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Trolley wires are being reinstalled along Granville Street

Trolley wires are being reinstalled along Granville Street

You might have noticed already, but the Trolley Overhead division from the Coast Mountain Bus Company has started reinstalling the trolley wire back on Granville Street.

Today, the crews were working on the stretch from Robson to Davie Street on Granville. I went out this morning to catch this video of a crew rolling out one of the wires that the trolley buses eventually attach their poles to—watch the back of the truck carefully and hopefully you can see the wire rolling out behind them. (The video colour’s a bit weird because I hadn’t figured out the settings: sorry!)

Where’s the second wire, you might ask? Well, there was a second crew following in another truck, rolling out the other wire. Wires are made out of bronze, and when they’re operational, they carry 600 volts of direct current (don’t ever touch them!)

The whole reinstallation project got underway on March 29, and is eventually slated to finish by August 30 once all the installation, testing, and commissioning is complete. By the way, can you believe we haven’t had trolley service on Granville since April 2006?

Here’s a couple more photos of the Trolley Overhead crew, where you can better see the wires rolling out.

The trolley overhead crew rolls out wire along the street. Can you see the wire behind the truck? (Click for a MUCH larger version!)
The trolley overhead crew rolls out wire along the street. Can you see the wire behind the truck? (Click for a MUCH larger version!)
Another shot of the Trolley Overhead crew on Granville Street. You can see the other crew in the distance behind them!
Another shot of the Trolley Overhead crew on Granville Street. You can see the other crew in the distance behind them!