||Because the province has yet to set limits for the maximum service life of a school bus, Alberta operators often pick up used
buses out of Quebec and Ontario. Typically these buses still have lots of life left in them, but have exceeded their permitted age/milage in the Eastern provinces. This second-hand
industry has become a bit of a running joke amongst us here in Edmonton, so imagine my surprise when I found many similar second hand (or third hand? fourth hand?) Canadian-built
Corbeil school buses running in Havana. Ironically these buses are actually quite modern compared to many of the transport vehicles in Cuba, but at least they are
still being used in regular service!
Speaking of dark corners of the universe, ETS' pair of Orion VII hybrids continue in service. They typically appear on rush hour extras out of Ferrier Garage, but it is unusual to
find them out more than a few days of any given week. #6006 is seen running Southbound on 100 Avenue approaching McDougall Hill as a route 63.
||Happy 150th Canada! Two highlights of the summer have included heading down to Stettler to photo the
Alberta Railway Museum's
ex CN 1913 MLW 4-6-0 class h-6-g locomotive #1392 running in tandem with
Alberta Prairie Excursions 1920 Baldwin 2-8-0 #41, and catching the Candian Pacific Canada 150
train arriving in Edmonton.
On the day we visited Stettler, they were running a freight train and passenger train and then swapping locomotives.
Here we see 1392 departing Stettler on it's first trip of the day with a string of tank cars (modern tank cars, but, a decent compromise in my opinion) and a caboose.
The second photo finds Canadian Pacific FP9A #1401 in charge of CP's Canada 150 train arriving in Edmonton on Monday, July 31, 2017. 1401 is an ex VIA, originally CN
locomotive and has had significant
upgrades internally, as well as being equipped with PTC as seen by the antennas on the roof. 1401 leads F9B 1900, FP9A 4106 and 4107. 4106 and 07 are in the
script livery, while 1401 and 1900 sport the block livery.
Welcome to Barp.ca! Check out the
"What's New" page (via the link on the left hand side of this page) for a
list of recent updates.
July 27, 2017, August 7, 2017
Time for some new features. First, the ETS index.html page has been updated
to reflect the change from "Edmonton Transit System" to "Edmonton Transit
Service". Along with the explanation behind that, I added in some other ETS
happenings, and then just went all out and created a
Edmonton Region News
section on the Alberta page. There's a lot more to come. Given that the 3 of
us who pay to keep Barp online live in Edmonton, I don't foresee this
expanding past the Edmonton Region, but, things are getting more and more
interesting around here in terms of transit and initiatives, like Smart Bus, starting to
cross City boarders. These pages will cover those changes. Secondly, for a long time
I've wanted to get up more history in addition to photos. That will include
written features, as well as historical documents and other material along
those lines. Those are starting to materialize and while I didn't set it up
myself, we already have some material like that
available here. More to come
To expand on this, as of August 7th we have introduced a new section
featuring material from vehicle manufactures,
and as well we have taken some of the material from the above link (which
might be dead now) and started to organize it and arrange it, like this
ETS page for Ride Guides and
route timetables/ maps.
November 1st, 2016
The near future is finally here, only about 1.5 years later. The Highway Coach section is once again operational, with many new images on the way!
May 17th, 2015
Site upload complete; welcome to the new server. All pages should now be functional, with the exception of the Highway Coach section. Stay tuned for a new and improved
version in the near future!
April 1st, 2015
We're expecting Barp.ca to be be down for a few days coming up. The short
story is that we need to update our control panel to allow for the incorporation
of new features. While this might not lead to any
notable changes, it will provide us with a number of new tools should we
utilize them. Above all, it means that we will be "getting with the times".
We've been with our current shared hosting for quite some time and our
control panel is literally from the last century. When I switch name servers
there will most likely be a short time where Barp.ca will be unreachable while
the updated DNS propagates through the internet. We will also be
re-uploading everything. My tentative plan is to upload everything first
and then change the name server information to point to the new location. You'll
know if everything has worked right as the offline notice above won't be
Thank you for your patience!