Good to see you here, as you are a fan of the buses
Thanks dear And it’s really good to see at least someone is there who remember the 3 wheelers :o I used to live in C block, G. Ravi I think in 1994-95. Actually they extinct because:
1] Petrol got expensive
2] if you can take 7 passengers in “Chand Gadi” then why would one need it for 9 passengers?
The Mercedes Wagons are still there, but they have got Toyota engine + CNG so they are no more comfortable! Now they are under power, and AC of Toyota Coaster is even better than Toyotafied (m taking the word from Dictionary of Xulfqar, USA. vol xxi :D) Mercedes wagons. Plus three big CNG tanks inside the passenger cabin :o I never take ride in the vans again!
It’s really good to know that you worked on Tourismo, and sure thing, if the owner had to spend 100k in 6 months (we used to pay 150-180 Rupees per seat from Pindi to Lahore), in fact the owner was losing more than 50% of what he earned.
One of my relatives is ‘IBNE-BATOOTA’ he works in KSA, but he had traveled to many countries, about half of Asia, Europe and America. He told me Mercedes Tourismo is running successfully even in poorer countries. It is popular coach in Egypt, France and many African and Latin countries.
Well, that was the end of these nice coaches a Khan driver told me Marcoplo is one of the reasons why New Khan Roadrunners had to withdraw from Pindi-Lahore route. Skyways and Niazi chose Nishi and they are still successful!
Any idea how much did they used to co$t in 1990s in Pakistan and how did they import it & from where?