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May 20, 2020 - HO Scale

Rapido Trains - HO Scale - New Look "Fishbowl" Buses - Special Run - BC Hydro!

 

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A lot of customers asked if we are still taking reservations for the new Rapido BC Hydro PWRS Exclusive Busses.

We are but the deadline is quickly approaching on these timeless classic busses! 


Check out the new artwork we just added today and make sure to get your orders in before they are gone for good!



 

 

 

 

Rapido Trains announced New Look "Fishbowl" Buses Last Month.

As many of our customers noticed, Rapido announced buses for Ottawa, Toronto (GO), Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary.

Notice anything missing?


So with the assistance of the Transit Museum Society in Vancouver, we are pleased to announce a special limited run of BC Hydro Buses!

These were a common diesel bus seen around the Greater Vancouver from 1966 - 1986

Rapido has agreed to produce these buses, but we must make 50 of each minimum, so if you want them made, make sure you order more then 1.

 

BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3605 - Destination Sign: 22 KNIGHT STREET

 

BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3621 - Destination Sign: 11 STANLEY PARK

 

BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3623 - Destination Sign: 23 MACDONALD

 

BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3617 - Destination Sign: #10 10th UBC via BLVD

 

BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3645 - Destination Sign: NOT IN SERVICE

 

BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3641 - Destination Sign: 9 BROADWAY

 

 


 

Here is preliminary artwork from Rapido for the bus

 

BC Hydro Special Run Buses left

BC Hydro Special Run Buses right

 

Here is the New Revised artwork!

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BC Hydro History

Victoria 1906 photo In 1890, the National Electric Tramway and Light Company was founded in Victoria. It later became the B.C. Electric Railway (BCER) Company in 1897. Buses were added to the streetcar fleet in the 1920s; the trolley bus followed in 1945; and three years later, motorized buses were introduced.

In 1961, Premier William A.C. Bennett purchased BCER for the Province. A year later, transit in Victoria and Vancouver was operated by the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro).

BC Hydro Bus - photo In 1979, the provincial government created the Urban Transit Authority (UTA), a new Crown corporation to coordinate the planning, marketing and funding of municipal transit systems throughout the province. Starting with 13 systems, the vision for the UTA was to provide local governments with an increased role in the decision making and funding of their community transit systems.

A year after the start of the UTA, operation of the Victoria and Vancouver transit systems transferred from BC Hydro to the new organization and in 1982, it was renamed BC Transit.

Another major change followed in 1999 when operation of Metro Vancouver transit services passed from BC Transit to the newly formed Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink).

Vicinity Bus - photo In the last 30 years, the number of transit systems has grown from 13 to 83 and in the last 20 years, ridership has more than doubled from 21 million to 51 million annually. Today, public and government support for public transit is at an all-time high.

 

BC Transit Highlights

1979 - Urban Transit Authority (UTA) formed.

1980 - Operation of Victoria and Vancouver transit systems transferred from BC Hydro to what would eventually become BC Transit.

1981 - First handyDART systems launched in BC for people with a disability.

1982 - UTA becomes BC Transit.

1992 - Introduction of first low-floor buses in transit service in North America.

1996 - BC Transit is rated number one North American system by the American Public Transit Association. Start of large expansion period to increase share of commuter market in many systems.

1998 - University of Victoria and Victoria's Camosun College launch first U-Pass in Western Canada.

1999 - Operation of Metro Vancouver Transit services passes to the newly formed Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (Translink, now the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority).

2000 - First low-floor, double-deck buses in North America (Victoria).

2005 - First production hybrid buses in Canada (Kelowna).

2010 - World's largest single-location hydrogen fuel cell fleet implemented in regular service as a five-year demonstration project started during Winter Olympics (Whistler). Pilot project concludes in 2015.

2014-15 – Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-powered fleets of buses introduced in the Regional District of Nanaimo and Kamloops Transit System.

2017 - Launch of the Highway 16 inter-community service linking communities with their closest regional centre from Terrace to Prince George

2018 – Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-powered fleet of buses introduced in the Whistler Transit System

2018 – NextRide real-time Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) bus tracking and website technology launched. Nanaimo the first of seven regional systems to offer the service in 2018-19.

