Showing posts from March, 2010

B7RLE turns a mile cruncher!

The Volvo B7RLE, or the 8400 as its called now, was always seen as a city rider. I am sure Volvo too built the bus for City applications only. Long back, I had once spotted a KSRTC (Karnataka) Volvo B7RLE arriving at Bangalore working a schedule from Mysore. I had looked at the bus in awe imagining how much the driver would've enjoyed clipping on the Auto box bus. Later, remember reading about such buses being used for Kolkata-Asansol runs up in the eastern part of the country. However, these buses lack the comfort for such long runs, and I always wondered how it feels like traveling in such a bus for long distances. Never did I expect to experience such services down south! During our visit to Chennai, one hidden agenda was a run on these buses. TNSTC recently introduced Volvo B7RLEs on long routes. Older buses from MTC were transferred to TNSTC for this purpose. These buses were retrofitted with high-back seats. About 4 extra seats were fixed in the bus. TNSTC operates these bus

Phew! Am back!

Finally back at home - sweet home, after a trip to Chennai and Vellore, spanning over 5 days. While the climate at Chennai was unexpectedly pleasant, Vellore was harsh and unbearable. The trip was official in nature - ours was a group of 24 students and 2 faculty members. We attended the Indian Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (and the Indian Pharmaceutical Association Convention) at Chennai. A group of 16 (15 students + 1 faculty) returned after the congress on Sunday (March 14), while the remaining 10 (including yours truly) headed on an educational visit to Christian Medical College, Vellore. The trip would be detailed in the coming days. An outline is here: Ernakulam to Chennai by 6042 Alappuzha-Chennai Express, Chennai to Vellore on a TNSTC Ultra Deluxe, Vellore to Chennai on a TNSTC Volvo B7RLE and finally Chennai to Thrissur by 6041 Alappuzha Express. Now let me head to clear my mailbox - its already ticked past 258 mails... the past 5 days of "off-line&qu

From a Hot-air Oven to the Furnace?

The climate has been very different this year - heat started off early in February, and days are getting hotter. For the past 15 days or so, the temperature has risen so sharply that Kerala now feels like a Hot-air over. The air is hotter, and high humidity is making matters worse. The temperature now hovers around 33-35 deg celsius. To make matters interesting, I am heading to Chennai tonight on a trip from the College. We would stay over in Chennai for five days before returning! Would this be a Oven to Furnace transition?