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Ventura Group News 2018

Postby Mercedes » Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:14 pm

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Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Postby Andy O » Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:28 pm

Ventura currently have an Iveco/Optimus Demonstrator unit. Travelled yesterday on Rail replacement, still with new bus smell.
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Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Postby B10BLE » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:22 pm

Impeccable timing I'd say. A few Mercedes O405NH Volgrens are on the brink of reaching 2 decades old at Moorabbin and Pakenham. Their replacement could be a fleet of Optimus bodied Ivecos. Moorabbin's 546, turning 20 next year, would be the first to go I'd assume.
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Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Postby Heihachi_73 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:10 pm

20 years is only old if the vehicle is worn out and beyond repair. I have ridden in a number of Ventura's CR221Ls and early Northcoasts which still look beautiful inside and run like new yet they're due for retirement just because of the model year, although I'm sure the non-air conditioned part of the fleet won't be missed by the travelling public. At least 546 has air conditioning unlike most of the Scania buses of that era.

It's a pity that rebodying or even refurbishing buses is so expensive these days, as usually they are mechanically fine but just look old - the ex-Met Volvo B59s that were sold off and rebodied look infinitely newer despite being 1970s buses. The bus in this photo of what used to be 862 does not look like a 1970s model all, it even has air conditioning installed which wasn't even thought of in Melbourne for at least ten years after the bus was built.
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Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Postby JRBUS123 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:33 pm

Today I spotted Ventura #963 with a new white LED desto. Spotted running rail replacement for the Level Crossing Removal project on the Hurstbridge line.

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