Archive for April, 2012

Malacca

April 26, 2012

The Malacca stage bus operators suffered losses over many years. Pleas for fare increase by these operators were refused by the government. The companies stopped operation from 1st February and sold all their buses to the state owned PM Cultural & Tourism Sdn Bhd. PMCT paid RM7.7 million as compensation to the operators. PMCT will replace all the dilapidated buses with new ones. In the mean time, PMCT leased 15 midi buses from RapidKL while waiting for delivery of new buses. The midi buses were low floor wheel chair accessible Sksbus SA9-260L models. The front half of the bus does not have any seats, seventeen seats were mounted at the back half accessible by two steps.

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The RapidKL logos at the sides and front were covered by Panorama Melaka stickers.
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RapidKL logo on the top right hand side of the rear window covered by black sticker.

Many of the buses belonging to the previous bus companies were still in use by PMCT. A number of them were parked at Melaka Sentral and were cannibalised to keep others in operation.

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Road markers

April 18, 2012

Mention 7½ miles stone Bukit Timah, likely people nowadays are not familiar with it. 7½ms Bukit Timah is also called Beauty World, a busy place with lots of shop houses and several bus services passing by and terminating around the area. In the olden days before Singapore became highly urbanized, roads in the rural area away from the city are marked by stones along the side indicating the distance. There were few landmarks, mostly jungle and villages line the road. To indicate a place for example, to the bus conductors or taxi drivers, people often quote the mile stone at the particular stretch of roads they wish to go.
In 1970, government decided to use the metric system of kilometres, grams, etc to replace the British Imperial system of miles, inches, pounds, etc.
Campaign was launched to educate the public on the new system of measurement. Mile stones were removed and replaced by “km” markers. Even the postal services were roped in to spread the message by issuing a set of metric theme stamps :

Problem is that many people are clueless when someone talk about going to 12km (7½ms) Bukit Timah, for example. Older folks still insist on using the phrase “7½ms Bukit Timah”.
This was one of the last marker along Jurong West Avenue 2, used to be the last stretch of PIE before it was diverted and extended to Tuas.
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The marker was removed shortly after this photo was taken.

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Tata

April 11, 2012

Tata started selling buses in Singapore through a local dealer in around 1982. Operators which used these buses are all private operators. The main model sold is the LPO1313. Most of the buses are sold in chassis form bodied by various local bus builders. A few complete built up units (CBUs) from India were also sold.
This is a CBU Tata :

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The chassis and engine were built in India using technology licensed from Mercedes Benz. The LPO1313 engine is same as the Mercedes OM352 engine which was widely used by the SBS Mercedes LP1113, OF1113 and 1413 buses.
A last Tata bus taken along AYE in 2008, still in the original Soon Chow body with the classic flutted body panels:

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Taipei city bus

April 4, 2012

I love these new Taipei buses, instead of a rear windscreen, they replace it with a large electronic display.

When the bus stopped at the bus stop, the warning sign came on to warn other motorists :
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When the bus about to move off :
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