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Update on the retired trolleys sailing to South America

Trolleys being loaded into the cargo hold of the vessel Wisdom. Photo courtesy CTL Westrans Shipbrokers.

Trolleys being loaded into the cargo hold of the vessel Wisdom. Photo courtesy CTL Westrans Shipbrokers.

I’ve received some more info and a few more photos of our retired trolleys being shipped to their new home in Mendoza, Argentina, so here’s an update to my earlier post on the trolleys setting sail.

CTL Westrans Shipbrokers, the shipping company sending the trolleys on their way, told us that the motor vessel Wisdom completed loading and lashing operations for all 80 trolleys on Tuesday Nov. 4, and sailed from Fraser Surrey Docks at 1600 hrs (4 p.m.).

The buses will then be offloaded in San Antonio, Chile, and their estimated arrival date in Chile is Thursday Nov. 27, if all goes well and the weather is good.

CTL also sent along some pictures of the trolleys in the cargo hold, and you can see one of them above. For safety reasons, the TransLink staff and photographers weren’t allowed to go up on the ship, so these are probably the only views of the trolleys inside the ship that you’ll probably see!

Here’s a few more photos from CTL Westrans…

The trolleys on the deck of the Wisdom. Photo courtesy CTL Westrans Shipbrokers.

The trolleys on the deck of the Wisdom. Photo courtesy CTL Westrans Shipbrokers.

The Wisdom sets sail for South America with our trolleys on board. Photo courtesy CTL Westrans Shipbrokers.

The Wisdom sets sail for South America with our trolleys on board. Photo courtesy CTL Westrans Shipbrokers.

I also got an email yesterday from transit enthusiast Terry Muirhead, who worked out when the ship was going to depart and raced out to take some photos of them on their way. He was at the Deas Island Regional Park on the Delta side, and caught these pictures of the ship passing under the Alex Fraser Bridge. Terry thinks he might well have been one of the last people to see the trolleys before they passed out of our region!

Here’s the photos from Terry: larger versions are available if you click the pictures themselves. I wrote the caption for the first one, but Terry wrote the captions for the rest.

The Wisdom passes under the Alex Fraser bridge with our trolleys visible on deck. Photo from Terry Muirhead.

The Wisdom passes under the Alex Fraser bridge with our trolleys visible on deck. Photo from Terry Muirhead.

Taken after the vessel Wisdom just passes under the Alex Fraser Bridge in Delta. Photo by Terry Muirhead.

Taken after the vessel Wisdom just passes under the Alex Fraser Bridge in Delta. Photo by Terry Muirhead.


The Wisdom heads downstream on the Fraser River just after passing under the Alex Fraser Bridge. Photo by Terry Muirhead.

The Wisdom heads downstream on the Fraser River just after passing under the Alex Fraser Bridge. Photo by Terry Muirhead.

The sun is starting to fade on the Wisdom, and this is day one of 24 days in the Voyage of our Flyer E901s enroute to San Antonio Chile, before heading to Mendoza, Argentina. Photo by Terry Muirhead.

The sun is starting to fade on the Wisdom, and this is day one of 24 days in the Voyage of our Flyer E901s enroute to San Antonio Chile, before heading to Mendoza, Argentina. Photo by Terry Muirhead.

Unfortunately the ship got too close on me while I was trying to use my telephoto lens, so I only got half the ship on this one. Photo by Terry Muirhead.

Unfortunately the ship got too close on me while I was trying to use my telephoto lens, so I only got half the ship on this one. Photo by Terry Muirhead.

Downstream a few miles from the Alex Fraser Bridge on a dark and gloomy dinner hour, the E901s are leaving Vancouver and saying goodbye for the very last time. Photo by Terry Muirhead.

Downstream a few miles from the Alex Fraser Bridge on a dark and gloomy dinner hour, the E901s are leaving Vancouver and saying goodbye for the very last time. Photo by Terry Muirhead.

