1980 Orion 01.504 282-303

In 1980 Calgary Transit took delivery of 22 Orion 01.504's. These buses were originally bought to be used on less busy routes as these buses were only 36ft. long. However in their later years they were used for school service and rush hour service. Most of these buses were retired in the later half of the 1990's and all were gone by the end of January 2002. These buses originaly had a Luminator digital destination signs but were changed out to Vultron II's in the late 1980's. These buses came with Detroit Diesel's 6V53N engine with Allison's MT-643 transmission. The rear door on these buses were a rarity as they were treadle (aka plug-type) doors which slid open when you steped on the rear stairwell. An interesting note about the interior seat configuration, Starting in 1998 a few of these buses had the driver's side forward facing seats rotated to side facing seats, probably in an attempt to increase overall capacity of the bus by allowing more standees.

Photos in this section are taken by me (Kevin Lo) or Peter McLaughlin Please do not re-use any of these photos without my (Kevin Lo) or Peter McLaughlin's permission for his photos. Thank You.
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Fleet Number Thumbnail Description Photo Date (M/D/Y)
296 296 shown sitting behind Spring Gardens retired. Cardinal Coach lines later bought this bus and used it as an Airporter bus. By Peter McLaughlin. ?/?/?
299 299 retired at the back of Spring Gardens without it's windsheild. Although it's windshield wipers are still there. 3/28/2002
301 301 photographed at the back of Spring Gardens shortly after retirement. Photo by Peter McLaughlin. ??/??/1998
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