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Mercedes-Benz O405NH
Mercedes-Benz O405NH (CNG)

Body

Custom Coaches 'Citaro'

Seating capacity

45

Standing capacity

25

Fuel type

CNG

Wheelchair access

Yes

Air conditioning

Yes

Length

12.5 metres

Number in service

299

Depot locations

Leichhardt, Port Botany, Ryde, Waverley

Years entered service

1999-2002

IntroductionEdit

The Mercedes-Benz O405NH is one of the air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible bus models of the Sydney Buses fleet. They have individual fabric seating and electronic destination displays. The O405NH has also been named 'Australian Bus of the Year' twice.

ServiceEdit

300 buses (fleet numbers 1100-1107, 1109-1160, 1162-1196, 1200-1233, 1236, 1270, 1272 -1405 and 2000) were originally delivered to Sydney Buses in 1999-2002. These buses are located at Leichhardt (now owned by Transit Systems West), Ryde, Port Botany and Waverley depots. Currently, only 299 remain in service because fleet number 1271 was written off in an accident in 2010. The buses are usually used on Inner West routes and several of the buses were used to transport athletes for the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. Ryde-based members of the fleet operate in areas such as Parramatta, Chatswood, Macquarie Park and around the Ryde area as well as running to and from the Sydney CBD via Victoria Road. Waverley and Port Botany-based fleets run services in the Eastern Suburbs. Waverley serving areas such as Bondi Junction, Randwick, Coogee, Edgecliff and Watsons Bay. Port Botany services to areas in the southern Eastern Suburbs region such as Maroubra, Eastgardens, Mascot and also to and from the CBD via Anzac Parade.

In 2007, cracking was found in the frames. In order to assess the causes and find solutions, 1210 was sent to the manufacturer in Germany and returned to Sydney at the end of 2007. The solution to this problem was to install a diagonal bar across the first passenger window on both sides of the bus. This is visible on the photo to the right.

Fleet listEdit

O405NH’s currently in operation are listed by depot below.

Ryde: 1116, 1125, 1143, 1180, 1181, 1182, 1184, 1185, 1186, 1187, 1188, 1189, 1190, 1191, 1193, 1194, 1195, 1200, 1201, 1202, 1203, 1204, 1205, 1206, 1207, 1208, 1209, 1210, 1211, 1212, 1343, 1344, 1345, 1363, 1364, 1365, 1367, 1368, 1370, 1372, 1373, 1374, 1375, 1376, 1377, 1378, 1379, 1380, 1381, 1382, 1383, 1384, 1386, 1387, 1388, 1389, 1390, 1391, 1392, 1393, 1394, 1395, 1396, 1397, 1398, 1399, 1400, 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, 1405.

Port Botany: 1120, 1122, 1133, 1154, 1156, 1160, 1164, 1170, 1214, 1217, 1218, 1219, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1226, 1227, 1228, 1229, 1230, 1231, 1232, 1233, 1236, 1237, 1238, 1239, 1240, 1241, 1242, 1243, 1244, 1245, 1246, 1247, 1248, 1249, 1250, 1251, 1252, 1253, 1254, 1255, 1256, 1257, 1258, 1259, 1260, 1261, 1262, 1263, 1264, 1265, 1266, 1268, 1269, 1270, 1272, 1273, 1275, 1276, 1307, 1308, 1309, 1310, 1311, 1312, 1313, 1314, 1315.

Waverley: 1277, 1278, 1279, 1280, 1306, 1316, 1317, 1318, 1319, 1320, 1321, 1322, 1323, 1324, 1325, 1326, 1327, 1328, 1329, 1330, 1346, 1347, 1348, 1349, 1350, 1351, 1352, 1353, 1354, 1355, 1356, 1357, 1358, 1359, 1360, 1361, 1362, 2000.

Fleet numbers not listed above have either been, transferred to other operators (namely TSW for the Leichhardt-based fleet), withdrawn from service, retired and/or scrapped.

SpecificationsEdit

The buses are powered by CNG and 'Citaro' bodies. These buses were delivered from Germany as a fully constructed frame and panels were fitted by Custom Coaches, so that as many of these buses could have been on the road in time for the Sydney Olympic Games. They can seat 45 passengers and are 12.5 metres long. They have M447hG Euro 2 engines producing 175 kW.

A Mobitec ICU400 is fitted in the overhead instrument cluster to control the flipdot displays on the bus. However, as these flip dot displays are very old, they do sometimes have lots of 'dead' dots, making the destination unreadable.

PaintEdit

The O405NH buses are painted in the Corporate v1 (blue and white with thin red line), Corporate v2 (blue and white) and fleet 1213 is In the TfNSW (light blue and white) livery But was withdrawn in 2018

GalleryEdit