The legendary Bangalore – Thiruvalla Super Deluxe Air Bus RSC 675 of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) seen at Madiwala bus stop in Bangalore one chilly evening, waiting for its passengers to show up. The bus runs the Salem – Coimbatore – Palakkad – Thrissur – Ernakulam – Alappuzha – Changanaserry route. It departs Bangalore at 1830 from Mysore Road Satellite bus station, 1930 from Madiwala to reach Ernakulam at 0615 and Tiruvalla by 0800. RSC 675 was withdrawn some months after this picture was taken and was replaced with RPC 900.
Mowasalat (Sharjah) is the public transport undertaking run by the department of transportation of the Government of Sharjah, one of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates. Seen here is one of their buses made by the now-defunct Brazilian company “Busscar“, branded “Urbanuss Pluss”. Busscar was a dominant force in the Brazilian economy, building all kinds of buses from 1946 until it went bankrupt in 2012. These little machines are extremely cute with their big, convex, curving full-face windshields, a predominant Busscar feature. This bus runs the Sharjah Route 8 from the Rolla Bus Terminal in the heart of old Sharjah to the Sahara Center Mall at Sharjah Al Nahda on the border with the emirate of Dubai, seen on the Al Wahda Street (Emirates Road E11) connecting Sharjah with Dubai
A Scania Metrolink multi-axle bus belonging to the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) seen at Madivala in Bangalore early one morning. Services run using the Scanias are KSRTC’s most premium, run under the brand name “Airavata Diamond Class”. The bus seen in the picture was running the Ernakulam – Bangalore service that day.
Kondody Autocraft is Kerala’s most important bus body building undertaking located at Kottayam, Kerala. They build ladder-on-frame bus bodies on chassis for private bus operators. These buses, commonly called the “Kondody Body” are widely seen across South Kerala. They are the only manufacturer (apart from KSRTC) accredited to build buses in compliance with the new AIS-052 code of practice for bus body design and approval. Here is Kondody’s latest bus model built in accordance with AIS-052 standards, running the Kottayam – Changanasserry – Kattappana – Irattayar route for sister concern Kondody Motors, Kottayam and Idukki districts’ most prolific private stage carrier bus operator. This new model bus sports the iconic Kondody front facade while the sides with large glass windows look radically different. It overall is more compact, contemporary and much better looking than usual buses. The livery is an “inspiration” of that of the KSRTC Volvos.
Dubai’s majestic Neoplan Multi-Axle Double Decker bus as seen at the Al Jubail bus terminus in Sharjah. These buses built by MAN’s Neoplan on the Neoplan Centroliner platform are the mainstay of Dubai’s public transport bus system owned and operated by Dubai government’s Road Transport Authority (RTA). These buses are incredibly comfortable and can seat 51 on its upper deck and 29 on its lower deck and can accommodate 200 in all including standing passengers! The bus is very tall at 4.5 meters which gives the upper deck great headroom. The stance and structure of these incredible vehicles are breath-taking! The Al Jubail bus station is the terminal for Dubai buses to Sharjah. These Double Deckers a and are used to operate 7 routes between Sharjah and various destinations in Dubai at a frequency of 5 to 15 minutes. To know details about Sharjah – Dubai buses like timings, routes and frequencies, you can check RTA’s Wojhati route planning website or Google Maps.
A Volvo B9R Multi-Axle Sleeper bus of Vijayanand Travels, part of the VRL Logistics group seen in its full length at Yeshwantpur in Bangalore on the Bangalore – Pune National Highway 4, also known as the Tumkur Road. Volvo Sleepers are rare, maybe because it costs to outfit them as Sleeper coaches. VRL Logistics, headquartered at Hubli in Karnataka is one of the most well-known transportation brands in Karnataka, covering all of the state and much of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. VRL has more than 350 buses of all kinds, including a massive fleet of more than 3500 trucks. “Vijayanand” is a portmanteau name representing the founder of VRL Group Dr. Vijay Sankeshwar and his son Anand Sankeshwar. It is said that if you spot any commercial vehicle registered KA-25 (Hubli), it will mostly be owned by VRL. This is also the first picture of a private Volvo bus in this blog.