Brewster Foremost Ice Explorer Photos

Welcome to the Brewster Foremost Ice Explorer Gallery. Brewster operates 22 of these special coaches for their Columbia Icefield tourist attraction. These vehicles are used in conjunction with "Snow Shuttles" that take guests from the Icefield Interpetive Centre to the Ice Explorers'. The Ice Explorers' then take passengers onto the Atathabasca Glacier viewing area on the Columbia Icefield. These special coaches are built by Foremost Industries of Calgary. They were built in the 1980's (#'s528-540) and some in the early 1990's (#'s 541-549). The first batch are powered by a 250hp Detroit Diesel 6V92TA engine with a very low geared Clark 34600 powershift transmission. The second batch is powered by a Detroit Diesel Series 50 engine. The vehicles use special low pressure Terra tires that can grip on ice and snow well while exterting less pressure on the surface of the ice and snow. The tire diameter of the vehicles is 1.68 metres. These buses have a maximium speed of 40km/h. Starting in 2014-15, several of these buses have been refurbished with upgraded seating, headlights, drivetrains (Mercedes Benz engines) and possibly other equipment.

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Thumbnail Fleet Number Description Photo Date (M/D/Y)
528 528 on display at the Suplhur Mountain Gondola in Banff, AB. 2/18/2012
529 529 on display at the base of Sulphur Mountain Gondola near Banff. 5/10/2003
529-2 529 on display at the Suplhur Mountain Gondola in Banff, AB. 6/12/2007
529-3 529 on display at the Suplhur Mountain Gondola in Banff, AB. 5/16/2009
529-3 529 on display at the Suplhur Mountain Gondola in Banff, AB. 9/12/2009
529 Rear 529 on display at the Suplhur Mountain Gondola in Banff, AB. 5/16/2009
530 530 on display at the Columbia Icefield Centre. 6/04/2005
531 531 on display at the Columbia Icefield Centre. 6/04/2005
531 Rear 531 on display at the Columbia Icefield Centre. 6/04/2005
532 532 seen here on display outside a diner (aka "The Crossing") along the Icefeilds Parkway in Jasper National Park. 8/24/2003
533 533 on display at the Suplhur Mountain Gondola in Banff, AB. 1/01/2014
533-2 533 on display at the Suplhur Mountain Gondola in Banff, AB. 1/01/2014
533/537 533 & 537 at the Columbia Icefield. 5/17/2009
535 535 on display at the Vistor Centre at Columbia Icefield. 5/17/2009
535 Rear 535 on display at the Columbia Icefield Centre while in Calgary Stampede themed colors. 6/04/2005
538 538 at the transfer station on the Columbia Icefield. 5/17/2009
538-2 538 arriving at the Columbia Icefield with a small group. 5/06/2015
538 Rear 538 waiting for passengers at the Columbia Icefield. 5/17/2009
539 539 laying over at the Athabasca Glacier viewing area while it's passengers take in the sights. 6/04/2005
539-2 539 climbing the hill from Athabasca Glacier enroute to the transfer station. 5/17/2009
539-3 539 climbing the hill from Athabasca Glacier enroute to the transfer station. 5/17/2009
540 540 seen loading passengers at the transfer point between Snow Shuttle and Snocoach. 6/04/2005
540-2 540 seen about to unload passengers at the Athabasca Glacier viewing area 6/04/2005
541 541 on the Athabasca Glacier. 5/17/2009
541-2 541 parked aside at the Athabasca Glacier. 5/06/2015
542 542 seen at a body shop in southeast Calgary being repainted. 11/11/2005
542 Rear 542 seen at a body shop in southeast Calgary being repainted. 11/11/2005
543 543 seen during loading onto a flatdeck trailer after being repainted at at a body shop in southeast Calgary. 11/11/2005
543 Rear 543 seen during loading onto a flatdeck trailer after being repainted at at a body shop in southeast Calgary. 11/11/2005
543 Rear 2 543 seen on the back of a flat deck trailer on it's way back to Banff after being repainted in Calgary. 11/11/2005
544 544 arriving at the Athabasca Glacier viewing area with one of the very many scenic backgrounds the area has to offer. The green building is the Columbia Icefield Centre. 6/04/2005
544-2 544 waiting for passengers at the Columbia Icefield. 5/17/2009
546 546 arriving at the Athabasca Glacier while opening its doors. 5/06/2015
547 547 at the transfer station on the Columbia Icefield. 5/17/2009
548 548 laying over at the Athabasca Glacier viewing area waiting for it's passengers. 6/04/2005
548-2 548 on the Athabasca Glacier. 5/17/2009
548 Rear 548 departs the Athabasca Glacier viewing area. 6/04/2005
549 549 arrives at the Athabasca Glacier viewing area. 6/04/2005
549 Dash 549's driver's area. 6/04/2005
549 Interior 549's interior looking twoards the rear. 6/04/2005
Unknown A recently refurbished coach laying over at the Columbia Icefield. 5/06/2015
Unknown A recently refurbished coach laying over at the Columbia Icefield. 5/06/2015
Unknown A recently refurbished coach laying over at the Columbia Icefield. 5/06/2015
Ice Explorer "depot" Brewster's mini-depot for their fleet of Ice Explorer's is across from the Snow Shuttle/Snocoach transfer point. 6/04/2005
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