Archive for September, 2014

The Journey

September 24, 2014

The Isuzu Journey BE22UH is a 29 seater light bus. The earlier generation of Journey was based on the Isuzu Elf truck. The production started in 1960s as the Isuzu BL371 :

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Production of the next generation light bus began in 1973 and the name was changed to Isuzu Journey :

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It was powered by a four cylinder 2.8 litres engine producing 85hp. Kawasaki Heavy Industries built the body for these buses. The model was given a face lift in 1987, replacing the twin round headlights with rectangular ones :

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Due to poor sales, the production of the model ended in 1993, a rather short production span compared to its competitor Mitsubishi Rosa and Toyota Coaster. Many of the local Isuzu Journey BE22UHs were used by local private operators until 2013. The name Journey continued to be used by Isuzu. The Isuzu Journey J is a rebadged Hino Liesse, none of them were sold in Singapore.

Acknowledgements : 1. National Archives Singapore 2. Wikimedia Commons

Lost bus terminus – Keppel Habour

September 17, 2014

There was once a bus terminus outside the former Keppel Shipyard along Telok Blangah Road. STC routes 1, 8 and 38 terminates here along the road side. Which side of the road, I am not sure. The terminus is known as Keppel Habour, as displayed on the destination blinds on the STC buses even though the place was not a habour but rather a shipyard. It later became the terminus for STC routes 145 and 146 after the island wide bus re-organisation. This terminus was then shifted much further west to Clementi Road / Pasir Panjang Road junction.
The map of the location:
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STC Nissan RX102K3 on route 1 with destination blinds Moulmein Green – Keppel Habour :
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The former Keppel Shipyard is now occupied by Carribean Residences. This is a view of the stretch of road near the Carribean :
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The other side of the road :
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A stone throw away at Harbour Front Avenue / Maritime Square, behind the office buildings are some relics recovered from the shipyard.
The two gateposts which marked the entrance to the Singapore Habour Board at Gate No. 3 Keppel Road leading to the Empire Dock which was built in 1917 :
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A harpoon gun from the Russian whaling ship Sovetskaya Rossia which hunted whales in the Indian and Antarctic oceans in 1974 :
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A steam operated crane used in the docks :
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Manufacturer of the steam crane :
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Sadly, the exhibits were left neglected with weeds and tree seedlings growing on the tracks :
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Mad dogs, Englishmen, bus fans

September 10, 2014

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. A song by Noel Coward in the 1930s to poke fun at colonial Englishmen who were up and about doing their business throughout the day while all the locals took afternoon naps to escape from the midday heat. These days not only mad dogs and Englishmen (if there were any left locally), bus enthusiasts were up and about running all over the place at midday or any time of the day hoping to catch a ride on a bus or camp along streets to take photos of buses. This is a photo of one of the last few fully Japanese built coach taken on one hot scotching afternoon :
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This Hino RC coach was first used by Sans Tours. When it was retired, it was sold to an independent operator who still uses it to ferry tourist around until it was scrapped. Completely built Japanese tour coaches such as Hino RC, RD, RS, RJ, Nissan 4R, RA, RM, UA and Isuzu CRA were once a common sight on the streets but sadly they are no longer imported. They are now replaced by cheap China imports.

Mad dogs and Englishmen lyrics :

In tropical climes there are certain times of day
When all the citizens retire to tear their clothes off and perspire.
It’s one of the rules that the greatest fools obey,
Because the sun is much too sultry
And one must avoid its ultry-violet ray.
The natives grieve when the white men leave their huts,
Because they’re obviously, definitely nuts!

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun,
The Japanese don´t care to, the Chinese wouldn´t dare to,
Hindus and Argentines sleep firmly from twelve to one
But Englishmen detest-a siesta.
In the Philippines they have lovely screens to protect you from the glare.
In the Malay States, there are hats like plates which the Britishers won’t wear.
At twelve noon the natives swoon and no further work is done,
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

It’s such a surprise for the Eastern eyes to see,
that though the English are effete, they’re quite impervious to heat,
When the white man rides every native hides in glee,
Because the simple creatures hope he will impale his solar topee on a tree.
It seems such a shame when the English claim the earth,
They give rise to such hilarity and mirth.
Ha ha ha ha hoo hoo hoo hoo hee hee hee hee ……

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.
The toughest Burmese bandit can never understand it.
In Rangoon the heat of noon is just what the natives shun,
They put their Scotch or Rye down, and lie down.
In a jungle town where the sun beats down to the rage of man and beast
The English garb of the English sahib merely gets a bit more creased.
In Bangkok at twelve o’clock they foam at the mouth and run,
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.
The smallest Malay rabbit deplores this foolish habit.
In Hong Kong they strike a gong and fire off a noonday gun,
To reprimand each inmate who’s in late.
In the mangrove swamps where the python romps
there is peace from twelve till two.
Even caribous lie around and snooze, for there’s nothing else to do.
In Bengal to move at all is seldom ever done,
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

The song itself wasn’t very nice, more like 1930s version of rap music.


September 3, 2014

Ships specially built for transporting of vehicles are basically floating multi storey vehicle park :
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These ships are also known as RO-RO (roll on – roll off) vessels or car carriers as cars are the main cargo for many of these ships. They have every large ramps at the side and rear which can be lowered down to allow vehicles to be driven on and off the ship :
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Two of the car carriers unloading vehicles :
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Some of the cargoes unloaded include buses and trucks :
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In the past, vehicles are transported using ordinary cargo ships :
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Vehicles, in this case buses, are unloaded using the ship’s cranes.
Unloading cargoes are laborious and slow, only one at a time.