Rollsigns from Richmond Hill, ON
This set of mylar rollsigns are off 1978 OBI 01.501 Orion I #504 (pictured
below). They are both dated October 13, 1989, and they both have 13
exposures. Their respective sign tags are shown below. Both signs
have been drawn virtually perfect to scale, however, the side sign (right)
has been enlarged twice the scale size, to show the text detail.
Transit in the Richmond Hill area began in 1896 with interurban electric railway service provided along Yonge
Street by the Toronto and York Radial Railway Company. In 1948, the interurban cars were replaced by the
North Yonge bus route operated by the
Toronto Transportation Commission as a contracted service to the
area. Trailways of Canada Ltd. began local service in the town in 1960. During their operation, company
ownership changed from Trailways to Travelways, and finally Laidlaw Transit. Laidlaw operated bus service until
January 1, 2001, when Richmond Hill Transit, as well as
Markham Transit, Vaughan Transit, and Newmarket
Transit, which included the previously run Aurora Transit, merged to become what is now York Region Transit.
Richmond Hill Transit Orion I #504, featuring the
front sign (above) and side sign (not visible), is in
service at Hillcrest Mall, September 26, 1995.
This mylar rollsign is off one of Richmond Hill's 1989 NewFlyer D40's.
The original sign is dated October 13, 1999, the same as the other
front sign shown here. All the exposures after "Special" are a later
addition to the sign. With some routes expanded or changed and the
pending amalgamation with other York Region services, Richmond
Hill Transit added these "generic" exposures in the interim. The actual
date they were introduced is not known, however their appearance
was first noted in the Summer of 1997. Its sign tag is shown below.
P.O. 15182
D2400-MA FRONT 009298
10-13-89 TRANSIGN
P.O. 15182
D2400-MA FRONT 009298
10-13-89 TRANSIGN
WFD-1923-MA NO.009300
10/13/89 TRANSIGN
Richmond Hill Transit NewFlyer D40-89 #522, featuring a front rollsign
with the same updates as the one above, is seen westbound on Bernard
Ave. at Yonge St. outside the Yonge/Bernard terminal, March 11, 1999.