Archive for May, 2010

Old bus terminus – Upper Serangoon

May 24, 2010

There are two bus terminus at Upper Serangoon area. One is located at Upper Serangoon Road 6½ms, near the junction of Tampines Road. The other is at the end of Upper Serangoon Road, next to Serangoon River.
The one at 6½ms is more busier, with many services terminating: STC 110, 111, 112, ABS 80A, 81A. Before the bus reorganisation in 1972, this place is also the terminus of STC’s longest trolley bus route 4 and motor bus route 18 (both to Finlayson Green). At the Tampines Road junction is Paya Lebar Bus’s route 2 to Changi Road.
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This the location of the 6½ms terminus, Tampines Road is on the right hand side :
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Some of the old shop houses along the stretch of road still exists :
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Buses reaching the Upper Serangoon Road/Tampines Road junction will turn left into Simon Road, a one way street :
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Travel up the narrow Simon Road :
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Turn into Simon Lane, Florence Road, and exit from Lim Ah Pin Road to get back to Upper Serangoon Road :
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About one km further up, Upper Serangoon Road ends at Serangoon village, next to Serangoon River. Only one service terminates here: ABS 156.
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This is the end of Upper Serangoon Road with the river at the background, the former bus terminus is located in the thick vegetation on the right hand side :
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Aerial view of the place with new bridge and roads. The road was re-aligned to cross over Sungei Pinang :
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This is the new bridge which cross Sungei Pinang towards Sengkang :
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Another view of the bridge which crosses Sungei Pinang instead of going over Serangoon River :
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Serangoon River, still retaining the natural river banks :
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Farecard on Jurong Island buses

May 18, 2010

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Transitlink EZ Link fare card can be used on Jurong Island buses operated by TNC. The buses are fitted with second hand SBS Transit fare collection boxes for passengers who are paying by cash. For EZ Link farecards, a modified system was installed. Unlike SBS Transit and SMRT Bus dedicated farecard system, TNC uses a JCM cash register modified and linked to a card scanner similar to those used in McDonald fast food restaurant and 7-11 stores. The scanner takes a longer time to read the farecard compared to those used on public buses.

Entrance :

The card scanner :

The ticketing console:

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Ticket :

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Buses on rail

May 11, 2010

Railbuses are originally designed as a type of rail carriage used on little used railway lines. These vehicles uses bus bodies mounted on modified four wheeled rail chassis.
This is a prototype railbus built by Leyland and British Rail Engineering using body parts from the Leyland National bus:
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In the 1984, Kereta Tanah Melayu (KTM) carried out trials using one from British Leyland and one from Ganz-Mavag-Ikarus. After a trial of 14 months, KTM eventually bought 10 units from Ganz-Mavag-Ikarus, a Hungarian company in 1987 costing a total of S$14 million. Each railbus is made up of two rail cars. The railbuses were place into service on four routes: Johor Baru- Singapore, Gemas-Singapore, Butterworth-Alor Setar and Kuala Lipis-Gua Musang.
This is a sketch of the railbus in KTM livery:
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The ones acquired by KTM is slightly different from the one which was used for the trial. The main differences are the location of the door and the window type:
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The Ganz-Mavag-Ikarus Bzmot 601 railbus uses the same body component as the Ikarus 200 series bus. This is an Ikarus 260 city bus:
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Ganz-Mavag-Ikarus Bzmot 601 information:

Technical data 2-car configuration 3-car configuration
Guage 1000 – 1435 mm 1000 – 1435 mm
Axle layout 1-B-1 1-B-B-1
Width 2600 mm 2600 mm
Max. height above rail level 3600 mm 3600 mm
Wheelbase with driver units 8500 mm 8500 mm
Wheelbase 8000 mm
No. of seats 86 120
length between bumpers 25400 mm 35600 mm
Weight 32 tons 43 tons
Max. axle load 12.5 tons 12.5 tons
Engine Cummins NTA855R Cummins NTA855R
Engine power 250 KW 250 KW
Max. speed 100 km/h 100 km/h
Transmission hydraulic hydraulic
Type of driving gear twin disc TAC22-130 twin disc TAC22-130

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Marina Bay Sands shuttle

May 4, 2010

Sungee Travel won the contract to operate shuttle buses on behalf of Marina Bay Sands Casino. Sungee’s fleet of coaches comprises mainly of Kinglongs, Isuzus and some very old Mercedes and Fuso. It was a surprise that they decide to use MAN 14.280HOCL coaches.
PC7775X leaving MBS for Changi Airport :
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PC7770J arriving at MBS :
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MBS also has limousine to ferry some special guests :
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MBS hotel is separated from the casino/convention hall by a 6 lane road. Saw these cowboys driving a cart along the road to get from the hotel side to the Casino side. Did anyone tell them that their “car” is legally not allowed on the road :
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