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Re: Modern buses 13 Oct 2014 19:56 #142980

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Holy crap that is one big coach, with a bit of digging about I believe it is 56' long !!!! :o
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Re: Modern buses 14 Oct 2014 09:29 #142981

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A lot of bus use is in freeway or divided highway conditions. However, not all of the bus stations are out of town, on the freeway. Many are in town, and the towns are like Spanish colonial ones: grid layout, narrow streets, now run as one way and there is a lot of going around a block to position. I would be surprised if the twinsteer could cope; perhaps restricted use?

Today's photo shows a typical older bus terminal. It served the major city Campo Grande, and has been superseded by a much larger one, which is where our passengers alighted/boarded. This older one had this company's garage behind it, so the bus was fuelled and watered, and probably the crew changedm while we had breakfast at the lanchanette.

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140831Su Campo Grande (Brazil). Andorinha bus (make not noted). R Smith.



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Re: Modern buses - double-deck sightseeing bus 20 Oct 2014 12:48 #142982

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This is from my regular contributor, Jeff Bounds. I am not sure if it is the same operator which had a depot at Flemington Bridge, and threatened to pull out of Melbourne when Melbourne City Council banned its open-top buses. Most/all of that fleet came secondhand from Hong Kong.

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140707M Dohertys Rd, Laverton (Vic.). Sightseeing bus. J Bounds.




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Re: Modern buses - Brazil 19 Dec 2014 13:53 #142983

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Because of there being no boat for a few days, I had to return to Campinas (near Sao Paulo) from Santarem instead of Belem. This was about 50 h, in two stages. The first was on a considerably worse road than my northbound to Porto Velho: good gravel, Nullarbor length, but not as ruggedly adventurous. However, when the road ahead was blocked, and we were in a stop-start crawl, the driver diverted via farm-access roads and lanes for over 30 min. This is the supper stop that night, at a roadhouse more minor than other so far, but still with an adequate range of hot snacks and cold beer.

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140909Tu. Supper stop, Ouro E Prata (means Gold & Silver) bus company. R Smith.


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Re: Modern buses 19 Dec 2014 19:23 #142984

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What part of the world are you in Roderick???? Sounds like South America?
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Re: Modern buses 20 Dec 2014 06:55 #142985

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I'm in Victoria, Australia. I have met many HCVC members and vehicles at rallies. The Brazil series came from a 5 week holiday earlier in the year. I've also put up the Cuba 2010 series; earlier trips to central & South America predated going digital: they are unscanned slides and prints.
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Re: Modern buses - Mercedes/Bustech (NSW) 10 Jan 2015 09:46 #142986

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Picton (NSW): Thirlmere bus. Wed.17.9.14. (Jeff Bounds) From Australian Bus Fleet Lists:
Picton Buslines 5 7017MO Mercedes-Benz O500LE Bustech "VST" 11/11 B55FW

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Re: Modern buses - articulated Volvo (NSW) 12 Jan 2015 09:22 #142987

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140917W City Rd Jn (Sydney, NSW). Articulated Volvo B12BLEA. J Bounds.




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Re: Modern buses 14 Jan 2015 14:14 #142988

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Hi Roderick
Here is one for you ;D ;D
Good for getting the kids to school on time

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Re: Modern buses - Newcastle Volvo 02 Feb 2015 14:33 #142989

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I loved the dragster bus.
Here is another from Jeff Bounds. Yet again, the operator names have been rebranded as a pretence that services have been improved.

Broadmeadow Rd (Newcastle, NSW). Former Waratah line, Volvo 2395ST, Sunnyside Hotel. (Jeff Bounds)
From Australian Bus Fleet Lists:
2395 ST Volvo B7RLE Volgren "CR228L" VT0235 1/12 B43DW Transport NSW Newcastle

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