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40 new Scanias in 2018
« on: December 13, 2017, 11:14:34 AM »
A contract for 40 new Scania K-series buses has just been posted in the ACT Gov website.

Unlike recent orders, this one's got a few different body types so try to keep up --

642 - 651: Scania K320UB, Bustech VST. All 10 to be delivered from mid-June to mid-July

652 - 671: Scania K320UB, Volgren Optimus. 1st bus March then May to July

672 - 681: Scania K360UA, Volgren Optimus. Delivery Aug to Oct

Full delivery schedule will be loaded to the fleetwiki Expected Bus Deliveries page.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2017, 07:36:59 PM »
I just came across this PTCBR article from October which mentions 80 new buses on order. Do you know what that figure might come from and the time frame?
https://ptcbrorg.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/all-the-rapid-bus-routes-promised-at-the-2016-election-to-be-delivered-in-2018-along-with-light-rail/


Yay more Volgrens! (Says the person who hasn't been inside one as far as he can recall, but they are beautiful on the outside)

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2017, 11:02:57 AM »
The "80 new buses" has been regularly mentioned, including at the announcement of the 2018 Rapid Routes.

In the budget, there was $44m capital over two years marked as "future bus network". Without any additional information, this would be enough to buy 80 buses.

My guess is that they will make a decision regarding another 40 buses for 2019 once the "alternative energy bus" trial has been completed.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2017, 11:50:09 AM »
New they may be, but after retiring the Renaults, how many will actually be extra? If the reality is hardly any, then the implicatiion for existing routes after the new routes are serviced is not a happy one. Witness the complaints from Narrabundah when routes were changed to implement the new route 6.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2018, 11:29:50 AM »
how many will actually be extra?
Don't quote me, but my understanding is all 40 will be "extra". They have made some space at Tuggeranong Depot to fit some more buses in and Belconnen Depot will have to squeeze in some more as well. Exactly which buses will go where is unknown though.

The next 40 are also believed to be additional to the fleet, but Woden Depot should be ready by 2019 to accommodate them.

No Renault withdrawals should be expected until 2020.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2018, 02:46:59 PM »
That would be good. So when the next weekday timetable comes out we should expect to see many extra services. Maybe even before that. Otherwise buses just sit in the Depot doing nothing.

On the other hand what are they going to do with all the buses that will no longer go down Northbourne Ave after the light rail opens? They can keep old buses running until that happens but I doubt if that would be enough.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2018, 07:40:05 PM »
Probably increase services and reliability to the rest of the network, cause a few networks ago, one was introduced so that there would be 12 or something services a day that would not be able to run cause of the lack buses in the fleet.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2018, 09:50:58 AM »
Can we please keep to the topic. This thread is about the new bus contract. The off-track speculation about Light Rail has been removed.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2018, 07:24:31 PM »
Several sightings today of 653 (being delivered).
« Last Edit: July 07, 2018, 10:36:50 AM by Barry Drive »

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2018, 08:34:45 PM »
A ride today on 655 raised in my mind the issue of manufacture quality control and contract acceptance standards implemented by Transport Canberra. 655 rattled the whole trip, which shouldn't be the case for a brand new (1,007km on the clock) vehicle. Disappointing.

The next stop request tone is high pitched, quite sustained and very loud - to me unpleasant and intrusive.

Otherwise, it looked very smart with very nice looking upholstery.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2018, 12:31:40 AM »
These buses have been out a little while now, and I haven't ridden nor even seen a single one. Are they being used in the Tuggeranong and Woden Valleys at all yet?

Rattly huh. L94UB Scania bad or Dennis Dart bad?

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2018, 08:29:15 AM »
They're being used across the whole network, they're not limited to a specific town centre. I saw one in Deakin yesterday afternoon.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2018, 04:19:26 PM »
What was the reason for TC buying both Volgren rigids and Bustech rigids? Wouldn't it have been better (in terms of fleet simplification) just to have one type?

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2018, 09:50:56 PM »
What was the reason for TC buying both Volgren rigids and Bustech rigids? Wouldn't it have been better (in terms of fleet simplification) just to have one type?
Well Volgrens are obviously better, but they had Bustechs anyway so why not get a few more?
Also, if the limiting factor in bus manufacturing rates is the body rather than the chassis, then it would be faster to have 2 different companies making buses simultaniously than relying on Volgren for all the buses.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2018, 10:39:02 PM »
Well Volgrens are obviously better,


Can you justify that? Or do you just like the looks of Volgren.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2018, 08:26:43 PM »
Can you justify that? Or do you just like the looks of Volgren.
The ugly bustechs don't stand a chance against the beauty of a Volgren  ;)

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2018, 10:40:50 PM »
I have travelled on the Bustech vehicles in the Gungahlin area; in my opinion they are a very solidly built quality product.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2018, 01:23:42 PM »
The ugly bustechs don't stand a chance against the beauty of a Volgren  ;)

Really? I reckon the Volgrens look like repainted PR3s if you look from a distance :P.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2018, 10:54:55 PM »
Speak to most drivers who will tell you that Volgren's are a much nicer layout/design from a drivers point of view to the Bustech. The Bustech also being the cheapest of the three main bodies (Bustech, Volgren, Customs) Also they got the Volgren bendy as a trial a while back and obviously like the product and decided to get more, but as said above it also helps them to get buses delivered faster by getting some of both.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2018, 11:46:37 PM »
My wife rode a new Optimus today and said she had no trouble realising it was one of the new ones because tone tone for the next stop request was so intrusively strident.

