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Irish transit enthusiasts save TTC bus from scrap heap

Posted by Derek Flack / May 21, 2014

TTC bush fishbowl IrelandThe last of the TTC's "fishbowl" buses were retired at the end of 2011, thus drawing to a close over 50 years of service. These iconic GM buses, more officially known as "New Look," were introduced in 1959 and carry a reputation for being one of the most resilient public transit vehicles of all time. When the TTC retired the fleet, a number of the buses went to scrap but a few of them have been saved for historical purposes -- and not just by the TTC. While the Commission retained two buses for nostalgia's sake, a group of bus enthusiasts in Ireland also got its hands on one (thanks to a generous donation from the TTC). Number 2290, which last did service on the 52 Lawrence route, was shipped to a farm just outside of Dublin, where it can be seen cruising the Irish countryside.

"In the 1980s, Bombardier manufactured buses in Ireland for local use," blogTO reader and transit enthusiast Brad O'Brien explains. "They used the same engine as the TTC New Look buses, which is why the group wanted to preserve the bus." The picture of an old TTC bus plodding along the opposite side of the road is at least somewhat bizarre to imagine, but in a good way. Long live the fishbowl.

Photo by Brad O'Brien



Konstantine / May 21, 2014 at 03:12 pm
Wow, I remember riding those buses as a kid, windows were tremendously stiff to open, and the when the driver turned the wipers on you thought they were going to break as they slammed against the frames.
Good times!
lawrence / May 21, 2014 at 03:12 pm
F yes, 52 Lawrence West 4 life.
JB / May 21, 2014 at 03:40 pm
that's awesome! if it's on a farm near dublin, i might live near it! must go out for a drive and look for that bus! :D
Snicker / May 21, 2014 at 06:03 pm
Stupid transit nerds.
Potrzebie / May 21, 2014 at 08:49 pm
The world needs more buses with a Screaming Jimmy in the back.
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