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Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:14 pm
by Mercedes
Welcome to 2018!

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:28 pm
by Andy O
Ventura currently have an Iveco/Optimus Demonstrator unit. Travelled yesterday on Rail replacement, still with new bus smell.

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:22 pm
by B10BLE
Impeccable timing I'd say. A few Mercedes O405NH Volgrens are on the brink of reaching 2 decades old at Moorabbin and Pakenham. Their replacement could be a fleet of Optimus bodied Ivecos. Moorabbin's 546, turning 20 next year, would be the first to go I'd assume.

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:10 pm
by Heihachi_73
20 years is only old if the vehicle is worn out and beyond repair. I have ridden in a number of Ventura's CR221Ls and early Northcoasts which still look beautiful inside and run like new yet they're due for retirement just because of the model year, although I'm sure the non-air conditioned part of the fleet won't be missed by the travelling public. At least 546 has air conditioning unlike most of the Scania buses of that era.

It's a pity that rebodying or even refurbishing buses is so expensive these days, as usually they are mechanically fine but just look old - the ex-Met Volvo B59s that were sold off and rebodied look infinitely newer despite being 1970s buses. The bus in this photo of what used to be 862 does not look like a 1970s model all, it even has air conditioning installed which wasn't even thought of in Melbourne for at least ten years after the bus was built.

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:33 pm
by JRBUS123
Today I spotted Ventura #963 with a new white LED desto. Spotted running rail replacement for the Level Crossing Removal project on the Hurstbridge line.

Kind regards, JRBUS123

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:53 am
by scott
Ventura #1209 has recieved a new Mobitec desto, not a white one though.

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:15 pm
by B7RLE
Ventura Dandenong has received a new smartbus in 1323 (Scania K310UB Volgren Optimus) seen on 900 today

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:52 pm
by Craig
B7RLE wrote:Ventura Dandenong has received a new smartbus in 1323 (Scania K310UB Volgren Optimus) seen on 900 today


venturatiger spotted sister unit #1309 on the 900 earlier tonight.

Kind Regards


Craig :-)

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:43 pm
by BroadGauge
Just in case anybody here was there at the time:

Victoria Police wrote: Appeal for witnesses following bus collision
Friday, 02 March 2018 11:47

Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision in Mitcham on Monday 19 February.

It is alleged a Route 736 bus was turning left onto Whitehorse Road from Mitcham Road when it struck a 64-year-old woman at a pedestrian crossing about 6.30am.

The woman was conveyed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The bus driver has been spoken to by police and the investigation is ongoing.

Nunawading Highway Patrol officers are appealing for anyone who may have been on the bus at the time to come forward.

Anyone who witnessed the collisions is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at http://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Luke Zammit
Media Officer

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:48 am
by Zenith3050
Dandenong has some new coaches, all 3 in pure white and no numbers that I could see.

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:09 am
by scott
Must be some of the new batch of King Longs as mentioned on the fleet lists.

Also a batch of secondhand 2013 ex Barrow Island WA Volgren bodied Iveco Deltas has joined the school bus fleet, numbered 1324-1327

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:21 pm
by B7RLE
One of the new Ivecos was involved in an accident a few weeks ago In Pakenham with a truck

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:17 pm
by venturatiger
Hi, there is 3 one door Optare Tempo's at Dandenong all unregistered so definateley not Coaches & may not even be for Ventura

Venturatiger

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:08 am
by K230UB
venturatiger wrote:Hi, there is 3 one door Optare Tempo's at Dandenong all unregistered so definateley not Coaches & may not even be for Ventura

Venturatiger


These 3 Optare Tempo's are for Ventura and will be used for school runs. They have an unusual layout 3 seats o/s and 2 seats n/s similar to those L94 customs with the single door.

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:17 pm
by BroadGauge
K230UB wrote:similar to those L94 customs with the single door.

Are those ones still running on route service? I remember that they often used to run on the 270/271 going back to the start of this decade, in the "good old days" when Ventura Croydon used to operate those services.

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:58 am
by scott
I would imagine, being in PTV livery, they (870-872) would do some route service and PTV school services, probably mainly PTV school runs, due to their configuration.

Yes, it was the good old days back in 2010, when some nice buses got on the 270-271. Then three years later.........

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:23 pm
by Andy O
First time in ages I can remember high floors being out on rail duties on the weekend - single doors too. Noted at least 471 Volvo B10M/Volgren and 518 Volvo B10B/Volgren doing Caulfield - westall expresses. Also notable quite a number of blue scanias were still out running rail around 1am this morning, rather than the usual CR28Ls and optimus.

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:34 pm
by BroadGauge
Andy O wrote:First time in ages I can remember high floors being out on rail duties on the weekend - single doors too. Noted at least 471 Volvo B10M/Volgren and 518 Volvo B10B/Volgren doing Caulfield - westall expresses. Also notable quite a number of blue scanias were still out running rail around 1am this morning, rather than the usual CR28Ls and optimus.

Heard today from another board member that in Mordialloc this afternoon, all of the rail buses they saw were from CDC Melbourne and Transdev.. :shock:

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 7:41 pm
by BroadGauge
Noticed an Optare Solo running a northbound route 887 trip to Frankston along the Esplanade between Safety Beach and Mount Martha at 3:30pm today.

Didn't see the fleet number as I was driving at the time.

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 8:26 pm
by Matty G
This was bus #1270.

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 8:25 pm
by Volvo_B9R
Matty G wrote:This was bus #1270.


Do you just read the live tracking on their website to find this out?

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 9:08 pm
by Matty G
The live tracking is extremely accurate... so, depending on the route, the tracking may give you the answers you are looking for.
#1270 was on the Monash run again today.

That being said, Route 886 normally runs with a standard size bus between first bus and the 18:15 Monash departure.
An Optare is usually allocated on the last service from Monash Frankston to Rosebud at 19:06.

Cheers.

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:51 pm
by scott
I have noticed there seems to have been a mass exchange of buses between Lilydale and Oakleigh in recent weeks.

eg today I sighted #1027 Volvo on the 664 and #767 Scania quite coincidentally on the 767, plus numerous others.

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:42 pm
by Zenith3050
It appears that Ventura drivers are running driver training on Seaford Road, as of yesterday. Perhaps this is for the opening of route 760?

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:59 am
by Andy O
Ventura seem to have pulled just about everything out today for this weekends massive shutdown from South Yarra to Frankston. Noted various Volgren SC222'S and at least 1 Scania 3 axle coach lurking about.