New Flyer C40LF

Welcome to the New Flyer C40LF photo gallery. In 1998, Vancouver (Under BC Transit) took delivery of 25 New Flyer C40LF's, they were numbered 3283-3299, 3301-3308. The original powertrain for all 25 buses was a Detroit Diesel Series 50G (CNG) with a 3 speed Voith D863 automatic transmission. All 25 buses originally wore the "Clean Air Bus" livery first introduced on earlier CNG units, the 1995 New Flyer C40 buses. And like the C40 buses, these C40LF's have a very unique history.

Following the 2001 transit strike, Coast Mountain Bus Company parked all 25 units. High maintenance and operating costs of the CNG buses (including the 1995 C40's) led to this deicsion. Bus 3292 was pulled out of storage and loaned to Cummins/Westport who refitted the bus with a Cummins C+ Gas (CNG) engine. The bus was used as a demo unit for Cummins/Wesport, thus it did not operate for CMBC; however, this bus was returned to CMBC/Translink in mid-2005 with the powertrain refit still in place. At the same time the remaining 24 buses in storage returned to active service starting in mid-2005. 19 units were returned with their original powertrains (S50G/Voith D863) and eventually repainted into Translink "Sweep" livery. However, 6 units had their engines swapped out to Cummins C+ Gas engines. The first 4 were 3288, 3302, 3307 and 3308, these were part of a Hydrogen-CNG fuel testing program (HCNG). A fith unit, 3306 had it's Series 50G swapped with a Cummins C+ Gas engine, bus was not modified to run the HCNG fuel mixture. Bus 3290 kept its S50G engine, but has been refitted with Allison B400R5 transmission in place of its original Voith D863.

In 2009, the 19 of 25 buses that did not receive a Cummins C+ Gas engine and still retained the Series 50G engine underwent a conversion to being diesel buses. This conversion saw the removal of the CNG roof tanks, making the buses easy to identify from proper Vancouver D40LF models because the roof mounted air circulation units are missing from these convereted C40LF buses (instead they are in the rear of the bus as per factory specs.).

The original Clean Air Bus livery was replaced with the Translink "Sweep" when the buses returned to service in 2005. Some of the C40LF's have been refitted with Balios LED destination signs, in place of the original Luminator flipdot signs.


All photos in this section are taken by me (Kevin Lo) Please do not re-use any of these photos without my permission. Thank You
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Thumbnail Fleet Number Year Description Photo Date (M/D/Y)
P3283 1998 P3283 seen laying over at Burrard Station waiting for its next run on Route 160 Port Coquitlam via Barnet Highway. 2/23/2007
P3283-2 1998 P3283 at Cullen Diesel waiting to be dieselized. 4/18/2009
P3284 1998 P3284 at Cullen Diesel waiting to be dieselized. 4/18/2009
R3285 1998 R3285 on No. 3 Road at Cook working Route 401 One Road. 7/16/2014
P3286 1998 P3286 seen laying over at Lougheed Station working Route 97 B-Line to Coquitlam Station. 2/21/2007
P3286-2 1998 P3286 at Cullen Diesel waiting to be dieselized. 4/18/2009
R3286 1998 R3286 on No. 3 Road at Cook working Route 405 Five Road. 7/16/2014
P3287 1998 P3287 seen arriving at Lougheed Station working B-Line Route 97. 2/23/2007
P3287-2 1998 P3287 seen arriving at Lougheed Station working B-Line Route 97. 2/23/2007
P3287-3 1998 P3287 at Cullen Diesel waiting to be dieselized. 4/18/2009
R3287 1998 R3287 laying over near Brighouse Station working Route 404 Ladner Exchange. 7/20/2014
P3289 1998 P3289 seen arriving at Coquitlam Central Station working the 97 B-Line to Lougheed Station . 8/29/2008
P3289-2 1998 P3289 at Cullen Diesel waiting to be dieselized, missing it's CNG tank. 4/18/2009
P3290 1998 P3290 westbound on Hastings at Richards working Route 160 Burrard Station. 4/18/2009
R3290 1998 R3290 on No. 3 Road at Cook working Route 403 Three Road. 7/16/2014
P3291 1998 P3291 at Cullen Diesel waiting to be dieselized, missing it's CNG tank. 4/18/2009
P3294 1998 P3294 seen westbound on Dunsmuir arriving at Burrard Station on Route 160. 2/21/2007
P3294 Rear 1998 P3294 at Cullen Diesel waiting to be dieselized. 4/18/2009
P3295 1998 P3295 seen departing Lougheed Station working Route 97 B-Line to Coquitlam Station. 2/21/2007
P3295-2 1998 P3295 at Cullen Diesel waiting to be dieselized, missing it's CNG tank. 4/18/2009
R3295 1998 R3295 southbound on No. 3 Road at Cook working Route 430 Brighouse Station. 7/16/2014
P3295 Rear 1998 P3295 seen departing Lougheed Station working Route 97 B-Line to Coquitlam Station. 2/21/2007
P3296 1998 P3296 at Cullen Diesel waiting to be dieselized. 4/18/2009
P3297 1998 P3297 at Cullen Diesel waiting to be dieselized. 4/18/2009
R3297 1998 R3297 on No. 3 Road at Cook working Route 401 One Road. 7/16/2014
P3298 1998 P3298 seen on Barnet outside of Coquitlam Central outbound on Route 701. 2/23/2007
P3298-2 1998 P3298 at Cullen Diesel waiting to be dieselized. 4/18/2009
P3298 Rear 1998 P3298 seen arriving at Coquitlam Central Station. 8/29/2008
R3298 Rear 1998 R3298 departing UBC Loop working Route 49 Metrotown Station. 7/15/2011
P3299 1998 P3299 seen waiting for its next run on Route 143 while at Coquitlam Central. 2/23/2007
P3299-2 1998 P3299 at Cullen Diesel waiting to be dieselized. 4/18/2009
P3299 Rear 1998 P3299 seen waiting for its next run on Route 143 while at Coquitlam Central. 2/23/2007
P3301 1998 P3301 at Cullen Diesel waiting to be dieselized. 4/18/2009
R3303 1998 R3303 not in service at Brighouse Station. 7/16/2014
P3304 1998 P3304 at Cullen Diesel waiting to be dieselized, missing it's CNG tank. 4/18/2009
P3304-2 1998 P3304 at Cullen Diesel waiting to be dieselized, missing it's CNG tank. 4/18/2009
P3305 1998 P3305 at Cullen Diesel waiting to be dieselized, missing it's CNG tank. 4/18/2009
R3305 1998 R3305 laying over at Bridgeport Station working Route 403 Three Road. 7/18/2011
R3305-2 1998 R3305 at Brighouse Station working Route 404 Ladner Exchange. 7/16/2014
R3305-3 1998 R3305 at Brighouse Station posed for C26 Buntzen Lake. 7/20/2014
P3306 1998 P3306 seen arriving at Coquitlam Central Station working Route 151 Lougheed Station . 8/29/2008
P3306 Rear 1998 P3306 waiting for its next run at Coquitlam Central Station. 8/29/2008
Group Photo 1998 A lineup for C40LF buses at Cullien Diesel beind dieselized. 4/18/2009
Group Photo 1998 A lineup for C40LF buses at Cullien Diesel beind dieselized. 4/18/2009
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