The bus started off at 19.05 sharp from the bus station. There was one non-AC bus on the same route (505 Limited) right behind my bus. The bus driver had a convenient run across the small ghat between Belapur and Nerul. The other bus lost the race here. We then made a rather slow run to Nerul. Occupancy was rather poor in the bus, with just about 40% occupancy in the 47 seater bus. I took a ticket to Vashi - It cost me Rs. 15 (A limited stop bus charges Rs 6 for the same distance). The AC was cooling really effectively.
The non-AC bus overtook us at Nerul. Our driver was driver on 3rd gear when the situation demanded the second gear! The driver decided not to take the overtake lying down, and he floored the accelerator pedal! The bus hit a comfortable 70kmph is no time! He hit a top speed of about 80 kmph on the highway comfortably! He then had to decelerate due to traffic conditions!
The ride from Belapur to Vashi took about 20 minutes due to traffic. The bus picked up quite a lot of passengers at APMC, and all seemed to be regular passengers. The conductor said that only 1 King Long was run on the route, while the other buses were normal Leyland AC buses. I was a bit sad to get off the bus at Vashi. Just before getting down from the bus, got to have some chat with the driver. He was happy driving the bus, but was a bit sad about the gear shift. The bus had 6 gears and was a Manual transmission one. He said some of the newer ones had automatic transmission!
The AC was cooling too effectively that the temperature inside the bus was 18.3 degrees celsius! It was about 35 outside!!! I got off the bus at Vashi bus station. The bus made a hell lot of noise outside, but was very very silent inside!!! Overall a good challenge to Volvo! I sincerely look forward to make another trip on it soon! (A comparision of this bus to the Volvo would come very soon!).