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New Bustech for Lonsdale

Postby Skexis » Tue May 09, 2017 6:34 pm

I think this is the last of the trial buses and will most likely become 2453. Quite like this one - has a kind of retro feel about it

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Re: New Bustech for Lonsdale

Postby jibb » Tue May 09, 2017 7:02 pm

I thought that there was another Volvo coming?
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Re: New Bustech for Lonsdale

Postby TT » Tue May 09, 2017 7:36 pm

Looks exactly the same as Torrens' 1906. Is there any difference?
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Re: New Bustech for Lonsdale

Postby busrider » Tue May 09, 2017 7:38 pm

They've smoothed out the window line by using a bit more black paint?
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Re: New Bustech for Lonsdale

Postby Crispy! » Fri May 12, 2017 11:21 am

busrider wrote:They've smoothed out the window line by using a bit more black paint?


The white paint on 1906 looks so tacky.
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Re: New Bustech for Lonsdale

Postby boronia » Fri May 12, 2017 12:29 pm

It appears to have the same "retro" feature as Sydney's Bustechs - the step down to the centre door.
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Re: New Bustech for Lonsdale

Postby Route 506 » Fri May 12, 2017 1:18 pm

Nice looking bus! Very similar to 1906 except for the window line painted a bit "better" as others have already commented on here!

Reminds me of the Gold Coast buses on Surfside Bus Lines, except the lower seats on these buses are a fair bit lower than the window line.
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Re: New Bustech for Lonsdale

Postby tonyp » Wed May 17, 2017 6:38 am

boronia wrote:It appears to have the same "retro" feature as Sydney's Bustechs - the step down to the centre door.

No, it actually has a stepless centre door which AdMet has obviously required in its specification, so it is a conventional "low-entry" with low floor to the second door then high floor in the back part of the bus.

The main issue is this which I'm amazed nobody in Adelaide has picked up and commented on - most of the passengers on the low floor can't see out the window!!

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Is the fact that nobody has noticed it (or not wanted anybody to notice it in the case of the manufacturer and client) a sign of how much people in the bus industry and enthusiasts focus only on mechanical and operator issues and completely ignore the fact that buses are actually for the purpose of transporting real people?
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Re: New Bustech for Lonsdale

Postby Eurostar » Wed May 17, 2017 2:20 pm

Is it doing route services yet?
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Re: New Bustech for Lonsdale

Postby tonyp » Wed May 17, 2017 7:51 pm

I meant to add in my posts on both this and the Citaro that these are absolutely excellent photos, both in coverage of details of the subject and technical quality. Are they the OP's photos? Well done!
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Re: New Bustech for Lonsdale

Postby 1whoknows » Fri May 19, 2017 10:44 am

Agree with that Tony - one small complaint though - no photo of the VIN plate on the Citaro.
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Re: New Bustech for Lonsdale

Postby paulgersche » Fri May 19, 2017 1:21 pm

I know that photos can be deceiving (lack of depth, etc.), but is the cord for the two-way likely to get in the way of normal operations of the vehicle (tickets, etc)?

The driving position (from the "above" shot) makes everything look a little claustrophobic to me (or that could be related to my substantial dimensions!!!)

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Re: New Bustech for Lonsdale

Postby Skexis » Fri May 19, 2017 7:13 pm

1whoknows wrote:Agree with that Tony - one small complaint though - no photo of the VIN plate on the Citaro.

There would have been more photos but for a stupid 10 shot per post limit. More photos do in fact exist however I will not post them as I do not see any valid reason to make two posts where one would be perfectly adequate and until the rule is amended the 10 shot limit remains in place, from both sides.

One thing I notice from my photos though is that great big gouge on the lower right spoke of the steering wheel. There is absolutely no reason for it to be so except for poor workmanship.
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Re: New Bustech for Lonsdale

Postby jibb » Fri May 19, 2017 8:03 pm

Any idea how long before it enters service?
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