I got an early Christmas present to myself today, a delivery of an HO Scale “New Look” GM Transit Bus from Rapido Trains. This one, is the Toronto Transit Commission “modern” paint scheme, which was an exclusive to the TTCShop website. I ordered and paid for it in May, as they were being built to order, and instead of being like a Hobby Shop and charging when goods arrive, the TTC shop took payment at order.
The packaging for the Rapido “New Look” bus, and the bus with the laser cut mud flaps and decal sheet.
The bus is beautifully detailed, I ordered the Deluxe version which includes lighting and additional paint on the interior. I ordered this version as it will be getting the Yonge 97 Bus destination signs added, and be numbered as one of the last of the New Looks which trundled up and down Yonge Street until their retirement in 2011. I bought this version as I wanted it to help add context to the model of 587 Yonge, where the buses rolled by on the street on a regular basis.
The bus connected to a battery (you can just see the headlights on) and in the general position on the 587 Yonge St diorama.
I’ll be busy tonight applying the 97B Yonge route sign, license plates, and numbering my bus as one of the last group in TTC service in 2011. It’s a great looking model and will definitely help set the era and location of the diorama it will be a part of.