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Burnie's 'new' Volgren Scanias

Postby LocoLes » Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:32 pm

During a quick visit to the Burnie area last week I managed to 'capture' Scanias 400 & 401 operating the Wynyard service.
Other buses noted were 10,12,204,205,208,213,215,628,629,630,632,636.
Former fleet members not sighted were 244,631,633.
A 3rd Volgren was noted parked in the depot yard.
Noted in the depot scene is a bus using the Wellington Street exit. :mrgreen:
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Re: Burnie's 'new' Volgren Scanias

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:23 pm

Good to see the desto in #401 has SH#T itself already :roll: The 3rd Volgren is #403, whilst #244, #631 & #633 are back in Hobart and in service. #402 & #404 are close to going, whilst #406 was spotted last weekend, BUT a long way from finished. Thanks for the photos LocoLes
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Re: Burnie's 'new' Volgren Scanias

Postby Lt. Commander Data » Sat Nov 21, 2015 12:42 pm

This confirms my suspicion that Metro Tas are just copying the Admet fleet. :lol: First CR224Ls, then CB60 Evo IIs, then CB80s, now I find that they also have CR228Ls, say, are they planning on getting any double deckers? :mrgreen:
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Re: Burnie's 'new' Volgren Scanias

Postby TheIlikeBusesGuy » Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:55 am

A Bustech in this neck of the woods would look pretty different...
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Re: Burnie's 'new' Volgren Scanias

Postby LocoLes » Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:45 pm

Lt. Commander Data wrote:This confirms my suspicion that Metro Tas are just copying the Admet fleet. :lol: First CR224Ls, then CB60 Evo IIs, then CB80s, now I find that they also have CR228Ls, say, are they planning on getting any double deckers? :mrgreen:


Hi Lt. Commander Data,
I thought that I would hold off answering this one in case a 'fellow Tasmanian' participated. :mrgreen:
Now I'm not certain you are really serious about this remark BUT.......... just in case you are................
Metro Tas was probably [most likely] the first operator of Scania vehicles in that they trialled a PMC bodied Scania in Launceston in 1987 [No.251] and placed an order and took delivery of Ansair bodied Scanias from 1988 [No.101 onwards] well before Admet changed to Scania buses [No.1200] in 2005. So therefore replacement vehicles naturally would include the versions mentioned in your 'suspicion' message above. :mrgreen:
The Burnie CR228L buses [No. 400-408] are really quite a 'stunning' move in that Burnie was operating older Scania vehicles but with low kilometres compared to similar Hobart vehicles, that would better serve Hobart [or Launceston] as they will be 'on the road' longer there than in Burnie. In the meantime Burnie obtains a younger fleet [apart from No.244 which was a 2007 model]. The Volgren fleet are 2006 built vehicles although they may have accumulated some km around Tullamarine since then.
Adelaide's Scania fleet continues to grow like Tassie's so Metro really did their homework back in the 1980's to 'copy Admet' as you remarked! :mrgreen:
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Re: Burnie's 'new' Volgren Scanias

Postby busrider » Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:19 am

A slight correction... Adelaide got its first Scania bus (3269, L94UB/Volgren CR224L) in 1999 (excluding a demo, mentioned later), two years before Metro Tasmania's first L94UB/CR224L (201, built June 2001). So in that sense, the observation of Tasmania "copying" Adelaide is valid, albeit only in the "modern" era. One could also mention the PMC-bodied Volvo B10M and B10ML fleet which Tasmania received about 4-5 years after Adelaide got theirs.

STA in Adelaide actually trialled this Scania BR112H in 1982, so this was Adelaide's first Scania bus, a whole five years before Metro Tasmania: http://perthbus.info/report.php?vid=BR112H

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Re: Burnie's 'new' Volgren Scanias

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Sun Dec 06, 2015 4:03 pm

I thought the comment inferred the crappy "livery" or lack of :evil: Remembering, Metro's earlier CEO came from Adelaide, hence the copying of the livery :?
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Re: Burnie's 'new' Volgren Scanias

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Sun Dec 13, 2015 6:55 am

As mentioned earlier, #406 spotted "loitering" around Metro's workshop, albeit long way from being ready. Here are the photographs.

#406 - Scania L94UB / Volgren CR228L (ex Melbourne Long-Term Parking #C47)

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Re: Burnie's 'new' Volgren Scanias

Postby LocoLes » Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:22 pm

A few more photographs of the 'new' second hand Burnie Scania Volgren fleet taken during my brief visit to the Burnie area, Oct/Nov 2016.
The fleet has obtained some advertising 'noise' and only a handful of buses are not carrying this vital source of revenue.
MET-406 is photographed in Rooke Street in Devonport operating a new service Route 85 [Burnie Hospital to Latrobe Hospital]. I seem to have now captured all members of the 'Volgren' fleet except MET-403 but there is always room for a few more. :lol:
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Re: Burnie's 'new' Volgren Scanias

Postby Hawkeye » Sun Nov 06, 2016 5:52 pm

Nice shots once again! Those Volgren's seem to remind me a fair bit of the ones up in the Adelaide Hills, certainly a nice sight :)
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Re: Burnie's 'new' Volgren Scanias

Postby Lt. Commander Data » Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:52 pm

They are nice shots, although seeing a yellow CR228L near a beach is a strange sight for me :P . CR224Ls will always look, sound. and perform better than 228Ls for me though.
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Re: Burnie's 'new' Volgren Scanias

Postby LocoLes » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:02 pm

Scania MET 403 CR228L [Volgren] had escaped my camera for so long but here it is at Mount Road, Upper Burnie, all 9 Scania Volgren Burnie fleet now recorded.

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Re: Burnie's 'new' Volgren Scanias

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:45 pm

Although we only have (2) CR228Ls in Hobart (both K230UB) they do look OK (I suppose) but the lack of livery certainly leaves a lot to be desired :( I like the fact they're only 11.9m rather than the 12.5m "standardisation" of our fleet. If only they kept the 10.3m of the N113 series they would be a LOT better. All models have their little quirks and problems. Burnie receiving these L94s, was to standardise the fleet up there, with 242, 244, 204 also L94s but with Northcoast bodies. Rumour is, Burnie will only receive the NEW Bustech XDis in the third year of the contract, as basically, Burnie has a 98% low-floor fleet, whilst Launceston and Hobart are way behind percentage wise. I can assure you Lt. Commander Data that Metro will NOT be getting double deckers :lol: :lol:
It is unfortunate, with the production of 100 new style of vehicle in TAS, Metro couldn't readopt a "proper" livery, but alas, it was not to be :( :(
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Re: Burnie's 'new' Volgren Scanias

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:50 pm

#409 and #410 in Hobart, both K230UB / Volgren CR228L, unlike the Burnie units which are all L94UBs.
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#409 - 2009 Scania K230UB / Volgren CR228L
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#410 - 2009 Scania K230UB / Volgren CR228L
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