Appearances, style, etc are of little value if the product itself is not the best. Incidentally, I understand the Bustech business was originally started by an operator fed up with the buses then available on the market.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2018, 12:25:01 PM »
Well I finally got to see one in service (sorta) yesterday, but unfortunately I couldn't ride it so I'm still missing out >:(. Seems everyone but me has ridden them almost... Even my mum saw one the other day and she's only been out about 6 or 7 times this year.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2018, 08:20:09 PM »
Rode in bus 656 today.  Very rattly.

Makes me wonder what these buses will be like in 5-10-20 years down the track.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #23 on: July 13, 2018, 03:14:57 PM »
I dont know what buses you are riding but I was on 656 on Tuesday and the only rattle I heard was the drivers cash tray....

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #24 on: July 13, 2018, 08:35:41 PM »
I dont know what buses you are riding but I was on 656 on Tuesday and the only rattle I heard was the drivers cash tray....

Well maybe something happened to it during the period between Tuesday and Thursday.  It (bus 656) was rattling a lot when I was in it. I asked the lady driver and she said she was surprised about the rattling too.  This rattling is a combination of the drivers door, the panelling near the driver and some of the internal support bars.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #25 on: July 13, 2018, 08:39:44 PM »
I dont know what buses you are riding but I was on 656 on Tuesday and the only rattle I heard was the drivers cash tray....

One thought - maybe you were on a smoothe road.  I was in the suburban roads in Flynn and Fraser.  These are not very smoothe in some place - hence more possible rattles.

Just a thought - but it was definitely rattling during my trip.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #26 on: July 13, 2018, 10:12:13 PM »
I have been on this type of Volgren bus in Sydney before; from my experience there, they are a well built bus.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #27 on: July 14, 2018, 02:11:50 PM »
Progress report -

Deliveries are about 3 weeks behind the published contract, but there is no urgency for new buses right now.

5 buses in service: 652 - 656 went into service last week (all at Belconnen); no new buses in service this week.

12 further buses are now delivered: (Bustech: ) 643 644 & 647 (Volgren: ) 657 658 659 660 661
662 663 664 & 665

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018 / What bus did you get today?
« Reply #28 on: July 18, 2018, 11:20:11 PM »
Well, finally got to experience 652 unexpectedly as the 60N that I quickly planned to get on my way out from the quick visit in the Drakeford Vet Clinic.

So my thoughts on the new buses. I can definitely say I like them, they're comfortably built, not too loud engine wise, the seats finally have something different than the Rainforest Falls that have been infecting the Renault's and I don't feel they're too rattly. Up the back it does get a little bumpy, but sitting near the rear door is a comfortable journey. I'm not much of a fan of aboriginal art, but it's nice to finally have something more calming to look at when on an empty bus.


652 (60N)
945 (80E)
549 (6W)
380 (64S)

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #29 on: July 19, 2018, 09:12:33 PM »
Progress report -

Deliveries are about 3 weeks behind the published contract, but there is no urgency for new buses right now.

5 buses in service: 652 - 656 went into service last week (all at Belconnen); no new buses in service this week.

12 further buses are now delivered: (Bustech: ) 643 644 & 647 (Volgren: ) 657 658 659 660 661
662 663 664 & 665

Gather the Volgrens (rigids) are all going to Belconnen and the new Bustechs to Tuggers?

And seeing the Volgrens quite a bit the last week, hard to imagine only 5 are in service, seems more like 60 how often I am seeing them and where. From Gold Creek to the City.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #30 on: July 19, 2018, 11:02:39 PM »
From 539 onwards, all buses have been evenly shared between depots. So it's possible that each will get 5 Bustechs and 10 Volgrens. Can't see Belconnen getting more artics than Tuggeranong.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #31 on: August 02, 2018, 07:53:35 AM »
658 was in service yesterday.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #32 on: August 02, 2018, 06:53:02 PM »
657 on Tuesday. 659 today and 660 possibly tomorrow. (All Belconnen so far. )

There are two registered Bustechs presumably at Tuggeranong which may also enter service soon (if they haven't already).

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #33 on: August 14, 2018, 08:39:36 PM »
643 is in service (screenshot from just now).

