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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby readerbus » Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:01 pm

Hi there boys, Well it doesn't look like too much work has been done since this photo was taken! Back on the 5th of March 2006.
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby NZSL202 » Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:03 am

There's been some mechanical work completed on the axels and braking system (that I could see without sliding under her), but not a lot more panel work. Apparently there used to be 6 people working on it from time to time, but now they're down to one.

I have a few ideas on that front, so hopefully we can see the 50 seater beast back running again!
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby NZSL202 » Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:10 pm

Readerbus - Which NPCT bus had the CNG-Distillate conversion? I'm pretty sure it was one of the Leyland Leopards either #5 or #20?

Do you know why more weren't converted?
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby NZSL202 » Sun Nov 23, 2008 4:49 pm

1982 Volvo B58 ex NPCT #4

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http://www.trademe.co.nz/Trade-Me-Motor ... 801235.htm

The listing states it has an auto trans, instead of the semi-auto it was originally equipped with. I assume this is another one Richies managed to blow up :cry:
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby Vitalstatistix » Sun Nov 23, 2008 6:11 pm

Oh it just must have come up for sale.

Excuse me but this is going to have to come out

WHAT THE HELL DID THEY DO TO HER :x
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby readerbus » Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:34 pm

NZSL202 wrote:Readerbus - Which NPCT bus had the CNG-Distillate conversion? I'm pretty sure it was one of the Leyland Leopards either #5 or #20?

Do you know why more weren't converted?



Number #5 was the somewhat lucky recipient of the CNG-Distillate Conversion. The council didn't get any more done, as they had endless problems with the cng unit freezing over.
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby Simes » Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:48 pm

K270UB6 wrote:Oh it just must have come up for sale.

Excuse me but this is going to have to come out

WHAT THE HELL DID THEY DO TO HER :x


What they seem to love to do to every bus they get ;) butcher it
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby Vitalstatistix » Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:52 am

The lights look as if they have come from a Hawke Ranger. I like however how they have kept the volvo in it with that emblem at the front.
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby Rail Bus » Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:55 am

I am curious to know, were the Leopards, Mercs, and SL202s all new to New Plymouth? Considering they all have the same bodies as their sisters in Wellington and Auckland... What are New Plymouth buses like today? I'm guessing that this is another city filled with Distaerline M.A.N 12.223s? :?:
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby Vitalstatistix » Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:02 am

I'dont know if these buses were new, but I know there used to be a B7R and ex Oz O305's, now Orana 10.155's rule that city with a few Darts, and a few fujis?
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby Rail Bus » Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:16 am

Sounds to me like another nice fleet turned boring. :(
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby NZSL202 » Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:33 pm

Rail Bus wrote:I am curious to know, were the Leopards, Mercs, and SL202s all new to New Plymouth? Considering they all have the same bodies as their sisters in Wellington and Auckland... What are New Plymouth buses like today? I'm guessing that this is another city filled with Distaerline M.A.N 12.223s? :?:


The New Plymouth City Council often tagged on their order to the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch orders. That's why the city ended up with such a varied and interesting fleet including AEC Reliance’s, Crossley trolleybus, the infamous Leopards, and the 0305 mercs and SL202's.

The current services are run by Tranzit, and use MAN 11.155's, 0305's, ex-Adelaide Volvo B10M Artics, and various Jappers. Apparently some new buses are being negotiated, and I'm betting that they'll be Designline's :roll:
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby Rail Bus » Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:50 pm

Nice to find a New Zealand City with O305s! :D Do you have or can you take some current photos of these? Being a Sydney person, and Sydney having an "obsession" with O305 Mercs stretching back over 30 years, I would love to see more pics of other cities ones, particuarly New Zealand. :)
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby volvomaster » Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:06 pm

NZSL202 wrote: Apparently some new buses are being negotiated, and I'm betting that they'll be Designline's :roll:


Hope not :lol: I don't see why Tranzit can't bring back the SLF Volvos back made by Kiwi Bus Builders, that Okato Bus Lines had for a yera or so.
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby readerbus » Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:27 pm

volvomaster wrote:Hope not :lol: I don't see why Tranzit can't bring back the SLF Volvos back made by Kiwi Bus Builders, that Okato Bus Lines had for a yera or so.


Tranzit can't bring back the Kiwi Volvo, mainly because they don't own it! It now belongs to Nimon Coachlines of Havelock North.
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby volvomaster » Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:38 am

Oh well :cry: It would of been nice to see one back on the city streets. Just hope the new ones arn't BCI or Designline. :oops:
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby NZSL202 » Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:08 pm

1976 Mercedes 0305 ex NPCT #19

Here's the link for anyone who wants to see the rather large pic. I can't resize it, because its not my photo....

http://www.partybus.co.nz/webfiles/PartyBus/webpages/images/27437/172PurpleCloud-December2005023.jpg
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby readerbus » Sun Apr 19, 2009 2:28 pm

I hope you don't get into trouble for such a BIG photo... :oops:

Also, I know I didn't think to get any when they were still standing... But, did you ever take any pics of the New Plymouth City Transport Depot Buildings... Like the Offices or workshops... I just aimed at the buses...
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby NZSL202 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 4:33 pm

No unfortunately I didn't. I should have taken some just before they were ripped down to build that shopping complex, but unfortunately I wasn't living in New Plymouth at the time :x
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby ka9102 » Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:21 pm

NZSL202,you forgot to mention that the merc in the pic was refurbished (or raped :roll: :lol: ) by Designline. :mrgreen:
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby NZSL202 » Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:24 pm

Do you have any details of what they did? I assume they've reconditioned the motor and gearbox, plus I can see they've refurbished the seats and added a nice crack to one of the windows :P
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby readerbus » Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:59 pm

Hey NZSL202, Did you get any photos of the old AEC Reliance mobile library before she was sold? If so would you like to share???? :mrgreen:
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby NZSL202 » Wed Apr 22, 2009 5:11 pm

It disappeared on me! Don't worry I shall track her down and report back :)

Which number in the fleet was it? I thought #1, but apparently not....
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby readerbus » Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:56 pm

NZSL202 wrote:It disappeared on me! Don't worry I shall track her down and report back :)

Which number in the fleet was it? I thought #1, but apparently not....



Yep, she sure was Number #1!!! The City Council at the time wanted to have that bus because Shortly before the MAN's 1&3 arrived she had an overhaul to the Mechanicals... They wanted the bus to earn their money back :mrgreen:
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Re: New Plymouth City Transport

Postby NZSL202 » Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:45 am

That's what I thought. Do you know what her licence plate number was? The records I have state it was EP7258 but that bus has been in Hawera since June of 1987, and given that the first two MAN's turned up in 1986....
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