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Caught the train from Nice to Monaco this morning, then came back on a bendy bus. This is it at Nice, don't even know what make it is but Monaco registered. 

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Some well known names here for any F1 fans. 

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Staggeringly beautiful bus route. Lots of sharp bends, steep hills and blue bits. 

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Sideways View. Blue. 

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Tunnel. 

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And all this for €1.50! Yes, €1.50 for almost an hours bus ride. Even the internal buses in Monaco were €2. But everything in Nice is a flat fare of €1.50 however far it goes. Even the tram to the airport when every other city hikes up the fares of airport traffic because they think they have a captive audience (in reality it's quite often the airport itself with exorbitant access charges). But not here. 

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15 minutes ago, Yoss said:

Caught the train from Nice to Monaco this morning, then came back on a bendy bus. This is it at Nice, don't even know what make it is but Monaco registered. 

IMG_20191008_160557.thumb.jpg.ef7b5f252cae2c18753d4a2ba3ad4903.jpg

Some well known names here for any F1 fans. 

IMG_20191008_150809.thumb.jpg.2f93d4528cc0121631adeca10d317f1f.jpg

Staggeringly beautiful bus route. Lots of sharp bends, steep hills and blue bits. 

IMG_20191008_150737.thumb.jpg.2bb2ee48b28338c92b1da5b74ecb7287.jpg

IMG_20191008_152326.thumb.jpg.d42334c76fdd256c3a40444070ddb647.jpg

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Sideways View. Blue. 

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Tunnel. 

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And all this for €1.50! Yes, €1.50 for almost an hours bus ride. Even the internal buses in Monaco were €2. But everything in Nice is a flat fare of €1.50 however far it goes. Even the tram to the airport when every other city hikes up the fares of airport traffic because they think they have a captive audience (in reality it's quite often the airport itself with exorbitant access charges). But not here. 

That's good value. It looks like a Mercedes Benz Citaro. 

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6 minutes ago, busmansholiday said:

Yep, Merc badge on front and the wheel nut covers are Merc. Should be a pusher artic (ie engine in back section).

Oh yes.

Delivered dozens of the things from Coventry to London many years ago.

Then had to go back as they were catching fire... 🔥🔥

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7 minutes ago, LightBulbFun said:

I have wondered on bendy buses like that, what stops them jackknifing when going forward?

The front section has a wheel at each corner...it’s only the trailer that is two wheeled.

They’re actually inherently stable when cornered...because the back end weighs a bit with the engine, you can throw them around roundabouts at a fair pace and the front end stays remarkably upright. Caught one or two London motorists out on the run down to Tottenham garage from the M25 😂

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1 hour ago, busmansholiday said:

Yep, Merc badge on front and the wheel nut covers are Merc. Should be a pusher artic (ie engine in back section).

Thought it might be but there was no badge on the front. 

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1 hour ago, NorthernMonkey said:

The front section has a wheel at each corner...it’s only the trailer that is two wheeled.

They’re actually inherently stable when cornered...because the back end weighs a bit with the engine, you can throw them around roundabouts at a fair pace and the front end stays remarkably upright. Caught one or two London motorists out on the run down to Tottenham garage from the M25 😂

I can vouch for that. We were flying along nicely most of the way, often with a sheer rockface a few inches from the side* of the bus. I just had to tell myself he's a professional, he knows what he's doing. 

 

*I was going to say nearside but then I thought it would be the offside to us. Which got me thinking does the nearside/offside change when it's left hand drive? I assume so as nearside means nearset the kerb doesn't it? Just thinking out loud now. 

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Was trying to work out whether it was one of our old ones at North Birmingham Busways but I don’t think it was because the final destination screen is too small.

Aluminium framed body (you can tell by the front windows) make it a late one (after 81-82 at least). Shame, with all built at that time, the chassis will be totally buggered sitting in the grass like that. 

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Just spotted something unexpected while channel hopping on the TV.

What was externally a late 90s Alexander ALX-300 low floor bus pulled up at a stop in the US, then we cut to an interior shot as it pulled off, clearly in the background was the distinctive angry yowl of a Detroit 6V71 two stroke coupled to a typically lazy Alison box...Never knew that bus made its way over to the US. 

Ridden on (and driven) a bunch of them in Volvo B10BLE form (first bus I ever officially drove was one actually - B10BLE is a nice driving thing actually), and the odd Dart...but never anything with such an exciting power plant. 

Anyone know what chassis it was likely built on?  Sadly there was no shot of the cab which might have given any hints by virtue of easy to ID instrumentation...interior in general looked identical to what I'd expect to see over here.

For those curious...of course I have photos of the first bus I drove.

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Last B10BLEs are just about to be withdrawn from service in Aberdeen I believe...Streetlites are the new norm...Never been on one yet, though I've not heard anything positive about them from anyone!

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13 minutes ago, Zelandeth said:

Just spotted something unexpected while channel hopping on the TV.

