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Private Observations - July to December 2018

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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby LB608 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:22 am

already done read under Station Link Buses done on tuesday
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby Aurora » Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:48 am

LB608 wrote:already done read under Station Link Buses done on tuesday

In which case maybe add 'Observations' to the title?
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby Fleet Lists » Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:26 pm

That thread now called "Station Link Observations"- All Station link observations should be posted in that thread,
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby gilberations » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:55 pm

Can we make it a sticky thread... the light rail one too for that matter?
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby ScaniaGrenda » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:09 pm

Went past Hunter Valley Buses Thornton Depot this afternoon and at the back of the Depot sits one of Singleton's Mercedes-Benz 0405NH's CC550 that caught fire at the rear of the bus on April 1st(?) this year (7788 MO). Looks like the fire damage to the outside of the rear of the bus has been repaired, still has 7788 fleet number written on it so I'm guessing if this bus goes back into service it will get it's 7788 MO plate back? I couldn't see if it had it's plates on it through as this was a drive past the back of the Depot on Thornton Rd (yes the road is actually called that)

The Dereg csepel CB60 bus that was dereg back in 2016 and an unkown Volvo B6LE (Custom Coaches) also remain at the back of the depot.
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby BanksfielderIdiot823 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:04 pm

A caution went out in Region 3 this afternoon since some damn kids were throwing rocks at the buses in Liverpool.
Just forever waiting for a Volgren Optimus, let alone a Volgren Optimus Volvo B9TL, to cruise by Edensor Park...
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby Campbelltown busboy » Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:58 am

BanksfielderIdiot823 wrote:A caution went out in Region 3 this afternoon since some damn kids were throwing rocks at the buses in Liverpool.
Where about in Liverpool did this happen if it happened in somewhere like Miller or other region 3 areas within the Liverpool LGA then that would explain why the caution only went out to drivers in region 3 if it happened in the centre of Liverpool then drivers in the 3 regions that go into the centre of Liverpool would of got the same caution about the rock throwing kids
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby BanksfielderIdiot823 » Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:40 pm

Campbelltown busboy wrote:
BanksfielderIdiot823 wrote:A caution went out in Region 3 this afternoon since some damn kids were throwing rocks at the buses in Liverpool.
Where about in Liverpool did this happen if it happened in somewhere like Miller or other region 3 areas within the Liverpool LGA then that would explain why the caution only went out to drivers in region 3 if it happened in the centre of Liverpool then drivers in the 3 regions that go into the centre of Liverpool would of got the same caution about the rock throwing kids


Last I heard, it was around Memorial and Kennedy; on the 802/803 route.

In fact now that you mentioned the other regions, since Kennedy is just two blocks away from Flowerdale I'm pretty sure Region 2 would've had to be notified of this as well.
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby Stonesourscotty » Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:25 pm

CDC posted a pic of a decker and coach next to harbour bridge yesterday was it a bci decker i see?

https://www.facebook.com/CDCNSW/photos/ ... 84/?type=3
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby Daniel » Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:13 pm

No that’s their Volgren B9TL decker operating with Charterplus.
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby MLVD » Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:03 pm

An out of place MetroBus near Old Prospect Road after after Damien Ave.
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby J_Busworth » Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:21 pm

I see Busways drivers are striking for the third time of late tomorrow with services between 7am-8am and 4:30pm-5:30pm being cut. How long can they continue to take strike action before Constance has to complain about it?
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby Campbelltown busboy » Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:46 pm

J_Busworth wrote:I see Busways drivers are striking for the third time of late tomorrow with services between 7am-8am and 4:30pm-5:30pm being cut. How long can they continue to take strike action before Constance has to complain about it?
The issue has nothing to do with Andrew Constance this is more Busways v TWU over a pay deal then Busways&TWU v Andrew Constance&Transport For NSW over timetables and driver strain
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby Fleet Lists » Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:58 pm

But it still has to do with Constance. If Busways do not meet there KPI's as a result of this, Constance can take action.
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby 1whoknows » Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:13 am

It is legitimate industrial action allowed for in the EBA process. Numerous EBAs are up for renewal at the moment around the country. Several Melbourne operators have also had strikes or stop works over recent months as well.

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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby boronia » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:22 pm

It was reported last week that Busways' drivers had been turning off the Opal readers as part of their industrial action.

