Archive for January, 2011

NUS shuttle bus

January 25, 2011

The second batch of ComfortDelgro’s Scania K230UB went into service at National University of Singapore late last year. This second batch is different from the first ten buses. The second batch are equipped with orange colour electronic route display :
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This is not the first time NUS internal shuttle buses uses electronic route displays.
The buses of Chin Lin Bus which originally operates the NUS shuttle routes were equipped with red colour electronic route display :
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When Comfort Bus bought over Chin Lin, the electronic displays were not properly maintained and eventually all were removed. Card board showing routes details were pasted on the windscreen instead.

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New bus 2011

January 19, 2011

First new bus spotted for this year 2011 is a 25 seater midi bus:

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Sunlong SLK6905
Length : 6.7m
Chassis no. : LJMBECDH4AAS01860
Engine no. : ISB67E5225B21961717
Engine capacity : 6693cc
Max laden weight : 13200Kg
Unladen weight : 9040Kg
Year of manufacture : 2010
Date of registration : 5 Jan 2011

This bus belongs to ComfortDelgro Bus which operates the internal shuttle service in National University of Singapore.

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It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old bus is leaking…

January 10, 2011

It has been raining almost everyday for the past week. Took this photo during a heavy downpour :

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In the past, whenever it rains, the interior of the bus also “rained”. Typical window design of buses in the pre-1980 era are of “half drop” type :

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The were two versions, one open at the bottom half, the other the top half. These windows are notorious for getting stuck opened, closed or half opened as shown by the picture above. When it rains, the jammed windows cannot be closed, all the seats and passengers get wet. The roof also leaks. I have seen passengers sat with open umbrellas in the bus, during off peaks hours when there were not so many people.
All the buses have bell line fitted on the roof :

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Sometimes the rain leaks into the electrical circuit and short-circuited the bell, the bell or buzzer kept ringing. To overcome this problem, the bus conductor pull out the black rubber strip and drain off the water accumulated in the bell line. There were also times when the water went into other electrical circuits knocking out the lights and bell altogather. To signal to the driver when to stop or move off, he will use his clipper to bang onto the roof or hand rails. One knock, to stop, 2 knocks to move off.

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House bus anyone?

January 5, 2011

Took this photo recently at Bukit Indah, a Causeway Link bus with attap house roof :
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This bus is commonly used on route 112 or CT1. It is unusual for it to be on CW3 operating between Jurong East and Bukit Indah.
Building at the background is the Causeway Link Cafe, which also served as the terminal for CW3.

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