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SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby bunza » Fri May 27, 2011 2:23 pm

Spotted lunch time today near West End ferry during a leisurely walk. Any idea what it's going to be used for?

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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby Cordes Express » Fri May 27, 2011 2:24 pm

BLOODY BRILLIANT I LOVE IT!!!!!!!
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby Bedford-29 » Fri May 27, 2011 3:06 pm

I wonder what the seating capacity would be on this Goliath I thinking a 100 seated.But I think it would out do Denning new D/D a bit and this be Bustech own chassis or something else as I can`t make out the badge on the front.But it is one awesome bus all the same.
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby Daniel » Fri May 27, 2011 3:18 pm

Well, hats off to bunza, you win! Been brewing for quite some time indeed.
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby Kurt » Fri May 27, 2011 3:30 pm

That bus looks awesome!
Is it the first low floor DD bus for Australia?
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby 08 XDi » Fri May 27, 2011 4:00 pm

My God - I love it! Could this be the first version of the TransLink livery that doesn't look like trash?
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby Volvo B12BLEA » Fri May 27, 2011 4:18 pm

It is the first Low floor modern Double Decker route bus for normal routes not just school runs and from the Surfside logo on it I guess they will be using it, on what route/s I have no idea. It is owned by TRANSLink.
Both this one and Thompsons Denning Decker are both impressive vehicles.
From what I have heard it was there for a Media launch so lets hope it is on the 6PM News services today and the print media tomorrow.

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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby VivalaBuses » Fri May 27, 2011 4:47 pm

The deckers are back in town! :D

I have some questions tho - does it feature the straight staircase like the E500/Wrightbus, and why two steering axles at the front, instead of one behind the main drive axle like 14.5m configuration?

A good sign that if Bustech can produce DDs, there is a market for them in Australia, and hopefully CC and Volgren will come on board as well! :D
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby 08 XDi » Fri May 27, 2011 4:54 pm

Another interesting feature - is this the first Bustech ever built with a rear window (excluding the very small production run of CB20s badged as Bustechs, both in the Surfside fleet)?
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby Bedford-29 » Fri May 27, 2011 4:56 pm

I think Surfside probably would use this big Goliath on the southbound services which get pretty crowded at times.
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby Tim Williams » Fri May 27, 2011 5:11 pm

I thought I had successfully posted a message about this fabulous bus but it seems to have vanished - so here we go again.

I agree with all comments made - a top looking bus and a great effort by BusTech. I would imagine that the twin steer layout is necessary to address (front) axle weight problems with DD's in Australia and that's one of problems AD is facing with the Enviro 500 - we really are out of step with the rest of the World where our road/vehicle regulations are concerned.

I would love to see some interior photos regarding the layout and some specs and dimensions.

If Surfside are gong to use it on route service, I would hope it fits under the various concrete structures in and around Pacific Fair as that place is a major generator of passengers. If not consideration should be given to modify the roads accordingly - ie. lower them!

Well done to BusTech - this deserves to be a great success.

Two new DD's from Queensland in the same month - wake up the rest of Australia!!!!!
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby Volvo B12BLEA » Fri May 27, 2011 5:15 pm

Tim Williams wrote:Two new DD's from Queensland in the same month - wake up the rest of Australia!!!!!


Just goes to show that Queensland is truly "open for business" after our devastating summer.
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby 08 XDi » Fri May 27, 2011 5:16 pm

Tim Williams wrote:If Surfside are gong to use it on route service, I would hope it fits under the various concrete structures in and around Pacific Fair as that place is a major generator of passengers. If not consideration should be given to modify the roads accordingly - ie. lower them!


Probably no issue. Deckers have used it previously while there was still a City Sightseeing franchise operating here, and it routinely handles heavy trucks from the various store loading bays near the interchange.
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby Volvo B12BLEA » Fri May 27, 2011 5:22 pm

I guess Bustech would have taken into account access into Pacific Fair & other possible low height areas it needs to go when desigining the body.
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby Bustech Boy » Fri May 27, 2011 5:26 pm

2 words. Bloody awesome!
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby GJT027 » Fri May 27, 2011 5:33 pm

Well here are my thoughts:

I do agree, the livery looks better and it could be the camera used, however I feel the green is too dark, but better than that light colour green they've been using.
2 axles at the front and 1 at the rear, not sure about that one at the moment as it seems odd, so i'll hold my reservations on that one for the time being.

Pitty you didn't get a chance to get interior shots, would've been interested to see what she looks like inside.
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby bunza » Fri May 27, 2011 5:43 pm

SM247 wrote:
Tim Williams wrote:If Surfside are gong to use it on route service, I would hope it fits under the various concrete structures in and around Pacific Fair as that place is a major generator of passengers. If not consideration should be given to modify the roads accordingly - ie. lower them!


Probably no issue. Deckers have used it previously while there was still a City Sightseeing franchise operating here, and it routinely handles heavy trucks from the various store loading bays near the interchange.
The Gold Coast has very very few locations (if any) on public roads with low clearance (<4.6m). Brisbane is a minefield by comparison - the rail bridge at Logan Road, Buranda instantly springs to mind.

Sorry about the photos, was taken just on a phone camera though admittedly they could have been framed better. And your eyes aren't deceiving you, it is a dark green compared to the Translink liveries we're used to.
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby Bustech Boy » Fri May 27, 2011 7:28 pm

This bus is known as the Bustech CDi.
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby OLYMPIAN » Fri May 27, 2011 8:47 pm

I wonder why is twin steer instead of tag and drive at the rear, normally the rear carrying more weights including engine and transmissions
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby Simes » Fri May 27, 2011 8:51 pm

geez I never knew you could get plastic up that high :P

OLYMPIAN wrote:I wonder why is twin steer instead of tag and drive at the rear, normally the rear carrying more weights including engine and transmissions

Make it more manoeuvrable up front?

How long until there's one on M2 services I wonder?
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby The Inspector » Fri May 27, 2011 9:12 pm

Simes wrote:
OLYMPIAN wrote:I wonder why is twin steer instead of tag and drive at the rear, normally the rear carrying more weights including engine and transmissions

Make it more manoeuvrable up front?



Whats interesting is that all previous twin steers had tag axles and gave a more balanced look to the vehicle, I like the idea of this and that DD's are on the return but the set up off twin steer/ single drive just doesnt look right.
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby OLYMPIAN » Fri May 27, 2011 10:04 pm

Looks better if it has a tag axle instead of twin steer
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby T1200 » Fri May 27, 2011 10:05 pm

Was there a news item? Did anybody record it? This is very impressive indeed and it will be a treat for the cattle! I can't help but feel that it is good PR/advertising for TRANSLink as well, imagine having never been on a decker before and having one show up on your route.
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby VivalaBuses » Fri May 27, 2011 10:18 pm

VolvoB7RLE wrote:This bus is known as the Bustech CDi.

I thought it would've been called the DDi :lol: :lol:
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Re: SCOOP! Bustech double decker

Postby The Inspector » Fri May 27, 2011 10:37 pm

OLYMPIAN wrote:Looks better if it has a tag axle instead of twin steer


maybe that is what it was suppose to look like but they put the body on the wrong way around, typical Queenslanders. Guess they will blame it on the cyclones for confusing them.

Olympian, can you do twin steer with tag version?
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