While this action would not directly affect the company's income, I wonder whether this would constitute some form of violation of the contract?
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby Jurassic_Joke » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:44 pm

Delivering my 'verdict' on TSA's demo bus 14.5m Scania K320UB Volgren Optimus fleet no. 5050, I think it's a great bus. Plenty of seats. For a Scania, it has quite a baby-smooth, soft, engine sound thats nice, compared to the K310UB. Doesn't rattle nowhere near as much. I suspect to do with its length, it seemingly can only be found on select certain routes out of Leichhardt, making it a bit easier to spot, eg, 431, 433, 440. NextThere at the moment is incorrectly labelling it as Scania L113TRB Ansair Orana.

14.5 meter bus - I think this is a solid contender for replacing the 14.5 old Scania's that TSA inherited from STA. Really hope they look into this seriously, as the 14.5 bus serves quite a specific niche.

Image attached shows the advertisement at the back of the bus boasts about the Euro 6 motor equipped - apparently as far as im aware, the only bus of this engine at TSA. STA's only Euro 6 bus as far as i'm aware is its sole B8RLE CB80 2913 meanwhile. Was surprised to find out the B8RLE Volgren Optimus (TSA also inherited some at Burwood), is still Euro 5.

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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby swtt » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:56 pm

Jurassic_Joke wrote:Delivering my 'verdict' on TSA's demo bus 14.5m Scania K320UB Volgren Optimus fleet no. 5050, I think it's a great bus. Plenty of seats. For a Scania, it has quite a baby-smooth, soft, engine sound thats nice, compared to the K310UB. Doesn't rattle nowhere near as much. I suspect to do with its length, it seemingly can only be found on select certain routes out of Leichhardt, making it a bit easier to spot, eg, 431, 433, 440. NextThere at the moment is incorrectly labelling it as Scania L113TRB Ansair Orana.

14.5 meter bus - I think this is a solid contender for replacing the 14.5 old Scania's that TSA inherited from STA. Really hope they look into this seriously, as the 14.5 bus serves quite a specific niche.

Image attached shows the advertisement at the back of the bus boasts about the Euro 6 motor equipped - apparently as far as im aware, the only bus of this engine at TSA. STA's only Euro 6 bus as far as i'm aware is its sole B8RLE CB80 2913 meanwhile. Was surprised to find out the B8RLE Volgren Optimus (TSA also inherited some at Burwood), is still Euro 5.

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Is there another picture of this 14.5 m bus anywhere else? (i.e. shows the entire bus?)
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby Mr OC Benz » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:01 pm

It's not 14.5 metres long. It's only of standard 12.5m length. Also, STA does not yet have any Euro 6 buses. The sole CB80 I believe is also Euro 5.
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby Jurassic_Joke » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:02 pm

Apologies I misread or was thinking about another bus ^ but I maintain my point it seems like, as with other demo’s (think of Metrobus prototypes) it is quite likeable, and, edit, if they want a 14.5m version to replace the old Scania's, then I think its a more than worthy contender.
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby Fleet Lists » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:34 pm

Mr OC Benz wrote:It's not 14.5 metres long. It's only of standard 12.5m length. Also, STA does not yet have any Euro 6 buses. The sole CB80 I believe is also Euro 5.

This is TSA and not STA.
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby Mr OC Benz » Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:05 pm

My comment was in response to the claim that STA only has one Euro 6 bus which is not true.
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby sunnyyan » Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:13 pm

Finally got to take a Volvo B8RLE Optimus today. Noticed that there is a beep for both doors now, on open & close.
But the best part of this bus is that there are 4 steps spread out along the rear section which are much lower than normal.
I like the B7RLE engine better though.
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby Jurassic_Joke » Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:41 pm

Mr OC Benz wrote:My comment was in response to the claim that STA only has one Euro 6 bus which is not true.


Ok well my apologies, I got the info from Sydney Buses wiki http://sydneybuses.wikia.com/wiki/Volvo ... aches_CB80 , but of course as its not backed up by any other evidence id take the word of someone that knows for sure ^

The B8RLE version are the first in Sydney to have a Euro 6 rating, and the only bus is numbered 2913.
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Re: Private Observations - July to December 2018

Postby idontknow556 » Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:52 am

What will happen to the Hillsbus Deckers once the Metro begins operations? I am suspecting they will be transferred to other operators as they don't need that many to run other routes such as 611.
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