Private Observations 2019

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Transport Buff wrote:Spotted Blue Mountains Explorer Bus TV 654 Volvo Olympian Alxander today at Springwood on the Great Western Highway going towards katoomba. I wonder what it was doing away from its normal duties or depot in Katoomba and Leura.
As LB608 states, probably charter. With the two BCI deckers mainly doing the Explorer run, the fleet of Olympians are available to do school charters and such. Not an uncommon sight for them to pop up across the Mountains and beyond.
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I saw ShoalBus new custom SB80 on a charter and it seems to be just a CB80 with coach type seats, rego was 2395 MO.
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Transit Systems 14.5m Scania buses will be retiring in June/July. 20 x new buses will be added to the fleet. Scania, Volvo & Mercedes-Benz with Volgren and CC body work. I would suspect that the Scania units will have CC body, Volvo will have Volgren body to maintain fleet consistency and I would guess that M-B will also have CC body.
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Stu wrote:Transit Systems 14.5m Scania buses will be retiring in June/July. 20 x new buses will be added to the fleet. Scania, Volvo & Mercedes-Benz with Volgren and CC body work. I would suspect that the Scania units will have CC body, Volvo will have Volgren body to maintain fleet consistency and I would guess that M-B will also have CC body.
But not replaced with equivalent higher capacity buses???
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Stu wrote:Transit Systems 14.5m Scania buses will be retiring in June/July. 20 x new buses will be added to the fleet. Scania, Volvo & Mercedes-Benz with Volgren and CC body work. I would suspect that the Scania units will have CC body, Volvo will have Volgren body to maintain fleet consistency and I would guess that M-B will also have CC body.
Welp RIP. It’s been a good run. Doesn’t surprise me though that TSA’s ex-STA 14.5m Scanias are going before STA’s remaining units. Today on a Volgren artic, the aircon was set at a freezing temperature, other TSA buses were comparably cold (and then travelling on their STA counterparts it was properly heated). The aircon vent on another bus was dangerously dangling from the top. Then don’t forget the numerous incidents that have made the news such as 1668’s front side lobe peeling off and then literally last week, the CNG 0500LE that had a nasty collision bump at the top. It’s clear the buses aren’t being looked after as well as they were under STA.

I’m otherwise keen to see a TSA spec’d CB80 / Volgren. I’m sure it’ll have the a few nice things I like that aren’t present on STA buses, such as private seat behind driver instead of a luggage rack
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Correct, standard size rigid buses only. It will be interesting to see how the passenger loadings are impacted. The current 420 timetable from Dec 02 2018 had a number of short workings added during the early AM, I wonder if any other short working trips will be required elsewhere within the timetable? Time will tell.
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then literally last week, the CNG 0500LE that had a nasty collision bump at the top.
You appear to be blaming Transit Systems for this,how can you blame them, when the bus on a low loader
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Jurassic_Joke wrote: Welp RIP. It’s been a good run. Doesn’t surprise me though that TSA’s ex-STA 14.5m Scanias are going before STA’s remaining units.
Incorrect, it's the other way around. STA have withdrawn 14.5m units before TSA due to age as there have been a handful withdrawn this year, TSA have not withdrawn any 14.5m units due to age. All current 14.5m units are over 25 years old and are using up as much of the additional 364 days after as STA and TSA are prepared to do so. When TSA withdraw such units in June/July and STA may still have some units in service, you are only talking about a few months out of almost 26 years of operational service, there is no argument here when comparing a government opetateor against a private operator. There are quite a number of new buses for STA either recently delivered or in build stage, the highest fleet number is currently at 2992.
Jurassic_Joke wrote: Then don’t forget the numerous incidents that have made the news such as 1668’s front side lobe peeling off and then literally last week, the CNG 0500LE that had a nasty collision bump at the top. It’s clear the buses aren’t being looked after as well as they were under STA.
The most recent incident location at Hurlsrone Park is not the first time of which a bus has been stuck there and there has also been incidents at the railway overpass at Wairoa St, Campsie. These incidents occurred when STA was operating in Region 6. The simple fact is the that the driver failed to read the road signage and follow the road rules.
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^ The thing is that the underpass at Wairoa St is actually clearly marked as NO ENTRY TSA BUSES.
Although I do remember it once said NO ENTRY STA VOLVO BUSES or something similar.
Could the O405s fit under it? (It's 3.3m clearance)
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Marshalls from Moruya has a 2019 Mercedes-Benz Coach Design bus, reg TV 6261. Not sure what Mercedes Chassis it is but going by their recent orders I suspect it's an O500RF-2 but I could be wrong on that part. NSW Rego checker was just saying it was a 2019 Coach Design bus with no help to what Chassis it was on.
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ScaniaGrenda wrote:Marshalls from Moruya has a 2019 Mercedes-Benz Coach Design bus, reg TV 6261. Not sure what Mercedes Chassis it is but going by their recent orders I suspect it's an O500RF-2 but I could be wrong on that part. NSW Rego checker was just saying it was a 2019 Coach Design bus with no help to what Chassis it was on.
Definitely a 2-axle MB O500RF. Chassis number & weights are both dead giveaways.
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Anyone know where and when the 24x Volgren bodied B8RLEs are due for Busways?
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A range of withdrawn Transdev buses are now stored at Camellia including Csepels, Hinos, B10Ms and even the odd O405NH and B10L. More to come.
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So do Transdev own Camellia Depot?
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LB608 wrote:So do Transdev own Camellia Depot?
In a way, yes, Transdev and CDC both share it so it’s pretty obvious to see them both running the same Station Link routes
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No. It is leased.
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It'll kick into use again with the T6 Carlingford Line shutdown :)
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Daniel wrote:No. It is leased.
By TfNSW I presume?

The requirement for T6 would be a lot less, and is some time away. I wonder if they would hold onto an empty yard for that long?
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Hi all
In regards to Busways new Volgrens
There are quite a few in various stages of building & all appear to be in Busways country livery

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Not so much about new buses, but I noticed whilst waiting for the new Metro train at Tallawong, Busways was handing out cardboard bus count outs of its new On-Demand bus service - Cooee and its seems they now have a new logo
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Also seems live on their new website - https://www.busways.com.au/

About the new logo - https://www.busways.com.au/news-items/o ... e-new-look
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The new logo and website were reported a few weeks ago.
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Fleet Lists wrote:The new logo and website were reported a few weeks ago.
My bad. Must of missed it
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Busways 1301 is in Transport for NSW livery along with two others so I'm guessing the batch is split.
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Palmer's Coaches Qld, appear to have taken over it's Easy Tours Central Coast with XQ83DC being transferred to that operation, it is also the only bus in the fleet
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Mboi84 wrote:Not so much about new buses, but I noticed whilst waiting for the new Metro train at Tallawong, Busways was handing out cardboard bus count outs of its new On-Demand bus service - Cooee and its seems they now have a new logo

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Also seems live on their new website - https://www.busways.com.au/

About the new logo - https://www.busways.com.au/news-items/o ... e-new-look
I've noticed the new logo is being rolled out to bus destos with the new timetable change as well - saw several Penrith and Glendenning depot buses pass through Penrith interchange today with the new logo on the back desto (while not in service of course).
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