Saturday, November 15, 2014

Greyhound Centennial Tour

Today I got to see the Greyhound Centennial Tour during its stop to Seattle. The Vintage Coaches were 1937 Yellow Coach Model 743 #1937, a 1948 ACF-Brill IC-41 #1948, a 1968 MCI MC-7 Scenicruser #1968, and a 1982 MCI MC-9 "Americruiser 2" #1982. Also Present was 2014 Prevost X3-45 #86651 and 1998 MCI 102DL3 #6059 as the Mobile Museum, which featured a history of greyhound and had some artifacts on display. They had a nice display setup, aside from some bad music playing, and the coaches could have been parked facing the opposite direction for better sun angles.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Last Trip on Route 47

On September 26th I had the unfortunate pleasure of riding the last two round trips of King County Metro’s #47 trolleybus line. The route for a long time had been linked to the 14 summit, and within the last few years was broken off into its own route the #47. Due to funding problems in recent years and lower ridership the route was cut with the September 27th, 2014 service change. The 2nd to last trip was mostly empty, just a couple of people and myself. The Final round trip however, was different. The outbound trip to summit was full, with many people onboard not knowing they were on the final trip of the 47. The final inbound trip had a group from the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog ( onboard for the last ride.

The equipment was 2001/2002 Gillig C28D102N4 “Trolley” #4123, who's days are also numbered, as new replacements are on order (New Flyer Xcelsior Trolley coaches), with the prototype already in Seattle. The Gillig bodies are 13 years old, however the propulsion packages (Traction motor, Chopper controller, card cage, etc., were rebuilt from the 1979 AMG trolleys when they were retired and are now 35 years old.)

Some Videos from the 2nd to last trip on route 47

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Friday, August 1, 2014

NorCal Bus Fans March 2010 Excursion

I have finished posting pictures from the NorCal Busfans Excursion in March of this year (2014). The trip started in Millbrae, and made a loop through San Francisco, to where I left the tour at the "Temporary Transbay Terminal" and rode the "F" Market from Fisherman's Wharf back to Balboa Park on a car that was going out of service.

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Flxible Metro "D" on the Nor Cal Bus Fans excursion leaving the Temporary Transbay Terminal

A Ride on #1078 along the J Church Line back to Balboa Park

At Balboa Park with a Breda LRV arriving on the next track

Switching at Balboa Park

Backing into the carbarn at Balboa Park

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Motor Bus Society Spring 2014 Convention

I have finished posting pictures from the Spring 2014 MBS convention onto Flickr.

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The trip started out with a ride on the M/V Kitsap to Bremerton, where we stopped off at the Bremerton Transportation Center (Bus Transit Center and Ferry Terminal) before heading to Kitsap Transit’s Bremerton Garage. At Kitsap Transit’s Bremerton Garage we saw quite a few of their “Worker/Driver” MCI coaches. They used to use ex GGT fishbowls, and later various Gillig Phantom’s on their worker/driver commuter bus service. These are buses driven by employees of the navy yards who are paid by KT to make the one R/T a day. The MCIs were mostly 40ft 102D3/D4000 coaches, although there were a handful of ex Ben Franklin Transit 102A3s there.

After that we went to lunch, and then off to Mason Transit, where we photographed their MCI MC5C, plus various Gillig low floors and phantoms (including two new ex Sound Transit buses 9080-9081), after departing we went to Olympia Transit Center to see Intercity Transit, Mason Transit, and Greys Harbor Transit. The final stop of the day was Tacoma Dome Station for Pierce and Sound Transit.

We were originally to go see the Boeing plant tour, however due to capacity issues we spent the morning at Lynnwood Transit Center, and Aurora Village Transit Center photographing Community Transit, Sound Transit and Metro. After that we went north to Everett Station for Everett Transit and Community Transit, and after skipping the Mt Vernon Stop went to Bellingham for WTA. The day ended with a slide show and meeting.

We were picked up by coaches from the Metro Employee Historic Vehicle association, and taken to South Base training Center for photographs of the historic fleet (and the boneyard over the fence). After that we boarded two King County Metro DE60LFRs for a ride through the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, an impromptu tour of the now closed 1912 built Former Seattle-Everett Interurban, later Greyhound Station, Lunch at Northgate Shopping Mall, and Photo Stops at the University of Washington, Bellevue Transit Center, and Eastgate P&R.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Update 6-22-14

Added pictures to Flickr of the 1st day of the Motor Bus Society Convention in Seattle Washington
  • Kitsap Transit
  • Mason Transit
  • Intercity Transit
  • Grays Harbor Transit
  • Pierce Transit
  • Sound Transit

Also added Pictures of the BNSF in Montana, and Glacier National Park, The Oregon Pacific RR and some other Pierce Transit and Metro shots.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Update 6-6-14

Added Pictures of
  • Pierce Transit & Pierce Transit Trolley
  • Intercity Transit
  • Twin Transit
  • Sound Transit
Also in the past month I have added pictures of
  • Agate Pass
  • BNSF
  • UP
  • St Maries River Railroad
  • Rocky Mountaineer
  • King County Metro
  • Amtrak

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Update May 4, 2014

Added the following pictures to Flickr and some videos to YouTube over the past few days:

  • Retired Tri-Met Flxible fishbowl #147 in Kapowsin, Wa
  • MEHVA Trolley coach Exercise and former Greyhound yard in Seattle, WA
  • First Train into Stanwood Station, and some Island Transit buses
  • First Days of LINK Light Rail, including Orion 1s on the Airport connector shuttle.
  • Final Days of Route 564 service to South Hill (Sound Transit operated by King Co. Metro)
  • Puyallup Fair
  • And a lot of Portland Pictures including Gillig's, Flxible Metro's, and The Vintage Trolley

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March Madness

I have finished posting pictures from my trip to Crawford Hill and the Powder River Basin in 2010. And I am now starting to post pictures from a trip to LA, Cajon Pass, and Hearst Castle I did in 2011.
BNSF ES44AC #5888 near Crawford Hill in Wyoming
BNSF SD70MAC #8916 near Sheridan, WY
LACMTA NABI #7668 at the Temporary El Monte Bus Terminal

Sunday, February 9, 2014

New Year, More pictures

Just uploaded some shots from January, And I am still working on the backlog of photos from the past few years. So check back often, as I am always adding more pictures to the 15,000 I have up already.
EMD SD60M in Marshall
EMD SD70MAC in Marshall
Sea-Tac Airport