Originally Posted by Karsini
Not really ideal for preservation in Ireland, being left hand drive, but I'd certainly be curious to see it.
Interesting that there's a Detroit Diesel engine in there - I wonder if it sounds like a KD?
Considering how few GM engined Buses were allowed to be retained for preservation,I'd suggest this is a good second choice.
Its worth noting that this bus has the EXACT same Engine/Transmission combination as the KD...GM6V-71 mated to an Allison V-730 3 Speed Automatic Gearbox
It also underlines the substantial divergence of thinking on how the European and American thinking on Vehicle Logevity stacks up.
2290 entered service in 1982 and recieves a MID-LIFE
rebuild 20 YEARS
later.....then a Life Extention rebuild a further 7 years after that....remaining in revenue service until 2011...those figures,representing as they do,REVENUE EARNING service,are impressive indeed.
The also underline one of the primary reasons why CIE embarked upon the General Motors Detroit Diesel crusade back in the late 1970's.
The longetivity of the Detroit's in Railway service was impressive,and so were the statistics from North American Bus & Coach Operations....however it is fair to say,that the operating conditions in this particular corner of Europe were not ideal for a high revving 2-stroke diesel engine operating in a non-stationary mode.....The rest,as they say,is History
Judging from the bark of the exhaust on 2290,I would think that it's exhaust system is different to that which attempted to silence our KD fleet,I wonder if it has had some aftermarket treatment to clean it's act up and sap a few horsepower in the process ?
Also of interest in that Flickr set of images is the preponderance of Bicycle Racks fitted to TTC buses....with not so much as a unicycle to be seen on any of them....?