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Old 24th July 2011, 21:36   #406
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Hence they fixed higher charge for these buses and simultaneously rolled out large number of conventional buses called "Thiru Kochi".
With another round of fare rise planned, the ordinary fare would be very close to the JnNURM bus fares (provided they do not rise fares of these buses). KeSRTC had requested for higher fares for Non-AC LF buses with a reasoning that the operating costs are higher. The AC LF buses charge ideal fares - they are pretty rational.

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@binaiks...i doubt that the share of central govt is 60% or more (not sure). Otherwise can't imagine KeSRTC/Kerala Govt. going to buy those Volvo Lowfloors!
The Central Government share was 50% for Trivandrum and 30% for Kochi. The KeSRTC share for Trivandrum was 30% and 50% for Kochi (in Kochi another 20% was funded by the State Government). KeSRTC is talking of buying more Low Floor buses now.
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Seems KeSRTC started to use JNNRUM buses for inter city operation in Kerala. Saw an a/c low floor volvo with Ekm board in Kayamkulam and a non a/c leyland low floor with Tvm board at Klm.
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Though not an intercity bus, but still a different category of a Govt owned bus. Its a Cerita JC12 owned by the Health Dept of Orissa. As the name shows, its used to transport blood, from blood donation camps conducted throughout the state by Red Cross and others to the blood banks. The pic shows it standing infront of the Red-Cross office in Bhubaneswar. It has fully modified interiors for carrying few people and lots of blood. It has seperate AC units in the luggage bay to keep things cool inside for longer periods of time. You can spot the cooling slats on the side for the AC units.

The Orissa Govt continues to be the only operator of high power premium buses in the State and probably the whole of east India. They also operate a few Tata Hispanos, Volvo B9Rs and B7Rs.

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Old 31st July 2011, 13:13   #409
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What are those vents on the left side middle? Is that another slave engine?

According to the cerita website JC 12 HD is powered by cummins ISLe + 300 - (EURO III) Engine 8849 cc with a power output of 296 HP @ 2100 RPM.
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What are those vents on the left side middle? Is that another slave engine?

According to the cerita website JC 12 HD is powered by cummins ISLe + 300 - (EURO III) Engine 8849 cc with a power output of 296 HP @ 2100 RPM.
Right side middle vents could well be for a slave engine which would be used to power the A/C as well as a freezer, as this is a blood donation vehicle requiring deep freeze. Arent the Certia's the Kinglongs?
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What are those vents on the left side middle? Is that another slave engine?

According to the cerita website JC 12 HD is powered by cummins ISLe + 300 - (EURO III) Engine 8849 cc with a power output of 296 HP @ 2100 RPM.
It can be another slave engine, or a slave engine+generator to supply AC voltage. The AC can be run off a smaller engine instead of keeping the 8.9L engine running and wasting diesel, when the vehicle is stationary.

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Arent the Certia's the Kinglongs?
Yes. Cerita is the brand name of the manufacturer, JCBL, while Kinglong is the model name of the bus

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Actually Cerita Motors is the company that sells KingLong buses in India. Cerita is a JV between JCBL India and King Long of China.
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^^^ I stand corrected. Thanks, julupani
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This is how you enjoy cruise control on the Bombay-Pune freeway in a lovely Volvo 9400 operated by the Shivneri service of MSRTC.

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This picture was taken day before yesterday on the SWR-THNVND route, and the bus was MH 04 G 7509, probably owned by SS Travels in Borivali, Bombay.

He was one of the very rare drivers whom I have seen engage the cruise control. In my last three years of extensive travel on the Shivneris, I have found only two more drivers use the feature. They were both on the BVI-SWR service.

Halfway through the journey, the Brake Check light came up! But I am pretty sure they'd have got it fixed once the bus reached Vandana, Thane.

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Exactly a week after my journey, I got the same bus and the same driver on the same route. (MH 04 G 7509, SWR-THNVND 1300 departure)

Looks like the driver has a bad habit of driving with one of his legs up on the seat while the cruise control is active.

Here, he is seen with his left leg tucked under his right leg. This is at the first left turn towards Lonavala where one is supposed to maintain a speed limit of 30kmph. You can see how he has grabbed the stick by one hand, and the wheel with the other to counter the G forces. He was well over 70kmph.

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Soon, he was back to his position which we saw a week ago.

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Last week, this bus had a Brake check light on. This time, it had a Light system check light on. ;o) I spoke about this with him. I also asked him about the brake problem, and he said that he had got it corrected from the service center, but according to him, the guys at the servicing station at Bhiwandi have only some bookish knowledge and that they cannot get to the root of the problem. They only make some minor changes which makes the warning in the cockpit go away. And according to him, the warning re-appears within two or three days.

