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Spring and Autumn 2000.



 
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Randaberg is Stavanger's neighbour to the north. It occupies the northern-most part of the peninsular on which Stavanger and the other North Jæren towns lie. Randaberg has a population of about 8000 and is one of the most intensively farmed kommunes in Norway. It is also the kommune in which I live. The local bus services are all operated by SOT (Stavanger og Omegn Trafikkselskap), which is a Connex company. The Stavanger to Bergen express service passes through Randaberg on the main E39 trunk road.

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SR62152 is a Volvo B10B with Arna bus bodywork. It is working route 169 Stavanger - Randaberg, and is seen here in May 2000 at the terminating point in the centre of Randaberg. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture SR30932 is an Arna bodied DAF MB230. Seen here arriving at Randaberg in May 2000.

SR46632 is a SOT Volvo B10M articulated bus with Arna bodywork. Seen here in May 2000 picking up a passenger outside Randaberg's football stadium. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture RF69190 is one of the very few Volvo B10M rigid buses in the SOT fleet. The bodywork is by Säffle of Sweden. The bus is seen here in May 2000 climbing up Harestadveien in Randaberg on its way to the town centre. In the background is Byfjorden and the high ground in the left background is the island of Rennesøy.

SR83216 is a SOT Volvo B10L with Arna bodywork. It is clad in an all-over advertisement for a banking service. Seen here in May 2000 at the Randaberg ferry terminal at Mekjarvik. The ship in the background with the helicopter deck is a pipe-laying ship used in connection with the oil industry. A feature of the new quayside here is its foundation. Maybe some of you remember a few years ago the controversy surrounding the Shell Oil company wanting to dispose of an obsolete crude oil storage buoy, the Brent Spa, by sinking it in deep water. Well, it was eventually cleaned up and used as the foundation to an extension to the quayside here at Mekjarvik. The cars in the background are waiting to board the ferry for the 1 hour crossing to Skudeneshavn on Karmøy. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture RF74947 is a Volvo B10R with Säffle bodywork. It is seen here in September 2000 arriving at Randaberg town centre from Stavanger.

Another view of SR74947 showing the side and rear of the Säffle bodywork and the distinctive bank of lights at the back. This bus dates from the mid-1980's, but for some reason the Säffle bodied buses don't receive the same attention as their Arna bodied counterparts. Most of the "dirt" on the side of this bus is the remains of glue and paper from an earlier advertisement. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture KF74884 is a SOT Volvo B10M with attractive Jonckheere dual-purpose body. It is on route 170 from Stavanger to Rennesøy. Seen here in September 2000 on the E39 trunk road through Randaberg, it is heading towards the Rennfast tunnel link to the island of Rennesøy. Taking the Rennfast tunnel is an alternative to taking the ferry from Mekjarvik when travelling north on the E39 west coast trunk road. It cuts the ferry crossing time over Boknafjorden from 1 hour down to 30 minutes.

SR41717 is a SOT Volvo B10M articulated bus with Arna bodywork. Seen here in September 2000 on the E39 trunk road in Randaberg, it is also on route 170, this time speeding its way towards Stavanger. It is bearing an all-over advertisement for a local furniture super-store. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture SR54533 is a SOT Volvo B10B with Arna bodywork. It seen here in September 2000 in the Grødem area of Randaberg kommune. The bus is driving through a sporsluse or "car-trap". It is designed to prevent (or discourage) private cars from using certain routes. Although it is in theory possible for private cars to drive through, some attempts have ended very embarrassingly for some drivers. An alternative and cheaper version of this deterent is the concrete block fixed to the road surface which effectively rips out the oil-sump of private cars attempting to pass. Oil stains on the road surface around these blocks bear witness to their effectiveness.

RH53956 is a SOT Mercedes-Benz O 405 N, which are becoming more common in the SOT fleet. They appear in 2 and 3 door versions. This example, seen in the Grødem area of Randaberg kommune in September 2000 bears an all-over advertisement for a bank. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture RH53955 is another SOT Mercedes-Benz O 405 N, this time clad in standard SOT livery. The bus is seen here in September 2000 having just picked up a full load of pupils from Randaberg videregåendeskole (Randaberg High School), the white building in the background. The bus is strictly speaking now in Stavanger, the border between Randaberg and Stavanger kommunes lying roughly where you can see the car in the background.


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