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AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby Tim Williams » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:09 am

I would have thought by now someone would have posted a photo of this Kiwi bodied AD Enviro 500. Is it registed and on the road.
If so I presume the chassis/underframe must have been built to our current restrictive width regulations (or is the extra width in the body only on the AD bodied buses) and what about the weight problem over the front axle or is this unit to be used as a coach = no standees, lower payload etc.

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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby Apollo » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:46 am

Hi Tim,
Unfortunately this bus is proving very illusive! Ive attached a picture of it which was sent to me via another driver where i work of the decker at Luna Park. The photo is a mobile phone one and of poor quality but gives you the general idea about the vehicle. Am looking forward to eventually getting a photo of it and hopefully it gets signage on it.

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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby B10BLE » Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:33 am

That's a nice looking bus I must admit.
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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby OLYMPIAN » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:56 pm

Is more like a coach then a bus ,I hv been told there is one for another operator in Melbourne, can anyone confirm.it?
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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby adrian » Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:54 pm

I have seen inside this vehicle and it is pretty tidy. No luggage racks , reading lights or luggage capacity. Its main usage is Primary schools to save them hirring 2 buses. The old one when finished being re-furbed will look similair.
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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby Mitch » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:16 pm

It's a great looking bus!

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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby Vitalstatistix » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:53 pm

Looks great.

I believe Kiwi sent a front over for their older D/D.
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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby Tim Williams » Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:33 pm

An interesting bus/coach - I hear a whisper a second one may be on the way!

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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby OLYMPIAN » Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:29 pm

The MCW Metroliner is under rebuilt with the same front fitted already.
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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby Cordes Express » Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:56 am

Vitalstatistix wrote:Looks great.

I believe Kiwi sent a front over for their older D/D.


I can't wait to see it... That MCW has need a tidy up for some time.

Also, have a look at the link below for the Showbus website from the UK at the bus of the week... :D

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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby OLYMPIAN » Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:48 pm

V Line services? I though the Enviro 500 only do School Charters

I hope the MCW Metroliner is ready for my visit in 2 weeks time.
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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby MAN 16.242 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:56 pm

OLYMPIAN wrote:V Line services? I though the Enviro 500 only do School Charters

I hope the MCW Metroliner is ready for my visit in 2 weeks time.

The picture seems be taken in South Melbourne, and clicking on the link provided in the post above, it seems it was on a charter at the time.
As for the V/line sticker on the windscreen, I think you'll find it might off be used to help with the overcrowding of trains in peak or used for emergency rail replacement.
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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby NZBusBoi » Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:29 pm

Random question on this bus.

Can anyone say if it has (what has seemed to have been in the past) the typical Kiwi grill at the back which just happens to be in the shape of a Kiwi?
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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby ATE168@LM8813 » Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:42 pm

NZBusBoi wrote:Random question on this bus.

Can anyone say if it has (what has seemed to have been in the past) the typical Kiwi grill at the back which just happens to be in the shape of a Kiwi?


I think you are talking about this, right?!

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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby OLYMPIAN » Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:17 am

Yes, this bus has the rear grille with Kiwi birds on it, like Ritchies Northern Express Scania
Ritchies should buy a handful of these for their popular Northern Express

Unusually,the bus front dash panel have a grille.
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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby NZBusBoi » Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:47 am

That would indeed be what I'm talking about!

Quite funny seeing it in Aus.

Also, I can't disagree with you there on deckers on the busway, certainly would be a sight and IMHO certainly appropriate
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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby The Inspector » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:22 pm

OLYMPIAN wrote:The MCW Metroliner is under rebuilt with the same front fitted already.



For gods sake why refit this hideous front to that lovely Metroliner which should have been refurbished to its original looks, what bastardisation.

Here is a pic of the Metroliner at the depot back in 2009 when the owner arranged to have it posed.

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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby awatea36 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:39 pm

Just got hold of 2 new pictures of the new Alexander Dennis plus the Metroliner undergoing renovation.
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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby Bedford-29 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:01 pm

I bet the MCW fans in the UK would like to see the Rockleigh Metroliner after its refit and plastic surgery it will be the only modern MCW between Australia and the UK.
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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby Apollo » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:32 am

Bedford-29 wrote:I bet the MCW fans in the UK would like to see the Rockleigh Metroliner after its refit and plastic surgery it will be the only modern MCW between Australia and the UK.


Well if you spam their boards like you do ours im sure they will see it :lol: :mrgreen:
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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby OLYMPIAN » Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:00 pm

When.was the photo taken ? Seems like is not ready for my visit within 12 days
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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby awatea36 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:38 pm

Sorry not sure when they were taken but i would imagine the rebuild one was not too long ago. The AD was taken before it left NZ.
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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby OLYMPIAN » Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:52 pm

Thanks
Just got home and download the pic, the pic was taken in July..Recently my friend saw it in November, it already have panel fitted and an extra emergency exit fitted on offside ahead of the tag axle.

Look a bit strange with the Denning style first side window on the top deck
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Re: AD Enviro 500 - Rockleigh Tours

Postby adrian » Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:55 pm

If you have a look at the Rockleigh Tours facebook page you will see it is now sign written. Looks awesome
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