Busjack Posted October 11, 2009 Report Share Posted October 11, 2009 Pace North has a school contract to haul kids to and from the high schools. That is the usual assignments for the 2300s (And bus 2297, an Ex-Northshore Division bus). Rarely will you see them in regular service. Technically, you can't say that, or someone who at least was on this board will be running to the FTA. I think the politically correct version is that since the Waukegan School Board decided to buy Student Haul Passes, Pace reinstated public route 566. BTW, I live in the North Shore area, and if 2297 was there, I don't know it. It was in S, then SW, then Academy. From North, 2331 (We nicknamed it 'Old Smoky' due to the absurd volumes of black smoke it put out) was retired, and its engine put into 2329, which quickly got names 'New Smoky'. 2329 ran briefly with the new engine, until it started leaking diesel fumes into the passenger section. It was then retired. Mechanics then found there was oil clogs in the engine. We think 2335 will be the next one to go, as it runs so bad, we nicknamed it 'Junkwagon' (A name now used for all of North's Orion I's.). Thanks for some explanation of why these are off the roster. As far as smoke is concerned, it still seems like most of the 40 foot buses from North Shore still belch a large amount of soot, especially when taking off after a stop. I was behind 6322 yesterday, which did it. Bad engine maintenance all around? Update: A couple of additional thoughts: 1. If the buses being sold are gas chambers, doesn't that create product liability concerns? (rhetorical question) 2. Are 2300s being used on school runs because, as you indicate, they no longer stand up to all day service, or because there are sufficient riders that a smaller bus can't be used? (This is a real question, since if the answer is the latter, Waukegan, like Joliet, may be getting some 2600s, too, even though both had 40 foot buses on school runs). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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