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If we have a "which is the most featured vehicle(with driver) of the month/year in the bad drivers thread", I am sure this driver will bag the award atleast for the next 4-5years back to back for his unique style of driving.

Well, regarding the service centre, the technicians are supposedly trained by Volvo and its seriously very pathetic to see them do such a poor job. Who is to be blamed? Our attitude towards learning or the volvo trainers?
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If we have a "which is the most featured vehicle(with driver) of the month/year in the bad drivers thread", I am sure this driver will bag the award atleast for the next 4-5years back to back for his unique style of driving.

Well, regarding the service centre, the technicians are supposedly trained by Volvo and its seriously very pathetic to see them do such a poor job. Who is to be blamed? Our attitude towards learning or the volvo trainers?
Haha!

Well, he said that the technicians at Volvo have no prior experience in their field, and that they are freshly trained by Volvo. He also said that as they do not work on the other buses, their knowledge is very limited and they just go by the book, and if they encounter something which is unusual, they try replacing parts and continue doing so till the warning in the cockpit goes away.

As I said, these are the drivers words and not mine. I really do not know what the case really is. But I can definitely say that the wet leased buses of MSRTC are well maintained. The drivers take care of the bus, and if anything goes wrong, they are the first ones to call their owners and get the servicing done asap. This attitude is clearly lacking in the MSRTC employed drivers.



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But wait for some days as an ultimate bus is going to hit the road. It belongs to Parasuram a/c airbus who started the revolution of a/c moffusil buses in kerala. The new buses as per reliable sources have
230HP CRS engine(the first CRS bus in india as per the source is delivered to this team), 36 tonne a/c(including driver cabin a/c), full air suspension, electromagnetic retarder brakes(which is the first time in india), Chrome wheel from wheels india(the one seen in parveen volvos) tubeless tyres from Korea, GPS announcement of places etc. The bus is scheduled to be launched this week and the body is built by Shillybear coach, Thrissur. The pic of the existing bus is as below. This is the schedule which will be replaced.This one too have retarder brakes(not electromagnetic) and tubeless tyres.
The new Parasuram AC Air Bus has hit the road. The bus was flagged off today morning by North Paravur MLA VD Satheesan. The bus would commence regular operations from Wednesday.

Its an Ashok Leyland bus with 225HP CRS BSIV Engine. According to the owner of the bus, this is the first BSIV 12M Chassis to be delivered by Ashok Leyland.

The bus has a 36-ton Jingyi Airconditioner. The bus is fully airconditioned - has vents for the driver as well. It is a 54 seater - in a 2x3 seating arrangement. The last row seats have a "theatre" arrangement - its raised, and reportedly gives better ride comfort to passengers. The bus has alloy wheels supplied by Wheels India Limited. The tyres are of CEAT make.

The bus has two 19inch Panasonic LCD screens. The bus has a GPS based stop announcement system. The crew also offers "telephonic reservation" facility.

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Looks clean and beautiful but the luggage space is less inside the cabin.
Do you know what is the timing of this service? and of course, contact nos for "Telephonic reservation"!
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The new Parasuram AC Air Bus has hit the road. The bus was flagged off today morning by North Paravur MLA VD Satheesan. The bus would commence regular operations from Wednesday.

Its an Ashok Leyland bus with 225HP CRS BSIV Engine. According to the owner of the bus, this is the first BSIV 12M Chassis to be delivered by Ashok Leyland.

The bus has a 36-ton Jingyi Airconditioner. The bus is fully airconditioned - has vents for the driver as well. It is a 54 seater - in a 2x3 seating arrangement. The last row seats have a "theatre" arrangement - its raised, and reportedly gives better ride comfort to passengers. The bus has alloy wheels supplied by Wheels India Limited. The tyres are of CEAT make.

The bus has two 19inch Panasonic LCD screens. The bus has a GPS based stop announcement system. The crew also offers "telephonic reservation" facility.

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Shillibear Rocks ! nice one though.
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Looks clean and beautiful but the luggage space is less inside the cabin.
Yes. Luggage space is very less. A good portion of the luggage rack has been taken up by the ducting of the AC. The owner acknowledges the issue - but there wasn't much that he could do.

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Do you know what is the timing of this service? and of course, contact nos for "Telephonic reservation"!
Timings:
PRR: 04:25AM, KDLR: 4:50 AM, GVR: 6:09 AM, KKD: 8:59 (arr) / 9:32 (dep), SBY: 12:02.

SBY: 14:10, KKD: 16:40/16:55, GVR: 19:50 (D), KDLR: 21:02 (D), PRR: 21:25 (ARR).

[SBY: Sulthan Bathery, KKD: Kozhikode, GVR: Guruvayur, KDLR: Kodungallur and PRR: North Paravur]

The telephone number for reservation is +91-94954 00700 (open from 03:30 AM).
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