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Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« on: November 26, 2009, 10:51:07 PM »
With the Custom Coaches website noting that delivery of these vehicles commencing next month, seemed like a good time to start a thread to collate all the information, rumours and whatnot.

We've previously learned that these vehicles have been allocated a series of fleet numbers commencing at Bus 500.
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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2009, 10:53:01 PM »
Do you by any chance mean 14.5m Scanias?

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2009, 11:01:19 PM »
Whoops.. Can you tell I got up very early today!

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2009, 11:04:48 PM »
Yeah, I am high on Coffee so that is what I will be like tomorrow because it will be a while before I sleep tonight.

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2009, 01:23:35 PM »
According to the December edition of Transit Australia, the first Scania 14.5 should be on the road by late January 2010. It reports that ACTION has ordered 24 Scania K 310UB Euro Vs - eight vehicles will be delivered per year over 3 years.

Looking at Scania's website though, the Euro V model may actually be K 320UB.

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2009, 08:50:30 PM »
awesome, I have heard that the first few will be stored at Woden until the Tennis court at Tuggies is removed.

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2009, 08:57:18 PM »
awesome, I have heard that the first few will be stored at Woden until the Tennis court at Tuggies is removed.

what?!?!

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2009, 09:14:49 PM »
there is a tennis court at tuggy depot and they are removing it so that they can increase the capacity of the depot.

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2009, 09:27:04 PM »
I know there's a tennis court, I was expressing surprise that they would remove it.

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2009, 09:47:16 PM »
ah, okay then

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2009, 10:13:09 PM »
According to the December edition of Transit Australia, the first Scania 14.5 should be on the road by late January 2010. It reports that ACTION has ordered 24 Scania K 310UB Euro Vs - eight vehicles will be delivered per year over 3 years.

Looking at Scania's website though, the Euro V model may actually be K 320UB.
You're 100% correct there, here's a scan from 'ABCs Bus Directory 2009' re the Scania specs;
Please mind the crappy scanner, but I hope it clears things up a bit.

Also, shame to hear about the tennis courts at Tuggies.

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« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2010, 10:40:18 AM »
First delivery may now be in February.

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2010, 11:24:39 AM »
Thats stupid, how can they only deliver 8 buses to ACTION a year when CDC gets batches of like 30 14.5's in one go?

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« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2010, 01:02:39 PM »
Because Volgren get their shite together. Plus, I'm sure there is a dedicated production line just for CDC, as there is one for STA at CC.

But, you do have a point, it isn't the first time bus deliveries have been delayed. Perhaps it's time for ACTION to stray away from CC?

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« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2010, 02:24:05 PM »
Well recently CDC has purchased quite a lot of CC scanias, again with next to no delay.

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« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2010, 03:02:48 PM »
Hmmm, interesting. I'm not sure, maybe ACTION isn't seen as a 'significant' client of CCs, very bad business management if that is the case. Mind you, this is all speculation.

On a sidenote, how many B7s will CDC be getting?

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« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2010, 05:42:52 PM »
Did you guys ever stop and think that ACTION are getting 8 a year simply because that is how many ACTION have asked to be delivered per year?

I doubt very much it has anything to do with chassis supply or body building limitations.

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« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2010, 07:28:15 PM »
I was talking to a driver and he told me the delivery of the steertags had been delayed, due to a problem or issue relating to spare parts at the adelaide factory were the buses are being built and now the orders have been diverted to sydney factory. Custom Coaches not that reliable, hey. :'(

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« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2010, 11:23:45 PM »
It has been sighted in Adelaide with the fleet number 464 not 500.
http://busaustralia.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=48308&start=50

We should see it and 406-408 soon. All have been sighted on the road in Adelaide recently

They've been posting about ACTION buses for days
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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2010, 06:02:16 PM »
« Last Edit: February 01, 2010, 09:11:44 PM by Buzz Killington »

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2010, 06:17:09 PM »
Looks a bit odd, but I'm sure they'll be great to ride

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2010, 07:11:05 AM »
Ed reports that Bus 464 has arrived at Tuggeranong depot.

