Archive for October, 2010

Liannex’s decker

October 26, 2010

Whilst other bus builders has been building buses with two deck configuaration, this bus is the first of its kind to be built by Liannex Corporation. To be exact, it is a double decker since it has two decks but unlike the double deckers which most people are used to, there are only seats on the upper deck on this bus. Some people called it low height decker or high decker, others use the word “semi decker”.
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Registartion No. : PC2130P, 18 Oct 2010
Chassis : Isuzu LV434R
Chassis No. : JALLV434C87000008
Engine No. : 6HK1472843
Engine capacity : 7790 cc
Max laden wt : 16800Kg
Unladen wt : 12820Kg

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Malaysia Travel Fair 2010

October 19, 2010

This year’s Travel Malaysia Fair was held at Suntec Convention Hall 401 from 15th to 17th Oct. The fair seems to be smaller compared to last year’s and most of the tourist promotion organisation from various Malaysian states were absent. The fair was held at a time when NATAs was also conducting its winter travel fair at Singapore Expo. Probably explains the absence of crowds and exhibitors. Five coaches were on display. Of the five coaches, only the Five Stars coach is new.

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Transtar’s Solitaire Scania 380 using SC Auto bodywork.
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Luxury Travel’s Scania K124IB4X2 with Soon Chow bodywork. This is a 2007 registered coach.
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This is one of Konsortium’s 2008 Scania coaches bodied by Gemilang.
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Five Stars’ latest MAN 24.440 coach bodied by Soon Chow. This coach is registered only recently.
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Woodlands Travel show case their 2007 Scania K124IB4X2 with bodywork by Soon Chow.

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Old bus terminus – Mandai

October 13, 2010

Junction of Sembawang Road and Mandai Road was the terminus of Green Bus route no. 4 and later SBS route no. 171 :
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The old building is used previously as a post office:
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View from Sembawang Road :
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After Sembawang Road was widened and re-aligned, the terminus was moved to Sembawang Road 10ms :
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The terminus was located near the former SAF’s Nee Soon Camp School of Signal gate. This is a temporary terminus until the proper one was constructed at Yishun Central. The parking area was just a small open space covered with granite chips. Place can be quite muddy on rainy days.
Present location, with the road re-aligned and the camp perimeter fence re-built to run parallel to the new road :
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All the kampongs and old shop houses along this stretch of Sembawang Road were demolished during the widening of the road. The only old building left untouched was this mosque :
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One man ticketing system

October 6, 2010

Twenty eight years ago, the first one man ticketing system trial was carried out by SBS on Sunday 8 Oct 1982. This marked the beginning of the one man operated ticketing system or OTS which became the main form of collecting fare for the next nine years until it was replaced by the Transitlink Farecard system in 1991.
The service chosen was route 45 from Bedok to Tanjong Rhu. Short route and simple fare structure of 40, 50 and 60 cents was the reason why SBS chose the service for trial. The machine used on the four Albion Viking EVK41L buses were from United Kingdom, which is able to issue a ticket at the speed of 1.2 to 1.3 seconds. Three ticket machines from Japan and one from France will also be put on trial on a later date. One machine from Japan was not used in any trial because it takes 4 seconds to issue a ticket which causes delay in boarding. Blue OTS stickers were pasted on the windscreen of the bus :

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The OTS logo was also displayed on the route number plates at the front and side of the bus:

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Ticket issued by the machine :

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Early version of the ticketing machine :

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