Photo of the Month – October 2014

Bus 673 at Woden Interchange in 1991. Photo by Peter Kane.

Bus 673 at Woden Interchange in 1991. Photo by Peter Kane.

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Featured Bus – September/October 2014


Bus 410 soon after its delivery in 1975

Bus 410 was the first of 151 MAN SL200 buses in the ACTION Fleet, and the first bus in Australia to be built to the German VÖV Design.

It was imported from MAN Munich in framed condition. Skin, floor and internal fixtures were fitted by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, Port Melbourne. Seats were supplied by MAN Munich.

It was first registered on 14 July 1975. While the exact date of its withdrawal from revenue services is unknown (but believed to be around 1991), it was retained by ACTION as part of its Heritage Fleet.

It was later sold by ACTION, and operated for Downunder Bus Charter in Joondanna, Western Australia. It then operated for Horizons West, carrying fleet number 31, who advertised it for sale in May 2010. It is believed to have since been scrapped for parts.

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Get on the NXTBUS to ACTION’s new info centre


Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today officially launched NXTBUS – ACTION’s real time information online system at the opening of a new ACTION Information Centre at the City Bus Station.

“From today, ACTION passengers can access NXTBUS real time bus service information online,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“NXTBUS makes finding out when the next bus departs from your chosen location easier. Passengers can look up bus departure times by bus stop ID, route or location and get live results for the next 90 minutes.

“With Network 14 set to come in from 1 September bringing an increase in bus services, NXTBUS will provide a convenient tool for passengers to familiarise themselves with their new network.

“ACTION customers can access NXTBUS from the ACTION website or via its direct URL which is This real time passenger information can now be accessed from mobiles phones, laptops, tablets or computers.

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ACTION Policy on taking photos/video of Buses

Following a request from ACT Bus, ACTION supplied a copy of their policy on taking photos and/or video of its Buses. It has been reproduced below as supplied:

ACTION would like to acknowledge that there is no law in place to prevent a person from collecting photographs or video in public areas. However, ACTION’s operational staff have special responsibilities to maintain a high degree of diligence and to investigate suspicious incidents such as a person taking photographs or videos.

ACTION employees are advised to enquire after the reason for collecting photos. If the activities of the person collecting the photos are causing, or likely to cause a safety issue, nuisance, annoyance or unacceptable invasion of privacy to other people they will be requested to cease collecting photos or video.

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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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