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by Tim Williams
Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: (May/June 2021) Transport observations
Replies: 43
Views: 3698

Re: (May/June 2021) Transport observations

Is the Bustech artic close to completion??
by Tim Williams
Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: 38 years since end of SMR Steam and Tourist Potential
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Re: 38 years since end of SMR Steam and Tourist Potential

Yes, that sounds promising, although I have been to that region a few times (mainly for Bus NSW conferences), I am not really that familiar with the area.
Sydney and surrounding regions do have a large population base, which I can imagine would support several steam train/tourist operations.
by Tim Williams
Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: SA budget to upgrade railway stations
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Re: SA budget to upgrade railway stations

A lot of the stations certainly need a good makeover, I wonder if the allocated amount is enough.
by Tim Williams
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: (May/June 2021) Transport observations
Replies: 43
Views: 3698

Re: (May/June 2021) Transport observations

Fancy getting all excited about fleet numbers!!
by Tim Williams
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: 38 years since end of SMR Steam and Tourist Potential
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Re: 38 years since end of SMR Steam and Tourist Potential

The previous answer was spot on.

And it is worth remembering that the Zig-Zag railway is projected to re-open towards the end of this year and that line is particularly good for non-enthusiast people/passengers, which makes me wonder how a steam SMR would go.
by Tim Williams
Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: New Zealand Transport Discussion
Topic: Double Decker Buses in New Zealand
Replies: 9
Views: 26943

Re: Double Decker Buses in New Zealand

How are the Wellington Electric DD's going - I have looked at the videos and they seem impressive.
by Tim Williams
Sat Jun 05, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Scania K320UD double decker and Hino Double decker
Replies: 33
Views: 12306

Re: Scania K320UD double decker and Hino Double decker

Great reply, yes there are quite a few good restaurants along Glen Osmond Road, some with a good view of the passing traffic (buses!). On GO Road can be seen: Double deckers (our only 2 in route service) 14.5 mtr single deckers with Volgren bodies 12.3 and 11.3 mtre single deckers with Volgren and C...
by Tim Williams
Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Scania K320UD double decker and Hino Double decker
Replies: 33
Views: 12306

Re: Scania K320UD double decker and Hino Double decker

Both 3401 and 3402 were definitely in service today - I was in a restaurant that faces Glen Osmond Road and both were travelling towards Mt Barker, about half to three quarters on an hour apart. From my observations the other day, the front destination display on 3402 is working, in fact it is very ...
by Tim Williams
Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: (May/June 2021) Transport observations
Replies: 43
Views: 3698

Re: (May/June 2021) Transport observations

Good explanation and thank you!!
by Tim Williams
Mon May 24, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Scania K320UD double decker and Hino Double decker
Replies: 33
Views: 12306

Re: Scania K320UD double decker and Hino Double decker

It fascinates me that both deckers appear on rosters that include some journeys on our local all stops City - Glen Osmond route. The 861 is a fairly short route. About half an hour ago, I saw 3402 (the CDI) on a stopping service near the Parkside Hotel on Glen Osmond Road - I couldn't read the rear ...
by Tim Williams
Sun May 23, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Scania K320UD double decker and Hino Double decker
Replies: 33
Views: 12306

Re: Scania K320UD double decker and Hino Double decker

That's great - I am pleased that it worked out!!

Were all your trips on 3401? - if so, did you pass 3402 (The CDI) on your travels?, because it seems to circulate reasonably regularly.
by Tim Williams
Thu May 20, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Forced labour use in China-sourced transportation products
Replies: 16
Views: 1172

Re: Forced labour use in China-sourced transportation products

Yes, I am sure we will carry on purchasing products from these companies, I just hope that the moral factor comes into it (rather than the pure profit motive) and that manufacturing reverts to their own countries - probably a hope that is in vain!
by Tim Williams
Thu May 20, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Forced labour use in China-sourced transportation products
Replies: 16
Views: 1172

Re: Forced labour use in China-sourced transportation products

Please read the comments below (taken from Wikipedia): The Uyghur genocide is the ongoing series of human rights abuses perpetrated by the government of China against the Uyghur people and other ethnic and religious minorities in and around the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of the People's...
by Tim Williams
Thu May 20, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Forced labour use in China-sourced transportation products
Replies: 16
Views: 1172

