††††††††††† In 2004,
Brantford Transit became the city with the oldest bus running in revenue
service in the
I got to Union Station around , 45 minutes before train 73 would depart. 20 minutes later, boarding commenced. Prior to boarding, I was unsure of what the consist of train 73 would be. I had seen photos of it running with either F40PH-2ís or P42ís and LRC and Hep2 coaches. When I got to track level, I saw that the train consisted of P42 #903, three economy class LRC coaches, and a VIA 1 LRC coach. Upon boarding, I took a few photos.
The train left on time. As we left,
I took video of VIA train 44 which would be leaving for
Soon, I went out in search of the
food cart. I almost wandered into the VIA 1 car at the rear of the train
because I was used to the VIA 1 car being at the front of the train. I found
the food cart in the car in front of mine where I was able to buy some food. I
went searching because I was only going to be on the train for a little more
than an hour, and wasnít sure if it would get to me before
VIA train 72 raced past us. As it
passed, I filmed it. We soon arrived into
As the train departed, I filmed it leaving the station and took one more photo of the train. I then walked a block to the bus stop where I eventually caught a Brantford Transit bus to the transit terminal where I saw about five fishbowls including the oldest bus #9725.
The oldest bus in revenue service in the
I took pictures of 9725 and other buses at the terminal. I was hoping 9725 would go into service, but that was not the case. I eventually boarded what I perceive as Brantford Transitís second oldest bus #9793 and rode it to a Burger King where I got off for lunch.
Click here to see another photo of fishbowl #9793: Brantford 9793.htm
After lunch and exploring the area, I caught a Brantford Transit Orion 7 back to the terminal. By now, it was , and students were returning from school. I took a few more photos before I boarded Brantford Transit #9825 for a short ride. I then recharged my digital Cameraís batteries at an internet cafť.
Once I charged the batteries, I walked over to the terminal for a few more photos.
Next, I boarded fishbowl #9816 for a ride out by the VIA station. After I got off, I filmed the bus pulling away before I walked over to the station where I photographed a CN GP9 and a Railink GP9 belonging to the Southern Ontario Railway.
At the VIA station, I saw that VIA train 76 was delayed and I photographed it pulling into the station.
After train 76 left, train 75 arrived a few minutes later where I took a few photos of it as well as a video of the train departing.
Once train 75 departed, I walked
back over to the transit terminal. I took some more photos and then boarded fishbowl
#9842, the bus I perceived to be
This is the street trackage in
After, I once again returned to the transit terminal and this time, caught one of Brantford Transitís newer buses and rode it a fair distance before getting off and walking back to the terminal, after I stopped in a convenience store on the way. In case youíre wondering why I kept going to the terminal, all Brantford Transit routes converge at the terminal which made it easy to find out what buses were running on which routes.
Once I got back to the terminal, it was about in the evening. I had a little more than an hour to get to the VIA station with the ďget to the station 30 minutes before departureĒ rule. By now, Brantford Transit was running in evening/weekend service mode with coloured routes instead of numbered routes and Dial-a-bus routes. I got on fishbowl #9826 on the Red route, unsure how close to the VIA station it would take me.
Also, a handicapped woman wearing a head brace struggled to get on the bus. While the driver strongly suggested she use a Dial-a-bus route with low-floor accessible buses, she climbed up the steps on the fishbowl. Shortly after she got on and sat down, she stood up and fell flat on her back! The bus driver called it in and others helped her up and off the bus where the next Dial-a-bus would pick her up.
The bus left and turned out to run
close to the VIA station, so I got off and filmed the CN GP9 I mentioned
earlier crossing the road on a bridge as well as the bus pulling away. When I
got to the station, I watched the CN GP9 doing some switching as well as a
couple CN freights passing by. One train has a
At one point, it coupled onto the Railink GP9 and moved it to another track.
It was at this point, I called VIA
to find out the status of train 78. I was told the train was running 10 minutes
late. I phoned home. I went into the station and saw on a display board that
train 78 would arrive three minutes after train 79ís scheduled arrival into
Once that freight had passed, I went back to watching the CN GP9 doing some switching. I looked down the tracks and saw some people trespassing. The CN switching crew soon finished their work. They parked their GP9 after coupling up to a cut of covered hopper cars where I took one more photo of it.
Despite the fact VIA train #78 was
running 10 minutes late into
When train 78 arrived, I noticed
that this was the same equipment I rode down to
The train left on time and I was
able to film VIA train 79 as we passed it. When the food cart came past, I
bought some nachos. The train stopped in
We passed by VIAís Toronto Maintenance Centre, and I tried filming, but it was too dark. I then moved back into my coach and sat down for the final few minutes of the trip. We arrived into Union station on time where I saw two other VIA trains waiting to depart west, including train 89.
Before I got off the train, I took a picture of the indicator light that indicated the LRC coachís banking mechanism was on since I had no idea how long VIA would still have the banking mechanisms activated. Once I got off the train, I took a couple photos, one of train 78 in the station.
After I took the photo, I headed down into the station and called home. I then headed onto the subway to head home.
Overall, this was a very good day trip. While I wish I could have actually ridden Brantford Transit 9725 in service instead of simply photographing it and being able to photograph the CSX unit on that CN freight would have made it perfect, I still had a good time in Brantford. This was my third trip of the year, and I have at least three more train trips planned. When Iíll take these trips all depends on my work. Until next timeÖ
2009 Update: I finally got a ride on Brantford Transit 9725 on a charter in late October. By then, it was the only fishbowl left in service with Brantford Transit.