Archive for August, 2008

Old bus terminus – NTU

August 26, 2008

This a map of the old Nanyang University :


Note that the names of the roads in the university were named after places in China : Nanking Road, Wuhan Road, Peking Road, Fuchow Road, etc…The bus terminus for 174 is at the end of Nanyang Avenue. A big arch stands at the entrance to the university near the junction of Nanyang Avenue and Upper Jurong Road. This original arch is still at the same location but the surrounding landscape has changed drastically:
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The width is rather narrow. Whenever two buses passes each other at the gate, one will have to give way to the other.
This is a map of the area today :


Since the redevelopment of the area, the original arch was cut off from the university campus grounds. A replica arch was built in the university garden:
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The replica was built in 1995 :
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This is a map of the university circa mid 1980s :

The bus terminus has shifted to Student Walk outside Canteen 1 :
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Frankenstein buses

August 19, 2008

Unlike SBS Transit, which take great efforts to repair their buses to the original form, SMRT does not gives a damn on how their buses are repaired after an accident. The company take any available parts and graft it onto the buses and send them onto the roads. The results are “Frankenstein” buses with body parts from various sources. Below are some samples:
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Firefly 2

August 12, 2008

PA7492Y was the coach assigned to us. It is a brand new King Long XMQ6126K. It has manual gear and Cummins engine. Suspension and the ride was fantastic.
This is the off side view of the coach at the Malaysian side of the second link:
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This is the near side view:
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Five Stars does not have their own coaches. The company charters coaches from various companies. This King Long coach belongs to Asa Coach Services :
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The coach is equipped with a pair of “praying mantis” type wing mirrors. Each wing has 3 mirrors :
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This is a view of the interior :
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The front and mid section roof are fitted with a LCD screen:
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The screens can be folded up when it is not in use. Note also the clock is built into the mirror:
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This is the dash of the coach. The green colour LCD screen at the center (shown by the arrow) display the clock and the odometer reading:
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When the door is opened, the LCD display shows a “door open” sign :
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A last photo of the coach showing off the side marker and the entrance step lights:
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Firefly 1

August 11, 2008

Went with Ziran on a firefly trip last month. We travelled by Five Stars. The coaches left Beach Road at around 6.30am and reached Tuas second link at 7.05am. After clearing the Malaysian customs, lots of Bas Persiarans:
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Stopped at Queen Park coffeeshop for breakfast :
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After breakfast, the coach continue on the journey and reached Sungei Renjit at Pengarang at around 11.30am. This is the town square opposite a very small bus and taxi station :
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A view of the seaside:
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After lunch, we visited a ostrich farm. These are baby ostriches:
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Followed by avisit to a fruit farm at Desaru. These are dragon fruit plants (some kind of cactus) :
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After the fruit farm, the coach brought us back to Kota Tinggi for dinner and firefly tour. The firefly tour is conducted at night. All the passengers squeeze onto a motorised sampan and off we went travelling along the river towards the Straits of Johor. No flash photography was allowed. So no photos, it is too dark and the flies were too small anyway:
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Old bus terminus – Circuit Road

August 5, 2008

I used to stay at Pipit Road in MacPherson Estate. Nearby is Circuit Road :
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Previously Circuit Road is called Persiaran Keliling and Pipit Road is Jalan Pipit. Here is an old map of the area :


The old bus terminus is located next to the hawker center :
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Buses which terminate here are ABC 62, 63, 65, ABS 61, UBC 64, 154.
Previously, the hawker center occupies two blocks and stretches from Jalan Pipit to Jalan Merpati. Now only half the hawker center is left :
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When the park and ride scheme started, the stretch of road between Merpati Road and Balam Road is used by NTUC city shuttle service route 6 as the terminus :
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Motor cowboys II

August 4, 2008

OK, this is not another rant on those circus monkeys on two wheels squeezing in between other vehiches. Since the last post on this subject, I finally came across a motorcyclist who patiently waits behind big trucks :
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