A miserable example of TTC 2005 Orion 07.501 VII #7708 on the dead winter shot of the now-defunct 12B Kingston Rd. branch. This is one of 482 VIIs built, purchased, and delivered in 2002-2005, came pre-equipped with UWE, and replaced older buses (notably GM New Looks). The VIIs became the TTC modern-day represented buses. They are allocated and assigned to New Eglinton and Birchmount Garages in Scarborough.
In serious cases, any of New Eglinton S50EGR VIIs breakdown everyday and 80% of Birchmount’s have the same issues in the winter. The cause is from air / coolant leaks causing the buses to tow back to the garage throughout their careers. As some fans say, they are the most unreliable buses in Toronto’s fleet. Several Scarborough routes have complained due to the fact they die and “abused” as some OG / NG Hybrids do breakdown. Choices are repairs, retirement, or repowered. Most preferred option 2 if TTC needs to purchase replacement buses, it’ll likely happen or not.
S50EGR@275hp / B400R5.