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.
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)’s Volvo B7R bus after a minor accident which involved a collision with a truck in the broken, terribly curvy and dangerous Shiradi Ghat road (Highway) on the way from Mangalore to Bangalore. An overloaded platform truck carrying huge logs was being driven rashly on the wrong side of the road and one of the logs hanging from the side of the truck smashed the side windows leaving a gaping hole. Thanks to the nimble handling and power of the Volvo, the alert driver was able to maneuver the bus out of a full-frontal collision path. Fortunately there were no injuries as there was no one sitting in that seat. I was a passenger in this bus. This happened in 2008.
(PS: Another same type of accident on the same road. Those people were not so lucky 🙁 )
A Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation (KSRTC) Volvo 9400 bus (interstate coach) running from Bangalore to Kottayam at a rest stop at Shoolagiri, Krishnagiri district, Tamil Nadu on the NH7. The 9400 is built on the Volvo B9R Multi-Axle chassis which is by far, the best in India. The flash illuminates the front of the bus and the remaining fades into drkness except for the rear end on which light from passing vehicles on the highway reflects upon. Fuel pumps can also be seen.
A Mercedes Benz (single axle) bus of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) makes its way to Chennai from Bangalore, seen at Sadanandanagar in Bangalore. This bus model is relatively rare, as all new buses are multi-axle. Note the nicely designed door and the overall compact dimensions and looks. Unlike Volvo which builds its own bus bodies, Mercedes buses are built by Sutlej.
KSRTC’s (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) Volvo 9400 Multi-Axle Semi Sleeper bus on its way from Bangalore to Chennai via Hosur, Krishnagiri and Vellore stuck in traffic at Madiwala Check Post signal. The buses are branded “Airavat Club Class” and with the tagline “Sleep like a baby” (aaramamaagi maguvinandha nidrisi), both written in Kannada on the sides of the bus. Quite long and handsome looking bus, it is very comfortable and KSRTC provides excellent service. (Volvo 9400 series models were earlier known as the Volvo B9R)
KSRTC’s Mercedes-Benz multi axle bus smoothly slithers past Sadananda Nagar on a rainy noon on its way from Bangalore to Chennai. Though outnumbered by Volvos, KaSRTC has a fair share of Mercedes buses as well, and they run under the same brand name “Airavat” as the Volvos. A difference here is that Volvo coaches are bodied by Volvo themselves while Mercedes coaches are built by Sutlej. Both are equally classy.