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 Leased Buses in/from Hamilton, and Demonstrator Buses

Leased Buses in/from Hamilton, and Demonstrator Buses

Not every bus that has ever run in service on the HSR has been an HSR owned bus. Sometimes the HSR has leased buses from other transit agencies, while on other occasions the HSR has operated demonstration buses supplied by bus manufacturers in the hope of making a sale.

Alternatively, HSR buses have been found in operation well outside the city of Hamilton, having been leased out to other agencies when the HSR has had extra buses on hand.

Leased Buses in Hamilton

Burlington Transit 9889 & 9894

In 2000, the HSR leased two Burlington Transit Orion II buses, BT #9889 & 9894, for a two month period. These buses kept their BT paint job and numbers, but HSR logos were applied to the front and sides.

Buses leased from Hamilton

Hurricane Hazel disaster relief

On October 15, 1954, Hurricane Hazel hit the Toronto area. In addition to causing massive flooding that killed dozens of people, the bridges over the Humber River were badly damaged. Several streetcars on Lakeshore Rd were left stranded on the west side of the river. Once electricity was restored these streetcars could operate, but were cut off from the rest of the streetcar network until the bridges could be repaired. Buses were nedded to connect the two portions of Toronto's streetcar system, and so with the installation of temporary bridges fifteen HSR and ten CCL buses were sent to Toronto on October 18 under police escort to help out.

Buses known to have been used in Toronto are HSR CC&F C36A's (including HSR #214) and CCL Flxible 29BR-45's (including CCL #1431).

HSR 214:2 in Toronto on the Queensway, Oct 25 1954

HSR 214:2 at Humber loop on Lakeshore Blvd in Toronto on October 25, 1954. HSR 214 is acting as a shuttle bus, crossing temporary bridges to connect the two halves of the QUEEN streetcar route (note the card in the front window) severed by the damaged bridges. In the background are several Toronto Transit Commission PCC streetcars, including TTC 4734. (Photo courtesy of the Toronto Public Library, Digital Collections)

An HSR bus crossing the Humber River heading east for Parkside loop Oct 25 1954

An HSR bus crossing the Humber River heading east for Parkside loop on October 25 1954. Notice the heavy damage to Lakeshore Blvd on the right. (Photo courtesy of the Toronto Public Library, Digital Collections)

Several buses trying to cross the Humber River bridge, late October/Early November 1954

Several buses trying to cross the Humber River bridge, late October/Early November 1954. From top to bottom are a TTC CC&F C36 bus (#1103?), a CCL or Roseland Bus Lines White 706M bus, a TTC Ford transit bus still in the colours of its previous owner Roseland Bus Lines, and CCL 1431, a Flxible 29BR-45. The uncertainty over the White 706M bus is because Roseland Bus Lines, which had been bought out by the TTC a few months before, owned a single White 706M bus. It had been purchased from a Catholic convert in Hamilton in 1950, and was in a unique paint scheme that was very similar to the CCL's. (It is possible that the bus was a former CCL bus that was never repainted by either of its subsequent owners.) So this is is either a CCL 706M bus, or the former Roseland Bus Lines 706M that the TTC pulled off the scrap line for emergency service. (Photo courtesy of the York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, ASC05573)

Two HSR buses crossing the Humber River bridge, date unknown.

Two HSR buses crossing the Humber River bridge, date unknown. (Photo courtesy of the York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, ASC05572)

HSR TA60-102Ns

The HSR leased out a number of TA60-102Ns over the years. During June in the 1980s, Transit Windsor leased a TA60-102N from the HSR for special events in Windsor. The following table lists which buses went to Windsor and when.

HSR Number Year
8201 1984
8202 1985
8204 1987
8206 1986

Guelph Transit leased HSR 8215 for a while in the early 1990s, to test whether or not these buses would be useful in Guelph. (Guelph decided not to acquire articulated buses).

In 1997 Niagara Transit leased HSR 8210, 8212 & 8214 (and renumbered but not repainted them to NT 9748, 9749 and 9750). The HSR broke the lease with NT after two months when the HSR found itself short of buses after the 9100 series Orion V's were pulled off the road due to problems with the CNG tanks.

Demonstrator Buses

Western Flyer E700 (TTC #9213)

On March 23, 1972, TTC E700 #9213 arrived in Hamilton for a 10 day demonstration period to show off the latest in Trolley buses. The result of a rebuilding project between the TTC and Western Flyer, #9213 had been leased by Western Flyer from the TTC 2 weeks earlier for a tour of North America's trolley buses systems. The HSR's own fleet of E700s would arrive the following November.

AM General

On May 18, 1977 an AM General articulated bus ran in Hamilton on a series of test drives in Sanford yard, the downtown core near Gore Park, and up the escarpment along the Jolley Cut.

Neoplan AN460

This articulated, dual mode (either diesel or electric) bus ran as a demonstration bus in Hamilton starting on November 24, 1986. The demonstration was unfortunately halted when slush from an early winter storm on December 3 clogged the bus's air intake, overheating the engine and causing the bus to break down.

Two HSR buses crossing the Humber River bridge, date unknown.

The Neoplan Demonstrator bus on Queenston Rd, west of Riverdale Dr, November 25, 1986. (Photo courtesy of Ted Wickson, used with permission)

NFI DE40LF

NFI demonstrated its DE40LF in Hamilton for a three week period in January 2006, assigned to the Redeemer University Shuttle route. The HSR would go on to buy their own fleet of similar buses, the DE41LFs

Nova Bus LFX

Two separate Nova Bus LFX's have demonstrated with the HSR. Nova Bus's 2008 LFX demonstrator model arrived in Hamilton on March 25, 2010 for a single day of demonstration, followed by the 2010 LFX demonstrator on January 18, 2011. Neither demonstration run resulted in the HSR purchasing buses.

Arboc SOM26D (DARTS #410635)

The HSR leased DARTS #410635 as part of a three month trial from March 29 to June 28, 2010. The bus was run primarily on the 52A DUNDAS LOCAL, 18 WATERDOWN and 12 WENTWORTH routes. As a result of this test run, the HSR would purchase its own fleet of SOM26Ds.

New Flyer XN60 (Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority #6004)

On May 13, 2013 New Flyer demonstrated its XN60 in Hamilton. The bus was actually Akron (Ohio) Metro Regional Transit Authority #6004, which was detoured to Hamilton as it was being delivered to Akron. The HSR would go on to buy their own fleet of New Flyer XN60 buses.