Cardinal Coach Lines

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Cardinal Logo-a.JPG
Area served Alberta, Northwest Territories
Founded April 1, 1947
Website www.cardinal-cal.com

Cardinal Coach Lines was a bus company based in Calgary, AB. They operated transportation services in the commuter, employee, student, and transit sectors. They were acquired by FirstGroup plc in 2005.

History

  • April 1, 1947: Cardinal Coach Lines (Cardinal) is founded by Gerald "Jerry" Lloyd Weber. The single-bus company provides a round trip service between Red Deer, AB and Consort, AB.
  • 1949: Cardinal moves its office to Calgary.
  • 1958: Cardinal launches its first school routes in Calgary.
  • 1971: Cardinal sells off its remaining central Alberta commuter routes to focus on its Calgary school bus operations.
  • 1981: Cardinal launches its Airporter and Airdrie Commuter services.
  • 1985: Cardinal's bus fleet reaches 410 vehicles.
  • 2008: First decals begin to be applied on school buses and commuter coaches.
  • 2016: The Cardinal brand is officially phased out.


Operations

Calgary Commuter Services

  • Airporter (1981-?)
  • Airdrie Commuter (1981-2010)

School Bus

  • Alberta
    • Airdrie, Calgary, Chestermere, Grande Prairie, Pincher Creek, Taber, Rimbey.

Transit

Motorcoach/Transit Bus Fleet Roster (before acquisition by First Canada)

