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558 with electronic destination sign at Woden Interchange

Bus 558 with electronic destination sign at Woden Interchange

Between 1975 and 1981, ACTION purchased 151 MAN SL200 with bodies by three different builders: Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, Smithfield Bus and Coach Works and Custom Coaches.

The first bus, 410, was delivered in July 1975 and was the first bus in Australia to be built to the German VÖV bus design. During the seven year span of the delivery of these vehicles, many features that are now considered standard were added, including integral retarder, roof hatches, cloth seat fabric and even a flip-dot destination sign on Bus 558.

Other than Bus 442, which was written off in a collision in 1982, these buses were withdrawn from service between December 1991 and February 1995, being replaced in the fleet by Renault PR100.2 (Mk2) and PR100.3 vehicles.

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Year Body Fleet numbers Total
1975 Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation 410 – 424 15
1976 Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation 425 – 449, 451 – 500, 502 – 503 77
1977 Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation 501, 504 – 509, 511 – 515 12
1978 Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation 516 – 531, 553 – 561 25
1979 Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation 562 – 567 6
1980 Smithfield 569 – 575 7
1981 Smithfield 576 – 579 4
1981 Custom Coaches 580 – 584 5

 

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