Rollsigns from Owen Sound, ON
Transit in Owen Sound dates back to the creation of Owen Sound Bus Lines Ltd. in
December of 1953. It's operation was short lived, operating only until 1961. The fleet
in the era of the sign below
comprised a couple types of vehicles - 35 foot GMC New
Looks and 30 foot Orion I buses, (7 buses total, all of which are retired and either sold
or scrapped). They also had 40-foot New Flyer low floors buses with flipdot electronic
signs,
all of which were sold to Oakville, Ontario. The current fleet all use electronic signs.
This mylar front route rollsign is off of 1981 built GMC T6H-5307N
#811. It has no print date or sign tag. It has 20 exposures. This
was one of only seven signs of this style to exist. Of the remaining
six, three were destroyed; one still occupied Orion I #801 when I
visited the system last in 1996; one was still in Orion I #781
which, again in 1996, was for sale privately just east of Owen
Sound, and the seventh one is a second copy I own, which I'm
considering donating to the Owen Sound Historical Board.
Update: All the above mentioned buses have since been scrapped.
Owen Sound Transit 1981 built GMC T6H-5307N #811 (the vehicle
that housed this rollsign) as it was found along with sister GMC Coach
#772 at Metro Collision in St. Catharines, Ontario on February 23, 1998.
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