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Pictures from Sandnes
April 2001.



 
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For this picture set I went back to Sandnes, a town of about 60,000 people, which borders Stavanger to the south. The main bus operators here are SOT (previously Sandnes Buss) and Nettbuss Vest. The area around the bus station is very active and there is quite a variety of bus chassis and body types to be seen. A selection is pictured below.

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UA22082 is a Volvo B10B with Vest V25 dual purpose bodywork. These Vest V25 bodied vehicles are fairly recent additions to the SOT (Sandnes Buss) fleet. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture RH79204 is a Mercedes-Benz Citaro, no. 220 in the Nettbuss Vest fleet, seen here loading up in Sandnes bus station. During 1999, both SOT and Nettbuss had trials with a Citaro demonstrator, but up to now it is only Nettbuss that has bought the vehicle.

UA22092 is a Volvo B10M with Vest Ambassadør 340 coach body. It bears the "Stavanger Ekspressen" livery, an express route between Stavanger and Egersund, in the south of Rogaland fylke (county). Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture AR55422 is a Renault T35D 13-seater mini-bus belonging to SOT (Sandnes buss). The vehicle behind is a MAN 11-230 in the fleet of Bjerkreim Bilruter, which is a subsidiary of Nettbuss Vest.

PX31789 is a Volvo B10M with Finnish built Carrus coach body. This example is operated by Sørlandsruta for Nor-Way Bussekspress, and is seen here leaving Sandnes bus station on its way to Stavanger and connect with the service to Bergen. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture SR73837 is a SOT Volvo B10B with Arna Comet dual-purpose bodywork. Although production of Arna bus bodywork ceased in 1997, the factory was taken over by Vest Karosseri and is now producing Vest's minibus which is sold under the name "Arna Miniline".

RH62952 is a Volvo B10BLE with Swedish built Säffle bus body. The Säffle coachworks is wholly owned by Volvo. Purchases of the Volvo B10L model seems to have dried up in the Stavanger area in favour of the B10BLE. The difference between the two models is floor levels. Whereas the B10L is stepless from front to back, the B10BLE is stepless from the entrance to the centre exit doors. There is then a step up to the rear seating area. Maintenance problems with the back axle on the B10L models are the probable cause for these buses falling into disfavour. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture At the same location is Nettbuss's UA20978 which is a Volvo B10B with Vest V10 bus body. This picture shows the characteristic rear view of the Vest V10 bus body which is a break from the very square lines of most of its contemporaries. The bus a little further up the road is a Nettbuss Mercedes-Benz O 405 N.

Two products from the Mercedes factory, the one I'm interested in is DJ19030, a Nettbuss Mercedes-Benz O 405 N, bearing an advertisement for a chain of builders' merchants. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture UA19807, a Volvo B6 LE midi-bus with Vest Liner Midi body work which was delivered in 1998. This is another type of vehicle which SOT operates only in Sandnes.

PX26652 is one of three Repstad bodied Mercedes-Benz buses of this type operated by Nettbuss Vest in Sandnes. This example has just left the Nettbuss depot to operate a schools' service. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture On its way into Sandnes town-centre from Forus is Nettbuss SR61489, an Arna bodied DAF SB220.


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