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Aged trolleys sold to Argentine city

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Vancouver Sun

Oakridge deadline

Oakridge deadline

These trolleybuses are not going to be scrapped. They are now on their way to Mendoza, Argentina. Translink gets better than scrap value, Mendoza gets a really cheap bus: $2,300 each plus shipping costs.

Trolleybuses can last for a long time since we do not use much salt. The body is in fact the weakest part of the bus, especially since these were not designed as trolleybuses but adapted from a diesel design. The poles on the roof with their heavy load – they have big springs to keep them pressed up underneath the wires – do create stresses. The electrical components can last a long time. An electric motor can last 40 years or more – longer if rewound. Of course the electronic components will also last but technically become obsolete quite quickly. Toronto at one time simply rebodied old trolleybuses and kept them going.

I wonder how long it will be before some savvy travel agent starts selling package tours to trolleybus enthusiasts to visit their old friends “down where the moon is small”.

Written by Stephen Rees

September 11, 2008 at 7:49 pm

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