Re: Forced labour use in China-sourced transportation products

Thanks for this Tony, the more widely this is publicised, the better. As an example of the way things are going and multinationals being totally fixated in cost reduction, a lot of the major camera manufacturers have indeed transferred their manufacturing from Japan to China - I tend to keep older c...
by Tim Williams
Sun May 16, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Lego Adelaide
Replies: 0
Views: 436

Lego Adelaide

Here is a photo of a young lad who is a Lego expert, or so the Adelaide Advertiser says and he has constructed part of the Adelaide CBD from Lego and it does look good. But in the attached photo from the Advertiser, look at the bus models in the background, including the Bustech CDI!!!! 5944bd7aed62...
by Tim Williams
Fri May 14, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Bustech Discussion / Observations
Replies: 103
Views: 10675

Re: Bustech Discussion / Observations

Thanks for the comments, I think that the problem in Adelaide is that one configuration of artic is used for all types of routes (inner, outer, express etc.) but, honestly, it should be noted that with the possible exception of the o-bahn, few of the routes fall into the category of high turnover. D...
by Tim Williams
Fri May 14, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Bustech Discussion / Observations
Replies: 103
Views: 10675

Re: Bustech Discussion / Observations

A strange looking beast, visually not helped by trying to adapt Adelaide's current livery to an artic - I am not a fan of the current livery. But what I really find rather disappointing is the low seating numbers - 59 for an 18 metre bus is honestly pathetic. Adelaide's original Volvo B58 and B10M P...
by Tim Williams
Tue May 04, 2021 1:49 pm
Forum: Photos - Adelaide/SA
Topic: Busway's South Australia 2451 (Volvo B8RLE). 28/4/21
Replies: 1
Views: 1258

Re: Busway's South Australia 2451 (Volvo B8RLE). 28/4/21

Well, this model should be fairly easy and inexpensive to set up, I would imagine, with Transit Graphics having produced a couple of Volvo Olympus models. to date.
by Tim Williams
Tue May 04, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2021
Replies: 169
Views: 26429

Re: Sydney Bus Museum Discussion & Observations

Times must be very tough for the Blue Mountains Explorer as they have advertised for sale their comparatively new two BCI double deckers, what a great shame.
Admin: Not related to the Museum hence moved.
by Tim Williams
Mon May 03, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: The New Tram/Light Rail Line
Replies: 57
Views: 3476

Re: The New Tram/Light Rail Line

I understand but, variable operating costs of two units vs. one should not be just brushed aside as minimal. As an accountant, I spent a number of years, analyzing in detail rigid 12 mtr buses vs. 18 mtr artics and the difference was quite substantial. With LRT's there would be the (individual) unit...
by Tim Williams
Mon May 03, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: The New Tram/Light Rail Line
Replies: 57
Views: 3476

Re: The New Tram/Light Rail Line

Tonyp's sequence of events (probably better described as progress stages), does show that with the Sydney City Council and the RMS involved, an optimum outcome was not going to be, this combined with the fact that the supplier contract was signed, prior to an agreed outcome with those two parties. I...
by Tim Williams
Sun May 02, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: The New Tram/Light Rail Line
Replies: 57
Views: 3476

Re: The New Tram/Light Rail Line

Spelling error - next to last line (penultimate one) should read "there is a clear difference......"
My apologies!!
by Tim Williams
Sun May 02, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: The New Tram/Light Rail Line
Replies: 57
Views: 3476

Re: The New Tram/Light Rail Line

A couple of other points about these new units that interest me: 1. Are the pantographs manually raised and lowered at Town Hall?? - if so is there some safety override for a possible operator lapse of concentration. 2. Why wasn't the red chevron livery (of the Dulwich Hill line units) perpetuated? ...
by Tim Williams
Sun May 02, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: The New Tram/Light Rail Line
Replies: 57
Views: 3476

Re: The New Tram/Light Rail Line

Pardon my ignorance, but I thought these current LRT/Trams being a modular vehicle, could be as long or short as the operator required - just add or subtract a module or two to obtain the desired length. A comment was made about fixed bogie LRT's - I worked for a multinational for a number of years ...
by Tim Williams
Sun May 02, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: The New Tram/Light Rail Line
Replies: 57
Views: 3476

Re: The New Tram/Light Rail Line

I am very impressed with these new light rail units, well appointed inside and plenty of circulating space. Unfortunately in Adelaide we have the standard narrow Frankfurt??? ones, which is a great pity and was unnecessary, as the previous old 1929 standard trams were were quite wide. I think with s...

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