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)’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!
As day breaks, Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) brand new multi-axle Volvo B9R 9400 sporting KSRTC’s internal registration number RS790 of the Trivandrum depot arrives at the Vyttila Mobility Hub in Ernakulam on its long journey from Bangalore to Thiruvananthapuram. The bus idles as the sky gradually brightens. The bus was full and a lot of people got on board from the Ernakulam stop as well. Check out the reflection of coconut trees on the windows of this long vehicular behemoth!
On their way from the Volvo factory at Hoskote near Bangalore to the KSRTC HQ at Trivandrum in Kerala, Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) mint new “Gajaveeran” Volvo 9400 Multi-Axle buses stand majestically tall in the traffic jams of Marathahalli. Five of the buses can be seen in a row in this photo, one behind another. 10 of these buses were ordered by KSRTC for the first time ever to be mainly deployed on routes from Bangalore to Kerala. Kerala KSRTC’s Volvo services are branded “Garuda”, just like APSRTC’s premium services. Also, this is the original of the edited photo used as the featured image on KSRTC’s online booking portal, without my permission, of course.
Presenting Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) first ever Volvo B9R Multi Axle buses! 10 of these were ordered and delivered. This photo was taken at Marathahalli in Bangalore amidst a huge traffic jam on their maiden journey from their birthplace at the Volvo factory in Hosakote near Bangalore to the KSRTC HQ in Thiruvananthapuram for registration and induction. KSRTC (Kerala) was Volvo’s launch customer in India but later fell behind thanks to nepotism and corruption. Hopefully this will be a new dawn!