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    #11 MetroBusFan3575

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    Posted 13 November 2008 - 03:57 PM

    MetroBusFan3575 , excellent photos and videos of Houston Metro!!


    Thanks!:D

    Since those two vids of my short test ride came out well, I'll try NOT to forget to really pull a YouTube routine of an actual ride of an in-service O7 NG HEV bus. I still say the sound is just wonderful!;)

    To ALL: I'm just about done with a paper model replica version of the bus. All I need from METRO is just to tell me about a few more decals and how they're going to be placed on the bus and I should be done.

    Also=>YES, I have also made updates here and there to y'alls O7 NG HEV model for NYCT. All I need to know is from 3800 - _____ will have the lead-acid battery pack and from _____ - 4649 will have the lithuim-ion battery pack. In other words, YES---I'm also doing a NYCT bus with the lithium-ion battery pack. I already did one with the lead-acid battery pack. Fill in the blanks provided when you get the info. Thanks.
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    #12 JoeDBusBuilder

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    Posted 15 November 2008 - 10:44 PM

    Thanks!;)

    Since those two vids of my short test ride came out well, I'll try NOT to forget to really pull a YouTube routine of an actual ride of an in-service O7 NG HEV bus. I still say the sound is just wonderful!:(

    To ALL: I'm just about done with a paper model replica version of the bus. All I need from METRO is just to tell me about a few more decals and how they're going to be placed on the bus and I should be done.

    Also=>YES, I have also made updates here and there to y'alls O7 NG HEV model for NYCT. All I need to know is from 3800 - _____ will have the lead-acid battery pack and from _____ - 4649 will have the lithuim-ion battery pack. In other words, YES---I'm also doing a NYCT bus with the lithium-ion battery pack. I already did one with the lead-acid battery pack. Fill in the blanks provided when you get the info. Thanks.

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    the 1st-160th NYCT buses are leadacid battery. 161 throug 850th bus are lithium Ion
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    #13 MetroBusFan3575

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    Posted 17 November 2008 - 07:39 AM

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    the 1st-160th NYCT buses are leadacid battery. 161 throug 850th bus are lithium Ion


    So 3800-3959 will have the lead-acid battery pack while 3960-4649 will have the lithium-ion battery pack, correct?

    If the numbers I have in bold are correct, then this info needs to be given to all who needs to know it.:D
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    #14 JoeDBusBuilder

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    Posted 17 November 2008 - 10:01 PM

    So 3800-3959 will have the lead-acid battery pack while 3960-4649 will have the lithium-ion battery pack, correct?

    If the numbers I have in bold are correct, then this info needs to be given to all who needs to know it.:rolleyes:



    since you're a Houston metro fan, you'll be excited to know that the 1st bus of the Houston signature series was finished in the paint shop today. It's been dubbed "the silver bullet" since it likes like a Giant coors lite can in the silver paint. I'll try to get a picture of it for you.

    the lead acid buses are split into four seperate contracts:
    3800 - 3959
    3800 - 3801
    3802 - 3899
    3900 - 3959

    fleet numbers for the Lithium Ion buses have not bee assigned yet.

    I don't know what the difference is, if any, in the sub-orders. It might be just the depots that the buses are going to. I'll find out.

    NYCT is accepted buses at a rate of 10 per week. We will ramp up to 15 per week shortly. The planned rate for the duration of the order is 15-18 per week.

    Long Island CNG buses will not leave the factory until late January
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    #15 MetroBusFan3575

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    Posted 19 November 2008 - 08:41 AM

    since you're a Houston metro fan, you'll be excited to know that the 1st bus of the Houston signature series was finished in the paint shop today. It's been dubbed "the silver bullet" since it likes like a Giant coors lite can in the silver paint. I'll try to get a picture of it for you.

    the lead acid buses are split into four seperate contracts:
    3800 - 3959
    3800 - 3801
    3802 - 3899
    3900 - 3959

    fleet numbers for the Lithium Ion buses have not bee assigned yet.

    I don't know what the difference is, if any, in the sub-orders. It might be just the depots that the buses are going to. I'll find out.

    NYCT is accepted buses at a rate of 10 per week. We will ramp up to 15 per week shortly. The planned rate for the duration of the order is 15-18 per week.

    Long Island CNG buses will not leave the factory until late January


    :eek:Wonderful! I can't wait to see a pic of it---if you can get it before it makes a B-line for Houston. Yes, I WAS told that I think 10 of the new Orions was to be painted for signature service. I can see he wasn't kiddin'. I like the name for the buses. It has a wonderful sound to it---"the silver bullet."

    Also, YES I am a Houston METRO fan, thanks for noticing:D

    Big thanks for the explanations in regards to the fleet # situation for NYCT. I wonder will the rest of the Long Island CNG buses will look exactly like 1700 on the outside because I plan to do a paper model replica of that bus---now that I have pics I need to do my work.
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    #16 MetroBusFan3575

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    Posted 19 November 2008 - 01:25 PM

    To JoeDBusBuilder:
    Do the O7 NG HEVs have some sort of big decal that covers where the front rooftop door hatch normally is located at? I think it says, "Hybrid Electric Bus." Sorry but I don't have a top view of any old style O7 hybrid bus for reference and for you to clearly see what I'm asking about. Thanks.
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    #17 MetroBusFan3575

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    Posted 20 November 2008 - 10:02 PM

    Hey, all.
    I have just finished a paper model replica of the new Orion VII NG HEV bus for Houston METRO:

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    Enjoy!
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    #18 JoeDBusBuilder

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    Posted 21 November 2008 - 09:34 PM

    sorry I made a typo in the NYC fleet numbers. should be:
    buses are split into 3 orders:
    3800 - 3801
    3802 - 3899
    3900 - 3959

    Lithium ion buses will start at fleet number 3960. First bus is current in Michigan for EMI (electro magnetic interference) testing. This test ensure that all the electronics on the bus do not emit any frequencies that will interefer with other systems in or outside of the bus. We had an unexpected experiance a year ago with some hybrid buses we provided to Port Authority NY/NJ that went into service at the airport. Within a few days we rec'd reports that they hybrid systems were interfering with radio communication at the airport. Hence the required EMI testing.
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    #19 JoeDBusBuilder

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    Posted 21 November 2008 - 09:39 PM

    I will take some pictures of the roof this week for you.

    Enjoy these photos of the newest Houston Quickline bus. We've dubbed it the "Silver Bullet" bus.

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    #20 MetroBusFan3575

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    Posted 24 November 2008 - 09:20 AM

    I will take some pictures of the roof this week for you.

    Enjoy these photos of the newest Houston Quickline bus. We've dubbed it the "Silver Bullet" bus.

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    :DExcellent pics!

    Also, thanks for NYC bus numbers comment.
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