Photo of the Month – April 2014

Bus 447 leads two Renualt PR100.2 buses on Cohen St. Photo by T Milton.

Bus 447 leads two Renualt PR100.2 buses on Cohen St. Photo by T Milton.

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The last three days at Kingston Depot

By Ian Cooper *

Kingston Depot closed on Sunday 5 July 1992. The days before the closure were filled with activity transferring the more than 100 buses which operated from Kingston.

The Depot’s last allocation of 114 buses comprised the following vehicles on Friday 3 July:
Kingston Depot sign

  • MAN SL200: 470-2, 474-8, 501-9, 511-5
  • Renault PR100: 674
  • Renault PR100.2 (Mk1): 675-99, 750-81, 798, 808, 835, 840, 848-59
  • Renault PR100.2 (Mk2): 896, 921-5, 931-4, 940-3
  • Renault PR180.2: 713-5
  • Scania N113: 732

The last bus delivered new to Kingston was 941, the Australian Institute of Sport bus, which entered service on 31 March after an official launch on 27 March.

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Featured Bus – April 2014

Bus 670 at Belconnen Interchange

Bus 670 at Belconnen Interchange

Bus 670 was a Mercedes-Benz O.305 with body by Ansair Tullamarine. It was delivered to ACTION in April 1985.

This was the last of the 81-strong fleet of O.305 buses to enter service with ACTION.

After it was withdrawn from the ACTION fleet in November 1999, 670 was purchased by Interline (Macquarie Fields NSW) where it operated alongside its sister units 628, 631, 632, 634, 665, 667 and 668.

It was saved from being being scrapped by Interline in September 2010 when it was purchased by a Canberra enthusiast who intended to fully restore it to to its former ACTION condition. In November 2011, it was on-sold to a Sydney bus collector who intends to continue the restoration process.

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ACTION’s 1991 Fleet

Bus 736 at City West

Bus 736, a Mercedes O.405, was one of six evaluation buses in the fleet during 1991

In 1991, ACTION operated four depots and a body workshop in Fyshwick (at which MAN and Mercedes bus bodies were being reconstructed and the PR180.2s were being converted to 2 door operations).

During this time, ACTION were evaluating buses from four manufacturers to determine whether any were suitable as replacements for the MAN fleet.

Also during 1991, ACTION were installing new aluminium shelters and experimental bus stop signs.

The oldest bus in the fleet was 410, which was built in 1975.

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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 4,400 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 1,000 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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