Archive for February, 2012

New bus 2012

February 29, 2012

First new bus registered in 2012 spotted is a Zhongtong. This is a new 10m model introduced to the local market. The model name is called ‘Cruise’. The previous Zhongtong models are also given names : ‘Creator’, ‘Sunny’ and ‘Triumph’.

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Registration No. : CB6864M
Model : LCK6107H
Chassis No. : LDY6KS9D2B0003299
Engine No. : ISBE4250B21850647
Engine capacity : 6693cc
Max laden weight : 14660Kg
Unladen weight : 10740Kg
Year of manufacture : 2011
Original registration date : 18 Feb 2012

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Tay Koh Yat’s Albions

February 22, 2012

Tay Koh Yat Bus Company took in some Albion Vikings EVK41Ls into the fleet much earlier than Hock Lee Amalgamated Bus Company. The Tay Koh Yat’s Vikings were built to the traditional centre entrance/exit door layout, including a manual sliding door. The front was given a more modern look with a radiator grille and twin head lights, a marked different from the earlier Albion Victor series. The front roof canopy remains the traditional curve type incorporating a single destination route number :
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Here is another colour picture of the near side showing the red front and rear black colour flash over the wheel arches (photo by H. D. Hortons) :
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The later version of Tay Koh Yat’s Viking was built to similar design to the earlier models except for the front peaked roof canopy incorporating a three section destination signage with roller blinds and a set of five roof marker lights. These later models bear an unpainted aluminium body with only the company colours of red and black strips painted below the window line, a livery which was adopted by all the ‘Chinese’ bus companies by the late 1960s. Shown here is one of ex-Tay Koh Yat’s Viking EVK41Ls operating under United Bus Company on route 151 :
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All the Tay Koh Yat’s Vikings were passed on to United Bus Company and eventually ended up with SBS.

Acknowledgement : Photos from National Archives Singapore and Mr Hortons

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200 Changi Road

February 15, 2012

A shot of a new SBS Transit double decker passing by 200 Changi Road :
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The original building is just a two storey shophouse commonly found along Changi/Geylang Road with a parking lot in front for buses.
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The place was once upon a time a bus depot for Changi Bus Company Ltd. After the bus re-organisation, it became the main office and depot of Associated Bus Service and finally, the first headquarter of Singapore Bus Service when all the bus companies merged into one.
An old advertisement in Chinese :
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Old bus terminus – Pierce Road

February 7, 2012

The bus terminus at Pierce/Holland Road was originally a car park built specially for the Park & Ride scheme. The city shuttle service which uses this place are CSS service 1 and 2 :
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With the failure of the scheme, the area was converted to a bus terminus for SBS service 7.
Map of the location :
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After service 7 was amended, the place is used as a parking area for coaches :
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Location of the shuttle bus shelter which was demolished :
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Acknowledgement : Black & white photo from National Archives Singapore

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Rapid Bus Service

February 1, 2012

LTA carried out a trial on Rapid Bus Service (RBS) using TransIsland buses in 1999. RBS is a limited stop service which calls only at 50% of the bus stops in both directions.

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Service 700 runs between Woodlands interchange and Shenton Way from 6.30am to 9.00pm.
The RBS buses were equipped with transponders to activate green traffic lights at selected traffic junctions so that the buses have priority over other traffic. The detector loop is buried under the road at a distance from the traffic junction. When the bus pass over the detector loop, a signal from the transponder will be sent via underground cable to a receiver attached to the traffic light. The receiver will activate the green signal on the traffic light.

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The trial ended after two years and no reasons was given as to why the system was further developed.

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