(文、圖:Ka Ho Ng)

想分享一下小弟和SBS9888Y嘅故事。SBS9888Y係新加坡第一部富豪超級奧林比安,也是新加坡第一部雙層低地台巴士,配澳州Volgren車身,喺2000年投入服務。作為樣板車,此車車身嘅設計同埋色彩跟後來嘅量產型號都有顯著分別。我喺某次巴士迷世界幻燈片分享活動,第一次見到呢部車,得知此車剛投入服務,行走盛港區嘅87號路線。

於是喺2000年暑假,我就隻身飛到新加坡去搵呢部車。當時仲係中學生嘅我,本身打算同同學一齊去,但同學臨時要改去第度,所以為了成行,唯有繼續瞞住屋企,最後因為無打電話返屋企報平安而穿煲。揸住本Transit Link Guide和僅有嘅資訊,坐巴士去到盛港,當時仲係沙塵滾滾,到處都係興建中嘅組屋,而總站亦只係街邊嘅臨時車站。膽粗粗走入站長室,好有禮貌咁問吓SBS9888Y有冇出車,原來部車已調往行駛502號路線。好人站長教我搭車去后港中巴士站,仲幫我查埋部車幾點到,令我對新加坡留下非常好嘅印象。

去到后港,果然巴士準時抵達,新鮮光亮嘅車身色彩十分搶眼。坐佢去502線另一邊嘅總站文禮,沿途好似經過八千里路雲和月般,途經住宅區、市中心、高速公路、又經過好多住宅區,坐足1.5小時才抵達,快速路線果然名不虛傳。

由於小弟當時對新加坡巴士十分迷戀,覺得當地巴士多姿多采之餘,同香港巴士亦十分相似,於是搞左個「新加坡巴士網」,估唔到而家仲可以喺web archive搵到。不過而家睇返,有啲資料並不正確,畢竟當年搜集越洋資料有相當難度,但總算係一個歷史印記罷。

講返9888Y,小弟覺得同佢十分有緣份,此後每次去新加坡,即使沒有特登搵佢,即使逗留很短嘅時間,每次總能跟它碰上,見證佢每個階段嘅模樣,直至此車在車廠焚毀為止。

Let me share some stories of myself with SBS9888Y. It’s the first Volvo Super Olympian and first super low floor DD in Singapore. Bodied by Volgren, it entered service in 2000. It looked different from the later production batch. I first knew this bus from a Bus Fans World activity. I saw a picture of this bus on service 87.

I went to Singapore to look for this bus in 2000. I was a high school kid at that time, and I had originally planned to travel with a classmate, but in the end I had to travel alone. So I’d better not tell my parents, but my trick wasn’t successful! With a “Transit Link” guidebook and limited information, I went to Sengkang, where a lot of housing estates were still under construction at that time. I politely asked the station manager about SBS9888Y, and he told me that it’s now on service 502 rather. He kindly showed me the way to Hougang, and told me the arrival time of the bus.

SBS9888Y arrived in Hougang on time. I got on the bus and travelled a long way to Boon Lay on the other side of Singapore. It took 1.5 hour to complete the “express” journey! I was very enthusiastic about Singapore buses at that time, mad enough to run a website called “Singapore Buses”. It can still be found online (web archive), but I realise some information are actually incorrect.

I was fortunate enough to spot SBS9888Y every time I visited Singapore, until it got burnt in depot in 2010.

下圖:由右至左,分別是2000年、2001年、2002年嘅SBS9888Y。小弟同此車頗有緣份,而且每次能夠見證佢不同時期嘅模樣。
From left to right: SBS9888Y in the year of 2000, 2001 and 2002. Every time it looked different.

下圖:抵達后港臨時總站,不久便見到目標現身,實在要多謝盛港嘅站長,熱心幫助無知嘅小弟。
I saw the bus arriving at Hougang temporary bus terminus after waiting for a short while, thanks to the information provided by the station manager at Sengkang.

下圖:Volgren車身嘅9888Y跟亞歷山大車身嘅奧林比安合照,兩者有幾分相似。
The Volgren bodywork on SBS9888Y looked quite similar to Alexander Royale body on Volvo Olympian.

下圖:巴士在后港總站等待開出。當時關於新加坡嘅巴士資訊不多,捕巴士嘅心態係等不到誓不罷休,訓練左自己嘅耐性同埋堅持。
The bus was ready to depart from Hougang to Boon Lay. With limited information available at that time, my spotting strategy was to wait and wait and wait! This has made me a more patient person though.

下圖:樣板Volgren嘅內籠,跟後來嘅量產不一樣,比較近似城巴2800、九巴AMN34/35嘅設計。
As a demonstrator, the interior design of SBS9888Y was different from the later production batch. It was similar to CTB’s 2800, and KMB’s AMN34/35.

下圖:經過漫長嘅旅程,巴士抵達文禮總站,今天,巴士跟總站都俱往矣。
The bus arrived in Boon Lay after 1.5 hour. Today, the bus and the bus terminus are both gone!