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #22 on: February 16, 2010, 06:57:00 PM »
It seems that 464 will make a trip up to Sydney for repairs. The steering wheel will not lock into place when adjusted.

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« Reply #23 on: February 17, 2010, 09:38:45 PM »
Well, we're off to a good start then..  ::)

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #24 on: February 18, 2010, 11:06:28 AM »
The contract for the 26 Scanias is on the ACT Government contract website.

The contract has 13 for delivery in 2010, 9 in 2011 and 4 in 2012.

Also note that the body specifications has McConnell Urban seats (bench style) rather than Centra seats, with a capacity of 53 seated and 48 standing.

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« Reply #25 on: February 18, 2010, 08:09:18 PM »
That's a real shame we're not getting our last 4 14.5m buses until 2012, which seems like such a long way away at this stage. It would be much better to get the in a clump. Who knows, by 2012, they should have the CB80 body (which was supposed to become the standard body for all CC orders after 2010/2011 IIRC from the CC tour).

Bench seats? That would mean they'll be the first bench seats in a new ACTION since 982 was delivered in 1993?!

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« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2010, 08:14:33 PM »
464 is off to Sydney on Monday and it will return on Friday. Apparently the seating arrangement is very different to what we are used to.

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« Reply #27 on: February 22, 2010, 09:42:15 PM »
It has been sighted in Adelaide with the fleet number 464 not 500.
http://busaustralia.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=48308&start=50

We should see it and 406-408 soon. All have been sighted on the road in Adelaide recently

They've been posting about ACTION buses for days

If you think about it, 464 is the perfect fleet number for the first 14.5m Scania..  the numbers add up to 14.

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« Reply #28 on: February 23, 2010, 07:24:22 PM »
Ha Ha, very funny

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« Reply #29 on: February 23, 2010, 07:42:59 PM »
Well, somebody had a similar theory on why Redex was numbered 727 - because it runs from seven (am) to seven (pm)

Maybe we have a bit of a numbers geek at ACTION..

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« Reply #30 on: February 23, 2010, 10:10:01 PM »
The image of the 14.5 in ACTION colours in the contract documents linked above is Bus 374, also adding to 14  ;)

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #31 on: February 24, 2010, 06:50:06 PM »
Seems like a co-incidence to have 464 add up to 14, as that is just the next number from 463, which should be the last diesel MAN.

Still, that's quite hilarious, the fleet number of the first 14.5m bus adds up to 14!

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« Reply #32 on: February 26, 2010, 11:56:03 PM »
464 arrived back in Canberra and was parked in Belconnen depot this evening. Had a good look over it, looks nice inside and very different from anything we have here before.

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« Reply #33 on: February 28, 2010, 12:08:22 PM »
The Urban seats are narrower than the Centra seats, so this makes the aisle at the rear of the bus wider which can result in more room for standing passengers.

I wonder whether it is at Belconnen Depot to have a bike rack fitted?   :)

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« Reply #34 on: February 28, 2010, 12:39:19 PM »
....so this makes the aisle at the rear of the bus wider which can result in more room for standing passengers.

Could this be the same reason why it is "reported" to have 6 wheelchair spaces? As when those seats are flipped up many more people can stand.

I wonder whether it is at Belconnen Depot to have a bike rack fitted?   :)

Couldn't you go by if a rear number plate is fitted?

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« Reply #35 on: March 01, 2010, 12:29:29 PM »
It has only 2 wheelchair spaces. But it has 6 'bays' of fold-up seats mounted sideways - all before the centre door.

Couldn't you go by if a rear number plate is fitted?
The bus is not yet registered so it has no number plates - front or back.
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« Reply #36 on: March 03, 2010, 07:36:35 PM »
Going by the contract for these buses Bus 465 should be with ACTION by weeks end. With 1 more due in a fortnight & after March 2010, things will slow down a bit.

Also according to the contract there are 4 wheelchair spaces, 5 rear seats & 2 mother & child spaces. With the old ticketing machines in the new buses should stop around July 2010

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« Reply #37 on: March 03, 2010, 07:43:21 PM »
Sounds about right. According to Martin's twitter 464 was in the body bay for repairs, 464 is yet to be allocated a depot as well.

