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by Tim Williams
Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Scania K320UD double decker and Hino Double decker
Replies: 43
Views: 14794

Re: Scania K320UD double decker and Hino Double decker

Both 3401 and 3402 were definitely in service today - I was in a restaurant that faces Glen Osmond Road and both were travelling towards Mt Barker, about half to three quarters on an hour apart. From my observations the other day, the front destination display on 3402 is working, in fact it is very ...
by Tim Williams
Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: (May/June 2021) Transport observations
Replies: 64
Views: 6935

Re: (May/June 2021) Transport observations

Good explanation and thank you!!
by Tim Williams
Mon May 24, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Scania K320UD double decker and Hino Double decker
Replies: 43
Views: 14794

Re: Scania K320UD double decker and Hino Double decker

It fascinates me that both deckers appear on rosters that include some journeys on our local all stops City - Glen Osmond route. The 861 is a fairly short route. About half an hour ago, I saw 3402 (the CDI) on a stopping service near the Parkside Hotel on Glen Osmond Road - I couldn't read the rear ...
by Tim Williams
Sun May 23, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Scania K320UD double decker and Hino Double decker
Replies: 43
Views: 14794

Re: Scania K320UD double decker and Hino Double decker

That's great - I am pleased that it worked out!!

Were all your trips on 3401? - if so, did you pass 3402 (The CDI) on your travels?, because it seems to circulate reasonably regularly.
by Tim Williams
Thu May 20, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Forced labour use in China-sourced transportation products
Replies: 22
Views: 2902

Re: Forced labour use in China-sourced transportation products

Yes, I am sure we will carry on purchasing products from these companies, I just hope that the moral factor comes into it (rather than the pure profit motive) and that manufacturing reverts to their own countries - probably a hope that is in vain!
by Tim Williams
Thu May 20, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Forced labour use in China-sourced transportation products
Replies: 22
Views: 2902

Re: Forced labour use in China-sourced transportation products

Please read the comments below (taken from Wikipedia): The Uyghur genocide is the ongoing series of human rights abuses perpetrated by the government of China against the Uyghur people and other ethnic and religious minorities in and around the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of the People's...
by Tim Williams
Thu May 20, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Forced labour use in China-sourced transportation products
Replies: 22
Views: 2902

Re: Forced labour use in China-sourced transportation products

Thanks for this Tony, the more widely this is publicised, the better. As an example of the way things are going and multinationals being totally fixated in cost reduction, a lot of the major camera manufacturers have indeed transferred their manufacturing from Japan to China - I tend to keep older c...
by Tim Williams
Sun May 16, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Lego Adelaide
Replies: 0
Views: 1319

Lego Adelaide

Here is a photo of a young lad who is a Lego expert, or so the Adelaide Advertiser says and he has constructed part of the Adelaide CBD from Lego and it does look good. But in the attached photo from the Advertiser, look at the bus models in the background, including the Bustech CDI!!!! 5944bd7aed62...
by Tim Williams
Fri May 14, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Bustech Discussion / Observations
Replies: 110
Views: 15612

Re: Bustech Discussion / Observations

Thanks for the comments, I think that the problem in Adelaide is that one configuration of artic is used for all types of routes (inner, outer, express etc.) but, honestly, it should be noted that with the possible exception of the o-bahn, few of the routes fall into the category of high turnover. D...
by Tim Williams
Fri May 14, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Bustech Discussion / Observations
Replies: 110
Views: 15612

Re: Bustech Discussion / Observations

A strange looking beast, visually not helped by trying to adapt Adelaide's current livery to an artic - I am not a fan of the current livery. But what I really find rather disappointing is the low seating numbers - 59 for an 18 metre bus is honestly pathetic. Adelaide's original Volvo B58 and B10M P...
by Tim Williams
Tue May 04, 2021 1:49 pm
Forum: Photos - Adelaide/SA
Topic: Busway's South Australia 2451 (Volvo B8RLE). 28/4/21
Replies: 1
Views: 2785

Re: Busway's South Australia 2451 (Volvo B8RLE). 28/4/21

Well, this model should be fairly easy and inexpensive to set up, I would imagine, with Transit Graphics having produced a couple of Volvo Olympus models. to date.
by Tim Williams
Tue May 04, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2021
Replies: 567
Views: 67698

Re: Sydney Bus Museum Discussion & Observations

Times must be very tough for the Blue Mountains Explorer as they have advertised for sale their comparatively new two BCI double deckers, what a great shame.
Admin: Not related to the Museum hence moved.
by Tim Williams
Mon May 03, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: The New Tram/Light Rail Line
Replies: 57
Views: 5032