下圖:從文禮總站出發,準備下一個漫長嘅行程。細心留意,樣板車嘅窗柱跟後來量產版本不一樣,每隻窗大小比較均一,為此車嘅最大特色,亦係小弟喜歡此車嘅其中一個主因。
The size of the windows on SBS9888Y were different from the production batch too. It’s unique in the fleet.

下圖:巴士在文禮總站上客,小弟唔識死企喺路中心影相,將香港嘅巴士迷文化帶到當地,實在罪過。
I took this picture in the middle of the bus park where pedestrian access was prohibited. I feel quite guilty now looking back!

第二次遇見SBS9888Y的經歷,十分戲劇性。在2001年7月,我跟學校交流團到訪新加坡,擔任攝影師。旅程當中,我東顧西盼也不見它的蹤影。來到最後一天的早上,大家到烏節路的免稅店購物,而我則選擇到店外的路旁影巴士。怎料,披著一身TV Mobile(即是新加坡的巴士電視)廣告的SBS9888Y突然出現,我萬分驚喜之際,影巴士最常見的慘劇發生了 – 巴士旁邊突然殺出一部平治私家車,把巴士擋住了。驚喜馬上變成失望。

午飯時,心有不甘的我,膽粗粗地問帶隊老師,可否下午離隊去補影,然後到機場會合大隊。答案是不可以,讓我晴天霹靂!幸好,在另一位老師跟導遊的央求下,帶隊老師最終放行,還讓另一位老師跟我一起去。

飯後,坐巴士到達盛港總站,這時候502的總站已經從后港延長到盛港。到達總站,禮貌地問站長SBS9888Y什麼時候回來,他回覆還有半個小時左右。我一邊在車站拍照,老師則一邊在餐廳享受他的咖啡,最後成功捕獲目標,然後坐27號的Scania N113單層巴士回到樟宜機場會合大隊。

這趟旅程還有一段小插曲。晚上坐飛機回港,飛機來到香港上空附近,因為颱風關係,未能降落,最後轉飛馬尼拉,令同學們興奮不已。在馬尼拉過了一晚,第二天下午終於返港,結束今次難忘的旅程。

The second encounter with SBS9888Y was quite dramtic. In 2001, I joined my school tour to Singapore as a photographer. I wasn’t able to spot the bus during the journey. On the last day, my classmates went shopping in a duty-free shop on Orchard Road. I decided to photograph buses outside the shop. Much to my surprise, SBS9888Y came up with ‘TV Mobile’ advert. But all of a sudden something tragic happened – it was blocked by a Mercedes car next to it. I wasn’t able to take a good picture of the bus.

Being extremely disappointed, I asked my teacher if I could leave the tour for the afternoon, and joined them at the airport later. At first it wasn’t approved but later I was allowed to go with another teacher.

After lunch, we traveled to Sengkang bus terminus, which was the new destination of Svc.502. I politely asked the station manager its arrival time, and he told me that it should be there in 30 minutes. I was glad to photograph my target, while my teacher was also happy to enjoy a cup of coffee at the bus terminus. Later, we got on a Scania N113 single decker and joined the group at Changi Airport.

It wasn’t the end of the journey though. That night, we couldn’t land in Hong Kong due to typhoon. Instead we were diverted to Manila, stayed there for an extra night, and returned to Hong Kong on the next day. It was a memorable journey.

下圖:SBS9888Y剛抵達盛港總站落客。這是我第二次碰見這巴士。
SBS9888Y arrived in Sengkang. My second time to meet the bus.

下圖:這次,SBS9888Y披上了TV Mobile的廣告。TV Mobile是千禧年時侯,SBS引入的巴士電視服務,跟香港的巴士電視播放影碟不同,TV Mobile是實時數碼廣播,透過安裝在巴士的天線接收訊號。後來在2010年終止服務。
SBS9888Y in TV Mobile advert this time. TV Mobile broadcasted live programme by digital broadcast technology. Antennas were installed on some buses to receive live signal. TV Mobile was discontinued in 2010.

下圖:這次,502快線的終點站,由后港延長至盛港,相信是為了配合盛港區的人口增長。而盛港總站亦由一個臨時的街邊站,變成了一個具規模的巴士總站。現在,盛港巴士總站已變成室內轉車站,並接駁新捷運營運的東北線。根據維基資料,東北線是世界首條無人駕駛的重型地鐵線。
This time, Svc 502 was extended to Sengkang, which had been upgraded to a fully equipped bus terminus. It was a temporary street station the year before. Nowadays, Sengkang bus terminus has become an indoor bus interchange, and is also served by North East Line run by SBS Transit, the first driver-less subway system in the world (according to Wiki).

下圖:2001年的新加坡,富豪巴士是SBS車隊的重要成員,照片內可見到三款富豪巴士的身影。
In 2001, Volvo buses played a vital role in SBS fleet. 3 types of Volvo buses are spotted in this picture.

下圖:SBS9888Y的下層車廂。跟香港的超豪不同,SBS選擇在下層車輪上佈置橫位。
The lower-deck saloon of SBS9888Y. Side-facing seats are fitted on the wheels which is different from Hong Kong.

下圖:SBS9888Y倒車準備離開。我們會再續緣份的。
SBS9888Y was ready for departure. See you next time!

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