Archive for June, 2011

Fuso Aero Queen

June 29, 2011

The Fuso Aero Queen was first launched in 1982. This is the third generation Aero Queen BKG-MS96JP which was introduced to Japanese domestic market in August 2007. It is powered by 6M70 engine generating 309kW power :
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The coach comes with the following standard features :
SCR system to treat exhaust emission.
ECS (electronic control suspension) absorber damping force is electronically controlled for comfortable ride.
MDAS – Mitsubishi driver’s attention monitoring system, sensors were mounted at various point in front of the coach to monitor the vehicle erratic movements. Once detected, the alarm at the driver cabin will alert the driver.
ABS anti-lock braking system
ASR anti slip regulation
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The road which I helped to build

June 21, 2011

Gotong royong is originally a self help project organised by the village folks to improve the surrounding community areas, such as improvement of drainage, roads, schools, etc. Everybody living in the surrounding area is encouraged to help out.
Like many NS recruits of my time, we were required to perform community service in the form of gotong royong, a public relations excercise by MINDEF. Newspaper and television reporters were invited to cover the event. Gotong Royong project was assigned to various army units at various times. I was doing my basic military training at Tekong and the road chosen for my BMT unit was Jalan Mayaanam, off Upper Changi Road. The area around this place is typical old Singapore scene with many wooden attap houses and rubber trees. The original road is only an unpaved dirt track and no street lamps.
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Prior to the gotong royong day, piles of granites were dumped at various points along Jalan Mayaanam. Our job is to use the changkols and punkis to spread the granites on the dirt track. Jalan Mayaanam is a long dirt track. To pave the entire road using manual labour can take up more than a day but our job was done in half a day. How do accomplish such a feat? In actual fact, after all the speech making by various officials and initial hard work by us, and after the newspaper and television reporters has taken enough of the photos and news footage, PWD send in a couple of bulldozers to do the work! Like I said in the beginning, it is all just a public relations excercise!
Army recruits taking part in gotong royong (photo source : National Archives) :
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Jalan Mayaanam today still exists, but only a short stretch remains. A view of the road from Upper Changi Road :
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A view from the other end towards Upper Changi Road:
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Road leads to a dead end :
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Acknowledgement : National Archives Singapore (NAS).
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Nam Ho

June 14, 2011

Nam Ho Travel was a long established tour company. They were once upon a time the “King” of West Malaysia tours with daily departures using their own coaches to Malaysia. Majority of the company’s coaches were Mercedes Benzs. The company started off with a Mercedes O319 minibus, followed by O309 and LP1113s. The coaches all carry fancy licence plates eg PZ 1111, 2222, 8888, 2828, 3999, etc…
This is one of the Mercedes OF1113 coaches with bodywork by Chua Heng :
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The early coaches all came with roof racks even though they were never put to use. Access to the roof rack was via a ladder at the rear :
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The doors were swing out type and manually operated, which is not a problem for long distance travel. The tour guide usually also act as the door man.
With the keen competition from various express bus companies, the company no longer offer guided tours to Malaysia. This is one of the last of Nam Ho coaches before it was sold, a Mercedes OH1318 with Soon Chow bodywork :
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Acknowledgement : Mercedes OF1113 photos from National Archives Singapore

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Old bus terminus – South Canal Road

June 7, 2011

The South Canal Road bus terminus was originally used solely by Hock Lee Amalgamated Bus Company which had most of its bus services starting at this place : 1, 2, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11. The bus parking bays are located on the centre of the road.
Location of terminus at South Canal Road :
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When the 1971 bus re-organisation took place, this terminus continued to be used by the different companies :
UBC – 151
ABC – 190, 192, 192A, 193, 194
STC – 123, 142
The terminus was closed sometime in the 1980s. The centre of the road divider are the bus parking bays :
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“SIA” low cost carrier

June 1, 2011

Singapore Airlines has recently announced that they will be setting up a low cost carrier scheduled to start service next year. There is also one other low cost carrier in operation for quite some time, although this carrier does not use any aeroplanes.
Here is one super low cost carrier operated by “SIA” :

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Photo taken at Mochit bus station in Bangkok. This express bus operator pasted SIA logo on all its VIP double deckers :

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Not sure what the Thai words next to the SIA logo means. Hopefully it does not stand for “Singapore Airlines” in Thai.
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