Ventura Group News 2018

Melbourne / Victoria Transport Discussion

Moderator: MAN 16.242

User avatar
Mercedes
Administrator
Posts: 3585
Joined: Mon May 31, 2004 1:58 am
Favourite Vehicle: Mercedes Benz
Location: Earth

Ventura Group News 2018

Post by Mercedes »

Welcome to 2018!
Proud 0305G x2 and 0405 x1 owner

User avatar
Andy O
Posts: 438
Joined: Sat Mar 06, 2004 6:58 am
Location: Langwarrin,VIC

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post by Andy O »

Ventura currently have an Iveco/Optimus Demonstrator unit. Travelled yesterday on Rail replacement, still with new bus smell.

User avatar
B10BLE
Posts: 280
Joined: Fri May 06, 2011 6:50 am
Favourite Vehicle: C63 AMG Black
Location: Melbourne

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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.
#PleaseStandBy

User avatar
Heihachi_73
Posts: 483
Joined: Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:48 am
Location: Ringwood

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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.

User avatar
JRBUS123
Posts: 90
Joined: Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:27 am
Favourite Vehicle: Volgren Optimuses

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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
Scooby Dooby Dooo!!

scott
Posts: 1238
Joined: Tue Apr 13, 2004 7:18 am
Location: Melbourne

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post by scott »

Ventura #1209 has recieved a new Mobitec desto, not a white one though.

B7RLE
Posts: 2697
Joined: Tue Nov 15, 2005 1:44 am
Favourite Vehicle: VOLVO B7RLE
Location: Narre Warren North

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post by B7RLE »

Ventura Dandenong has received a new smartbus in 1323 (Scania K310UB Volgren Optimus) seen on 900 today
Proud Owner of a Volvo B10M mk 2 Volgren and a Scania L113CRB Volgren

User avatar
Craig
Posts: 4374
Joined: Fri Mar 05, 2004 1:26 pm
Location: Edithvale, VIC

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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 :-)

User avatar
BroadGauge
Posts: 3656
Joined: Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:20 am
Favourite Vehicle: Car
Location: NSW

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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

Zenith3050
Posts: 5
Joined: Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:10 am
Favourite Vehicle: NCBC Downtown City Bus
Location: Being stabbed under Frankston Station.

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post by Zenith3050 »

Dandenong has some new coaches, all 3 in pure white and no numbers that I could see.

scott
Posts: 1238
Joined: Tue Apr 13, 2004 7:18 am
Location: Melbourne

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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

B7RLE
Posts: 2697
Joined: Tue Nov 15, 2005 1:44 am
Favourite Vehicle: VOLVO B7RLE
Location: Narre Warren North

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post by B7RLE »

One of the new Ivecos was involved in an accident a few weeks ago In Pakenham with a truck
Proud Owner of a Volvo B10M mk 2 Volgren and a Scania L113CRB Volgren

User avatar
venturatiger
Posts: 1531
Joined: Tue Apr 27, 2004 12:18 pm
Location: Mentone
Contact:

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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

User avatar
K230UB
Posts: 13
Joined: Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:13 am
Favourite Vehicle: B12BLE - K230UB
Location: Ferntree Gully

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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.

User avatar
BroadGauge
Posts: 3656
Joined: Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:20 am
Favourite Vehicle: Car
Location: NSW

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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.

scott
Posts: 1238
Joined: Tue Apr 13, 2004 7:18 am
Location: Melbourne

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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.........

User avatar
Andy O
Posts: 438
Joined: Sat Mar 06, 2004 6:58 am
Location: Langwarrin,VIC

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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.

User avatar
BroadGauge
Posts: 3656
Joined: Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:20 am
Favourite Vehicle: Car
Location: NSW

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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:

User avatar
BroadGauge
Posts: 3656
Joined: Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:20 am
Favourite Vehicle: Car
Location: NSW

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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.

User avatar
Matty G
Posts: 342
Joined: Tue Apr 20, 2004 10:45 pm
Favourite Vehicle: B10M
Location: Reservoir

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post by Matty G »

This was bus #1270.

User avatar
Volvo_B9R
Posts: 82
Joined: Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:18 am

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post by Volvo_B9R »

Matty G wrote:This was bus #1270.
Do you just read the live tracking on their website to find this out?

User avatar
Matty G
Posts: 342
Joined: Tue Apr 20, 2004 10:45 pm
Favourite Vehicle: B10M
Location: Reservoir

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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.

scott
Posts: 1238
Joined: Tue Apr 13, 2004 7:18 am
Location: Melbourne

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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.

Zenith3050
Posts: 5
Joined: Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:10 am
Favourite Vehicle: NCBC Downtown City Bus
Location: Being stabbed under Frankston Station.

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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?

User avatar
Andy O
Posts: 438
Joined: Sat Mar 06, 2004 6:58 am
Location: Langwarrin,VIC

Re: Ventura Group News 2018

Post 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.

Post Reply

Return to “Discussion - Melbourne / VIC”