early 2016, I learned that the TTS was chartering one of Sarnia Transit’s few
remaining Orion 1 buses. As far as I know,
other transit fans also were interested to the point the TTS added a second
bus, a 30 foot Orion 5. I had seen the buses when I briefly visited
plan was to ride VIA train #87 to
would spend a whole day in
left home shortly after . My
dad gave me a ride to the subway. I got on a subway and rode to
I then went to the skywalk and photographed a few GO trains and VIA train #75.
I went outside and photographed a UP Express train.
I then went to the Great Hall to await the boarding of my train. I photographed a couple more GO trains with new cab cars on the rear.
I joined the queue line for train #87. Boarding did not begin until six minutes before the train was scheduled to depart. I was seated in coach #3321, a rebuilt LRC coach. I had a window seat on the right hand side of the train.
train #47 pulled in on the track next to us.
Train #87 departed one minute late. Shortly after leaving
We were soon underway and picked up speed. A UP Express train overtook us. A few minutes later, we overtook it as it slowed for its stop at Bloor station.
we passed the TTC's
train stopped at Malton. I bought dinner after we left as I was feeling hungry.
We stopped at
little while later, we stopped at
passed a GEXR freight outside
of Kitchener, we slowed for track work. We soon reached track speed after a
little while. The sun went down. The train stopped at
We stopped at St. Mary's. I watched a DVD I had brought. We departed. VIA train #88 passed, but I was unable to film it. However, even if I had, it would have been dark.
passed by an airport which I believe was
West of London, we stopped in the middle of nowhere. We had stopped to allow a CP freight to pass a diamond in front of us. We were soon underway again. A little while later, we again stopped in the middle of nowhere. A freight train passed. I could see it was lightly snowing from the locomotive's headlights.
We were eventually underway again. We stopped at Strathroy a few minutes later. After leaving Strathroy, the crew announced we were running 20 minutes late.
the train was scheduled to stop in
However, we had to stop for a few minutes due to freight traffic. We were underway again. We passed by the Sarnia Transit bus garage before arriving at the station 30 minutes late. I got off and photographed the train.
I then took a taxi to the hotel I was staying at. I checked in and went to my room. I went to a 7-11 a block away and bought some milk and a banana. I went back to my hotel and went online. I worked on this report some more before I called it a night.
I got up and got dressed. I went to the lobby for breakfast. After breakfast, I went back to my room and watched TV for a little while. I eventually headed out.
I saw I just missed a bus on route #9. It was a Nova LFS. I walked over to a TD Canada Trust and used the ATM. I walked over to the Bayside Mall terminal. It was at this terminal where I rode an Orion 1 from on my 2012 Sarnia-London trip. I waited around and photographed a couple buses.
I eventually boarded Nova LFS #152 on route #9. When the bus pulled into the Northgate terminal, I saw an Orion 1 on route 9 heading the other way! I got off the LFS but I was unable to photograph the Orion 1. I decided to wait for it to come back. While I was waiting, I photographed Sarnia Transit's newest bus; Nova LFS #161.
When #042 returned, I photographed it.
I boarded Orion 1 #042 and rode to the Murphy Road transit terminal and got off and photographed the bus.
I filmed #042 departing. I then walked a block north and hat lunch at an Arby's. After lunch I walked back to the terminal. By chance, #042 showed up heading back downtown. I photographed it before I got on.
I rode #042 back to the Bayside Mall terminal and got off and photographed the bus.
filmed #042 pulling away. I went inside the mall and bought a Coke. I then
boarded an El Dorado EZ rider on route 1 and rode to the closest stop to the
VIA station which was a couple blocks away. I went to the platform hopeful that
I would see a freight train pass as
went back onto the platform and met up with a local railfan. We talked a bit
about VIA. He mentioned that
2004, the International ran between
After awhile, a westbound CN freight passed. I photographed it.
I eventually left the station and walked a bit before I caught a route #1 bus back to the Bayside Mall terminal and transferred to the route #12. I rode down by the waterfront and got off. I saw what looked like a disused spur line. I photographed the line and some ships from the waterfront.
I went back to my room for a few minutes and went online.
After awhile, I decided to go out fanning again. I went out and boarded Orion 1 #042 on the route #9 again and rode to the Murphy Road Terminal. I saw Orion 5 #053 was at the terminal. I photographed #042 and #053.
I boarded #053 and rode to the Lambton Mall. I got off and photographed #053.
filmed #053 pulling away. I know that #053 is one of two 30 foot Orion 5s
I went in the mall and did a little shopping. I eventually caught a route #14 bus back to the Murphy Road Terminal. Along the way, we passed another Orion 1; #043, but I was unable to photograph it. I got off at the terminal and waited to see if #043 would come back. I waited for a few pulses of buses. The only Orion buses I saw were #053 and #042 which I photographed.
I eventually walked over to a nearby Taco Bell and had dinner. After dinner, I returned to the terminal. I was heading back to my hotel. A Nova LFS on route 9 showed up, but went out of service at the terminal. The next bus on route #9 was #042 again. I photographed it before I got on.
soon headed out. The driver had a radio playing from a local radio station.
Some of the songs that were played were okay; others not so much. Thankfully, the
song that was playing at the wedding in
I got off the bus and filmed it pulling away. I went back to my hotel and worked on this report some more. I went to 7-11 and bought some milk. I returned to my room and worked some more. I eventually asked for a wake up call at and called it a night.
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