Archive for August, 2011

Unusual buses – Hyundai RB600

August 31, 2011

In the 1980s, South Korean construction companies such as Ssangyong and Hyundai were involved in many building and infrastructure projects in Singapore. Hundreds of South Korean construction workers were brought in by these companies to work on their projects.
One of the company, Hyundai, even brought in a bus from Korea to ferry its workers from the dormitories to the worksites. The bus is a Hyundai RB600 :
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The RB600 is a rear engined bus manufactured in South Korea based on the Mitsubishi bus chassis.
This was the first Korean bus in Singapore and the only Hyundai bus. The other two Korean makes Kia and Daewoo was sold in Singapore only in 1999 to 2006.

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My truck list

August 23, 2011

Since I have only class 3 licence, driving big rigs is out of question. Here is a list of trucks which I have driven.
The first one is a Nissan twincab, no comments on this one as it was still quite new when I drove it :
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The second one is an Isuzu twincab, grossly underpowered, driving it is a real drag :
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The third one is a Nissan :
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Absolutely hated this one. The bonnet is too high and the gear stick was mated togather with the steering column, not used to the gear change :
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The fourth one is an Isuzu. Love this one, good power, can even drove off from stationary in second gear :
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The real truck I have driven is a Daihatsu :
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Tough! No power steering, good for arm exercise, better than going to the gym for a workout. The suspension is also rough, very hard for the butts.

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Duple 300 series coach

August 18, 2011

The last of the Soon Chow built Duple 320 designed coach :
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This Hino RK176 was first registered in November 1992.
The Duple 300 series of coaches was introduced by Duple Coachbuilders in 1985 to the UK market. Duple operation closed in 1989 but not before it went under the ownership of the Hestair Group (which also owns Dennis) and Trinity Holdings. The designs and jigs were sold to its rival Plaxton. This is a British Duple 320 on DAF chassis :
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Soon Chow bought the rights to the design and it was marketed locally as the SC320. Various chassis including Hino, Fuso, Scania, Volvo and Mercedes were built using this body type. Later models have some modifications to the front end.

Acknowledgement : British Duple coach from Wikipedia Commons

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De-gassed

August 9, 2011

Sungee Travel’s fleet of Kinglong CNG coaches were forced to withdrawn from the roads after a fire involving one of the coach which result in a fatality back in August 2010. Sungee Travel is the only company which uses the XMQ6118KCNG model and these coaches were registered from 2009 onwards. Recently, some of the coaches were spotted minus the CNG roof pods :

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Same coach, CNG (top), diesel (bottom)

The model is now called XMQ6118K. All the coaches were originally laid up till 25 Jan 2012. Since last month (or earlier), the entire fleet was removed from the laid up status, converted to diesel and are back on the roads again.

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Old bus terminus Crawford Street

August 3, 2011

The stretch of road bounded by Beach Road and North Bridge Road is the Crawford Street bus terminus :
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The services which terminates here are ABC 195 (to Bukit Merah), UBC 150 (to Toa Payoh), 160 (to Admiralty Road) and 162 (to Nee Soon Camp).
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This stretch of road used to have 4 lanes. The road is separated into two lane each by a kerb, with the inner two lanes used for bus lay over.
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This terminus was replaced by the one located at Geylang Lorong 1.

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