Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SBS Transit, SMRT Bus Models.

Last year, I bought three bus models, all of which are miniature localized versions of the buses you see in Singapore, SMRT and SBS Transit.

SMRT Bus Model

SMRT Bus Model in its box.
Upon searching "SMRT bus model", I bought this off Carousell for a promo offer of $82. The scale of the model is 1/76 and is depicted as "Limited Edition". The model depicted is the 2012 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 MMC.

From what I knew, there was an earlier batch of models released by https://www.imobshop.sg/, SMRT's very own online store. Similar to Qoo10, the store offers discounts and promo prices for the items on sale. 

The model was first unveiled in November and given out during a lucky draw of Friends of SMRT event. In December, "public purchase" were sold on iMOB for $78. It quickly became out of stock and I wasn't able to get my hands on it, sadly. Unlike my own model I purchased from Carousell, as this is the Singaporean release and I presumed an earlier version, the SMRT logo is still in its original red and black colors. Also this model doesn't have the NDP 2015 decals on it.
Box front and back
Box Side view
Box Top and bottom
The model is made by Model 1 Company Limited, a Hong Kong based company. Hong Kong has a larger base and bigger market of collectors and model enthusiasts, so its no surprise that there is a Hong Kong release for a model depicting a Singaporean transport company.

On the box, there is a short write up on SMRT Corporation and the bus model itself, the Enviro500. The box features the SMRT's corporate livery and logo, meaning to assume that the model itself has been licensed or commissioned by SMRT themselves.
Out of its box with its case.
Side profile
My certificate of Limited Edition"
The one I had bought is the Hong Kong release version. The guy who sold it to me had imported them into Singapore. Only 1800 of this version are made as stated on the certificate.

It features the 2nd logo change of the company, in full red but still retaining the split line in the middle. The model also had the NDP 2015 decals on the windscreen and the window near the entrance. The LED destination sign, which starts from Woodlands Regional Interchange and ending at Marina Center Terminal. The license plates reads SMB5069E.
Side Profile
Front and back
Front detailing. You can see the NDP 2015 decal and road tax disc.
Side detailing
Another angle
The details on this model are really fine. Down to the Priority Seat decals and road tax disc plastered on the windows. The colors of the exterior and interior mirrors to the actual counterpart, making this model a very accurate representation of the actual bus itself
More detailing
Top floor detailing
Interior detailing
Due to the rarity and limited to probably 1800 pieces, he model will definitely appreciate in time to come. Here in Singapore, there is somewhat a huge demand for local based vehicle models and judging by the prices people are willing to pay for Masterpiece Collectibles' custom emergency vehicle models, price doesn't really matter if you wanna own a piece of transportation history.

Final view

SBS Transit Bus Models

SBS Transit Bus models in its cases
I got the SBS Transit models slightly earlier than the SMRT one, in November last year. Also off a Carousell purchase, the models came without the packaging or boxes as this models used to be owned by some other individual.  

These models are made by Creative Master Northcord Limited, a British company that specializes in making bus models of the UK and Hong Kong. These models were released in December 2011 and were commissioned by SBS Transit themselves to commemorate the launch of then the Singapore Bus Services’ new corporate logo, image and livery as a bus and train operate.

There are two released to this model. One was the "single pack" version, containing only one model which is the current SBS Transit livery while the other was the "twin pack gift set". The one I currently own is probably the latter as it features both the current and "Super Bus" liveries.

Current Livery


The model without its case
Originally known as "Leyland Olympian", these batch of "Olympian" models are the last of their kind to bare the "Leyland" badging before Volvo bought the company. Soon after the Volvo takeover, the Olympians used the Volvo badging instead. In 2001, SBS changed its corporate image to show itself as both a bus and rail operator and all the buses were progressively painted to the current livery.
Side profiles
Front and Back


Old Livery (Super Bus)

The model in its case.
I remembered when I was much younger, I did get a chance to ride the "SuperBus". It was usually deployed on long haul routes, specifically from one end to the other end of the island. The reason why it boasts the "SuperBus" name is because it was the first 12 meter double decker bus in the country that was fully air conditioned.
Another angle
The model without its case
Side Profile
Front and back

Bus Detailing

As both buses are somewhat similar, I shall not dwell into much of the detailing of the individual buses. Both buses feature the route 28, From Toa Payoh Bus Interchange to Tampines Bus Interchange. They also feature the same license plates, SBS9228C, which in real life was actually the first batch of Volvo Olympian buses with round headlights rather than rectangular

Front detailing
Rear detailing
Upper floor interior detailing
More interior detailing

Final Photos

All three buses in one photo
The current liveries of SMRT and SBS Transit
For a collector such as myself, many probably won't understand how come I can waste so much money on this. Well, all I can say is that if you really have the passion for something, just go for it. I hope that sometime in the near future I would get a bigger display case to showcase my ever growing collections.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Malay Road Toponyms 22

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Jalan Antoi
   جالن انتوا

Jalan Antoi links Jalan Keruning and Seletar Hills Drive. It is flanked by the landed housing of Seletar Hills Estate. Jalan Antoi is named after a "Pokok Antoi" or scientifically know as Cyathocalyx curtisii. the species of tree originated from the Malay Peninsular. The road first appeared on maps in 1961.

Jalan Bangau
    جالن باڠاو

Located within Seletar Hills Estate and surrounded by private housing, Jalan Bangau starts at Jalan Jarak and ends at Jalan Kenarah. The road is names after Burung Bangau, meaning Crane in Malay. Jalan Bangau first appeared on maps in 1966.

