be removed from the bus to be able to fully slide the new piece of rubber hinge in place. That operation could require up to four or more hours of labour to accomplish – far exceeding the cost savings realized by Flyer. **Retired CMBC Operator and TMS past President Dale Laird -who should know!- points out that these rubber hinges were first used by GM on radiator doors.  ** (Below: It’s a two-person job: Anthony Sherst helps Lawrence replace the engine door on 2649.)

The design was carried onto our 1991 New Flyer D40, #3106. But by 1996, when our D40LF was built, New Flyer had begun using stainless steel “piano” type hinges that are much easier to replace.

Mission accomplished!

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Christmas time!

It’s that time of year again! Christmas! And time for our Christmas Lights Tours. And if you need a “stocking stuffer” why not order a copy of our new 2023 Calendar, celebrating 75 years of Vancouver trolleycoaches!

Milan sweeps out 9753 in preperation for the 2022 Christmas Lights Tours, while Matthew decorates with festive lighting. The tours will operate December 10th and 17th, departing from Scott Road Skytrain Station. Please reserve (and optionally pay) for your seat at

You may also pay onboard with Cash – no credit cards accepted.

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Making ourselves at Home


Member Milan Streit removes the previous signage from our canopy (Editor – who also helped!)

On Sunday, 13th November, the work-party continued to rearrange our belongings in the new facility in Langley. Lawrence, Sue, Milan, Sean, Jason S, and myself put in a few hours to “tidy-up” the place. Trevor drove #9753 to Super Save on the Langley bypass for a top-up. It’s unfortunate, but the price of Diesel is currently very high ($2.33/litre) due to shortages caused by refinery maintenance. Bryan must have had some trepidation as he fueled #9753: the dollar amount spun crazily upwards, and it was his credit card that would bear the brunt. Angus had driven the coach for the pipe-band Remembrance Day tour; with Christmas season approaching it has to be ready for the charters and tours we have planned. Details will be released soon, but TMS will be operating at least two trips: December 10th & 17th. If there is demand, we may add more trips.

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If the Shoe fits…

Streetcars used trolley wheels to collect electrical current from the circular profile overhead wires – as the trolleybus used newer grooved profile wire, it used a sliding shoe. This greatly increased the contact area reducing arcing. But a necessary component was a disposable, replaceable insert made of carbon. In the early and mid-20th Century, when our Brill trolleys were introduced, the premier supplier of overhead components was Ohio Brass of Mansfield, Ohio. In Vancouver, the carbon shoe insert used was manufactured by Morgan Advanced Materials based in England.

With the delivery of New Flyer trolleys, the design of the trolley shoe was changed to one by Vossloh Kiepe of Germany. The carbon inserts are not interchangeable.

Angus McIntyre, retired trolleybus operator, writes:

Ohio Brass shoes were made by different companies after Ohio Brass no longer made them. The Kiepe carbons for the New Flyer low floor trolleys are longer and narrower and simply drop in place. This speeds up carbon changes. The Ohio brass shoes require a socket wrench, bolt and cotter pin each time they are changed. OB shoes can operate in forward and reverse. Kiepe shoes are designed for forward operation – you might be able to travel a short distance in reverse at a very slow speed on straight wire.

(upper: Ohio Brass) (lower: Vossloh Kiepe)

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Preparation for our move continues

We’re on the “home stretch” for our move to Langley!  The first week of November is getting closer. 

TMS volunteers have been busy packing our stock of parts (after sorting through them to find out if we really, really need that item.) We have many lifetimes’ supply of carbons and interior lights, for example. They have also discovered some parts that are for interurbans; we are in the mist of arranging to donate them to the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway in Cloverdale. A big “shout-out” to Sean, Richard Alex and Jason Sharpe for their work!

It was good to see some of our younger members (Thomas, Oliver, and Milan) volunteer to help. Milan and Oliver packed and loaded our glass inventory onto MCI #4276. This week it will be driven to Rosedale for storage. 

Thomas helped myself , Lawrence, Sue, Matthew, and Aaron load the archives, library and memorabilia onto #730. It is now ready for its trip to Langley. 

James and Angus sorted through the trolleycoach parts and loaded them into #2805 for its journey to Rosedale. There it will be joined by #3404 (and the “beach bus” #678 from Deroche.)

We kept Bryan busy answering questions from all our volunteers about what goes where.

After a good days work, we’re all feeling a lot more optimistic about the move.


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50 Years of Transit Photography

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50 Years of Transit Photography:

A slide-show and talk by former bus driver, Angus McIntyre.

Angus retired from driving buses in 2010. That was forty-one years after he first started with BC Hydro!

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Over the years, Angus took many photographs of Vancouver’s buses, especially his beloved Brills.

Join him online as he recollects the fascinating history of Vancouver’s transit as he saw (and drove) it! When he travelled, he documented

other buses in other cities and countries.


The talk is free to attend via Zoom.

Wednesday, 15th June 7pm

(photos: Angus McIntyre/TransLink)

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Meeting ID: 859 4765 5017

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