The Wisdom and her load of trolleys sail under a dark cloud approaching the Massey Tunnel. Photo by Terry Muirhead.

The Wisdom and her load of trolleys sail under a dark cloud approaching the Massey Tunnel. Photo by Terry Muirhead.

Second to last shot before saying goodbye to the E901s forever. Photo by Terry Muirhead.

Second to last shot before saying goodbye to the E901s forever. Photo by Terry Muirhead.

This is where I say farewell with the final photo of the E901s as they continue their voyage to Chile. Farewell trolleys, have a safe voyage to your new home! Photo by Terry Muirhead.

This is where I say farewell with the final photo of the E901s as they continue their voyage to Chile. Farewell trolleys, have a safe voyage to your new home! Photo by Terry Muirhead.

Thanks to both CTL Westrans Shipbrokers and Terry Muirhead for contributing their photos and info!

And again, to see the earlier post with video and more photos of the trolleys setting sail, click here.


11 Comments

  • By Jorge Luis Guevara, November 6, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

    Trabajo en la empresa que compro los Flyer y hace unos cuatro años sigo todo detalle , prometo enviar imagenes ni bien las unidades lleguen a Mendoza y de ser posible tratare de llegar a Chile

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, November 6, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

    Thanks Jorge! I can’t wait to see our buses in their new home.

    (I had to hit Google Translate to understand your message. For everyone who’s curious, here’s the translation: “Working in the company that bought the Flyer about four years ago and I still detail, I promise to send images or units either come to Mendoza and, if possible, try to get to Chile”)

  • By Raul, November 8, 2008 @ 10:40 am

    Small correction – Jorge promises to send images as soon as the units hit Mendoza.

    If you want to respond to Jorge via email and in Spanish, you might want to say “Gracias Jorge! Espero poder ver nuestros autobuses en su nuevo hogar” (a rough translation to Spanish from your response) :D

  • By Ed Archie, December 3, 2008 @ 9:46 am

    This is just great being able to see the final pictures of these buses setting sail into the sunset. I have been a driver since 1981, so I got to drive these buses when they were brand new. I feel that they were a big part of Vancouver and sad to see them go, but happy to see that they will live on. It is a better sight than seeing them go to the crusher like the Brills. Talk about a great act of Recycling!

  • By daniel, February 17, 2009 @ 1:08 pm

    is translink gonna keep the remaining trolleys in storage for back up buses or to just save them for the next 50 years.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, February 17, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

    Hi Daniel,

    I don’t know if you’ve seen the earlier post on this topic, but it notes that 80 of our 244 trolleys were sold to Mendoza. Two are now being restored by TRAMS, the Transit Museum Society, and the rest were scrapped.

    We aren’t keeping any in storage because these trolleys had been in service for about 25 years, enduring lots of wear and tear that cost too much to fix in time and money. They were also high-floor buses, which was a challenge since TransLink is committed to making the whole fleet accessible to those with mobility issues. So, we’ve invested in the new low-floor trolleys from New Flyer, which are expected to last for the next two decades or so.

  • By Richard, March 15, 2009 @ 10:19 pm

    sad to see them go.

  • By Christine Ghose, April 9, 2009 @ 7:56 am

    I have just seen, read and looked at all the photos on this story of some of our old trolley buses going down to Mendoza in Argentina. What a great way to recycle – I hope someday to get to ride on them in Argentina. Thanks for this and to the photographer who took the photos on the Fraser River. A very good news story.

  • By Den, November 15, 2009 @ 6:26 am

    What are the fleet numbers of buses sold to Mendoza?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, November 16, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

    Den: Someone else asked this before, and sadly we weren’t able to ascertain the fleet numbers sold there. They only got 80 of them and we don’t know which numbers made it out there.

  • By Thomas, December 6, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    Hi Jennifer and Den, the fleet numbers could be checked on the TRAMS website, it has a vehicle database there :)

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