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Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:26 pm
by User xyz
Busways #873 Delivered to Buladelah this morning,
Wish i had my DSLR with me not a camera phone :)

MAN 18.280 auto
SB400 body number 07-157 (must have been sitting a while as bus is brand new)


Dec 08 073.jpg

Dec 08 075.jpg

Dec 08 076.jpg

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:48 pm
by C130
Is this the 1st new new bus bought for the north under Busways Ownership?

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:03 pm
by Fleet Lists
And still on MO xxxx plates too.

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:07 pm
by Andrew
Wow, thanks for posting.... And without a trial of that type of vehicle before purchase.... Any idea if it was for another operator originally or how many Busways are getting?

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:12 pm
by C130
Wasnt there a SB400 at the BusVic Conference earlier this year?

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:16 pm
by Tim
none for blacktown

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:19 pm
by C130
Why would any go to Blacktown? This bus is a school bus, hence its name SchoolBus400.

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:24 pm
by User xyz
Under the new 'Non-Commercial' contracts the MOT has something to do with purchasing the Buses,
I believe it was set up for QLD school , as the Bus had to have the school lights modifed and a gyross system installed.

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:12 pm
by mcpaton
These are really good looking buses, Hermit Park Bus Service here has a pile of these with Iveco motors in them, and they look great. Probably the best body Custom has come up with since the old round buses of the 80s.

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:17 pm
by STA 1440
I'm just happy it's not a flippin van :lol: :lol:

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:03 am
by mrobsessed
Have a go at the Customs part of the dash. 1980 CC bodies had better finish than that!

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:30 am
by Daniel
It's pretty hard to integrate anything nicely, with that stupidly curved MAN dash.

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:28 am
by Windy
I'd say it was a stock unit, which would make it a pretty good purchase, either way. There are MAN 16.240s, and despite the age gap, I'm sure there are going to be some common or similar parts there.

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:42 am
by Andrew
The M A N letters on the front perhaps....

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:00 pm
by User xyz
Andrew wrote:The M A N letters on the front perhaps....



Thats about it!!

Everything is electronic on it, rear engine, a rotary switch for gear selecting. nothing like a 16.240

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:07 am
by Ben O
It's quite simple from what I have been told by various rural operators - It is not possible to purchase "second hand" vehicles anymore (although this may vary between type A & B contracts). Therefore the days of Busways transferring older vehicles up the coast may be numbered. Furthermore, also depending on either Type A or B contracts, average age limits have been lifted closer to the 16 mark.

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 6:56 pm
by CB80
Matt_OH1621 wrote:Thats about it!!

Everything is electronic on it, rear engine, a rotary switch for gear selecting. nothing like a 16.240

Yup, definitely a lot different to the 16.240's of old. They should probably come up with a new designation to differenciate them.

(I've been told the rotary switch is European standard, any confirmation?)

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:26 pm
by KING BROS
I see that Busways Shaker/Brake test trailer in the 3rd photo being towed by the Toyota Coaster. Is it still leaking hydraulic oil from the pump Mat????

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:40 pm
by Stoney!
Not to mention the old 16.240's had a 12 litre MAN made mercedes engine in it, similar that in the O405's, where as this has a 6.9 litre engine. Well done, should hopefully be better than the smaller engined MAN's of old that were ridled with engine/gearbox troubles.

Stoney!

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:11 pm
by User xyz
KING BROS wrote:I see that Busways Shaker/Brake test trailer in the 3rd photo being towed by the Toyota Coaster. Is it still leaking hydraulic oil from the pump Mat????



Thats what I went down for, to pick it up and take to Port Depot so it can go your way for RTA :)


Don't know about the Oil leak as we dont have to use it at all :)

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:32 pm
by T1200
I would refer you to the red text at the top of every page in this forum... :idea:

Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:17 pm
by aussiebuses
Sorry to bring up old topic but I am looking for photos of bus 873 which is now at Yamba depot, does anyone happen to have a copy of the pics they can share with me?