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Jerusalem's "PABT"/Desert Buses/Etc.
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NEW YORK OMNIBUS 2629




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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

traildriver:

Thanks! Very Happy

This is EXACTLY what I wanted to know! Very Happy

Such "desert modified" MCI coaches would be ideal for those hot, oppressive, humid summer days in New Jersey and New York, when your bus is stuck in gridlocked traffic approaching the Lincoln Tunnel..... Wink

Thanks again! Smile

"NYO"
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As weather conditions can also get quite formidable "down under", I am sure these "GREYHOUND" buses have to be "hardy" enough to get the job done.......

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyhound_Australia
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.....the past couple of posts are now making me think of GREYHOUND buses (particularly those of the past), and if they ever suffered from heat-related issues, when traveling through areas like New Mexico, Arizona, etc........

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NEW YORK OMNIBUS 2629 wrote:
.....the past couple of posts are now making me think of GREYHOUND buses (particularly those of the past), and if they ever suffered from heat-related issues, when traveling through areas like New Mexico, Arizona, etc........

"NYO"


I can't say from any actual knowledge, but all vehicles are subject to extra strain battling extreme temperatures. The key is to know that, and prepare for it, making sure that hoses, belts, and all parts of the cooling systems are in tip top shape, before venturing across the desert. Greyhound was a reputable company in the past, and I would think they would take all necessary precautions....
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

traildriver:

As always, greatly appreciate your knowledgeable input! Wink

It would indeed seem most prudent (IMHO) to be sure to have some basic extra spares on hand (fan belts, etc.) in the unfortunate event a bus suffers some sort of mechanical issue due to the extreme heat, stalled in the middle of the "Arid Nothingness Of The Great American Desert Regions".

As the older Your's Truly gets, the less he can tolerate the heat and the humidity, and my first thought would be directed to an a/c failure, while traveling through a "hot zone".........

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

traildriver:

Awhile back, you mentioned the Jerusalem terminal, and how it was less than a pleasant experience.

Did you travel via any of the intercity coaches out of the terminal?

"NYO"

BTW:

What was the longest overseas bus/coach journey you've experienced to date?

"NYO"
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NEW YORK OMNIBUS 2629 wrote:
traildriver:

Awhile back, you mentioned the Jerusalem terminal, and how it was less than a pleasant experience.

Did you travel via any of the intercity coaches out of the terminal?

"NYO"

BTW:

What was the longest overseas bus/coach journey you've experienced to date?

"NYO"

The experience was great, since I am always interested in buses and terminals and their operations...I was only commenting that the terminal itself was "a dump"....poorly designed, unless it was intended to be non-intuitive (does that sound familiar to PABT?)
Part of it may be that it was not built with good passenger flow in mind, but rather to inject as much retail opportunities as possible to tap that passenger flow. And not very 'fashionable' establishments...lots of 'dollar store' type, but then, they were catering to the type of clientele that utilized the space, so who am I to say?

My cruise landed at Haifa, and I rode the train to/from Tel Aviv. I did not ride any of the scheduled routes.
I did ride on a couple of tour buses...first day to Jerusalem and back, second day to see the remnants of the railway line that was intended to link Istanbul with Cairo. It would have linked three continents...Europe, Asia, and Africa.
I rode the cable car down to the grotto.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosh_HaNikra_grottoes#Cable_car
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

traildriver:

Thanks for the clarification, here; it would seem that "low end" shops would appeal to both "locals" and economy-minded tourists.

As I have VERY little tolerance for high heat, I could never visit that part of the world; however, I DO greatly enjoy reading on the ancient history of that part of the world; hope you also got to experience the Suez Canal, another area that had always intrigued me.....

"NYO"

See:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suez_Canal
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NYO
I did transit the Suez on that cruise...from the air-conditioned comfort of the Insignia's "Horizon Lounge", in a lounge chair, ten decks up with a 270 panoramic view.
Sure beats a camel... Laughing Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

traildriver wrote:
NYO
I did transit the Suez on that cruise...from the air-conditioned comfort of the Insignia's "Horizon Lounge", in a lounge chair, ten decks up with a 270 panoramic view.
Sure beats a camel... Laughing Cool


traildriver:

I am now reminded of an old National Geographic special on India, where an elderly, disabled, ex-London "RT" double-decker was being hauled back to the garage by an elephant(!!) Shocked

Talk about an eco-friendly "vehicle"...... Wink

"NYO"
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

....in the highly-entertaining Disney live-action remake of "ALADDIN", there is a part where "Aladdin" asks "Genie" how, once he is transformed into "Prince Ali", how he can be conveyed in style back to the city of Agrabah.

Would have been cool had "Genie" conjured up a super-customized MCI, VAN HOOL, or MCI, heavily outfitted with all the glorious, regal trappings one would associated with "royalty"...... Wink

Heavy-duty air-conditioning would have been a MUST, for starters, and, also, lavish on-board refreshment service...... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.......am curious as to what (where?) is the longest highway coach (long distance) run in the Middle East?

Also, I would imagine that there are some lengthy "long hauls" in China, perhaps with sleeper bus services.....

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