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Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby Windy » Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:04 pm

[flash=][/flash]Howdy!

m/o 8639 entered service yesterday and has replaced the Mitsubishi Rosa, m/o 8644 (in the hot summer days) and the ex North and Western 814D, m/o 5011 (on other days when air-conditioning is not required).

Here are some shots of the new Bustech MDi. Personally I find the livery at the front a tad conservative, but it would probably look a bit weird with the gunmetal arch at the front moulding.

At the turnaround area at Jamison Square
http://www.busaustralia.com/gallery/dis ... pos=-15930

At Killarney Heights (offside and nearside)
http://www.busaustralia.com/gallery/dis ... pos=-15931
http://www.busaustralia.com/gallery/dis ... pos=-15938

After completing it's last Killarney Heights Shuttle and prior to commencing a school run.
http://www.busaustralia.com/gallery/dis ... pos=-15939
http://www.busaustralia.com/gallery/dis ... pos=-15946
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby Daniel » Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:08 pm

Quite nice! First production Mdi/XDi to feature the new front too!
Seems the indicator lights are the rear are bulb, but the stop and school lights are LED.... quite odd.
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby Tim » Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:17 pm

wow i love it
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby Windy » Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:23 pm

Yeah, Forest have been pioneers in their time, with the first CB50 bodied bus for a Sydney Metro operator, the only 12m O305s to be purchased new in NSW, first private operator ro run B12BLEs in the Sydney metro area, first CB60 Evo II bodied artics in Australia, first private operator to run a Euro V bus in route service in Sydney (the demo unit now at Mount Gravatt Bus Service), first Bustech VSTs in the Sydney Metro area, and now the first Bustech MDi delivered to a Sydney metro operator, and with the new front. They also are among the few operators to run Leyland Panthers and Leyland Nationals in NSW.
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby Daniel90 » Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:35 pm

Its a shame they didn't adjust the livery to suite the new mouldings on the front, they just blend into the front now and don't stand out as much. But all in all, I love it! :D
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby Tim » Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:42 pm

how many was ordered
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby Windy » Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:11 pm

One. Only one vehicle is required for the Killarney Shuttle.
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby Tim » Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:13 pm

ok
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby Mark V » Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:17 pm

Nice catch there Windy.. The Forrest livery sits quite well on the MDI. 8)

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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby OLYMPIAN » Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:55 pm

Strange, the bus is not using one piece mirror by Metagal, but instead having a two stage mirrors on the the Fuso Trucks
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby Volvo Super Olympian » Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:28 pm

Windy wrote:Howdy!

m/o 8639 entered service yesterday and has replaced the Mitsubishi Rosa, m/o 8644 (in the hot summer days) and the ex North and Western 814D, m/o 5011 (on other days when air-conditioning is not required).


Nice pics Windy.

Are those mentioned buses still being kept in the yard as spares? Or are they already sold and long gone? I haven't taken any pics of the 814D and Rosa :roll:
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby Ben O » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:53 am

How many does it seat?
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby STA 1440 » Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:50 pm

I'va always been curios as to why these types of Bustech only have a small amount of low floor at the front (judging by the window line), any body care to fill me in?

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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby DarrenH » Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:26 pm

Ben O wrote:How many does it seat?

Bustech Mdi seat 43 passengers
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby 08 XDi » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:10 pm

B58 Howler wrote:I'va always been curios as to why these types of Bustech only have a small amount of low floor at the front (judging by the window line), any body care to fill me in?

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The floor is sloped and angles up to the back, so there is no drastic step up (on some models, for instance the MAN 18.310 HOCL-NL, the rear step up is quite large on a more conventional body like a Volgren, but on the few Bustech VSTs built on this model is not noticeable). The windowline actually mates up reasonably well with the seating, which can be a bit difficult to see for anybody who hasn't been on one. I consider it a more economical use of space as you get more seating and more standing passengers as there is more floor space and on VSTs and XDis, no internal steps until you start getting to the engine.

(On the MDi there are actually a few steps near the rear owing to the shorter frame).

What it doesn't allow for is a stepless rear door - all the low floor Bustechs ever produced with a rear door have a single step. This doesn't matter that much, given anybody who would need assistance disembarking would tend to be sitting near the driver and exiting via the front.

Good shots Windy, I look forward to seeing the new front in action up here in green.
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby STA 1440 » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:25 pm

Cheers mate :wink:
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby Daniel » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:36 pm

Very correct SM247. In addition, the sloped floor allows for a reduced window area. This is quite thoughtful for a reduction of heat entering the bus. Especially for it's native QLD operators.
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby Windy » Fri Dec 12, 2008 1:17 am

Glass is also heavier than panel work, and not as strong, so it will serve that purpose as well. It does seat 43, and the seating layout is actually quite well done.
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby Set Down Only » Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:50 pm

I was told today by Bustech's General Manager that this bus was on the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a photo shoot at 11ish thismorning.
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby Sb617 » Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:41 am

From what I recall, I remember seeing a Bustech scan posted on this board sometime ago (not sure if its still there or deleted by default since its a long while back) about a 2-door version of the MDi being proposed (and assumably seats 39).
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Re: Forest Coach Lines Bustech MDi

Postby shovelyjoe » Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:42 pm

Great pictures, good job. :D
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