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The August 6th, 2000 STCUM Fishbowl Charter

Text and photos by Richard Hooles.

On August 6th, 2000, about 19 bus fans from Ontario, Quebec, and the US came to Montreal to charter one of the remaining 100 or so GMC New Look "Fishbowl" buses in the Montreal Urban Community Transit Corporation's (a.k.a. STCUM, for the French translation of the name) fleet. These buses are expected to all be retired in 2001 to coincide with the arrival of new Nova LFS buses, ending 42 years of operation for the familiar vehicle. We were fortunate to be able to get 23-101, one of the 150 New Looks to enter service in 1980/81 that was operating out of the LaSalle garage in the island's southwest end.

STCUM Charter Image Archive

Thank you to everyone who came out, and for your patience with everything we went through. Special thanks as well to Valerie Cook and Carole Dupré at the STCUM, and to our operator Claude for all their help!