 

Order Due Date: April 20, 2020

Anticipated Delivery Date: December 2020

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Product Details

Rapido Trains - HO Scale - New Look "Fishbowl" Bus - Bus Model Version: Standard - BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3605 - Destination Sign: 22 KNIGHT STREET - Green/Blue/Grey/White With White and black Lettering (PWRS Exclusive) - Expected Release Date: 2020-12-01
224-703074
$59.95
Rapido Trains - HO Scale - New Look "Fishbowl" Bus - Bus Model Version: Standard - BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3621 - Destination Sign: 11 STANLEY PARK - Green/Blue/Grey/White With White and black Lettering (PWRS Exclusive) - Expected Release Date: 2020-12-01
224-703075
$59.95
Rapido Trains - HO Scale - New Look "Fishbowl" Bus - Bus Model Version: Standard - BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3623 - Destination Sign: 23 MACDONALD - Green/Blue/Grey/White With White and black Lettering (PWRS Exclusive) - Expected Release Date: 2020-12-01
224-703076
$59.95
Rapido Trains - HO Scale - New Look "Fishbowl" Bus - Bus Model Version: Standard - BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3617 - Destination Sign: #10 10th UBC via BLVD - Green/Blue/Grey/White With White and black Lettering (PWRS Exclusive) - Expected Release Date: 2020-12-01
224-703077
$59.95
Rapido Trains - HO Scale - New Look "Fishbowl" Bus - Bus Model Version: Standard - BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3645 - Destination Sign: NOT IN SERVICE - Green/Blue/Grey/White With White and black Lettering (PWRS Exclusive) - Expected Release Date: 2020-12-01
224-703078
$59.95
Rapido Trains - HO Scale - New Look "Fishbowl" Bus - Bus Model Version: Standard - BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3641 - Destination Sign: 9 BROADWAY - Green/Blue/Grey/White With White and black Lettering (PWRS Exclusive) - Expected Release Date: 2020-12-01
224-703079
$59.95
Rapido Trains - HO Scale - New Look "Fishbowl" Bus - Bus Model Version: Deluxe - BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3605 - Destination Sign: 22 KNIGHT STREET - Green/Blue/Grey/White With White and black Lettering (PWRS Exclusive) with lights - Expected Release Date: 2020-12-01
224-753074
$79.95
Rapido Trains - HO Scale - New Look "Fishbowl" Bus - Bus Model Version: Deluxe - BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3621 - Destination Sign: 11 STANLEY PARK - Green/Blue/Grey/White With White and black Lettering (PWRS Exclusive) with lights - Expected Release Date: 2020-12-01
224-753075
$79.95
Rapido Trains - HO Scale - New Look "Fishbowl" Bus - Bus Model Version: Deluxe - BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3623 - Destination Sign: 23 MACDONALD - Green/Blue/Grey/White With White and black Lettering (PWRS Exclusive) with lights - Expected Release Date: 2020-12-01
224-753076
$79.95
Rapido Trains - HO Scale - New Look "Fishbowl" Bus - Bus Model Version: Deluxe - BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3617 - Destination Sign: #10 10th UBC via BLVD - Green/Blue/Grey/White With White and black Lettering (PWRS Exclusive) with lights - Expected Release Date: 2020-12-01
224-753077
$79.95
Rapido Trains - HO Scale - New Look "Fishbowl" Bus - Bus Model Version: Deluxe - BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3645 - Destination Sign: NOT IN SERVICE - Green/Blue/Grey/White With White and black Lettering (PWRS Exclusive) with lights - Expected Release Date: 2020-12-01
224-753078
$79.95
Rapido Trains - HO Scale - New Look "Fishbowl" Bus - Bus Model Version: Deluxe - BC Hydro (Vancouver) #3641 - Destination Sign: 9 BROADWAY Green/Blue/Grey/White With White and black Lettering (PWRS Exclusive) with lights - Expected Release Date: 2020-12-01
224-753079
$79.95

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