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The retired trolleys on Argentinian TV!

The retired trolleys on Argentinian TV!

Jorge Luis Guevara, our indefatigable friend from the transit agency in Mendoza, Argentina, sent along this clip of our trolleybuses on Argentinian local TV news (the program is Noticiero 9 Mendoza, if I’m not mistaken.)

I don’t speak Spanish, so if someone can translate the content of the story, that would be fantastic. Wasn’t it amazing to see the sweeping shot of our buses in their new home, though? It’s really wonderful to know they’re going somewhere where they’re going to be cherished—like a gift from one transit system to another.

If you couldn’t tell already, Jorge and his colleagues are over the moon to get the trolleys. As he wrote to me, “Here is all euphoria and Canadians are the star of the EPTM.” (Translated from Spanish via Google Translate, so hopefully that’s correct. EPTM is Empresa Provincial de Transportes de Mendoza, the Mendoza transit agency.)

Judging from the clip, more and more of the trolleys must be arriving via truck as the weeks go on, and Jorge has been very happy with the state of the buses. Jorge wrote that “really we are all surprised by the good level of controls.” He also wrote that the TV clip highlights that “the culture of the people of Vancouver can be seen reflected in the great state of the seats, panels etc.”

He also sent along a few more photos and talked about some of the items found in the buses!

Click the photos for larger versions, as always.

A trolley being towed.
A trolley being towed.
A trolley, still being towed!
A trolley, still being towed!
More towing! Boy, it's lovely and sunny in Argentina this time of year.
More towing! Boy, it's lovely and sunny in Argentina this time of year.
The trolley being towed into position in the Guaymallen depot (Guaymallen is a neighbourhood in Mendoza).
The trolley being towed into position in the Guaymallen depot (Guaymallen is a neighbourhood in Mendoza).
Two familiar pieces of Metro Vancouver transit that were left behind in the buses.
Two familiar pieces of Metro Vancouver transit that were left behind in the buses.

Jorge also said one of the buses contained “a leaf that is the same that appears on the flag of Canada.” How lovely!

And again, if you’d like to catch up with my earlier posts on the retired trolleys heading to Mendoza, here they are: