Saturday, January 5, 2013

Gentlemen start your engines

It looks like the start of a Lemans race inside the Fairview Cove container pier as another batch of ADL Enviro 500 double deckers have arrived and will soon hit the road.
Built by Alexander Dennis Ltd of Scotland, the new units are destined for OC Transpo, the Ottawa transit system and Go Transit, the government of Ontario system.
Until now the incoming units have been hidden away so that I couldn't photo them, and they have left the pier unseen (by me).
OC Transpo has 75 buses of this class on order, with many delivered in the fall of 2012 and already in service. They follow an initial order of three units in 2008.  With seating for 82 (27 lower, 55 upper) and two wheelchairs, all are the low floor, air conditioned 40 footers called the Enviro 500 or Trident E500. They meet EPA 2010 regs, with Cummins engine EGR and SCR, and Allison transmission. They are built with a combination of stainless steel and aluminum frame and aluminum composite body panels. 
The latest arrivals are carrying number  8057, 8058 and 8059.
The GO Transit units appear quite similar and are additions to the first 22 double deckers previously acquired.These ones are numbered 8121, 8122, 8123 and 8124,
Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) comprises three well known UK bus builders, Alexander, Dennis and Plaxton and are now building buses for worldwide markets including the US and Hong Kong, as well as Europe and Canada. Vancouver also has ADL buses and Calgary may be getting some soon too.
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