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1989-1992 : New Flyer D40


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The D40s. Great buses.

Engine: The 90xx series D40s came with 6V92TA engines and Allison V731 transmissions, while the 92xx series D40s came with Allison VR731 transmissions in their place but stuck with the 6V92TA. However, the D40s were more sluggish than the 1989-1993 Classics, possibly due to the D40s being heavier.

Aesthetics: These buses were okay in terms of looks, but I much preferred the Orion V personally. The silver framed windows on the 1989s went okay with the stripe livery but would have been better had they had black framed windows. Towards the end of their time in the stripe livery, some of these buses started receiving black bumpers on the front that just looked downright terrible combined with the silver windows, black rubber lining under the windows, and the stripe livery. The 1992s looked much better even with black bumpers.

Seats: These had the same pink Otaco seats as all the Classics and the Orion Vs. These were extremely comfy although since they were leather, they could stick to you easily in the summer. 

Livery: The D40s looked okay in the stripe livery, however, when they got repainted into the Maple Leaf livery, most of them got messed up with the exception of 9011 (but were still acceptable) because the paint booth had gotten lazy. 9011 was the first bus repainted so it was the only bus repainted correctly. Out of the two liveries, I can't really pick one because they both had their flaws.

Air conditioning: The 1992 D40s were originally equipped with Sutrak air conditioning, and from what I've been told, they were really cold. Sometime in 1996, it was decided that these buses would get the compressors taken out to compensate for the budget cuts. They were never re-enabled, but they kept the Sutrak housing.

Known issues: These buses did not really have any known issues but they were really overused (along with the Orion Vs and later 1991-1993 Classics) from 1992-1997 due to no buses being purchased. As a result, they've had a lot of kilometres racked up on them and some of them had corroded as a result. However, the build quality was much better than the 1991/1992 Orion V and the corrosion problem was nowhere as severe as on the Orion Vs.The D40 buses had slowly started being retired in 2008 due to corrosion and most of the later retirements between mid 2009-2010 had been due to the MTO wanting these buses off the road ASAP because of not being accessible.

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It should also be noted that 9054 got into big accident at Lees Station in 2003.

It was completely rebuilt using parts from a retired TTC unit and had black tip windows instead of silver sliding windows.

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All D40s were equipped with roll signs when they were first delivered.

9001-9025 were retrofitted with Luminator MegaMax signs.

9201-9210 were retrofitted with Balios LED signs.

9211-9227 were retrofitted with Luminator MegaMax signs.

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Fun Fact:

OC Transpo's D40s is one of only four D40s/D60s ordered with the 4-piece swing out exit doors, the others are TTC, MiWay (D60), and the Strathcona County Transit ex-demo D60.

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9011 was repainted into the maple leaf scheme in 2000

9054 and 9220 were repainted into the maple leaf scheme in 2003

As far as I know, all other New Flyer D40 buses from 1992 were repainted into the maple leaf scheme in 2002

If anyone knows what years the maple leaf scheme was applied to buses 9001-9010, 9012-9053 and 9055, it will be useful for knowing how long any lasted before needing to be rebuilt.

 

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35 minutes ago, Ralph Raccoon said:

9011 was repainted into the maple leaf scheme in 2000

9054 and 9220 were repainted into the maple leaf scheme in 2003

As far as I know, all other New Flyer D40 buses from 1992 were repainted into the maple leaf scheme in 2002

If anyone knows what years the maple leaf scheme was applied to buses 9001-9010, 9012-9053 and 9055, it will be useful for knowing how long any lasted before needing to be rebuilt.

 

@OC Transpo/STO Fan would know.

We know all were repainted by 2004.

9054 as you know got in accident at Lees station and was rebuilt using TTC D40-90 specs.

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