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Old 10th May 2012, 16:31   #31
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Are you guys saying that buses have slowed down over the years? This is strange! I was under the impression that travel time across the states have been reduced courtesy the new buses and better highways. Why do you think this has happened? Or is this specific to a few routes only?

I know for sure that on most highways, the time it takes to travel in a car has reduced quite a bit over the years.
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Here is the AC Sleeper bus of Ex TTC(Thiruvalluvar Transport Corporation) which was running between Erode and Chennai.
This was perhaps the greatest breakthrough in road travel then ; on a Viking chassis.

The fare on this a/c sleeper bus was less than a hundred bucks while the First Class train fare on West Coast Exp. was Rs.108.

The bus had only sixteen berths and a stainless steel loo at the end(the loo was manufactured by someone I know).

As expected,it ended in a failure because of poor patronage.
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This was born in the year 1976 with a unique door at front over hang. Since then Viking has undergone several changes in the past suiting to various emission and regulation norms which raised as and when.
Its USP as described by AL in those days was that it could carry 15% extra passengers compared to the regular AL bus chassis which used to be the Comet. This translated into lower per passenger cost. Many drivers had problems driving the Viking intially since the front overhang affected the turning motion giving the driver a strange/funny feeling.

In Haryana, the state owned Haryana Roadways also introduced some wide-bodied Viking buses with 3 X 3 seats. Somehow, these did not prove popular and the Roadways reverted to 3 X 2 seating later.

Initial Vikings had the regular British designed engine which produced a deep rumbling sound that one sorely misses in the more modern Hino and its derivatives. The Leyland engine was dimensionally much bigger than the Hino engine which of course was a lot more fuel efficient.

After the introduction of Viking, Tata introduced the 1210 E LPO bus chassis in (IIRC) 1977. Tata used to claim 1210 LPO based buses were the longest in the country. The E model introduced a number of improvements including assymetrical headlamps and synchromesh transmission.

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During 1986
Ashok Leyland Viking-viking86.jpg

During 1993
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Present

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Is Ashok Leyland "Viking" model derived from Albion Viking Bus Model. the model name is the same. I would like to know, the Original Leyland Engine used in Viking Buses which was awesome music for many of Us as Kids.
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Especially, Below Bus looks very similar to Ashok Leylands We See during 1980s.
http://dayerses.com/photos/albion-viking/01/


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During 1986
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The early model looks like the KB travels bus(the guys who ran the bus from Pondy Bazaar, Chennai to Madurai daily). The blue bus used to appear in films as well !

KPN had a bus called PAN AM which they used to run as 8.30PM TNagar to Madurai . Had the unique distinction of having a chess board vinyl layout inside the bus and also they had no poles running from the roof to the floor (removing all the blocks to viewing the TV). It was different as the outer paint was pure white compared to KPN's red, navy blue stripes. I think that was a viking as well.
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During 1993

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I find it curious that the 1993 model does not feature the Hino engine. Viking was available with Hino around that time. Also curious is that the engine capacity of AL engine jumped from 6 litres (in the 1986 model) to 6.5 litres in the 1993 model although the power figure remains unchanged, with marginal increase in torque. Wonder why the engine capacity was increased. AL didn't have a reputation for being underpowered.
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@Ashley, question for you:

Any idea What is this " ABS Fitted " ?

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@Ashley, question for you:

Any idea What is this " ABS Fitted " ?

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ABS is a mandatory feature for petroleum tankers,explosive material carriers and tractors.
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So is it after market ? How do they fit it ? Any details ?
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So is it after market ? How do they fit it ? Any details ?
Its not a after market.Its OE fitment only.
Byt Wheels India is also offering this in after market.
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Dear Friends,
Please can some one tell me the recommended Engine Oil for 160HP cheetah H series engine running on a moffusil bus.
Iv just made a few mods.
Changed tyres to 295/85/R22.5 Tubeless Ceat Pro10 and discs to Aluminium
Junked the electronic fuel pump and reverted to the old mechanical pump ( believe me - it saves me 10 lit/day for 380km run).
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@Ashley2 - Thanks for your thread... I learn't quite a few things about bus.. and nice to see "Ana bus" (KSRTC) in your pictures.
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Dear Friends,
Please can some one tell me the recommended Engine Oil for 160HP cheetah H series engine running on a moffusil bus.
Iv just made a few mods.
Changed tyres to 295/85/R22.5 Tubeless Ceat Pro10 and discs to Aluminium
Junked the electronic fuel pump and reverted to the old mechanical pump ( believe me - it saves me 10 lit/day for 380km run).
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Good to find another bus owner here!

Since you said you junked the electronic FIP and used a mechanical (inline) FIP, it seems like you've actually converted the 183bhp engine to 160bhp. The Viking with EDC puts out 183 while the one with Inline FIP gives 160.

Calling experts...
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Depends how old is this vehicle. There used to be a Viking with electronic pump at 165hp. 183hp is in the market since mid 2010.
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