This 1954 Canada Car Brill T-44 hit the road again to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Vancouver’s trolleybus network!
Happy Tuesday to all our friends here, fellow transit enthusiasts and everyone else! We are back with our weekly feature on The Buzzer blog, #MyTransLink where we publish photos taken and published on social media by you – our customers! Each week, we give you a theme and you share your stunning photos on Instagram using the hashtag #MyTransLink.
#MyTransLink aims to capture your favorite thing about Metro Vancouver. This past week, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of our trolleybus network, so we deemed it apt to feature your fabulous photos of the famed trolleybus.
So, for next week’s #MyTransLink post, we want you to share photos of places our transit system takes you to! Share your awesome pics with us using the hashtag #MyTransLink, and we’ll feature some of the best here. What to submit as next week’s photos? Read on my friends…’
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Come join us on August 16, 18 and 24 to take a trip down memory lane.
Vancouver’s trolleybus network turns 70 on August 16, 2018 and we’re celebrating with FREE rides on a historic trolleybus!
A 1954 Canadian Car Brill T-48A trolleybus, painted in the B.C. Hydro and Power Authority livery (design on the outside), returns to Vancouver’s streets for three days:
- Thursday, August 16, noon – 4 p.m. (departs from Cordova St at Seymour St, approximately every 70 mins.)
- Saturday, August 18, noon – 4 p.m. (departs from Cambie St at Hastings St, stop #50410, approximately every 30 mins.)
- Friday, August 24, noon – 4 p.m. (departs from Cambie St at Hastings St, stop #50410, approximately every 30 mins.)
We expect the historic trolleybus rides to be very popular, so get there early! It’s first come, first served. Rides end at 4 p.m. on all three days, so the last departure will be about 70 mins. prior on Aug. 16 and about half-an-hour prior on Aug. 18 & 24.
The first trolleybus, a Canadian Car Brill T-44, hit the road on August 16, 1948, operating the 6 Fraser and 15 Cambie route. It was part of the ambitious “rails-to-rubber” conversion to decommission the streetcar network and replace it with trolleybuses.
The last streetcar route departed Vancouver’s streets in 1955. Diesel buses soon joined the fleet, and later came compressed natural gas and diesel-electric hybrid buses. Next year, we’ll begin trialling four fast-charge battery-electric buses on the 100 Marpole Loop/22nd Street Station route.
Our trolleybus fleet today consists of 262 forty- and sixty-foot buses built by New Flyer. We’re the only transit system in Canada that operates trolleybuses and our fleet is one of the largest in North America!