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Old 8th July 2011, 15:08   #511
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Do you mean, those "Hi-tech" Superfast and FP buses? What happened to those AC buses built on AL 12M chassis, with a slave engine? They were better than the Globuses that run the TSR-BLR service
Those AC buses are now being run as "Super Deluxe" on some route (as spare). A good number of them have been sent to the Kollam area, and they run as FP buses on the Kollam-Punalur/Trivandrum routes. (A couple of them are running as LS Ordinary as well).

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I remember seeing them in 2004 and 2005 times then gradually those green superfast buses from IRIZAR TVS went out and then came the clas(sick) red and cream colours (which I hate). I am guessing the guys in the
Kerala SRTC workshops tinkered with it and made them unrecognizable.
Most of these buses had Fibre made front designs - and after running for 6-7 years on the road, the fibre moulded parts started falling off - and hence these buses are being rebuilt. However, the passenger cabin is still intact in case of buses built by Irizar TVS. Among the "hitech" buses bought by KeSRTC, the ones by Irizar-TVS are in the best shape, followed by the ones by Popular Mega Motors. The ones made by REC was the worst.

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I remember that the Thiruvalla-Bangalore was IRIZAR TVS bus but now that you have pointed out I feel that this was not that bus.
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TVLA-BLR Super Deluxe used to be an Irizar-TVS built bus. It was from the TP or RT series (IIRC). The bus in your picture is pretty new, RRC9xx is just a year or two old.
AFAIK, the Thiruvalla-Bangalore bus was launched by Shri Mathew Thomas, when he was the Transport Minister. Then, the service was a Super Fast. Super Deluxe came only in 2008. IIRC, there was no Super-Deluxe service in this route in the TP/RT era at all.
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AFAIK, the Thiruvalla-Bangalore bus was launched by Shri Mathew Thomas, when he was the Transport Minister. Then, the service was a Super Fast. Super Deluxe came only in 2008. IIRC, there was no Super-Deluxe service in this route in the TP/RT era at all.
How about a Kottayam-Bangalore service? I remember travelling in one of those, in 2005/6. Forgot the exact starting point, that's why I assumed it to be TVLA-BLR. The front was like those "Hi-tech" Super Fast buses.
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How about a Kottayam-Bangalore service? I remember travelling in one of those, in 2005/6. Forgot the exact starting point, that's why I assumed it to be TVLA-BLR. The front was like those "Hi-tech" Super Fast buses.
IIRC, a Kottayam-Bangalore Super-Deluxe did exist. This service was later upgraded to an AC bus (Globus), and has now been downgraded to a "Super Express".

This is the Super-Deluxe you are talking about. The second pic is the same bus, after being rebuilt at Regional Workshop, Edapal (Malapuram District). This bus is now serving as a "Malabar" (Ordinary) bus.
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IIRC, a Kottayam-Bangalore Super-Deluxe did exist. This service was later upgraded to an AC bus (Globus), and has now been downgraded to a "Super Express".

This is the Super-Deluxe you are talking about. The second pic is the same bus, after being rebuilt at Regional Workshop, Edapal (Malapuram District). This bus is now serving as a "Malabar" (Ordinary) bus.
It pains to see such buses alongside modern Tatas, Leylands, Marcopolos, Volvos (and now Mercedes, ISuzu etc etc).
How can you make Buses so ugly ? (even if it is in the name of functionality) Seriously the Hi tech buses were so nice compared to the metal junk that these KeSRTC workshop put out albeit at a cost.

It is an eyesore to see such buses plying on our roads. THe plastic/moulded grille in the IRizar was far better than the metal slits on the tinkered one. The reason why the moulded ones don't stay is
1. Condition of Roads
2. Bad Maintenance
3. Some amount of Careless Driving

On a separate note
Did you note that the Super Deluxe has AIR BUS written on the side. What does that mean now ?
The Ordinary bus has an air suspension now ? COOL
or the Super Deluxe bus never had Air Suspension ? DECEITFUL

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It pains to see such buses alongside modern Tatas, Leylands, Marcopolos, Volvos (and now Mercedes, ISuzu etc etc).
How can you make Buses so ugly ? (even if it is in the name of functionality) Seriously the Hi tech buses were so nice compared to the metal junk that these KeSRTC workshop put out albeit at a cost.