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« Reply #38 on: March 10, 2010, 07:20:27 AM »
It seems they used 464 and 390 for something yesterday:
http://busaustralia.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=49789

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #39 on: March 10, 2010, 07:25:34 AM »
what routes will 464 operate on, becase I want a ride

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Re: Scania 14.5m Steer Tags
« Reply #40 on: March 10, 2010, 09:47:59 AM »
You will have to wait until it is out and about to see what routes it would be on. It is like any bus, it could be on anything. However wild guess would be School Services, Red Ex (Because of the screen) and the Intertown. Just be patient, and your statement implies selfishness when you ask like that.

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« Reply #41 on: March 10, 2010, 10:09:51 AM »
But if it has no bike rack, then it can't be used on Redex or Intertown as those routes are designated Bike n Ride routes.

Anyway, as can be seen in the photos, 464 now has a ticket machine so in theory it should be ready to go into service. But, if 390 is anything to go by, it could be months before it gets some proper use.

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« Reply #42 on: March 10, 2010, 11:32:21 AM »
You will have to wait until it is out and about to see what routes it would be on. It is like any bus, it could be on anything. However wild guess would be School Services, Red Ex (Because of the screen) and the Intertown. Just be patient, and your statement implies selfishness when you ask like that.

Rich kid = sense of entitlement.

Why don't you just get daddy to ring up his golf buddy Jon Stanhope and they'll have 464 come to your door and take you for a ride?

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« Reply #43 on: March 10, 2010, 09:21:13 PM »
Anyway, as can be seen in the photos, 464 now has a ticket machine so in theory it should be ready to go into service. But, if 390 is anything to go by, it could be months before it gets some proper use.

Also since it was for the Joint Transport Industry Dinner 2010, I would say that ACTION would of wanted these 2 buses to be seen what they would look like when in general use.

CNG, there is one chance coming up towards the end of March for you to ride Bus 464 with fellow bus enthusiasts.

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« Reply #44 on: March 16, 2010, 07:44:53 PM »
An interesting fact that I wasn't aware of is that this steer tag buses were first designed to get around the old, tight streets of Europe.

I wonder when the tech sheet will be available from the ACTION site.

Apparently these buses won't be assigned to shifts for a few more weeks, while more drivers are trained on them. With a few more due over the next little while.

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« Reply #45 on: March 16, 2010, 10:15:53 PM »
What do you mean more drivers? No drivers have trained on it yet.

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« Reply #46 on: March 16, 2010, 10:22:26 PM »
One driver is, how else could Bus 464 get to Civic Square? Also the trainers are drivers, so they need to be trained to train the other drivers.
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« Reply #47 on: March 17, 2010, 01:23:22 PM »
Launched was on WIN News last night; Chief Minister was interviewed and said that the artics would be phased out over the next 3 years while the steer tags were phased in.

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« Reply #48 on: March 17, 2010, 04:22:02 PM »
Launched was on WIN News last night; Chief Minister was interviewed and said that the artics would be phased out over the next 3 years while the steer tags were phased in.

That's a laugh. There is no way that the 14.5s even come close to replacing an artic. The total capacity of the bus is determined by tare weight being taken off the gross allowable weight and then a per pax allwonce.

Despite the claim they will hold 101 pax, there is no chance in hell of getting that many people onto it. Might work in asia where people are used to being squeezed and touching each other, it aint going to fly here. It is another half assed attempt by the stanhope govt to try and make out that they are wonderful for having these "cheap" buses. You pay for what you get, and in this case they have chose to replace artics that can genuinely hold 110 school kids with a bus that will be luck to get 85 on board.

I wish them the best luck with covering the artic school runs with these vehicles (also, route availability is going to be a major concern).

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« Reply #49 on: March 17, 2010, 04:52:44 PM »
Like Redex with the man, they should only drive and use the steertags on the intertown run. As it is a busy and quite packed run and this bus would probably catter quite well for it. The artics should be keep't and dedicated to the school and expresso runs and the CNG's and irisbuses should be used on normal suburban runs aswell as the standards.