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Photo of the Month – March 2015

Buses 480 & 924 at Tuggeranong Bus Station.  Photo by King of Buses.

Buses 480 & 924 at Tuggeranong Bus Station. Photo by King of Buses.

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The Graham Dodge Charabancs

 Two Graham Dodge Charabancs purchased by Department of Works in 1922. These were the first buses to operate in Canberra. Photo — DCT Collection.

Two Graham Dodge Charabancs purchased by Department of Works in 1922. These were the first buses to operate in Canberra. Photo — DCT Collection.

In 1922, the Commonwealth Department of Works had two 25 passenger Dodge charabancs which were used to carry construction workers and school children. They were also used for community purposes and did special trips for forestry students. They were numbered C94 and C166.

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Featured Bus – March/April 2015

Bus 853 in Canberra Cannons special livery

Bus 853 in Canberra Cannons special livery

Bus 853 is a Renault (MACK) PR100.2 (Mk1) bus with body by Ansair Tullamarine, which entered service at Kingston Depot in April 1990. It was transferred to Tuggeranong Depot upon the closure of Kingston in July 1992.

This bus is known to have featured five advertising liveries. The first three were painted, with the final two being vinyl wraps placed over the Kahlua livery:

  • Canberra Cannons
  • Canturf
  • Kahlua
  • Yellow Pages
  • Tuggeranong Hyperdome

Following the removal of the Hyperdome wrap in 2004, it was repainted into the “Mk2″ livery which features an orange band below the windows over a blue skirt.

Bus 853 was transferred to Belconnen Depot in November 2005 and as of March 2015 is the oldest bus remaining in service .

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Bus Manuals

Manuals for buses that were previously a part of the ACTION bus fleet can be downloaded via the links below.

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Lyneham’s first bus services

C-006 was an AEC Reliance, a bus commonly seen operating services to Lyneham.

C-006 was an AEC Reliance, a bus commonly seen operating services to Lyneham.

The first bus service to Lyneham commenced on 22 December 1958, when the group of routes – numbers 29, 30, 31 and 33 – previously terminating at the intersection of Miller and Scrivener Streets in O’Connor, were extended along Miller Street and down Wattle Street to the site of the yet-to-be-constructed Lyneham Shopping Centre at the intersection of Brigalow and Wattle Streets. Read the rest of this entry »

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Welcome to ACT Bus

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 5,000  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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