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 RSC 675 was withdrawn some months after this picture was taken and was replaced with RPC 900.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) unveils its new class of luxury buses, a fleet of Scania Metrolink buses branded “Garuda Maharaja – The Chariot of Kerala”. The earlier fleet of flagshio Volvo B9R multi-axle buses have been rebranded “Garuda King Class”, and the few Volvo B7Rs are now “KSRTC Sanchari”. The Scania features LED destination boards in addition to all the usual luxury-bus goodies. Here the inaugural bus sits majestically reflecting off the setting sun, blazingly dominating the foreground while everything else fades into the background, showing off the vertically raked front end of the bus, compared to the wedge-shaped front of the Volvo. Never mind the rubble of the new under-construction bus station-cum-garage at the KSRTC bus station in Kottayam.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) brand new Scania Metrolink long-distance Multi (tri) axle coach bus sits basking in the evening sun at Kottayam KSRTC bus station in Kerala awaiting inauguration. The buses have been branded “Garuda Maharaja – The Chariot of Kerala.” This is the first of 18 buses ordered by KSRTC for its long distance services from Kerala to various parts of the country including Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Hyderabad and possibly Bangalore. The livery of the buses is also different from the corporation’s current flagship Volvo B9R buses. Waiting for awesome rides on these new flagship superstars!
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)’s Volvo B9R Multi Axle bus RS 787 “Dreamliner” of Kottayam deport doing the Bangalore – Kottayam schedule at a rest stop at Koratti near Angamali stretches out in its full length. This is one of the only 10 Volvo coach buses owned by the Kerala KSRTC compared to some 200+ of its competitor, the much bigger and better managed Karnataka KSRTC. This is one of the two Volvos of the Kottayam depot, the other one being the accident-survivor (thank God) RS 788.
A Kerala State Road Transport Corportation’s (KSRTC) Volvo B9R Multi Axle bus running the Bangalore – Kottayam service stands tall, all majestic and elite, at a rest stop between Bangalore and Salem. The bus sports the unique government-registered livery and is one of the 10 recently procured Volvos for running Kerala – Bangalore services. The bus registered RS788 under KSRTC’s scheme belongs to the Kottayam depot of KSRTC. The service is exemplary, the buses are superbly maintained, smooth, noiseless and extremely comfortable, much better than private Volvos!
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) Ashok Leyland Viking bus RPK 127 Super Fast of the Muvattupuzha depot runs the daily service from Thiruvananthapuram to Muvattupuzha, here spotted on the abomination of a “highway” called the MC Road, just after Kottayam in Kerala. This service is famous for its aggressiveness and speed, as are most services from the Muvattupuzha depot. The sticker work seen on the front of the bus was done by the schedule drivers (Pratheesh Kumar and Sarish Thadathil) by paying from their own pockets! (as per Bus Passengers Muvattupuzha) The classic yellow and red “speed” livery stands unblemished by advertisements. It is sad that such a nice bus’ (and the passengers’) backs will be broken by the stupid road.