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

Postby User xyz » Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:26 pm

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

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

Postby C130 » Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:48 pm

Is this the 1st new new bus bought for the north under Busways Ownership?
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Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

Postby Fleet Lists » Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:03 pm

And still on MO xxxx plates too.
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Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

Postby Andrew » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:07 pm

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

Postby C130 » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:12 pm

Wasnt there a SB400 at the BusVic Conference earlier this year?
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Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

Postby Tim » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:16 pm

none for blacktown
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Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

Postby C130 » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:19 pm

Why would any go to Blacktown? This bus is a school bus, hence its name SchoolBus400.
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Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

Postby User xyz » Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:24 pm

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

Postby mcpaton » Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:12 pm

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

Postby STA 1440 » Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:17 pm

I'm just happy it's not a flippin van :lol: :lol:
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Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

Postby mrobsessed » Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:03 am

Have a go at the Customs part of the dash. 1980 CC bodies had better finish than that!
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Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

Postby Daniel » Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:30 am

It's pretty hard to integrate anything nicely, with that stupidly curved MAN dash.
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Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

Postby Windy » Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:28 am

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

Postby Andrew » Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:42 am

The M A N letters on the front perhaps....
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Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

Postby User xyz » Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:00 pm

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

Postby Ben O » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:07 am

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

Postby CB80 » Sun Dec 21, 2008 6:56 pm

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

Postby KING BROS » Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:26 pm

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

Postby Stoney! » Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:40 pm

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.

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

Postby User xyz » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:11 pm

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

Postby T1200 » Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:32 pm

I would refer you to the red text at the top of every page in this forum... :idea:
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Re: Busways #873 (No its not another van!!)

Postby aussiebuses » Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:17 pm

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?
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