What was externally a late 90s Alexander ALX-300 low floor bus pulled up at a stop in the US, then we cut to an interior shot as it pulled off, clearly in the background was the distinctive angry yowl of a Detroit 6V71 two stroke coupled to a typically lazy Alison box...Never knew that bus made its way over to the US. 

Ridden on (and driven) a bunch of them in Volvo B10BLE form (first bus I ever officially drove was one actually - B10BLE is a nice driving thing actually), and the odd Dart...but never anything with such an exciting power plant. 

Anyone know what chassis it was likely built on?  Sadly there was no shot of the cab which might have given any hints by virtue of easy to ID instrumentation...interior in general looked identical to what I'd expect to see over here.

For those curious...of course I have photos of the first bus I drove.

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Last B10BLEs are just about to be withdrawn from service in Aberdeen I believe...Streetlites are the new norm...Never been on one yet, though I've not heard anything positive about them from anyone!

augh, damn it!

I remember coming across those US spec ALX300s as well and being quite surprised like you where

even saw a picture of one, which had comedy large US federal bumpers 

but I cant for the life find it online anymore, could of sworn it was on wikipedia...

(didn't realise they where detroit 2 stroke powered tho! weird to think of such an "old" engine in such a "modern" bus body!)

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We had 10 ALX300 B10BLEs, they were nice machines, we also had 11 with MAN 18.220 chassis, what a pile of crap they were, a turning circle worse than the Bismarks, a rear overhang the size of the Titanic and acceleration that made it seem an asthmatic ant with heavy shopping was pushing it. 

 

Edited to add first thing in a morning you had to give them a load of welly to get the buggers air pressure built up as it wouldn't build on idle, not good on a cold engine

 

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1 hour ago, Eyersey1234 said:

We had 10 ALX300 B10BLEs, they were nice machines, we also had 11 with MAN 18.220 chassis, what a pile of crap they were, a turning circle worse than the Bismarks, a rear overhang the size of the Titanic and acceleration that made it seem an asthmatic ant with heavy shopping was pushing it. 

 

Edited to add first thing in a morning you had to give them a load of welly to get the buggers air pressure built up as it wouldn't build on idle, not good on a cold engine

 

Always wanted to find one of them in a breakers yard to raid the dash for the million and one warning lights...

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ah ha! found the bloody thing, although the "thing" I found is a dennis dart based ALX200 based contraption 

"Thomas-Dennis Dart SLF 200"

see here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Dart#Thomas-Dennis_Dart_SLF_200 and here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Built_Buses#Other_buses

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sadly does not mention what engine it has

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2 hours ago, LightBulbFun said:

ah ha! found the bloody thing, although the "thing" I found is a dennis dart based ALX200 based contraption 

"Thomas-Dennis Dart SLF 200"

see here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Dart#Thomas-Dennis_Dart_SLF_200 and here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Built_Buses#Other_buses

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sadly does not mention what engine it has

I know UK spec Darts were Cummins engined, I think these were as well but I'm not 100% certain 

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10 hours ago, Zelandeth said:

 

Last B10BLEs are just about to be withdrawn from service in Aberdeen I believe...Streetlites are the new norm...Never been on one yet, though I've not heard anything positive about them from anyone!

Not be getting any more Streetshites as Wright went tits up begining of the month.

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3 hours ago, Zelandeth said:

The other possibility of course being on the TV is that the audio was just a stock recording dubbed on in the studio...so it could have exactly the same selection of engines we'd have had over here.

You mean like the AEC engined and wilson gearboxed Optare Solo and Dennis Dart that was on Eastenders recently? Surely not.

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7 hours ago, busmansholiday said:

Not be getting any more Streetshites as Wright went tits up begining of the month.

Wright have been saved by Jo Bamford's Bamford Bus Company so assume once they get back on track it will be fairly business as usual.

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2 hours ago, Rover414 said:

Wright have been saved by Jo Bamford's Bamford Bus Company so assume once they get back on track it will be fairly business as usual.

Given business as usual involved giving most of the profits to the church of latter-day morons I hope not.

No pic as I didn't have my phone, but yesterday I saw a Worst doubledecker in a faux SPT orange colour scheme; is this a one-off or are there going to be more? I felt quite nostalgic seeing it having spent my youth watching orange Atlanteans belching clag in Glasgow traffic, it looked a lot nicer than the peelywhally pastel shades rubbish Worst have at the moment.

 

Edit; here it is!

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3 hours ago, Rover414 said:

Wright have been saved by Jo Bamford's Bamford Bus Company so assume once they get back on track it will be fairly business as usual.

Must have sorted out the 'lease' costs for the plant as that was the stumbling block as they (one of the Wrights who owned it) allegedly wanted a million a year.

So the BBC now have a bus company to accurately report on...

 

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I believe the factory has been sold to them along with Wrightbus itself.

Anyway, on top of the Solo and Olympian I have another bus has joined our little stable more recently. Probably a bit modern but it is getting on for near 15 years old now, though the insurance company were in two minds as to weather they were going to insure it or not on my classic bus policy.

 

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