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[Mar/Apr 2019] SA Transport observations

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Re: [Mar/Apr 2019] SA Transport observations

Postby jibb » Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:37 pm

Saw 2 new Bustech's at Scania this afternoon,one was just leaving on a test run,with the destination showing TT April 2019.
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Re: [Mar/Apr 2019] SA Transport observations

Postby Crispy! » Wed May 01, 2019 3:15 am

jibb wrote:
TT wrote:Ex-Darwin Volvo 115 in service this morning doing a 106, in all over white with fleet number 1363. Ex-Darwin 117 is at Port depot being prepared for service.

Saw it this afternoon,but it still has to be painted(out of Darwin colours).


Fleet lists says it’s ex 111 here is a shot I managed to get of it sorry about quality just noticed my photobucket account isn’t active.
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Re: [Mar/Apr 2019] SA Transport observations

Postby TT » Wed May 01, 2019 7:22 am

111 Is still showing on Territory Transit’s fleet list, although Torrens’ 1363 certainly matches the description of being fitted with a new front.
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Re: [Mar/Apr 2019] SA Transport observations

Postby TA3001 » Wed May 01, 2019 11:57 am

Crispy! wrote:
Fleet lists says it’s ex 111 here is a shot I managed to get of it sorry about quality just noticed my photobucket account isn’t active.


In case you didn't know, Photobucket images tend to get stuck behind what is equivalent to a paywall now. You're better off using Flickr or other image hosting websites. There are features for certain browsers that bypass this, but 75% of folks probably wouldn't use them, or know about them and hence they get greeted with 'please upgrade your account (etc)'.

Some Railpage images seem to have been paywalled too (or at least that's what it would look like). Browse the forum to see evidence!
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Re: [Mar/Apr 2019] SA Transport observations

Postby Merc1107 » Wed May 01, 2019 12:37 pm

TT wrote:111 Is still showing on Territory Transit’s fleet list, although Torrens’ 1363 certainly matches the description of being fitted with a new front.
111, 113, and 118 are all still on the fleet lists - and I'm not sure who is responsible for those lists that could be informed of this development. No disposal information is listed for any of the withdrawals since Territory Transit took over, despite the whereabouts of most vehicles being known.
I can tell you right now that none of the B10BLEs still listed are at Territory Transit's Stuart Park depot in the NT, nor have any of them been in service since at least mid 2018. There have been a number of observations (photos, videos etc on Facebook groups) since late January that confirm their departure from the N.T.

TT wrote:Ex-Darwin Volvo 115 in service this morning doing a 106, in all over white with fleet number 1363. Ex-Darwin 117 is at Port depot being prepared for service
115 & 116 were the fleet numbers of two Territory Transit Scania L94UA articulated buses, which operate in Adelaide as 1361 and 1362 respectively.
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Re: [Mar/Apr 2019] SA Transport observations

Postby jibb » Wed May 01, 2019 1:24 pm

1361 (based at Morphettville Depot) has been used along with 1362 since being transferred to Morphettville Depot as driver training buses. Because of shortage of buses this week due to Brighton-City Rail Bus substitution 1361 has been in peak hour service.
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Re: [Mar/Apr 2019] SA Transport observations

Postby Former driver37 » Wed May 01, 2019 3:28 pm

jibb wrote:1361 (based at Morphettville Depot) has been used along with 1362 since being transferred to Morphettville Depot as driver training buses. Because of shortage of buses this week due to Brighton-City Rail Bus substitution 1361 has been in peak hour service.

Why wouldn't they use these in route service seems a waste them being just training buses??
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Re: [Mar/Apr 2019] SA Transport observations

Postby jibb » Wed May 01, 2019 4:04 pm

Former driver37 wrote:
jibb wrote:1361 (based at Morphettville Depot) has been used along with 1362 since being transferred to Morphettville Depot as driver training buses. Because of shortage of buses this week due to Brighton-City Rail Bus substitution 1361 has been in peak hour service.

Why wouldn't they use these in route service seems a waste them being just training buses??

That's a good question as they are a good bus and a waste lying idle on the tracks in peak hours, especially in the am when the tracks are almost empty.
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Re: [Mar/Apr 2019] SA Transport observations

Postby TA3001 » Wed May 01, 2019 7:44 pm

They have been used at all times of the day previously, so I don't understand why this isn't the case now.

Are there strict rules that say not to dispatch them to regular shifts, even when it has to be done by an NL202 due to none of the CC L94UAs being available?
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Re: [Mar/Apr 2019] SA Transport observations

Postby Merc1107 » Thu May 02, 2019 1:45 pm

Is their lack of utilisation more recently a tactic to avoid too many buses not in the standard Adelaide Metro livery being out? I recall the first ex. Darwin buses to arrive in South Australia not long after privatisation in the N.T. caused quite a stir in the media. Truthfully it was just meeja hysteria - considering the conditions up there, TT's buses in the Top End are exceptionally clean, and in good cosmetic condition too.

The other question is, if they were being sent out, were the passenger loadings high enough to justify the additional fuel usage of the articulated bus?
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Re: [Mar/Apr 2019] SA Transport observations

Postby TA3001 » Thu May 02, 2019 2:16 pm

They're no more unsuitable for O'bahn work than the current batch of artics that operate along it. So why not give them guide wheels and make some use of them?
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Re: [Mar/Apr 2019] SA Transport observations

Postby jibb » Thu May 02, 2019 2:52 pm

Because as I've already stated their primary role is for driver training rather than taking a normal route Artic out of peak hour service.
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