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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:


8 Comments

  • By Cow, December 18, 2008 @ 2:14 pm

    There’d be a lot here to translate, of course, but one of the pieces I liked was when he’s sitting in the bus, and picks up the phone. “And this is a phone you can use to communicate with the passengers! This is an antique in Canada, but here it’s all very new.”

    (Paraphrasing a bit–my Spanish is a little rusty.)

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, December 18, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

    That’s awesome :) Thanks for that.

  • By LisaB, December 19, 2008 @ 9:43 am

    I LOVE that the trolleys are so loved! They’ve got a lot of life left in them still – so neat to get a glimpse of them in their new setting.

  • By Marianela, December 19, 2008 @ 10:48 am

    There is a lot to translate. Among other things they are saying that they are amazed by the good conditions of the buses and they will be operating hopeful in March.
    They will receive in groups of 12 a few more shipping of buses with a total cost of around 2.9 million dollars (Canadian) and they will also receive from Canada a few containers with spare parts, which is very important to them because their current trolley buses do not have spares.
    They are very exited about the buses.
    It seems like they are going to be loved over there!

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, December 19, 2008 @ 10:54 am

    Thanks Marianela. Yes, it’s an 8 minute clip, so no need to do a shot by shot translation :) A synopsis like you’ve provided is basically perfect for our purposes. It’s so nice to know the trolleys went to a good home! by the way, did you notice any more fun excerpts from the clip like Cow did above?

  • By Bryan, December 20, 2008 @ 8:33 pm

    Wow, i can’t believe translink kept the old TCOM radios… i wonder what they plan on doing to the old TCOM radio’s, the side ads and the Roll Signs…

  • By RB, December 31, 2008 @ 3:32 pm

    So that’s what happened to our nice trolleys. Looks like the Argentinians have better ones than we do, now. Thanks Translink!

  • By Thomas, December 9, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    Hi Marianela: That’s good to hear! I miss riding them !

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