See First Canada roster for post-acquisition fleet

Not a complete list

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
43 Blue Bird Transit Sold to Sorensen Bus Lines 161.
96 1954 MCI Courier 95D Ex-Saskatchewan Transportation Company 504
432 ? MCI 102-DL3
463-465 Cardinal Coach Lines 465-a.jpg 1980 OBI Orion 01.503 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Air Conditioned.
466-467 Cardinal Coach Lines 467-a.jpg 1980 OBI Orion 01.505 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Air Conditioned.
579-580, 582 1975 MCI MC-5B Detroit Diesel 8V71N Spicer 4 speed manual Ex-Charterways Ontario #'s 1065, 1064, 1066
609 1971 MCI MC-7 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison HT-740
  • Ex-Greyhound Canada #358.
  • Converted to a Freight / Passenger combo by Greyhound.
  • Converted by Cardinal to regular passenger bus.
  • To SAIT Trojans (AB).
  • Returned to Cardinal Coach Lines as #637.
610-612 1972 MCI MC-7 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Spicer 4 speed manual Ex-Greyhound Canada #'s 388-390
613-614 Cardinal Coach Lines 613-a.jpg 1973 MCI MC-7 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Spicer 4 speed manual Ex-Greyhound Canada #405 & 407.
616 Cardinal Coach Lines 616-a.jpg 1985 MCI 96-A3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 5 speed manual New to Cardinal
637 Renumbered 1472
638-639 1973 GMC S8H-5304A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison VS2-8 Ex-Gray Coach Lines 1413, 1417
677 Cardinal Coach Lines 677-a.jpg 1975 MCI MC-8 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison HT-740 Ex-Brewster Transportation 60
691 Cardinal Coach Lines 691-a.jpg ? MCI 102-DL3
  • Leased unit?
  • Has not been seen in several years in Calgary area.
736 Cardinal Coach Lines 736-a.jpg 1981 Prevost LeMirage Detroit Diesel 8V71N 6 speed manual Ex-Westerhaug Bus Lines(SK)
772 Aug. 1990 MCI 102-C3
871 1983 Prevost LeMirage Detroit Diesel 8V71N 6 speed manual
948-949 Cardinal Coach Lines 948-a.jpg 1984 Prevost LeMirage XL Detroit Diesel 8V92TA 6 speed manual Ex-Americoach#'s 73-74 (CA).
979 First Canada 979-a.jpg 1991 Prevost LeMirage XL Detroit Diesel 8V92TA 6 speed manual
1062 Renumbered 1243
1136 ? Prevost LeMirage Detroit Diesel 8V71N 6 speed manual Ex-?
1157-1158 Cardinal Coach Lines 1158-a.jpg 1995 MCI 102-D3 Caterpillar 3176B 7 speed manual
1161 1976 MCI MC-8 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
  • Ex-?
  • Has serial number S11781
1243 Cardinal Coach Lines 1243-a.jpg 1973 MCI MC-5B Detroit Diesel 8V71N Spicer 4 speed manual
1249-1250 First Canada 1250-a.jpg 1996 MCI 102-DL3 Caterpillar 3176B 7-speed manual
1258-1259 Cardinal Coach Lines 1258-a.jpg 1978 TMC MC-8 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
1372 Cardinal Coach Lines 1372-a.jpg 1985 MCI 102-A3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA or 8V92TA? Ex-?
1399 First Canada 1399-a.jpg 1989 MCI 102-A3 Detroit Diesel 8V92TA
1400 1986 MCI 102-A3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
1401 Cardinal Coach Lines 1401-a.jpg 1983 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 5 speed manual Ex-?
1402 1981 Prevost LeMirage Detroit Diesel 8V71N 6 speed manual
1472 Cardinal Coach Lines 1472-a.jpg 1971 MCI MC-7 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison HT-740
  • Ex-#637
  • Exx-SAIT Trojans.
1473 Cardinal Coach Lines 1473-a.jpg 1978 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
1480 Cardinal Coach Lines 1480-a.jpg 1995 Thomas Built Buses Chartour
  • Airporter
  • 30' long
1490, 1497 Cardinal Coach Lines 1497-a.jpg 1981 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA?
1494 First Canada 1494-a.jpg 1989 MCI 102-C3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA or 8V92TA? 5 speed manual
1495 Cardinal Coach Lines 1495-a.jpg ? Ford/Overland E-350/ELF 125 Wc15.JPG
1498 Cardinal Coach Lines 1498-a.jpg 1976 MCI MC-8 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Ex-?
1499 Cardinal Coach Lines 1499-a.jpg 1982 Prevost LeMirage Detroit Diesel 8V71N 6 speed manual
  • 1983 model.
  • Ex-?
1501 Cardinal Coach Lines 1501-a.jpg 1983 Prevost LeMirage Detroit Diesel 8V71N 6 speed manual Ex-?
1610 Cardinal Coach Lines 1610-a.jpg 1980 OBI Orion 01.504 Detroit Diesel 6V53N Ex-Calgary Transit 296.
1705 1975 MCI MC-8 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
  • Ex-?
  • Has serial # S110404
  • Never used in service and never carried fleet number.
  • Retired.
1706 Cardinal Coach Lines 1706-a.jpg 1978 Prevost LeMirage Detroit Diesel 8V71N 6 speed manual
1709-1710 Cardinal Coach Lines 1710-a.jpg 1990 MCI 102-A3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Ex-Brewster Transportation 643, 642
1718 Cardinal Coach Lines 1718-a.jpg 1990 MCI 102-C3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 7 speed manual Ex-Brewster Transportation 209
1732 Cardinal Coach Lines 1732-a.jpg 1987 MCI 102-A3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 5 speed manual Ex-Beaver Bus Lines 53
1733 Cardinal Coach Lines 1733-a.jpg 1987 MCI 102-A3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 5 speed manual Ex-?
1734 First Canada 1734-a.jpg 1988 MCI 102-A3 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 5 speed manual
2186 Ford/Champion E450/Challenger Airporter
2200-2201 Cardinal Coach Lines 2201-a.jpg 2001 Prevost LeMirage XL-II Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R New to Cardinal
2342 Cardinal Coach Lines 2342-a.jpg ? MCI 102-DL3
2362 First Canada 2362-a.jpg 1991 Prevost LeMirage XL-40
  • Ex-?; purchased in early-2003.
  • Rebranded to First Canada in 2008.
2462 Cardinal Coach Lines 2462-a.jpg 1993 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R
2463 Cardinal Coach Lines 2463-a.jpg 1995 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R
2801 Cardinal Coach Lines 2801-a.jpg ? MCI 102-DL3
2940 ? MCI 102-DL3
3034-3035 Cardinal Coach Lines 3034-a.jpg 1997 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R
3037, 3039-3040, 3042, 3045 Cardinal Coach Lines 3039-a.jpg 2000 Blue Bird Q-Bus Cummins ISC 8.3L Allison
F127 MCI 102-A3 Ex Farwest Coach F127

Shuttle Bus Fleet Roster (before acquisition by First Canada)

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Body Manufacturer Body Model Chassis Engine Transmission Notes
2999-3000 2007 StarTrans HD Senator Chevrolet C5500 GM Duramax 6.6L Allison
  • Rebranded to First Canada in 2008.
  • Transferred to Saskatchewan in November 2012 and November 2011.

Other Vehicles

Fleet Number Thumbnail Year Make Model Notes
856 1986 Plymouth Acclaim
1585 1999 GMC S-15 pickup truck
1765-1804 2000 Dodge Caravan 5 passenger
1805-1864 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 5 passenger
2138 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier
2218 2002 Chrysler Sebring
2495 2003/04 Ford E-250
2910 ? Airdrie Trailer N/A
  • Storage trailer

References