Rollsigns from Sarnia, ON
Transit in Sarnia began with the Sarnia Street Railway Company in 1875.
This service ran until February 25, 1931. After its closure, transit resumed
on January 1, 1932 with the Sarnia Bus Company Ltd. In the 1950's a
company called Cities Bus Services Ltd. held down service until Sarnia Transit
Company Ltd., acquired by Charterways Transportation Ltd., took over in the 1960's.
The modern Sarnia Transit began operations in 1974, and continues to this date.
This set of mylar rollsigns was given to me by
Sarnia Transit. They both have no printed date,
and each ha
s 25 exposures. These were
printed before a system-wide change in 1992.
This set of mylar rollsigns was given to me by Sarnia Transit in mint condition.
Not only had they never been in a bus, there was still liquid yellow dye on the
sign! The front sign (left) is dated April 16, 1991, while the side sign (right) is
dated April 19, 1991. Each sign has 40 exposures. They were printed before
the system-wide changes that occurred in 1992, but interestingly, were printed
with the colours to be used after the changes. Only two sets of these "transition"
signs were ever printed. Their respective sign tags are shown below.
This set of mylar rollsigns was given to me by Sarnia Transit.
The front sign (left) is off of 1991 built MCI TC40-102N "Classic"
#911. Its print date is March 31, 1992. Its sign tag is shown
below. The side sign is off of 1991 built MCI TC40-102N
"Classic" #913. It has no print date, but with the readings being
identical to the front sign, it's likely the print date is within a
couple days of March 31, 1992. Both signs have 46 exposures.
This mylar rollsign was given to me by
Sarnia Transit. It was removed from their
retired 1997 built Ford ELF #972. It has
no printed date, and has 29 exposures.
LES AUTOBUS-SARNIA TRANSIT
P.O.NO.D1103Q
G5007658 M580
D1917-MA SIDE
4/19/91 TRANSIGN
LES AUTOBUS-SARNIA TRANSIT
P.O.NO.D1103Q
G5007659 M580 SGL.FRT.
4/16/91 TRANSIGN
CITY OF SARNIA
P.O. NO.19597
G5007659 FRONT CURTAIN
3-31-92 TRANSIGN
This mylar jumbo rollsign was given to me by Sarnia Transit. It was pulled from their retired 1992
built OBI 05.501 Orion V #922. The sign is dated March 20, 1992 and has 29 exposures. It's very
likely this front sign was the only one to occupy this bus throughout its life. Interestingly, the sign
tag indicates it was designed for a Flxible 870 model bus, not the Orion V bus it was actually in.
BUS INDUSTRIES-SARNIA
P.O.NO.502613
D3373-MA
0116211264  FLX.870 SGL. FRONT
3/20/92 TRANSIGN
Sarnia Transit's 1992 built Orion V buses #921 and #923, showing
jumbo front rollsigns from the same series as one above, are seen
retired at the back of the Sarnia Transit garage on September 18,
2009. Orion V #922 was also on this retirement line but was not

in a position to easily photograph from the front.
Retired Sarnia Transit 1997 built Ford Econoline Low
Floor (ELF)
#972, showing the rollsign seen above
right, is seen with other retired buses at the back of
the Sarnia Transit yard on September 18, 2009.