Archive for January, 2010

New bus 2010

January 26, 2010

Spotted this new bus at Lentor Avenue (pardon the poor quality, sunlight at wrong direction):
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This is the first 2010 registered bus I spotted this year. The bus is a Foton BJ6940, registered on 21 Jan, 4 days ago.
Dimension : 9380 x 200 x 3500 (l x w x h)
Capacity : 39 seater
Power : 180KW/2500rpm
Torque : 890Nm/1200 – 1700rpm
Engine : Cummins ISBe4
Emission : Euro IV
Engine capacity : 6700cc
Chassis no. : LVCB3RDB69M001402

Collyer Quay – then and now

January 21, 2010

Asia Insurance Building at the junction of Collyer Quay and Finlayson Green was once upon a time the tallest building in Singapore. Postcard showing the building :
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Note the overhead trolley bus wires from left turning to the right. The bus in the postcard is a STC Albion Victor.
A photo shot of the present day building:
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The building was converted to an expensive service apartment “The Ascott”.
Gone were the overhead trolley bus wires and up came several high rise buildings. High floor STC Albion Victors buses were replaced by new SBS Transit Scania K230UB low floor buses.

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Old bus terminus – Tanjong Rhu

January 14, 2010

Tanjong Rhu used to be an industrial area. There were lots of shipyards, scrapyards and even a flour mill. The area is served by 2 services in the 1970s, both operated by ABS. Ex-Paya Lebar Bus Co. Kew Fargos were used on route 72 and ex-Katong Bedok/Changi Bus Tilling Stevens/Vulcans on route 46. Both of these services terminates at the end of the road, outside Vosper shipyard.
Map showing the location of the former bus terminus at Tanjong Rhu:
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The area now has been re-developed and is occupied by private condominiums. A photo of the former bus terminus:
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Tanjong Rhu is now served by one bus service: SBS Transit’s 158, which loops around a traffic circus at the end of the road :
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Buses in PSA

January 6, 2010

Due to PSA huge area of operation, bus services were operated inside the port area.
Area of PSA container ports :
Keppel                     96 Ha
Tanjong Pagar         80 Ha
Pasir Panjang          190 Ha
Brani                        79 Ha
The earliest buses operated by PSA were some Bedfords left behind by the British forces when they withdrew from Singapore. The Bedfords were replaced by brand new Hino BX341s. These Hinos were in turn replaced by a batch of smaller Hino ACs and Mercedes 711 buses.
A Hino AC with similar body style used by PSA :
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In 2003, PSA retrenched 800 workers due to growing competition from nearby ports. As part of the cost cutting excercise, the entire batch of buses were sold off.
A Mercedes 711 at a scrap yard (with the PSA logo removed):
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The route details at the back fo the bus:
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Currently the internal bus services were contracted to Woodlands Transport:
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PSA is a restricted area, only PSA personnel are allowed to enter the port area. For visitors and contractors, PSA issue daily or yearly passes. A typical day pass issued by PSA in 1992:

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