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« Reply #250 on: January 25, 2013, 12:01:25 PM »
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Is this a 'last minute' change by Action or by Scania? Has there been any history of fires with these buses elsewhere to need to put it in?

Sorry, don't know any of the background to this.

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« Reply #251 on: January 25, 2013, 02:22:14 PM »
Noticed 520 this morning on the Coulter Drive fence of Belconnen Depot.

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« Reply #252 on: January 25, 2013, 03:23:41 PM »
Saw that one in Civic at around 8:10am. The desto was on, but was all over the shop.

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« Reply #253 on: January 25, 2013, 05:59:19 PM »
Bus 519 was were Bus 520 is now. So maybe Bus 519 is back at Tuggeranong.

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« Reply #254 on: January 25, 2013, 06:00:14 PM »
Sir Pompously reports that 521 arrived at Tuggeranong today.

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« Reply #255 on: January 30, 2013, 08:35:32 PM »
It looks like Bus 519 entered service, spotted dead running up Drakeford Drive.

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« Reply #256 on: February 10, 2013, 11:36:26 AM »
517 is apparently called 'The Bennie' rather than 516. Well, thats what its name tag said on the inside of the bus...

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« Reply #257 on: February 16, 2013, 03:12:34 PM »
521 is parked in the sheds at Tuggeranong - either entered service yesterday or will do on Monday.

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« Reply #258 on: February 17, 2013, 06:15:48 PM »
Thought that 521 had been in service late last week...

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« Reply #259 on: February 17, 2013, 07:31:11 PM »
It's possible. I haven't seen it out on the road myself.

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« Reply #260 on: February 17, 2013, 08:34:43 PM »
521 passed me on Friday afternoon on Eggleston cresent operataing a school bus

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« Reply #261 on: February 22, 2013, 11:49:32 PM »
522 was @ Tuggeranong Workshops this am....

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« Reply #262 on: February 24, 2013, 01:47:28 AM »
So far I've only been on 2 of Tuggeranong's new (allocated) artics, but it looks like Tuggeranong has lucked out as Bus 518 & 520 don't have screens installed & not even an access panel like some of the MAN's did have.

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« Reply #263 on: February 25, 2013, 01:00:59 AM »
Worked 519 on free EPIC-Civic Show Shuttles last night (Saturday 23rd Feb).

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« Reply #264 on: February 25, 2013, 06:00:29 PM »
BUS 521 was just spotted at City Bus Station doing route 5.

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« Reply #265 on: March 05, 2013, 11:21:23 PM »
I found this little piece on the ACTION FAQ page:

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When is the next articulated bus arriving?
As part of our fleet replacement program, 20 new articulated buses are being added to the ACTION fleet, replacing older models. This is, on average, two per month until March 2013. The schedule of the next 13 buses will be announced once an update from the manufacturer is provided.

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« Reply #266 on: April 12, 2013, 11:54:22 AM »
Something to look out for: the most recent artics have gone back to using WIRED bus stop buttons.

Update: not wired buttons - still wireless, but use RF rather than sound to activate the signal.
« Last Edit: August 02, 2016, 11:28:06 AM by Barry Drive »

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« Reply #267 on: April 20, 2013, 06:11:21 PM »
Noticed 525 stabled in the southern garage at Woden Transport Depot today.

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« Reply #268 on: May 03, 2013, 08:27:55 PM »
Bus 524 has entered service.

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« Reply #269 on: May 03, 2013, 09:58:23 PM »
Something to look out for: the most recent artics have gone back to using WIRED bus stop buttons.

Wireless causing issues then?

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« Reply #270 on: May 03, 2013, 11:44:57 PM »
If you sneeze, drop your keys, or a coin in the wireless ones, they go off....useless!

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« Reply #271 on: May 04, 2013, 09:45:23 AM »
... But if you press the button, it may not work.

I had one go off when dead running - radio set it off?
« Last Edit: May 04, 2013, 09:46:52 AM by ACTbusspotter »

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« Reply #272 on: May 04, 2013, 02:41:03 PM »
On the subject of the wireless buttons, I must say while using the new Arctic's I spotted someone nearly miss their stop due to lack of working buttons around them.

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« Reply #273 on: May 04, 2013, 10:36:08 PM »
522 has had a long holiday on the Tuggy bricks in recent times - braking issues.

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« Reply #274 on: May 05, 2013, 05:28:41 PM »
522 has had a long holiday on the Tuggy bricks in recent times - braking issues.

But has no returned to service.

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« Reply #275 on: May 05, 2013, 05:42:16 PM »
I caught 522 last week

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« Reply #276 on: May 05, 2013, 08:10:15 PM »
Something to look out for: the most recent artics have gone back to using WIRED bus stop buttons.

With the receiver is also still installed.

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« Reply #277 on: May 05, 2013, 09:59:54 PM »
I caught 522 last week

It must have been released by workshop staff "on concession".

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« Reply #278 on: May 08, 2013, 06:20:38 PM »
Bus 525 was spotted dead running out of Tuggeranong Depot this afternoon.