Re: The New Tram/Light Rail Line

I understand but, variable operating costs of two units vs. one should not be just brushed aside as minimal. As an accountant, I spent a number of years, analyzing in detail rigid 12 mtr buses vs. 18 mtr artics and the difference was quite substantial. With LRT's there would be the (individual) unit...
by Tim Williams
Mon May 03, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: The New Tram/Light Rail Line
Replies: 57
Views: 5032

Re: The New Tram/Light Rail Line

Tonyp's sequence of events (probably better described as progress stages), does show that with the Sydney City Council and the RMS involved, an optimum outcome was not going to be, this combined with the fact that the supplier contract was signed, prior to an agreed outcome with those two parties. I...
by Tim Williams
Sun May 02, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: The New Tram/Light Rail Line
Replies: 57
Views: 5032

Re: The New Tram/Light Rail Line

Spelling error - next to last line (penultimate one) should read "there is a clear difference......"
My apologies!!
by Tim Williams
Sun May 02, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: The New Tram/Light Rail Line
Replies: 57
Views: 5032

Re: The New Tram/Light Rail Line

A couple of other points about these new units that interest me: 1. Are the pantographs manually raised and lowered at Town Hall?? - if so is there some safety override for a possible operator lapse of concentration. 2. Why wasn't the red chevron livery (of the Dulwich Hill line units) perpetuated? ...
by Tim Williams
Sun May 02, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: The New Tram/Light Rail Line
Replies: 57
Views: 5032

Re: The New Tram/Light Rail Line

Pardon my ignorance, but I thought these current LRT/Trams being a modular vehicle, could be as long or short as the operator required - just add or subtract a module or two to obtain the desired length. A comment was made about fixed bogie LRT's - I worked for a multinational for a number of years ...
by Tim Williams
Sun May 02, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: The New Tram/Light Rail Line
Replies: 57
Views: 5032

Re: The New Tram/Light Rail Line

I am very impressed with these new light rail units, well appointed inside and plenty of circulating space. Unfortunately in Adelaide we have the standard narrow Frankfurt??? ones, which is a great pity and was unnecessary, as the previous old 1929 standard trams were were quite wide. I think with s...
by Tim Williams
Sun May 02, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Metro trackwork
Replies: 19
Views: 4970

Re: Metro trackwork

I rode on the Metro, for the first time, yesterday. The interior of the trains reminds me of the latest driver less Singapore - even down to the front manual control area and the on platform gates are very similar. The distance between stations seems large, to me, but I guess, being out in the subur...
by Tim Williams
Sun Apr 25, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Bustech Discussion / Observations
Replies: 110
Views: 15612

Re: Bustech Discussion / Observations

I agree with the comments about Nordic countries or at least Finland that I know very well, through numerous times there (my wife is from Helsinki) - 15m combos are certainly used on the longer urban/suburban runs and I think some of inner suburbs Helsinki 12mtr buses are low entrance only. Over the...
by Tim Williams
Sat Apr 24, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Bustech Discussion / Observations
Replies: 110
Views: 15612

Re: Bustech Discussion / Observations

Yes, interesting comment, but I cannot spend time looking at this, at present, cooking a barbecue has to come first, but chassis manufacturers would not produce small numbers of chassis for Adelaide alone - will look a little later!!
by Tim Williams
Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Bustech Discussion / Observations
Replies: 110
Views: 15612

Re: Bustech Discussion / Observations

Admet is by no means the only city in the world clinging to the low entrance/high floor combo configuration, but they should be now embracing full floor buses. Despite the various comments about loadings and unloadings in Adelaide, in reality there is not heaps of pressure for all door loading - may...
by Tim Williams
Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Discussion - Adelaide / SA
Topic: Scania K320UD double decker and Hino Double decker
Replies: 43
Views: 14794

Re: Scania K320UD double decker and Hino Double decker

Yes, both deckers are operating from Mount Barker, often on the T840, but sometimes on our local 861 (Glen Osmond to the City). I feel very fortunate that both of these buses are on my local bus routes - if tonyp ever holidays in Adelaide, I will be very happy to show him the buses and their routes!...
by Tim Williams
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: The New Tram/Light Rail Line
Replies: 57
Views: 5032

Re: The New Tram/Light Rail Line

The point that I wanted to address was the comment about Adelaide Metro rail. Yes it is a small system and should really operate two lines - one to the north, to Elizabeth and Gawler and the other to the South - Norlunga and Seaton. And this ignores the total chaos with Gawler line electrification, ...
by Tim Williams
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: The New Tram/Light Rail Line
Replies: 57
Views: 5032

Re: The New Tram/Light Rail Line

Thanks tonyp and swtt for your responses which make sense - to be honest I expected a response along those lines, noting that original piece was the usual union drivel. The STA in Adelaide was privatised into several contract zones and one of its main purposes was to break the stranglehold of the Mo...

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