The Cute Little Busscar on Sharjah’s Mowasalat Route 8

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 Sunset Over Distant Hills in a Blaze of Glory!

The majestic sun goes down over the distant hills in a blaze of furious white and yellow glory, painting the surroundings in a haze of orange and gold as huge high-tension electricity towers stand dwarfed on the foot of the hills silhouetted against the fury of the sunset. This scene is from the fields of central Karnataka just before Davangere where empty land so quiet and calm stretches out for kilometers as far as the eye can see. The sunset and the setting of this serene landscape presents an incredible feeling of tranquility that makes memories of the tiring city-dwelling life seem so far away…

Ernakulam’s Orange WDG3A Shows her “True Colors”

Ernakulam Diesel Loco shed’s (ERS) WDG3A #14835 diesel locomotive rushes towards Idapalli with the Ernakulam – Nilambur passenger in tow. Behind the peeling and flaking paint of ERS’s standard beautiful orange and cream livery can be seen the old paint of her previous green and cream livery of the Golden Rock (Ponmalai) Diesel Loco Shed, Trichy, the shed it belong to before it was transferred to ERS. The WDG3A is a specialized goods engine but shortage of locos forces these to be used for passenger services too. This full-length photo was taken with quite a bit of difficulty at a tight angle from another train.

Kochi’s “Team Oranje” Volvo Low Floor Buses Stand in a Row!

Four of Kochi’s JnNURM Volvo “Low Floor” City buses (B7RLE chassis) take rest standing next to each other in a row at the Ernakulam depot (bus station) on a pleasant evening. The buses are JNK3, JNK6, JNK8 and JNK25. I had taken a ride in JNK25 earlier in the day from South to Vyttila. It definitely pleasing to the eye seeing the bright orange livery of Kerala KSRTC Volvos, or as they say, in the colors of the Netherlands (Holland) football team! 🙂 And they are much better maintained than most of BMTC’s Volvo city buses!

Orange “Circle” Liveried Volvo City Bus in Bangalore

A Volvo 8400 City Bus built on a B7RLE chassis at Manyata Tech Park, Nagawara in Bangalore, India. The bus belongs to the Bangalore Metropolitan Transportation Corporation (BMTC). This orange livery is a rarity with only four buses sporting it, the remaining having the standard red. This bus was intended for a “Hop-on-Hop-off” circular service through the central business district, a scheme that sadly did not work out. However, thankfully BMTC left the livery intact. I hope to capture all the buses with this livery. The bus is running the famous Hebbal – Silkboard 500D Route.

Kerala KSRTC “Low Floor” Volvo at Muvattupuzha

Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) Volvo B7RLE City bus JNK 37 stationed at Muvattupuzha KSRTC bus station on a very hot and sunny afternoon. JNK 37 would service route number 650 to Ernakulam from Muvattupuzha via Kolenchery. Volvo AC buses of the KSRTC are orange in color as opposed to red of the Bangalore ones. They are called “Low Floor AC” in Kerala rather than Volvo AC. Though the bus is a city bus, KSRTC runs them on medium intra-district routes as well. This is JNK 37. See JNK 38 here.