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« Reply #279 on: May 16, 2013, 01:08:22 PM »
525 has been operating the 661 School Bus a couple of times this week.

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« Reply #280 on: May 16, 2013, 01:42:51 PM »
525 has been operating the 661 School Bus a couple of times this week.
And later does the 729 departing City West at 1715 (in case anyone wants to find it).

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« Reply #281 on: June 21, 2013, 10:49:44 PM »
528 and (presumably) 527 seen @ Woden Depot this morning.

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« Reply #282 on: June 21, 2013, 10:52:28 PM »
Bus 529 did arrive yesterday.

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« Reply #283 on: June 26, 2013, 12:24:26 AM »
527 on Tuggeranong Depot Bricks this morning (Tues 25th June)....

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« Reply #284 on: June 29, 2013, 10:29:07 AM »
526 was back on the bricks at Tuggeranong yesterday afternoon, but appeared to be available for service, if required, "on concession".

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« Reply #285 on: June 29, 2013, 12:06:31 PM »
Bus 530 arrived yesterday.

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« Reply #286 on: July 02, 2013, 11:42:27 PM »
526 continues to be a frequent resident on the Tuggeranong bricks while receiving attention from Scania bus doctors....

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« Reply #287 on: July 06, 2013, 12:57:57 AM »
Bus 531, arrived sometime in the last week (before/on Thursday afternoon).

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« Reply #288 on: July 06, 2013, 01:10:22 AM »
526 continues to be a frequent resident on the Tuggeranong bricks while receiving attention from Scania bus doctors....

Observed one of the news Scania artics processing south in darkness this evening on Atthllon Drive, Wanniassa, disabled and wedged between an ACTION truck and ACTION field vehicle, the latter two vehicles with all lights blazing and flashing lights flashing....quite an impressive sight....can't confirm whether it was the troublesome 526 .....

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« Reply #289 on: July 06, 2013, 01:37:28 AM »
It wasn't 526, 526 was actually in service and didn't break down.

523 lost power at Woden having completed half of a 770.
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« Reply #290 on: July 06, 2013, 04:09:08 PM »
Bus 526 was allowed out today on AFL charters. I know Bus 526 made it as far as Manuka Oval. Another member may be able to shed some light on its return trip.

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« Reply #291 on: July 07, 2013, 12:00:32 AM »
Understand that 526 made it back to Tuggeranong Depot in fine fashion and without incident, dropping a good load of footy punters (ex GWS/Bulldogs game at Manuka) off @ Woden Interchange at around 1700....

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« Reply #292 on: July 10, 2013, 05:24:30 PM »
Bus 528 has been spotted in service this afternoon.

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« Reply #293 on: July 10, 2013, 11:26:28 PM »
526, 527 and 528 were garaged with other older Scania and Renault artics at T Depot on 10 July 13; however 526 has restricted availability (under Workshops direction) at present.

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« Reply #294 on: July 12, 2013, 01:22:14 PM »
526, 527 and 528 were garaged with other older Scania and Renault artics at T Depot on 10 July 13; however 526 has restricted availability (under Workshops direction) at present.

I saw both 527 and 528 out and about yesterday (11/7) evening around 5, maybe 5:30pm. 527 was pulling into the depot bus stop in Belconnen operating a 710 and 528 was right behind heading out on a 43 to Dunlop and back. I also spotted the same bus later near Charnwood shops and then Archdall Sreet in Dunlop.

So are these both Tuggeranong buses or have they been allocated, maybe even temporarily to Belconnen. I thought it odd to see both doing peak hour runs to/in Belconnen if they are Tuggeranong buses.

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« Reply #295 on: July 12, 2013, 02:28:21 PM »
Nope. Both are Tuggeranong buses/shifts. (I also saw both of these - it was about 1645 at Belconnen.)

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« Reply #296 on: July 12, 2013, 06:02:35 PM »
I can half understand the 710, but geez, what kind of scheduling system has a high capacity Tuggeranong based bus doing a full loop 43 in Belconnen at the time one would think the capacity is needed for outbound routes towards Tuggeranong as opposed to outbound and inbound 43 in Belco.

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« Reply #297 on: July 12, 2013, 09:34:01 PM »
So that bus only does 43's does it?

Some of these odd sightings could be bus drivers getting practice on a new toy while said toy isn't required to school runs. The same can be said for Renaukt attics, taking the old girls out one last time.

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« Reply #298 on: July 13, 2013, 01:10:52 PM »
Clearly not, just seems odd having a high capacity articulated bus doing a run like that at the very time when you would think an articulated bus would be on a run run that need high capacity buses and a 43 at 4:45 is not a run that needs such as bus. Would be interesting to see where it came from before doing the 43 and where it went to next and how much dead running it needed to do. Maybe Mr Coe is onto something with his dead running campaign.

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« Reply #299 on: July 13, 2013, 05:51:04 PM »
It is not unusual to have artics on non-artic shifts. The school holiday rosters are from a time before the low floor artics were in service and now when low floor rigids get short in supply they may supplement it with an artic. Workshops also like to have the newer artics out on the road as much as possible in the holidays to get any teething issues sorted out before school goes back when demand for the them is extremely high.