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by Tim Williams
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:35 am
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Knoll faces Liberal Party revolt on bus cuts
Replies: 109
Views: 3593

Re: Knoll faces Liberal Party revolt on bus cuts

Well, the so called "Bus Stops Fiasco" has been dumped, as has the planned closures of the SA Service Centres - there was probably a near cabinet revolt over these two proposals, noting how unpopular they both were with the general public. Common sense has prevailed and probably fear of an electoral...
by Tim Williams
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Accommodating passengers with limited mobility
Replies: 9
Views: 334

Re: Accommodating passengers with limited mobility

I honestly think standard wheel chairs are all that can and should be accommodated on buses - those electric mobility scooters (Gophers) come in various shapes and sizes, some are very large, they would be a nightmare on buses. As unfortunate as it is, people with disabilities must accept the size l...
by Tim Williams
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Photos - Adelaide/SA
Topic: Torrens Transit Bustechs.
Replies: 27
Views: 6028

Re: Torrens Transit Bustechs.

I should add that a fully low floor Citaro is a wonderful bus and Singapore must pleased with them, now operating an amazing 1,155 of them!!
by Tim Williams
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: Photos - Adelaide/SA
Topic: Torrens Transit Bustechs.
Replies: 27
Views: 6028

Re: Torrens Transit Bustechs.

P1090848a.jpg A good livery does not require stripes, swoops and oversized logos - this MB Citaro operated by Tower Transit (sister coy. to Torrens Transit) is in the new standard Singapore Lush Green Livery and very smart it looks too. Eventually all 6,300 buses will be in this livery - they are m...
by Tim Williams
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:42 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations 2020
Replies: 106
Views: 20428

Re: STA Observations 2020

I meant to type "Pity the line wasn't built all the way to the beach, in the first place!"
by Tim Williams
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: STA Observations 2020
Replies: 106
Views: 20428

Re: STA Observations 2020

How difficult/expensive would it be to extend the railway line from Bondi Jcn to the beach?? Train would seem to be best option - pity the line wan't built all the way to the beach in the first place!
by Tim Williams
Tue May 26, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney
Replies: 19
Views: 1995

Re: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney

I did a rough sketch of the trailer bus concept, it is too rough to post on this site! There are some considerations to your trailer bus idea that need to be thought through: 1. The trailer air-con, lighting and may be doors, ramps etc, would need to be powered from the main prime mover battery (pro...
by Tim Williams
Mon May 25, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney
Replies: 19
Views: 1995

Re: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney

Only recently arrived home - will try and reply tomorrow!!
by Tim Williams
Mon May 25, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney
Replies: 19
Views: 1995

Re: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney

Yes, thanks for this - I am out of time at present, but hope to look at this further tonight. There is a lot to discuss and it is all very interesting.
by Tim Williams
Mon May 25, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney
Replies: 19
Views: 1995

Re: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney

Semi-trailer d/deckers have been around for a number of years in India, but in relatively small numbers and are/were fairly crude affair!! The concept is interesting, but road space, for buses with such a large footprint, might be a problem in Sydney's inner areas. Sometimes I think that we dwell to...
by Tim Williams
Wed May 20, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!
Replies: 33
Views: 2426

Re: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!

Yes, "Broad gauge", you have made a valid point between city and metropolitan populations, I should have noted that! However, my main point stands that America has many small and medium sized cities, where the pace of life in general and on public transport would be significantly slower than Sydney....
by Tim Williams
Wed May 20, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!
Replies: 33
Views: 2426

Re: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!

America has a lot of smaller cities, where the pace of life would be relatively slow - Only New York has more people than Sydney. IF you include Wollongong and Newcastle, the Greater Sydney area has a population of 5.2 m - that's large and fast, if you are lucky! Here are some US city population num...
by Tim Williams
Tue May 19, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!
Replies: 33
Views: 2426

Re: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!

tonyp's comments are spot on - common sense would suggest that a large city, such as Sydney, with a high proportion of public transport use, cannot restrict loadings to that degree, without causing utter chaos. Here is a newspaper article of today, which self explanatory and does seem to show that T...
by Tim Williams
Mon May 18, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!
Replies: 33
Views: 2426

Re: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!