Jalan Chermai
   جالن چيرماءي

A minor dead end road off Jalan Selaseh, Jalan Chermai is flanked by the landed houses of Seletar Hills Estate. The road is named after a tree known as "Pokok Cermai" in the current spelling or gooseberry tree. Scientifically, it is known as Phyllanthus acidus. The trees are cultivated for its gooseberry fruits. The road first appeared on maps in 1961.

Jalan Jarak
   جالن جارق

Jalan Jarak is a long minor road within Seletar Hills Estate. Flanked by landed housing, it starts from Jalan Lebat Daun in the west and ending at Jalan Resak in the east. Jalan Jarak is named after a shrub scientifically known as Ricinus communis. The road first appeared on maps in 1961.

Jalan Jitong
   جالن جيتوڠ

First appearing on maps in 1966, Jalan Jitong is a short minor lane located within Seletar Hills Estate. Jalan Jitong is named after a tree called "Pokok Jitung" in the modern spelling. It is scientifically known as Gluta renghas.

Jalan Joran
  جالن جورن

Located within Seletar Hills Estate, Jalan Joran is a minor road that starts from Seletar Road and ending at Jalan Redop. It is flanked by private houses. Joran is the Malay word for Fishing Rod. The road first appeared on maps in 1966.

Jalan Kenarah
    جالن كنارح

Jalan Kenarah is a minor road within Seletar Hills Estate. Flanked by landed housing, the road first appeared on maps in 1966. After extensive research, "Kenarah" means "to scold" in Bahasa Matu Daro, of the Matu Daro peoples in Sarawak.

Jalan Kelulut
   جالن كلولوت

First appearing on maps in 1961 and located within, Seletar Hills Estate, Jalan Kelelut also spawned another road and namesake estate named "Kelulut Hill". The roads are named after "Lebah Kelulut" or stingless honey bee in English. The roads are flanked by landed housing.

Jalan Keruing
   جالن كروايڠ

Located within Seletar Hills Estate and first appearing on maps in 1961, Jalan Keruing is a minor road flanked by landed houses. Jalan Keruing is named after the Keruing Tree or Pokok Keruing. It is scientifically known as Dipterocarpus spp. The tree is usually used to as a utility lumber and a verity of things are made from it.

Jalan Ketumbit
    جالن كتومبيت

A minor road within Seletar Hills Estate off Jalan Kelulut and Seletar Hills Drive, Jalan Ketumbit is one of the estate's eariler roads that first appeared on maps in 1961. The road is named after a plant scientifically knwn as Leucas lavandulifolia or Leucas. Its leaves are known for its herbal properties

Jalan Lakum
    جالن لاكوم

Named after a climbing plant known scientifically as Jussiaea suffruticosa, Jalan Lakum is a short minor lane flanked by the landed houses of Seletar Hills Estate. Located off Seletar Close, the road first appeared on maps in 1961.

Jalan Lebat Daun
    جالن لبت داون

A minor lane within Seletar Hills Estate, Jalan Lebat Daun first appeared on maps in 1966. The road is surrounded by landed housing. Jalan Lebat Daun literally translates to "Dense Leaf Road" from Malay.

Jalan Lekub
   جالن ليكوب

Jalan Lekub is a minor road within Seletar Hills Estate. The road first appeared on maps in 1966 it is named after the tree, Mangifera maingayi. It grows wild in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. It it known for its fruit and the "machang" type of timber.

Jalan Perandun
    جالن ڤراندون

First appeared on maps in 1966, Jalan Peradun is a short minor road off Jalan Jarak and ending at Jalan Joran in Seletar Hills Estate. The name "Peradun" refers to a shrub known scientifically as Dillenia indica. Its common name is elephant apple.

Jalan Pelajau
   جالن ڤلاجاو

A short minor road off Jalan Redop, Jalan Pelajau is located within Seletar Hills Estate. The road first appeared on maps in 1966. Pokok Pelajau in English is known as White Pelong Tree or Pentaspadon officinalis. It is a tropical tree found in Southeast Asia.

Jalan Redop
  جالن ريدوڤ

Jalan Redop is located within Seletar Hills Estate and is surrounded by private landed houses. The road first appeared on maps in 1966. In Malay, "redup" as it is currently spelled refers to an overcast or a cloudy sky.

Jalan Rengas
   جالن رڠاس

A short minor road off Jalan Redop and flanked by landed housing, Jalan Rengas is located within Seletar Hills Estate and is named after pokok rengas or Gluta renghas. Jalan Rengas first appeared on maps in 1966.

Jalan Resak
  جالن ريسق

Jalan Resak first appeared on maps in 1966 and is located within Seletar Hills Estate. The minor dead end road is named after a gene of trees scientifically known as Vatica spp and Cotylelobium spp. Its commonly found in Malaysia and its lumber used to build a variety of water based infrastructure such as bridges and dams.

Jalan Selaseh
   جالن سلاسيه

A minor road flanked by landed houses, Jalan Selaseh can be seen off Yio Chu Kang Road in the north and ending at Jalan Jarak in the south. Seletar Hills Estate 1961. In Malay, the road is named after "Selasih", in its current spelling, meaning "Basil", a herb commonly used in cooking.

Jalan Sindor
  جالن سيندور

Jalan Sindor is a long road within Seletar Hills Estate. It first appeared on maps in 1961. Sourrounded by landed housing, the closest I got to behind its meaning is a tree commonly found in Malaysia called Pokok Sintok in its current spelling. Its scientific name, the Entada spiralis, is a shrub. It is harvest from the wild with its bark and seeds used as a hair shampoo and also to wash skin to treat a range of disorders including itching and parasites.

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