Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Classic Mercedes-Benz OP 312 bus from Kurunegala SLTB regional Workshop

This photo was taken on August 01, 2013 in Kurunegala, North Western, LK, using a Canon IXUS 210.
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This photo was taken on August 01, 2013 in Kurunegala, North Western, LK, using a Canon IXUS 210.
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Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) Kurunegala regional Workshop Mercedes-Benz OP 312 bus (22ශ්‍රී4748) in the Workshop Premises. Body built by Voll, Switzerland. Acquired in 1958 in CTB service. Currently using as the Workshop Staff bus. -- ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගමනාගමන මණ්ඩලයේ කුරුනෑගල ප්‍රාදේශීය වැඩපොළට අයත් මර්සිඩීස් බෙන්ස් OP 312 බස් රථයකි. මෙම බස් රථ ලංකා ගමනාගමන මණ්ඩලය පිහිටුවීමට සමගාමීව (1958 දී) ලංගම රථ ඇණිය හා එකතු වී ඇත. මුල් බඳ (body) ස්විස්ටර්ලන්තයෙදී වෝල් කොච් සමාගමේ නිෂ්පාදිතය. වර්තමානයේ වැඩපොළේ සේවක ප්‍රවාහන රථය ලෙස භාවිතා වේ.

Rear view of the bus -- මෙම බස් රථයේ පිටුපස පෙනුම
This photo was taken on August 01, 2013 in Kurunegala, North Western, LK, using a Canon IXUS 210.
Click on the image for full size picture.
This photo was taken on August 01, 2013 in Kurunegala, North Western, LK, using a Canon IXUS 210.
Click on the image for full size picture.

Interior of the Bus -- බස් රථයේ ඇතලත. (ඡායාරූපය: සංජීව නිරෝෂන්)
This photo was taken on August 01, 2013 in Kurunegala, North Western, LK.
Click on the image for full size picture.
Voll Coach badge -- බඳ නිෂ්පාදනය කල වෝල් සමාගමේ ලාංඡනය.
This photo was taken on August 01, 2013 in Kurunegala, North Western, LK, using a Canon IXUS 210.
Click on the image for full size picture.

15 comments:

  1. shaaah niyamai.

    issara 154 route eketh me wage private bus ekak thibba dannam na eka.

    thank u bro

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  2. Niyamai. German tech eketh supiri parana bus tikak duwanawa. Puluwannum photos tikak daana.

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    1. gatta tikak thiyenwa. eth dan German tec eka CTB ekata ayithi naha luu. :(

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  3. කඳුකර ප්‍රදේශවල තමයි මේක වැඩිපුර දිව්වේ. පරණ බස්වලින් දැනට දකින්න තියෙන්නෙත් බෙන්ස් එක විතරයි.

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    1. මීට සමකාලීන ෆියට් බස් එකක් තවම ධාවනය කල හැකි මට්ටමේ තිබෙනවා. මේ අඩවියේ බස් වර්ග කියන පිටුවට ගිහින් FIat click කරන්න. එතකොට ඔ‍බට දැකගත හැකී බස් එක. :)

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  4. This was our School bus in my child hood, we called pan bus

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  5. Those days it was in green color but now they have colored in red

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  6. There were three buses belongs to provincial work shop, they used these three buses as School buses in my school days. now i think they have only one

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    1. Another one in the workshop. But not in running condition. :(

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    2. I think this was sold to private company after some times, they have wasted this valuable buses

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    3. yeah! may be. But, Provincial workshops not sold.

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    4. මේක විකුණුවා ගුණතිලක කොච් බිල්ඩර්ස් කියල එකකට පස්සේ අපහු රජයට පවර ගත්තා.ඒ කලේ මට මතකයි ඕක ඉස්සරහ බෝර්ඩ් එකකුත් ගහල තිබුන පස්සේ පොදුපෙරමුණ ආණ්ඩුව ආවට පස්සේ ද කොහෙද රජයට පවර ගත්තා

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  7. To shed light on OM 312 buses C.T.B perched 165 buses from Germany in 1957 for 3 million Rupees. (source UK). The all metal body done by Voll (pronounce foll) in Germany.They were the top of the range @ that time. in Ceylon.(SL) The curved front & back was the norm then for nice look & reduce wind pressure at front for spreed & better fuel consumption (less drag). The engine was OM 312, 6 Cylinder Indirection Diesel meaning ,engine had to be Preheat before starting. Max power was around 120 ps (German horsepower) @ 3000 R.P.M. Torque not known. ZF 4speed gearbox had 3 speed synchronized. no power steering but ZF recirculating ball type steering was the best @ that time. The ivory colored steering wheel had a chromed center ring for horn & indicators. Compressed- air assisted drum breaks front & back. The front passenger side door was air operated by the driver, the back one done by hand. All electrics by Bosch, mechanical voltage regulator & dc dynamo for battery charging. Instrument panel had speedometer, water temperature, oil pressure, air pressure & amp meter all by VDO. leaf spring suspension with dampers for front & back live axles. Original inside colors were really good. Lucky I used to go to school by those fantastic buses. Any renaming buses now 57 years old, One bus must be in the museum for future generation. Next time when I visit Sri-Lanka I try to see them. cheers.

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