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2600-2619 GMDD T6H-5307N (ex-STCUM)

In 1998 the TTC decided to acquire some second hand buses from transit properties to expand their fleet of buses, this is due to the early retirement of the New Flyer D40-87 buses and the retirement of the 1978 Flyer D800B buses. TTC decided to buy 63 ex-STCUM Montreal buses because they were similar to TTC standards. The 63 ex-STCUM buses were delivered to Hillcrest in 1998. A prototype buses was rebuilt 2600 (ex-STCUM 22-009), it was rebuilt and retained it's McKay gates. The McKay gates are not standard to the TTC fleet, the McKay gates work by pushing a gate in order to open the rear doors once the lock for the rear doors is released by the driver. 2600 came out of the rebuild program in late 1998 and was sent to the Eglinton Division. 2600 did not enter service until July 27,1999 on rte 32 Eglinton West. 2600 was evaluated while staying at the Eglinton Division, after evaluations were completed other ex-STCUM buses were towed from the VIA rail yard (The ex-STCUM buses were moved to the VIA rail yard from Hillcrest due to construction and space limitations) and brought to Hillcrest where they would receive their rebuild and enter revenue service with the TTC. By the time ex-STCUM buses were being rebuilt 2600 moved from Eglinton to Arrow Road Garage. Arrow Road was now the ex-STCUM buses home division. Only 20 were rebuilt due to problems found with the other models that the TTC acquired. The remaining 43 buses were stored on TTC property at the Lansdowne garage where they were stripped for usable parts and eventually sold to a Quebec scrap dealer along with other TTC buses parked with them at the Lansdowne yards.

The Rebuild Program

In 1996 the TTC started the fleet augmentation or rebuild program this is not to say that they did not do this in the past. They would take buses off the street at their retirement point and take them down to the TTC's Hillcrest complex. While at the complex they were structurally repaired and also had a mechanical rebuild. In Hillcrest there are two buildings one is the Duncan Shops where the buses would go into get their mechanical rebuild being their engines and transmissions. Buses would first go through the Harvey Shops where they would get a structural repair, repaint, electronics repair and body work. The rebuild program is divided into 6 year,12 year and 18 year rebuild programs. The 6 year being a minor rebuild to the 18 year program where extensive work goes on the rebuilding the whole bus to making it the equivalent of a brand new bus. The TTC has been successful in this program from the past and the present.




Model- General Motors T6H-5307N

Year- 1979-1982

Fleet #s- 2600-2619

Length- 40ft 6 inches

Width-102 inches

Tare Weight- 26,800 lbs

Engine- GMC 6V71N

Transmission- Allison V730

Garages allocated to- Arrow Rd

April 26, 2006 9:04 PM

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