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.
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.
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.
Mercedes-Benz’s new Multi-Axle bus model probably undergoing road tests spotted outside a BharatBenz showroom in a central Tamil Nadu town. The bus is a ground-breaking 15 meters long, breaking Volvo 9400PX‘s (B11R – now discontinued) 14.5 m meter length record, making it the longest bus in India (and Asia). 15 meters is also the legally the longest length any passenger road vehicle can have in India. The bus features a radical steerable rear tag axle in addition to ESP, ABS, all-round disc brakes and all the usual goodies. The bus model hasn’t been named yet but seems to be called the “Ultra High Deck” and was launched in July 2015. The front-end design of the bus with its distributed vertically stacked lights and AMG-style huge single-bar grille and Mercedes logo marks a radical departure from the old boring Mercedes design and also general bus design which are all straight-line horizontally oriented as of now. A Parveen Benz bus can also be seen.