Archive for November, 2010

Borgward

November 24, 2010

In the past week while surfing the internet, I learned of a name that was long forgotten in Singapore : Borgward. Long before Toyota Coasters and Mitsubishi Rosas were popular mini buses, there were Borgward BL611-O minibuses. I have seen many of these minibuses ferrying school children back in the 60s and 70s. At that time, I didn’t know the name of the manufacturer. The thing that caught my eye was the large diamond shape badge on the radiator grille :
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Borgward was a car and truck manufacturer based in Bremen, Germany. It started operation in 1929 and closed down in 1961. The Borgword minibus was derived from the BL611 truck. This model was the only bus model built by the company. The Singapore version was slightly modified with two piece folding door instead of a van type sliding door:
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Picture acknowledgement : Borgward Netherlands fan site

Too many cooks

November 16, 2010

Six years had past since the company went bust, some of the TUC buses have yet to be repainted into their new owner’s livery. This photo was taken last Sunday :
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Trans United Corporation was formed in March 2001 by 12 private bus firms. Back then, it was then the third largest bus company with about 300 buses. Trouble started from day 1 among the share holders. People tend to forget that they were once upon a time the boss, but with the new TUC company, they were merely share holders. They no longer have a say in how the company is to be operated. Problems became so severe that the company was declared bankrupt four years later in 2004.
A tragic case of too many cooks spoiling the broth.

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Coaches in Taiwan

November 9, 2010

Typical coaches in Taiwan are built with two decks. Seats are all on the upper deck. The lower deck is for stowing luggage. Some coaches’ lower deck are built to include “fake” windows to make it look like a double decker. Most of the coaches’ exterior is painted in various bright colours. Seldom can one find a coach with simple livery.

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Golden Dragon

November 2, 2010

The first Golden Dragon bus was registered in 2006. Between 2006 and 2008, only four were registered. Other chinese brands such as Kinglong, Higer, Yutong and Zonda sold much more buses. Recent months had seen an increase of a number of Golden Dragon buses on the roads. Three versions of 9, 10 and 11m were offered by parallel importer Abwin Bus.
9m XML6975J14 two door version:
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9m XML6975J14 one door version:
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