Archive for December, 2010

Last post for 2010

December 28, 2010

The year 2010 is coming to a close. The last post of 2010, lets take a look at the various models introduced by Chinese bus manufacturers this year. Similar to last year 2009, made in China buses remain popular with many private and school bus operators. With the exception of Zonda and Sunlong, most of the existing Chinese bus dealers introduced new models in 2010.

Foton
This company was set up late in 2009 and managed to sell a number of buses at the beginning of this year. Three models were offered :
BJ6940U7LHBR
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BJ6103U7LHBR
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BJ6120U8MJBR
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Golden Dragon
After a brief absence, this brand was re-introduced to the local market. Three models are available :
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XML6118E
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XML6103J98
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Higer
Higer only introduce one new model this year :
KLQ6125B
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King Long
Kinglong has several models for sale in the past years. This year, the company introduced some newer models :
XMQ6996K
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XMQ6118KMMC
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XMQ6120K
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XMQ6129K
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Yutong
The popular ZK6100 was replaced by the similar ZK6107H in November :
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Zhong Tong
Currently the only private bus operator which uses Zhongtong is Tong Tar Transport. In 2009, they registered one 10m bus LCK6107H. Early this year, they added five units of LCK6118H. The later models is slightly different from the previous sole model. The five units are 11m long and had an electronic route display incorporated onto the front windscreen and one at the rear window :
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Butt lift?

December 21, 2010

Vehicle given a new frontal design is often referred to as having a face lift.
What about vehicle given a re-designed rear end? “Butt lift”?
This year, two of the major local bus builders have given their popular models a re-make on the rear ends.
Liannex
old version :
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new version :
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SC Auto
old version :
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new version :
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Old bus terminus – Aljunied

December 15, 2010

Former road side bus terminus at the junction of Aljunied Road and Geylang Road :
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This terminus was used only by Tay Koh Yat Bus Company. The services which terminates here were :
11 – Upper Aljunied Rd/Upper Serangoon Rd
11A – Upper Aljunied Rd/Upper Serangoon Rd via Persiaran Keliling (MacPherson housing estate)
17 – Havelock Road via Toa Payoh
Present location with all the original shop houses :
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The space behind this bus stop used to be shop houses as well. They were demolished sometime in 1980s and the space was converted into a car park :
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SCDF museum

December 8, 2010

SCDF museum is located at the Hill Street Fire Station. It is opened to the public Tuesday to Sunday. Admission is free. There are a number of old fire brigade equipment and engines on display.
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Horse drawn Merryweather steam fire engine used in 1906. Each engine requires 4 horses. Withdrawn in 1927 and replaced by motorised fire engines.
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Dennis Major Pump 3 started service in 1939. It served the Fire Brigade for 31 years and was retired from service in 1971.
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The first Dennis F12 joined the Singapore Fire Brigade in 1951. Each vehicle is equipped with 39.2Hp engine, 1000gpm centrifugal pump and an Ajax 50 feet wheelled ladder at the rear. Withdrawn in 1979.
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It is a pity they did not keep the Fire Chief’s car. I only saw it once around Hill Street area. The Fire Chief’s car is the only one of its kind in Singapore, a western brand (Chevrolet? Ford Falcon?), unlike the Japanese made cars used by SCDF officers nowadays. I am not sure about the model.

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SATA

December 1, 2010

TB or tuberculosis was at one time a rampant disease due to poor hygiene and cramp living conditions. Singapore Anti Tuberculosis Association (SATA) was founded in 1947 as a charity organisation to provide X-ray diagnostic and treatment service to tuberculosis patients. The organisation uses mobile x-ray vehicles to reach out to people staying at the far corners of Singapore.
This is the first mobile unit used, an Austin 101 van:
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Photo source : SATA
Someone once said that doctor is the only profession that labours incessantly to destroy the reasons for its existence. With the improvement in the health and wealth of the population, TB is no longer a big health menace. SATA has to re-invent itself by offering general medical services. Mobile units modified from buses are continued to be used. Here are some of current SATA’s mobile clinics.
Hino AK174KA :
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Fuso RK117 showing off the huge power generator at the rear :
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Isuzu LT134P :
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