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…
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.
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.