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The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:51 am

The Tasmanian Bus & Coach Society over the last year, have successfully acquired a Tasmanian Community Grant to restore the first low-floor Scania bus in Australia. Built in 1992, the N113CRB was built by Ansair (Kingston TAS) in a collaboration between Scania, Metro Tasmania, Ansair and the Tasmanian Government. A one-off prototype, it was the catalyst for the low-floor buses to follow. Built on the VOVII body design, it also featured independent front suspension, a feature seperate from all other vehicles in the Metro fleet. Alas, as time goes on, being a one-off, it outsold it's usefulness by mid-2014. The Tasmanian Bus & Coach Society decided the vehicle should NOT be scrapped, like many of it's kind, however preserved for enjoyment of future generations. Through a sponsorship deal with Scania Australia and a TBCS member, the bus was saved. Tireless hours have been spent by members of the TBCS to secure funding to take BUS #200 back to it's original condition from 25yrs ago. YES, it seems strange, but it's been 25yrs since the first low-floor prototype was released. Through the Tasmanian Community Fund's grant and tireless efforts of TBCS members, BUS #200 is almost looking as it did 25yrs ago. These past few weeks, the bus has been getting completed refurbished externally by Havnadip Bus Repairs, and is ready to take to Signrite (original signwriters) for measuring of the unique 'low-floor' signwriting. Below, are the progressive photos of BUS #200s transformation, with more to come when she's completed.
The Tasmanian Bus & Coach Society would like to thank the following organisations for their support of this project. These include (and are not limited to) : TASMANIAN COMMUNITY FUND - HAVNADIP BUS REPAIRS - SCANIA AUSTRALIA - SIGNRITE - METRO TASMANIA - TBCS MEMBER yoda & TBCS MEMBERS who assist with their volunteer work.


How she looked BRAND NEW :shock:
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PROGRESSIVE RESTORATION :shock:
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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:59 am

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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:01 am

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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby Punchbowl Tiger Cub » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:12 am

A wonderful piece of restoration and a credit to all for bringing this back to life.Great also to see a high level of co-operation between all parties to achieve this result
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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby CCCC » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:21 am

Will it have original sign writing.
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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby busdriver_81 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:36 pm

Amazing work will look marvelous when shes all finished
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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby yoda » Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:07 pm

CCCC wrote:Will it have original sign writing.


Yes. That's our next step (commencing this coming week).
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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby vernbale » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:25 pm

Amazing work, well done everyone :shock:
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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby BroadGauge » Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:16 pm

Looking good. Is this the first low floor bus to be preserved in Australia?
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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby Bedford-29 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:11 pm

Watch out Neil Metro will want 200 back after all the work been done to it :mrgreen:
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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby Lt. Commander Data » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:42 pm

This looks amazing - a huge congrats to everyone who did anything in this.

For some reason I love seeing newer buses being preserved and restored (and hope to do the same myself in the future) - but not to say I don't like old buses!
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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby Bus Suggestions » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:07 pm

Bedford-29 wrote:Watch out Neil Metro will want 200 back after all the work been done to it :mrgreen:

Yes, Tas Metro will most likely. They might even want you in one of their depots to repaint and restore all the old Low-Floor Scanias!
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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby busrider » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:17 pm

BroadGauge wrote:Looking good. Is this the first low floor bus to be preserved in Australia?


In running order, maybe. The Bus Preservation Society of WA has two low floor buses, but neither are running as far as I know.
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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby M5. » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:38 pm

What was the fait of the midi 521?
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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:59 am

Bus Suggestions wrote:Yes, Tas Metro will most likely. They might even want you in one of their depots to repaint and restore all the old Low-Floor Scanias!
Not our work. All done professionally (albiet by the same guy who does repair Metro buses) :mrgreen: We've done a lot of prep work and will be installing all the signwriting
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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby 999 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:40 am

Well done. Looks really good
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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby Bus Suggestions » Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:16 pm

Any recent photos?? I'm itching for an update :)
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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:10 am

M5. wrote:What was the fait of the midi 521?
ex 521 (MAN 10.180) is currently with Merseylink in Devonport (awaiting a motor I believe)

Bus Suggestions wrote:Any recent photos?? I'm itching for an update :)
No update as yet. Awaiting the signage to be manufactured. The Society has been busy with other endeavours in more recent weeks, but hope to get something done over the Easter period.
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Re: The resurrection of Bus #200

Postby yoda » Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:05 pm

Day after picking it up, I did give it a wash and hit it with some wax
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