A snapshot of Action

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A snapshot of Action

Postby venturatiger » Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:12 pm

Hi, spent a couple of days in Canberra before & after Sydney Bus Show, here are some shots of most types of buses in the Action Fleet
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(118) a Renault PR100.3 , Ansair of July 1994
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(146) a Dennis Dart SLF, Wright Crusader of October 1997
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(315) a Irisbus Agoraline,Custom Coaches "CB60" of November 2002, waiting for the lights to enter Civic Interchange
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(361) a Gas Scania L94UB, Custom Coaches "CB60" of October 2005 at Civic Interchange
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(374) a Gas MAN 18.310, Custom Coaches "CB60 EVO II" of May 2008 about to enter Civic Interchange
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(390) a MAN 18.320, Custom Coaches "CB60 EVO II" of September 2009 leaving Civic Interchange
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(411) a MAN 18.320 Custom Coaches "CB60 EVO II" of February 2010 in Belconnen on a wet Saturday Moerning
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(473) a Scania K230UB, Custom Coaches "CB60 EVO II" of August 2010 about to enter Civic Interchange
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(490) the lone Gas Scania K230UB, Custom Coaches "CB60 EVO II"of October 2009 [on long term loan to Action] passing through Civic Interchange
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(720) a Renault PR180.2 MkI, Ansair of September 1988 about to enter Civic Interchange on a School service
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(864) a Renault PR100.2, Ansair of June 1990 leaving Civic Interchange
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(939) a Renault PR100.2 MkII, Ansair of February 1992 at Civic Interchange
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:24 pm

Wow!! Sydneysiders always complain about the lack of power on the "gassies". If ACTIONs #490 K230 is a gassie, best of luck moving it, let alone getting up a hill. Likewise the K230 14.5m. If Hobart's K230s are anything to go by, THESE TWO BUSES MUST BE GUTLESS :shock:
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby busrider » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:34 pm

Well the 14.5s are actually K320UBs, and the CNG bus would be a K270, as Scania never offered the 230hp engine with CNG...
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:40 pm

busrider wrote:Well the 14.5s are actually K320UBs, and the CNG bus would be a K270, as Scania never offered the 230hp engine with CNG...
Thx for that. I didn't think the 14.5s were K230s, but didn't open another window to check Fleetlists.
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby Ryan » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:10 pm

The Steertags are K320UB. 490 is a K230UB.

ACTION have not released a specifications sheet for #490 however they have confirmed for us that it is definitely a K230UB. Further info on that particular vehicle is available here: http://www.actbus.net/fleetwiki/index.p ... BUS_490_(2)
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby busrider » Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:17 pm

Perhaps Scania developed a special K230 CNG model for ACTION. It'll be one of a kind, since Scania has discontinued the K230UB...
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:25 pm

Ryan wrote:The Steertags are K320UB. 490 is a K230UB.

ACTION have not released a specifications sheet for #490 however they have confirmed for us that it is definitely a K230UB.
Must have some bloody BIG rubberbands :lol:
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby Bus 400 » Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:30 pm

busrider wrote:Perhaps Scania developed a special K230 CNG model for ACTION. It'll be one of a kind, since Scania has discontinued the K230UB...



It is a trial unit, with word on the street being it was to tour differnet operators around Australia. But ACTION have had 490 for a while now.
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby Busnerd » Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:44 pm

It is a field trial bus and is a one off. It was given to ACTION to trial for a short time however i believe the original trial period was extended. I have only caught this bus once and it seemed to go perfectly fine, it seemed to perform better than the L94 gassies in my opinion.
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby Lemon » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:50 pm

It is a heap of XXX, the L94s go so much better.

It went through a period of going really well but last time I was on it (about a month ago) the slowest artic in the fleet could have out dragged it!
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby CB80 » Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:39 am

It's unfair to judge it off a bad run if it went well previously, it could have developed a mechanical fault.
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A snapshot of Action

Postby Lemon » Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:09 am

Calling it a price of XXX is a fair call, it has been on the back of the tow truck more than it's been on the road'
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby Irisbus Rider » Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:39 pm

Teething problems. It is, after all, a trial bus, with a unique engine configuration, constantly requiring re-jigging. To be honest, it should be restricted to the shortest shift, and kept off the road as much as possible, because a bus as unreliable as it should not be in general revenue service.
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby Bus-1809 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:28 pm

Perth's Scania L94UA CNG (the only one in existance as far as I know) is also a lemon and spends more time on the back of Veolia's Tow Truck.

I honestly don't believe Scania would have wasted their time building a 230hp CNG motor just for one bus. I'd say it's either a K270UB or they've ripped ya's off and stuck the 4 Series Carby fed motor from the L94's in it and coupled it up to a 6Spd ZF... :oops:
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby CB80 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:39 pm

It's the same engine/motor in the K230UB as the K270UB, just a different turbo and tuning.
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby ZIB-585 » Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:12 am

venturatiger wrote:(118) a Renault PR100.3 , Ansair of July 1994

Austral Denning, actually. And, unless you choose not to believe the body plate, model name is "Starliner".
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby Busman444 » Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:40 am

Does anyone have a recording of the Scania K230UB gassie, after all, we may not like it, but it's one of a kind!
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby Fleet Lists » Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:39 pm

All photos in this thread are now also available in the photo gallery October 2011 album. I have amended 118 to Austral Denning "Starliner".
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby shano_falconoot » Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:52 pm

Righto, for the country bumpkins, I'm assuming the turnouts on the front of the buses are bike racks?
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby Peta mechanic » Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:11 pm

shano_falconoot wrote:Righto, for the country bumpkins, I'm assuming the turnouts on the front of the buses are bike racks?


They sure are! Hobart has some of them as well I believe.

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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:24 pm

Peta mechanic wrote:
shano_falconoot wrote:Righto, for the country bumpkins, I'm assuming the turnouts on the front of the buses are bike racks?


They sure are! Hobart has some of them as well I believe.

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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby shano_falconoot » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:07 am

Cheers, not much call for them around here! Thought that they'd be either that or a budget attempt at one of them poly smart bar type bullbars! Sort of defeats the purpose of riding a bike if your just gonna stick it on the front of a bus and take it to work, unless you want to use it as an excuse to tell the mrs you've been riding to work to lose a few kilos and thats why your later home, meanwhile you've caught the bus with your bike to the pub on the way home, slipped a few quick ones in and pushed the treadly back into the driveway and shes none the wiser!
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby Sir Pompously » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:00 pm

The whole reason behind it is so that you can ride to your interchange, then put your bike on a bus to get close to work, then ride the rest of the way. Canberra is perfect for this kind of route due to the way the town centres are connected by the Intertown (Now Blue Rapid) and the suburbs are connected to the Town Centres by a series of bike paths. They have been a failure in so many other cities as most are not designed in the way Canberra is, so there is no real benefit to having racks on buses. Also, unless most buses running certain (Advertised) routes have them on, most people would not use the service as there would be no guarantee of actually getting a bus with a rack. Now as we are slowly upgrading buses, there are gaps in the Bike and Ride service which may see it become unpopular. Another thing for ACTION to do is to also ban bikes on routes outside of the Blue and Red Rapid services. There is no benefit to health by allowing people to put their bike on a bus outside their home, then taking it off when they get to their destination only on the off chance they may ride somewhere. It should be bike (to you interchange or nearest BR RR stop) and ride (The bus).
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Re: A snapshot of Action

Postby shano_falconoot » Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:13 am

Makes sense! I've been living under a rock most of my life! I have no real idea with city buses!
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