Well, this is the Adelaide version and I am not saying that I agree with it - but a different viewpoint! Adelaide trains packed again, but no social distancing rules coming More photos of packed trains in Adelaide have emerged, but the Transport Minister says no social distancing measures will be in...
by Tim Williams
Mon May 18, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!
Replies: 33
Views: 2426

Re: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!

Yes, I wonder what is going to happen in Sydney - I would imagine, when work gets properly going again, only permitting 12 passengers per bus, is going to result in absolute chaos!!
by Tim Williams
Mon May 18, 2020 5:46 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!
Replies: 33
Views: 2426

Re: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!

Here is the maximum capacity announcement: "NSW Public-Transport Users, Your Commute Is About to Dramatically Change Buses will be capped at 12 passengers, train carriages at 32 and ferries at 45. (Look out for the green dot stickers with the words “sit here”.) New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejik...
by Tim Williams
Mon May 18, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!
Replies: 33
Views: 2426

Re: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!

I noticed an article headline in a newspaper today (admittedly it was one of the trashier publications) advising that 12 would be the new maximum number for passengers on buses - not sure I can believe that!!! However, if this is true, that number would surely have to vary according to bus type and ...
by Tim Williams
Fri May 15, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Route Service Double deckers - Sydney
Replies: 19
Views: 1995

Route Service Double deckers - Sydney

Below is my list of deckers operating route services in Sydney. This list naturally excludes tour buses and coaches. My list totals 90, not a very large number and it is possible that the true number is 88, with the 2 CDI's of Forest being included in CDC's 28 - please let me know if that is correct...
by Tim Williams
Wed May 13, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: [May/June 2020] SA Transport observations
Replies: 96
Views: 6866

Re: [May/June 2019] SA Transport observations

If J1X does resume, which would seem unlikely given it's loading's to date, then I think it would be much better to install suitable luggage racks in a couple of normal single deckers and have them painted (or wrapped) in a special airport bus livery. Then, as mentioned above, 1790 could be utilised...
by Tim Williams
Wed May 13, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: [May/June 2020] SA Transport observations
Replies: 96
Views: 6866

Re: [May/June 2019] SA Transport observations

Bustech CDI 1790 seems to have joined the group of "dead" buses along side the fence, near Richmond Road at Mile End - any thoughts about what might be happening with this bus?? Once life gets back to normal, as I have previously noted, it should join the other DD at Mt Barker. where it could be use...
by Tim Williams
Sat May 02, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!
Replies: 33
Views: 2426

Re: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!

Are you literally talking about the old style semi-trailer buses that had a limited popularity here, mainly after WW2?
by Tim Williams
Sat May 02, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 45741

Re: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified

I have always been a fan of Citaro's having ridden on them in Singapore and a little in the UK, our width restrictions are silly, as has been noted previously, roads in Europe (incl. the UK) can be narrow and congested and wider buses seem to cope alright!! I know little about the electric ones, but...
by Tim Williams
Fri May 01, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified
Replies: 93
Views: 45741

Re: Electric bus - how to get artics viably electrified

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What about the new Denning Element - fully Australian, using the same technology as the e-Citaro, lightweight construction, maybe with a full low-floor (to keep Tonyp happy!!!). It seems like a great piece of innovation from Custom-Denning.
by Tim Williams
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!
Replies: 33
Views: 2426

Re: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!

Eddy, I have no idea what "Trailer Bus Stairs" are - please enlighten me!

Thanks!!
by Tim Williams
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Double Decker Buses Currently Operating In Australia
Replies: 60
Views: 28746

Re: Double Decker Buses Currently Operating In Australia

Reply to Eddy, re. stop buttons upstairs - look in the topic "NO STANDING PASSENGERS" reply entry 9!!

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