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« Reply #34 on: August 14, 2018, 11:08:57 PM »
It seems that some of the new vehicles have been fitted with tracking equipment from old Renaults; it is displaying on nxtbus that there will be a 300 departing Westfield Bus Station to Kippax at 23:19 which will not have wheelchair access. At this time of night; it would not be a Renault.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #35 on: August 15, 2018, 08:03:18 AM »
I wouldn't be so sure. 3 of the last 5 300 trips North are shown on the website as NOT wheelchair accessible (including  that trip).

I haven't noticed any errors with the NXTBUS definitions for new buses.
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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #36 on: August 15, 2018, 11:42:51 PM »
Like tonight, that particular service was a Belco PR3 (105). There is no time ever where there are not Renaults  >:D

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #37 on: August 15, 2018, 11:49:10 PM »
It seems that some of the new vehicles have been fitted with tracking equipment from old Renaults; it is displaying on nxtbus that there will be a 300 departing Westfield Bus Station to Kippax at 23:19 which will not have wheelchair access. At this time of night; it would not be a Renault.

Most likely they are using old transponders on new buses. But they would without a doubt update the back end systems to know what buses those transponders are in.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #38 on: August 24, 2018, 04:30:27 PM »
I was on 652 again the other day on my way to Ainslie. Just as I was getting off I noticed a compartment for a gas-like tank under the seat opposite the rear door. I didn't get a good look at what it was, but does anyone else know what it is and its purpose?

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #39 on: August 25, 2018, 10:51:54 AM »
Not exactly a gas tank, but it is a pressurised tank.

The red colour should have been a give away as to its purpose: it's part of the fire suppression system, filled with a water & foam mixture and pressurised with N˛. For whatever reason, Volgren mounts this tank inside the bus rather than in the engine bay. A second tank filled with N˛ which is inside the engine bay will trigger the system if the temperature goes too high.
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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #40 on: August 25, 2018, 01:57:28 PM »
Saw 662 in service yesterday.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #41 on: August 27, 2018, 07:56:54 PM »
So from the current allocation pattern of new buses, can we assume all Volgren rigids will end up at Belco? And the additional bustechs at Tuggeranong?  :-\

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #42 on: August 27, 2018, 08:19:22 PM »
647 was in service this evening.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #43 on: August 28, 2018, 11:50:02 AM »
So from the current allocation pattern of new buses, can we assume all Volgren rigids will end up at Belco? And the additional bustechs at Tuggeranong?  :-\
We can assume that, at least until proven otherwise.

My concern with this arrangement is the allocation of artics. If all Volgren-bodied rigids go to Belconnen does this also mean that all the artics will need to go there as well? Although until recently, Belconnen had 621 without any other Volgrens. Anyone care to speculate on how the artics will be shared? And whether they might transfer some STAGs to Tuggeranong to make room at Belconnen.

BTW, 672 - the first artic - was delivered yesterday with 673 expected possibly by the end of the week.


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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #44 on: August 28, 2018, 04:06:20 PM »
Anyone care to speculate on how the artics will be shared? And whether they might transfer some STAGs to Tuggeranong to make room at Belconnen.

My guess is 513-516 plus 481, 482 and 485-487 come to Tuggeranong (9 out for 10 new). Purely a guess though. Wouldn’t surprise me if fewer artics are transferred but more STAGs than I suggested head south.

The R4 in the new network seems like an ideal place for STAG allocation, so more STAGs at Tuggeranong seems logical...

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #45 on: September 01, 2018, 09:45:12 AM »
I am presuming that the new Volgren articulated buses (672 onwards) will enter service during this current network, but where will they run? Will they run on current PR2/PR3 shifts (if more are withdrawn) or be randomly allocated out until the new network begins? Or will some current shifts be permanently allocated ARTICs in place of their normal allocations?

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #46 on: September 01, 2018, 11:49:28 AM »
Yes, I think we might see 672 by the end of September.

I would presume (hope) that it's the last option: new artics will be put onto shifts where full runs currently exist, regardless of what bus type is currently on that shift - with the possible exception of STAG shifts. But it may depend on how many are being sent to each depot.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #47 on: September 15, 2018, 12:28:03 PM »
By Monday, all 20 of the Volgren rigids should be in service. And all at Belconnen Depot.

The first 2 artics are at Belconnen Depot for fitout work. Not sure if they'll be in service by the end of this month, but might not be too long afterwards. Anyone's guess which depot they'll be going to.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #48 on: October 01, 2018, 09:21:18 AM »
Could we see 672 in service this week? The fleetwiki says it's been registered.

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Re: 40 new Scanias in 2018
« Reply #49 on: October 17, 2018, 11:34:05 AM »
Could we see 672 in service this week?
Two weeks later, still not in service. Can't be much longer though, surely.