Archive for November, 2009

Science Park shuttle

November 25, 2009

Before 1980, the area around Science Park Drive is just a patch of jungle. The first building to be built was DNV Technology in 1984. Two other buildings followed are SISIR (now PSB) and Chartered Semiconductor (now Amkor Technology). People working at these places need to alight and board SBS service 200 along South Bouna Vista Road. The three buildings were situated at the junction of Science Park Drive and South Bouna Vista Road so it was not a problem. As more buildings Cintech I, Cintech II, Chawick, Cavendish, etc…were built further in, people need to take a long walk from the bus stop at South Bouna Vista Road to their office and vice versa. It was until 1992 the first shuttle bus started operation between Science Park Drive and Bouna Vista MRT. The contract was given to Bork’s Trading and the fare is 50c, OMO. The first bus used was an old Bedford SB which was re-bodied several times by various owners. The last body this bus has was a recycled Soon Chow body. The speedometer of this bus remains at 0 Km/h irrespective of the speed of the bus was travelling. Luckily, this bus was soon replaced by a brand new Mercedes OF1315/51 :
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Another aircon Nissan CMF87 with similar body style was added one year later.
I am not sure when the Bork’s contract ended. The current shuttle bus operator is ComfortDelgro. SBSTransit also operate service 92 between Bouna Vista MRT and Science Park Drive :
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Orange Coach

November 18, 2009

New express bus operator for Singapore – Kuala Lumpur route:

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The company started operation only last month. There are two daily trips 8am and 2pm departing Singapore for KL, and 2pm and 8pm for the return trip. Pick-up and drop off point in Singapore is at the Orange Coach ticketing office at Arab Street, opposite Golden Landmark Hotel. For KL, it will be at Ancasa Hotel near Puduraya bus station.

NZ Army buses in Singapore

November 10, 2009

The First New Zealand Infantry Regiment was stationed at Dieppe Barracks at Sembawang Road. Togather with the the Australian and British Army, the area around Sembawang and Admiralty resemble and huge military camp. The British withdrew in 1971 followed by the Australian in 1974. The last to leave was the 1st NZIR in 1989. The NZ army operates a fleet of buses, mostly Bedford SB with British Strachan bodywork. They began to replace some of the buses with Hino BX341s and RK176s with CWI Ranger bodywork from their own home country New Zealand in 1986. I have seen these buses on the roads while they were here in Singapore. It’s a pity I didn’t managed to take down the registration numbers of these buses.
I am not sure about the Bedford SBs but all the Hinos were shipped back to New Zealand when the 1st NZIR left.
The Hino BX341 has C44F configuration while the Hino RK176 C45F.
C = coach
44/45 = no.of seats
F = front door only
Below are some ex-Army buses used by NZ private operators.
Ex-NZ Army Hino BX :
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Ex-NZ Army Hino RK :
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Acknowledgement
Photo & vehicle information source : Omnibus Society New Zealand.

Old bus terminus – Yio Chu Kang

November 2, 2009

This is the location of the bus terminus by the side of Yio Chu Kang Road (direction towards Serangoon):
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There used to be a traffic circus at the foreground before it was converted to a signalised junction. Buses coming up from Serangoon will make a turn around the circus and terminate at the roadside marked in the photo above. Bus services which terminates here in the 1970s are 71 and 73/73A of ABS.
Map of the location :
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After the conversion to signalised junction, buses can longer make a U-turn and so the terminus was shifted to Old Upper Thomson Road near to the traffic junction. The bus parking bays are now used as carparks :
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