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Old 8th April 2010, 14:43   #106
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They are light weight compared to glass and allows easy air flow
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Old 8th April 2010, 17:36   #107
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Earlier comments in favour of these were lesser rattles on bad roads, and greater immunity to flash strikes of violence and stone throwing.
And I thought kerala had better roads than KA, the flash strikes makes sense.

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They are light weight compared to glass and allows easy air flow
So you mean to say the air flow is restricted in our buses here with glass for the windows ?
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Old 8th April 2010, 17:56   #108
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Anyone knows why the kerala SRTC buses still have the conventional and good ole window shutters and not the one's with the glass ? I think its made of asbestos or some kinda rubber and these things leak during heavy rains. Makes it a daunting task to sit in the window seat during the rains.
While the glass does look good aesthetically, passengers in Kerala have a likening for shutters. The last time KeSRTC tried changing to Glass, passengers objected, and the corporation was forced to return to shutters. As of today, Super Expresses and above have glass windows, while the others are sporting shutters.

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Last time when I was in Wayanad I even saw a bus running with the old tarpaulin as covers for the windows. Any idea why they haven't planned on changing this ?
Tarpaulin "curtains" are found only in buses in earlier TS series or older. These buses are more than 10 years old, and would meet fate in about 1-3 years. Newer buses are run with shutters.

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Earlier comments in favour of these were lesser rattles on bad roads, and greater immunity to flash strikes of violence and stone throwing.

Same holds good these days as well?
Well.. do you think Kerala is any better than the earlier days? The Volvos in Trivandrum and Ernakulam spends time in the workshops very often to change their glasses - i think you can guess why.

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So you mean to say the air flow is restricted in our buses here with glass for the windows ?
Very much. Glass does restrict air-flow. Given the humidity in Kerala, glass makes it all the more stuffier to travel in.
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Old 8th April 2010, 20:12   #109
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Any day, I would prefer a KeSRTC to a private bus (My personal opinion). For some reason, I just love traveling in the aana vandi.


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This is KSRTC's irizar built 12 metre leyland AC bus converted to ordinary at Aluva workshop.
I hate the Ordinary bus paint scheme with the green interiors. The White with blue stripe Venads are much better looking and the blue interior is soothing.

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Earlier comments in favour of these were lesser rattles on bad roads, and greater immunity to flash strikes of violence and stone throwing.
Maybe just reluctance to change. Though I don't like movable glass panes at all. Either fixed glass with A/C or shutters with unobstructed airflow on your face.
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Old 9th April 2010, 09:39   #110
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So you mean to say the air flow is restricted in our buses here with glass for the windows ?
Yes, its restricted.
Glass windows are not suitable for crowded buses especially in city traffic.
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Old 11th April 2010, 16:02   #111
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Trissur-Kozhikode route is dominated by beautiful private buses. Here is one beautiful long distance Trissur-Kannur Limited Stop called Kabani
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Some pics of MSRTC Shivneri AC buses clicked by a friend. Posted with permission.

2 & 3: Windscreen broken, replaced in a few days unlike BEST's Kinglongs.
4: Kinglong and Volvo side by side. No need to tell who is the king!

Uploaded more on my flickr photostream.
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Old 12th April 2010, 05:39   #113
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Some pics of MSRTC Shivneri AC buses clicked by a friend. Posted with permission.

2 & 3: Windscreen broken, replaced in a few days unlike BEST's Kinglongs.
4: Kinglong and Volvo side by side. No need to tell who is the king!

Uploaded more on my flickr photostream.
Are not these Shivneri Fleet (Cerita/Volvo/MB) is leased? The maintenance of all these buses are really poor. Look at the KingLong's side view mirrors. The state of Volvos are not any better. Many are running with broken side windows. When will the current lease term ends?
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Old 13th April 2010, 16:18   #114
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Traveled in this huge bus at BIAL after getting off the plane

Does anyone know the spec of this vehicle? Why this isn't used in the cities?

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Old 13th April 2010, 17:56   #115
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Here's the specification for Cobus 3000.
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had a recent trip to kozhikode and took pics of some of the buses running at the Malabar area. in the attached, the bus called Jayanthi Janatha belongs to the same operator who operates the parashuram AC Air bus between kodungaloor and Sulthan bathery. also notice the wheel of the same.
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Do you see one similarity among all the 3 pvt buses above? All of them have ridiculously small windscreen vipers. Can the driver see anything in case of heavy rains?
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@Jimmyjosek thanks for the snaps - lot of fond memmories with old (brown) thusharam and gurudev (Eranakulam-mundakkayam).

Can any one please post pictures of night services (malabar buses) from Mundakkayam / Kanjirapally
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here are some of the buses which i spotted in calicut. note the artistic liveries of these buses. more over operators are now trying ac, air suspension, mobile charging facilities,reclinable seats and television sets with good quality speakers too to attract passengers and they are winning in these terms too.
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here are some of the buses which i spotted in calicut. note the artistic liveries of these buses. more over operators are now trying ac, air suspension, mobile charging facilities,reclinable seats and television sets with good quality speakers too to attract passengers and they are winning in these terms too.
I don't know. For some reason I don't like such wild-coloured buses too much. I prefer the simpler pattern based liveries found in Southern Kerala.
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