It is an eyesore to see such buses plying on our roads. THe plastic/moulded grille in the IRizar was far better than the metal slits on the tinkered one. The reason why the moulded ones don't stay is
1. Condition of Roads
2. Bad Maintenance
3. Some amount of Careless Driving
Truth be told, the so-called metal junk is better suited for our roads than the flashy, bling-bling stuff. Reasons, as you've pointed out above. The insides of these "metal junk"s are however far better than many of the similar services operated by other state transport corporations and private operators. By interiors I meant seats, their recline, leg room, under-thigh support, cushioning, etc.

This design by Irizar-TVS (and many others) is actually derived from that of a DC-Coach. The positioning of the indicators and park lights is however different.

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Did you note that the Super Deluxe has AIR BUS written on the side. What does that mean now ?
The Ordinary bus has an air suspension now ? COOL
or the Super Deluxe bus never had Air Suspension ? DECEITFUL
The Super Deluxe had Air Suspension, while the Malabar does not. The air suspension would've been replaced by a normal spring-leaf suspension when the workshop conducted the surgery.

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Truth be told, the so-called metal junk is better suited for our roads than the flashy, bling-bling stuff. Reasons, as you've pointed out above. The insides of these "metal junk"s are however far better than many of the similar services operated by other state transport corporations and private operators. By interiors I meant seats, their recline, leg room, under-thigh support, cushioning, etc.
+1 to that.

I noticed that in the past 3-4 years of constant travelling within KL, I have stuck KeSRTC for their better seating, and sensible drivers.

And bnaiks, I really should do a "namaskar" for the kind of follow up you do. If I ever become the transport minister, I will make you the MD of KeSRTC. Promise!!!!
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I managed to snap this snazzy creation while on my way back from work. Its a new DC design. Maybe this is their answer to VOLVO and BENZ. Its built on a regular TATA/LEYLAND chassis and should be their mass-market Coach. I expect it to be priced very close to VOLVO and BENZ Coaches
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This looks like a Motorhome kind of thing, may be for some south Indian movie star.

And yeah it keeps the tradition of DC design alive, the tradition of looking completely crap.
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AMW 10 Wheeler bus.
Heard from sources that AMW is testing a multi axle bus with 10 wheels(4 wheels each on 2 rear axles). The length of the bus is about 0.95(Approx) more than that of Volvo Multi Axle.The seating capacity will be 58 as told. More details are awaited.
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Here is AL's BS4 Chassis...notice an additional tank/reservoir for SCR! So the new MTC BS4 diesel buses are based on these!
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What is TM going to do for BMTC.
EGR or SCR?
But any way wish they are not fined this time
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The ISBe engines to be used by Tata use SCR to meet E4 and E5 regulations. They are already offereing the 160hp ISBe 4.5L with both manual and auto transmissions for city use.
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How is the performance of Divo bus going on.
I have traveled in the earlier bus, its performance was good and it was comparable to any other Luxury bus like Volvo. But I was surprised that was immediately replaced with 285 HP and renamed as Divo.
But now I am sad that its not gaining momentum even to the level of Isuzu.
Wish they should give a touch fight to Volvo, MB's.
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@Ashley2

I have briefly traveled on the Divo. I cannot really comment since the ride was too short and the bus was yet to complete its final 'finishing process'. Its doing decently in the north. The one which I traveled on, was part of eight buses which was ordered from Punjab by some operator.

The Divo has got a fancy instrument cluster, multifunction steering wheel etc.

I think it deserve to have a good run.
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