Photo of the Month – September 2015

Bus 470 at City West layover. Photo by "Man of Action"

Bus 470 at City West layover. Photo by “Man of Action”

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New ACTION weekend timetable information online

Bus 565 exiting Narrabundah Terminus (Matina St). Photo by 'Bus 400'

Details of the October 2015 weekend timetable changes are now available online

Media Release: Territory and Municipal Services, 25 September 2015

ACTION today announced that details of the upcoming changes to the weekend timetable are now available online.

Changes to the weekend timetable will commence from Saturday 17 October 2015.

“The adjustments to the weekend timetable will benefit our passengers by providing improved running times across the weekend network,” said Director, Public Transport, Ian McGlinn.

“The changes have been designed using data from the MyWay and NXTBUS systems and feedback from our passengers allowing us to provide a more efficient weekend bus network. This is a key requirement in order to further encourage public transport use.”

Mr McGlinn said the current weekday timetable will remain in place while ACTION undertakes further work to integrate the required 10 minute driver break into the network.

Hard copy bus books will be available from bus stations, MyWay Recharge Agents and ACT Public Libraries from Monday 12 October.

Individual route timetables can be viewed, downloaded and printed form the ACTION website. For more information, visit or call 13 17 10.

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Featured Bus – September/October 2015

Bus 226 was the sole Ford R192 in the Canberra fleet.

Bus 226 was the sole Ford R192 in the Canberra fleet.

Bus 226 was a Ford R192 with body by Athol Hedges, that operated in Canberra between 1974 and 1976.

It was a one of a number of vehicles purchased during what became known as the 1974 vehicle shortage – a period where a shortage of spare parts, mechanics and new buses saw as many as one-third of the Canberra fleet off the road at any one time.

With an urgent need for additional buses, Bus 226 was a stock unit purchased from Athol Hedges Pty Ltd and was registered on 20 February 1974.

The only Ford R192 in the fleet, it featured a Ford 300 I6 engine and a five-speed synchromesh gearbox.

It was retired from service on 11 February 1976, due to the ongoing delivery of Volvo B58-56 and MAN SL200 buses.

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Welcome to ACT Bus

Bus 716 in the streets of West Macgregor. Photo by J Tokaji.

ACT Bus is a Canberra-based Transport Enthusiast Website. Given that buses are the primary mode of public transport in Canberra, the site has a heavy emphasis on ACTION Buses.

We aim to provide a place for transport enthusiasts to discuss their hobby and contribute to the preservation of the history of buses in the Canberra region.

Our site is split into a number of key areas:

  • Website – Articles covering infrastructure, routes, fleet specifications, news items and historic events and service initiatives
  • Gallery – Over 6,000 images of current and former ACTION Buses, plus infrastructure and historic timetables.
  • Fleet Wiki – In-depth fleet information dating back to the 1920s, with individual articles on over 1,400 buses together with fleet lists and summaries for both the current and former fleet.
  • Forum – A place where people who have an interest in public transport can gather and discuss their hobby
  • Retired Employees Club website – ACT Bus also hosts the Retired ACT Transport Employees Club website.

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