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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby Busdrivr » Mon Dec 12, 2011 4:23 pm

Also the 5 scania tags are still being built for red bus. These were at designline, but have gone to kiwibus to be completed. 1 is due soon.
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby Vitalstatistix » Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:55 pm

Busdrivr wrote:Also the 5 scania tags are still being built for red bus. These were at designline, but have gone to kiwibus to be completed. 1 is due soon.

I wonder if these will be some hybrid like creatures having both Kiwi and Designline components? 8)
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby ka9102 » Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:24 pm

Busdrivr wrote:Also the 5 scania tags are still being built for red bus. These were at designline, but have gone to kiwibus to be completed. 1 is due soon.


if i were the CEO of redbus,i'd return the buses to designline for a full refund...
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby kaiwhara » Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:26 am

Leopard's first Man 15.250 reg: GEN246 has landed in Auckland from Egypt, registered just yesterday and is heading down the island as we speak, with MCV C110 RLF bodywork. No fleet number as yet, but have seen a photo of it (not mine so can't post it, looks awsome though!)

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Vehicle details

Make: MAN
Model: 15.250
Year: 2011
Submodel: A66
Main colour: Blue
Second colour: Orange
Vehicle type: Bus
Body style: Heavy Bus/Service Coach
No of seats: 42
CC rating: 6,871cc
Fuel type: Diesel
Assembly type: Imported Built-Up
Country of origin: Germany
Gross vehicle mass: 15,600kg
Tare weight: 9,540
No of axles: 2
Wheelbase: 5,800
Front axle group rating: 5,600
Rear axle group rating: 10,000

Vehicle Identification

VIN: WMAA66ZZ8BC015874
Plate: GEN246
Plate type: Standard
Engine no: L0H65-402746
Chassis: 015874

Licence

Licence type: L (Licence for normal road use)
Licence expiry: 2012, December 15th (expires in 11 months 4 weeks 1 day)
Latest licence issued on: 2011, December 16th at 10:38
Continuous licence: Yes

Registration

Registration status: Active
Registration origin: New Zealand New
Vehicle usage: Taxi, Commercial Passenger
Cause of latest registration: New
Date of registration: 2011, December 16th
Was registered overseas?: No

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Plate Effective date
GEN246 2011, December 16th
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby Busdrivr » Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:26 am

Wow. get permission! i want to see it. lol
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby ka9102 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:47 pm

from Egypt!!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby kaiwhara » Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:28 pm

Thats correct, Country of Origin shows Germany as that was where the Chassis was made (MAN), but the actual bus was built by MCV in Egypt.

ka9102 wrote:from Egypt!!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby Busdrivr » Sun Dec 18, 2011 3:12 pm

currently sitting in the Leopard Depot. Looks Great! http://busnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads ... C00004.jpg
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby reece_555 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:45 pm

I wonder if MAN arranged this so they dont lose leopard as a chassis customer but dont have to deal with Designline? Its a great looking vehicle anyway
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby kaiwhara » Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:25 pm

Wouldn't have said so as Designline rebuilt the front section of most of the chassis themselves. MCV would just be supplied a continual supply of chassis and when an order comes in they just body it. MCV are much bigger than Designline are. Designline is a largely "made to order" business. MCV tend to just build buses and the allocate them when an order comes in. Hence why the lead times between order and delivery are so short, as the bus is invariably already assembled and waiting. I believe in this case the wait was 8 weeks, mainly taken up by paintwork and transport!

reece_555 wrote:I wonder if MAN arranged this so they dont lose leopard as a chassis customer but dont have to deal with Designline? Its a great looking vehicle anyway
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby reece_555 » Sun Dec 18, 2011 7:24 pm

Cheers for that bit of info. I assume then these buses are cheaper to buy if they aren't "made to order"?
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby Busdrivr » Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:51 pm

reece_555 wrote:I wonder if MAN arranged this so they dont lose leopard as a chassis customer but dont have to deal with Designline? Its a great looking vehicle anyway


Yes, your right. MAN did organise this with Leopard, so I was told today.
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby reece_555 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:01 pm

Spotted from the motorway at Concord today in Dunedin a BCI in service for Mosgiel Coach Services its just plain white with small logos on the side.

And the ORC are introducing some new improvements to the network, saturdays in particular.
http://www.orc.govt.nz/News-and-Notices ... -services/
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby Busdrivr » Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:19 pm

Are these on loan, or purchased by m.c.s. ? Wiuld love to see some pictures
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby Vitalstatistix » Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:54 pm

reece_555 wrote:Spotted from the motorway at Concord today in Dunedin a BCI in service for Mosgiel Coach Services its just plain white with small logos on the side.

