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by Tim Williams
Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Scania/Custom Deliveries
Replies: 61
Views: 1856

Re: Scania/Custom Deliveries

Yes tonyp, I take your point, but changing the road profile on a few of these roads would not be an easy task as the rail crossings I am thinking of are in inner, older suburbs with side roads joining and buildings close to the roads. These would be costly projects and would be the responsibility of...
by Tim Williams
Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Scania/Custom Deliveries
Replies: 61
Views: 1856

Re: Scania/Custom Deliveries

Tonyp's point regarding the step free access for all door boarding on the artics is valid, but I am not familiar with roads in the Shoalhaven region (despite having attended a couple of BusNSW conferences there!), but as an example of road profile problems here in Adelaide, a few of the bus routes, ...
by Tim Williams
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Scania/Custom Deliveries
Replies: 61
Views: 1856

Re: Scania/Custom Deliveries

I have just checked in Australian Bus Fleet Lists and for the 3 Adelaide Metro contractors there are 183 artics oout of a total fleet of 1,041 buses, which represents nearly 17.6%. WE do, apparently, love our artics here in Adelaide, but I must agree that they do shift large numbers of people effici...
by Tim Williams
Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Scania/Custom Deliveries
Replies: 61
Views: 1856

Re: Scania/Custom Deliveries

I would expect that Custom will build the artics, with such a small production number and I believe the existing combo/high floor design will prevail. From a practical aspect, Adelaide Metro expects its large number of artics (180????) to be virtually "go anywhere" buses, which naturally includes th...
by Tim Williams
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Bustech CDI 1790
Replies: 35
Views: 4118

Re: Bustech CDI 1790

That's great, thanks!!
by Tim Williams
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Bustech CDI 1790
Replies: 35
Views: 4118

Re: Bustech CDI 1790

3401 is back in service - it passed me as I was walking up Glen Osmond Road at about 10.35am this morning. I haven't seen the CDI in service, as yet.
by Tim Williams
Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Double Decker Buses Currently Operating In Australia
Replies: 77
Views: 35092

Re: Double Decker Buses Currently Operating In Australia

It is a great shame the Alexander Dennis venture into Australia with Custom was a failure - the new Enviro 500 MMC looks particularly good and has been a success in many places. Has anyone spotted or confirmed that additional MAN/Gemilang that was mentioned recently and is production of CDI's at Bus...
by Tim Williams
Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Electric Buses for Melbourne
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: Electric Buses for Melbourne

I could have a bit of fun with this, but I do happen to agree with tonyp's feelings about full low floor buses and this is something that I have only recently thought should be.

I am also older too and therefore full low floor buses are easier to negotiate.
by Tim Williams
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Electric Buses for Melbourne
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: Electric Buses for Melbourne

Yes, I agree we should be buying European equipment and I am sure it would be better researched and developed. I have had experience of Chinese low entrance buses and they were a total nightmare!! Whilst I am an old Pom, my favorite single decker is the MB Citaro and I have ridden on them extensivel...
by Tim Williams
Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Electric Buses for Melbourne
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: Electric Buses for Melbourne

An excellent initiative if it happens, but I notice the Volgren demo unit is only a low entrance bus, whereas the electric MB Citaro is a full low floor bus, one of those is or was on trial in Singapore. Obviously there is no way of going to Singapore at present. Double deckers lend themselves very ...
by Tim Williams
Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Transport Models
Topic: Bustech CDi 1/76
Replies: 1
Views: 6620

Re: Bustech CDi 1/76

Yes, I might have one for sale - it is in top condition, only blemish is that I have to reattach the tree guard and that did leave a few small marks (they are minor) on the front top left windscreen.

I did finish up with two of these wonderful models and they are unbelievably good.
by Tim Williams
Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Briscoes Bus And Coach Company.
Replies: 10
Views: 3340

Re: Briscoes Bus And Coach Company.

As I was employed by Briscoes and subsequently Bus Australia, during the 1980's, I will need to keep this fairly "broad Brush". Briscoes in the 1980’s was quite a diverse operation and was a wholly owned subsidiary of the CMV Group. It operated and managed one half of the Central Bus Station in Fran...
by Tim Williams
Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Double Decker Buses Currently Operating In Australia
Replies: 77
Views: 35092

Re: Double Decker Buses Currently Operating In Australia

IMG_edited-1.jpg IMG_0001_edited-1.jpg This modest leaflet was put out a few years ago to publicise the introduction of double deckers to Hills routes and whilst I expect most avid enthusiasts would have seen this, I thought, for those who haven't, here it is. Additionally, I thought this would app...
by Tim Williams
Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Flinders Line news
Replies: 11
Views: 784

Re: Flinders Line news

Yes, if an interchange is going to be successful the various modes of transport need to be adjacent - this line extension has totally failed in this regard!
by Tim Williams
Wed Nov 04, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Flinders Line news
Replies: 11
Views: 784

Re: Flinders Line news

I agree re. location, I am also disappointed that no attempt seems to have been made to have an adjacent bus/rail interchange there - some of the buses to and from the south (including Happy Valley/Flagstaff Hill) could have terminated at the interchange - thus reducing the number buses trundling al...
by Tim Williams
Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Briscoes Bus And Coach Company.
Replies: 10
Views: 3340

Re: Briscoes Bus And Coach Company.

Looking back on this topic, I do note that I have made a comment in the past to go through the interesting history of this period with Briscoes/Bus Australia - now hopefully within a couple of weeks!!!
by Tim Williams
Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Briscoes Bus And Coach Company.
Replies: 10
Views: 3340

Re: Briscoes Bus And Coach Company.

I must find the time to provide a detailed answer to your enquiry, having worked for Briscoes for 3 years in a key position (Finance and Admin Manager + Depot Manager at Regency Park) and then Bus Australia/Briscoes for about one or more years (Group Accountant and Southern Area Operations Manager)....
by Tim Williams
Thu Oct 29, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Bustech CDI 1790
Replies: 35
Views: 4118

Re: Bustech CDI 1790

Aldgate Depot
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Photos taken, with my phone, last week at Aldgate
by Tim Williams
Thu Oct 29, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Bustech CDI 1790
Replies: 35
Views: 4118

Re: Bustech CDI 1790

Both deckers are at Aldgate depot, out of service until roadworks on the SE Freeway at the Crafers area are completed.
by Tim Williams
Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 47
Views: 9726

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - 2020

Yes, I think airliners are being stored and maintained there by apparently 50 or so engineers and others on site, no one has made any comment about "parting out" the planes, as they do in Arizona. All the planes stored at the Alice look fairly recent models, to me. I understand that over 90 airliner...
by Tim Williams
Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Photos - General/Miscellaneous/Various
Topic: Rex Law's Redline Coaches
Replies: 1075
Views: 419168

Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Would the Panther coach have a Superior body? (name of manufacturer not a comment about the quality!!)
by Tim Williams
Mon Sep 28, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 47
Views: 9726

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - 2020

Yes, great planes. The first production numbers were made at the old De-havilland factory at Hatfield, Hertfordshire. They are designed to operate from remote, poorly constructed airfields, hence the 4 engines and high wing configuration. If there as a weakness with them, it would be the Lycoming en...
by Tim Williams
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Photos - General/Miscellaneous/Various
Topic: Rex Law's Redline Coaches
Replies: 1075
Views: 419168

Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

I think that this coach is bodied by J A Lewis Bus Sales P/L
by Tim Williams
Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Manual transmission discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 924

Re: Manual transmission discussion

Aged 69 and still maintaining buses - you should have some fun!!

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