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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby Bovways » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:33 am

Swift wrote:They can take the pink off now. One appeared on a recent dash cam compilation bypassing traffic over double centre lines.

I used to witness this at least weekly in Talavera Road Macquarie Park, between the M2 and Macquarie Centre. I'm sure Hillsbus customer service was getting sick of the number of complaints I lodged via Transport Infoline!
Strangely enough I never saw a Transdev driver do it!
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby Swift » Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:05 pm

Bovways wrote:
Swift wrote:They can take the pink off now. One appeared on a recent dash cam compilation bypassing traffic over double centre lines.

I used to witness this at least weekly in Talavera Road Macquarie Park, between the M2 and Macquarie Centre. I'm sure Hillsbus customer service was getting sick of the number of complaints I lodged via Transport Infoline!
Strangely enough I never saw a Transdev driver do it!

I checked the dash cam footage against street view. It was the location you decribed. Another thing, the offending bus in the video was a Bustech VST -a Transdev bus.
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby Bovways » Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:26 pm

Swift wrote:
Bovways wrote:I used to witness this at least weekly in Talavera Road Macquarie Park, between the M2 and Macquarie Centre. I'm sure Hillsbus customer service was getting sick of the number of complaints I lodged via Transport Infoline!
Strangely enough I never saw a Transdev driver do it!

I checked the dash cam footage against street view. It was the location you decribed. Another thing, the offending bus in the video was a Bustech VST -a Transdev bus.


Oh good, the bad practices were shared equally!
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby Fleet Lists » Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:21 am

The rumour is that Station Link and Camellia depot will close tonight after the final buses return between 8 and 9 pm unless there is an emergency on which they are operating at the time.
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby Swift » Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:47 pm

So no standby buses anymore? Metro now deemed ready to go it alone without having it's hand held.
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby LB608 » Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:03 pm

What is going to happen to all the Transdev buses stored there?
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby swtt » Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:12 pm

Swift wrote:So no standby buses anymore? Metro now deemed ready to go it alone without having it's hand held.


It is a good 2 months since it's opened....
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby Swift » Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:20 pm

swtt wrote:
Swift wrote:So no standby buses anymore? Metro now deemed ready to go it alone without having it's hand held.


It is a good 2 months since it's opened....

Seems like enough time to bed in.
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby boronia » Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:57 pm

Swift wrote:So no standby buses anymore? Metro now deemed ready to go it alone without having it's hand held.

They may still have standby buses, they don't need to be branded.

SL buses might give the impression of expectations of breakdown, very negative. Ordinary buses could be there for lots of reasons, no one will care.
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby Linto63 » Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:51 pm

boronia wrote:They may still have standby buses, they don't need to be branded.
The standby buses have largely been debranded for a while now.
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby neilrex » Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:31 pm

surely they would need to take the buses OUT of the depot before closing it.
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby Fleet Lists » Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:37 pm

It would be closed from an operational aspect but some buses could still be stored there.
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby Swift » Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:50 pm

The depot of broken dreams..
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby Daniel » Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:20 pm

Swift wrote:The depot of broken dreams..

Huh?!
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby Linto63 » Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:26 am

Fleet Lists wrote:It would be closed from an operational aspect but some buses could still be stored there.
Assuming Transdev are prepared to take on responsibility for paying the rent, unlikely TfNSW would want to. If Transdev have no future use and no depot space to store, most will likely be disposed of.
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby burrumbus » Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:01 pm

I am quite sure the depot was leased or rented from the third party owner.It would have been a joint venture deal between Transdev and Hillsbus Co and the property owner most likely on a time frame deal as the operational requirements for Station Link were known for months in advance.
TFNSW would have nothing to do with depot arrangements.
If Transdev are going to continue to use the depot for storage of their withdrawn fleet Transdev would most likely come to a further lease/rent arrangement with the property owner.
Will be interesting to see what Transdev do in that regard.
The influx of the 63 odd Station Link fleet into their Sydney operations will mean the withdrawl of a corresponding number of their current fleet .That will stretch capacity at their existing Sydney depots.
With the current state of the second hand market it will be very difficult to sell that fleet.
My bet is a fair percentage of that fleet will go for scrap or parts.
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby Swift » Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:35 pm

So I take it they fuelled and cleaned the buses at their regular depots and perhaps used a demountable office on this temporary depot site. Maybe used service stations to fuel.
I guess being so new, the buses were serviced under warranty if the need arose.
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby Linto63 » Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:11 pm

burrumbus wrote:It would have been a joint venture deal between Transdev and Hillsbus Co and the property owner most likely on a time frame deal as the operational requirements for Station Link were known for months in advance. TFNSW would have nothing to do with depot arrangements.
The lease was most likely held by the Hillsbus / Transdev jv for its TfNSW contract. Now that contract has concluded, Transdev would either have to bear the cost of continuing the lease or convince TfNSW that it would be beneficial to retain to support its contracted services.
burrumbus wrote:The influx of the 63 odd Station Link fleet into their Sydney operations will mean the withdrawl of a corresponding number of their current fleet .That will stretch capacity at their existing Sydney depots. My bet is a fair percentage of that fleet will go for scrap or parts.
That would be the most likely scenario, if Transdev has little storage space, they will be stripped for parts and the remains sent for scrap quickly.
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby Daniel » Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:44 pm

Swift wrote:So I take it they fuelled and cleaned the buses at their regular depots and perhaps used a demountable office on this temporary depot site. Maybe used service stations to fuel.
I guess being so new, the buses were serviced under warranty if the need arose.

No, they were cleaned, washed and maintained at the temporary depot.
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby burrumbus » Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:48 pm

Was there fuelling facilities at Camellia Daniel??
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby Daniel » Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:38 pm

burrumbus wrote:Was there fuelling facilities at Camellia Daniel??

Yes, sorry I forgot to mention that too.
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby grimlock81 » Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:08 pm

Noticed that the standby former StationLink buses for the Sydney Metro have gone from their Victoria Avenue of this morning, and the area has now reverted back to its original taxi stand markings.
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby GO BUS » Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:00 pm

CDC m/o 6864 was the last Station Link bus to leave Camellia today heading to the Hunter. Thus ends Station Link.
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby m/o 6234 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:03 am

Did you get a photo of 6864 Go Bus?
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Re: Station Link Observations

Postby GO BUS » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:57 pm

Last Station Link bus m/o 6864 departs Camellia
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