Did you manage to get the rego? Are they twin or single door models?
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby reece_555 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:06 pm

No sorry, I was passing through on the motorway with just a 5 sec glimpse to see it was a BCI. Two doors as single door buses arent allowed on contract services with an exemption of the four "longer distance" services.
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby Bus_Nutter » Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:41 am

here is a photo that I took of the BCI in Dunedin two weeks ago
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby Bus_Nutter » Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:55 am

Two weeks ago I spent about 16 hours in Dunedin and spent a bit of refreshing the Dunedin bus scene. Some of the Citibus vehicles now look rather tatty dents down the side and general repairs not being done. Citibus's operation when it was DCC was a very tidy now that accolade belongs to Ritchies Coachlines. To see a Tag working on the 40 Pine Hill - Lookout Point service was just unbelievable I did get photos and will post a small selection of buses now so enjoy.
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby Bus_Nutter » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:39 am

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is ushering in the New Year with the latest group of GoBus improvements to city bus services.

The changes, which take effect from January 28, are part of ORC’s continuous improvement plan for passenger transport services in the city, and feature improvements to Saturday frequencies and routes.

The new services will mean passengers will enjoy faster, more direct travel to and from several Dunedin suburbs and the city centre.

Southern routes to Mosgiel, Fairfield, Abbotsford, and Brighton, will also gain some additional services running seven days a week.

The Saturday services increase the focus on the city centre and university precinct as passenger transport hubs.

Seven loop services are being replaced with 13 more direct services on Saturdays, which are changing to hourly services and will, in most cases, follow weekday routes.

Most Saturday services will now run to hourly schedules.

Three other routes, presently weekday only, will gain Saturday services:
• Ocean Grove
• Bradford/Belleknowes/City Rise
• Concord/Kaikorai Valley

Peninsula, Port Chalmers/Sawyers Bay will also get improved Saturday services.

All Port Chalmers services on Saturdays will cover a greater part of Sawyers Bay than currently, plus Careys Bay.

Most of the new routes travel from the suburb into the centre of town, either to the Octagon or University, then return out to the suburb.

Brockville, Halfway Bush, and St Kilda become three separate routes on Saturdays.

In addition to the route and frequency improvements to bus services, ORC will install at least 50 bus shelters throughout the Dunedin network, as part of a programme of installations over the next six months.

ORC chairman Stephen Woodhead said the improvements recognised that bus services in Dunedin needed to keep pace with people’s changing lifestyles, and offer more direct and frequent opportunities for travel.

“We are making a significant investment of about $1 million a year to create substantially improved services, which will provide a lot more convenience for weekend users who want to come into the city.”

“ORC is committed to developing a modern, efficient, and easy-to-use bus system within prudent spending limits. These changes will add to a large suite of improvements that have been implemented in recent years, which encourage more people to take the bus to get around Dunedin,” Mr Woodhead said.
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Egyptian MAN photos

Postby Busnews.co.nz » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:15 pm

Here's our small story on Leopards 253. Including photos
http://busnews.co.nz/test-riding-the-pharaoh-express/
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby ejcameron » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:03 pm

There was an ADL in Metrolink colours at Mount Maunganui. It has yet to have the Metrolink titles applied. Does anyone know what it was doing there?
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby kaiwhara » Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:18 pm

Being built, like the rest of them?

ejcameron wrote:There was an ADL in Metrolink colours at Mount Maunganui. It has yet to have the Metrolink titles applied. Does anyone know what it was doing there?
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby stadt80 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:21 am

Busdrivr wrote:Also the 5 scania tags are still being built for red bus. These were at designline, but have gone to kiwibus to be completed. 1 is due soon.


Any update on these Buses??, will Redbus keep these Buses with the changes and recent loss of services??
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby ejcameron » Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:57 am

kaiwhara wrote:Being built, like the rest of them?

ejcameron wrote:There was an ADL in Metrolink colours at Mount Maunganui. It has yet to have the Metrolink titles applied. Does anyone know what it was doing there?


Sorry, forgot about that...
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Re: General - South Island (Part 3)

Postby kaiwhara » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:59 pm

Apparently yes.

stadt80 wrote:
Busdrivr wrote:Also the 5 scania tags are still being built for red bus. These were at designline, but have gone to kiwibus to be completed. 1 is due soon.


Any update on these Buses??, will Redbus keep these Buses with the changes and recent loss of services??
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