Featured Bus – September/October 2015

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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 petrol 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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