BCSV Farewell MAN SL200 Ansair MK II Tour 27/06/15

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BCSV Farewell MAN SL200 Ansair MK II Tour 27/06/15

by The Met » June 28th, 2015, 3:47 pm

Not rail related but certainly worth posting these photos from a fantastic bus tour from Saturday.

On Saturday June 27 2015, the Bus & Coach Society of Victoria held a special tour to farewell the former Government/Met MAN SL200 Ansair MK II buses. The SL200 has been a real workhorse of Melbourne's bus network and is a historic and iconic symbol of the Met era of Transport in Melbourne/Victoria. First entering service in 1988, the SL200 Ansair MK IIs were the first Melbourne buses to feature air conditioning and electronic destination displays, these buses have operated from the Doncaster, Fitzroy, Footscray and Sandringham Depots (all former Met depots), with a very small number of them remaining in regular service today from Transdev Melbourne's Doncaster and Fitzroy Depots. The buses have operated under Met/Government, Melbourne Bus Link, National Bus Company, Ventura and now Transdev Melbourne.

The tour commenced at Box Hill Bus Station at 1115 and continued throughout the day for just over seven hours, using buses 280 and 283. On the journey, the buses traversed many current and former Met bus routes and visiting such places as Melbourne City, Footscray, Yarraville, Altona, Port Melbourne - including Fisherman's Bend and Garden City, Clifton Hill, La Trobe University (Bundoora), Greensborough, Doncaster, Mitcham and then finishing at Box Hill Bus Station and at Melbourne City in the evening. Some of the routes emulated included runs over the Eastern and West Gate Freeways, including over the West Gate Bridge.

Full credit must go to all who organised this wonderful tour, it was an extremely enjoyable day with a great and buzzing atmosphere - and a great way to send off these wonderful pieces of history! These are the last government ordered buses still in revenue service in Melbourne, and we don't know how much longer Transdev intends to keep these buses in service so it was a great opportunity to celebrate their lives. Here is a selection of photos from the day:

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At East Kew Junction (Harp Rd & High St) along route 302 to the city
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Bus 280 at Yarraville Station (near route 223 Yarraville-Highpoint Shopping Centre)
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Bus 280 at the Altona North Park & Ride before its trip over the West Gate Bridge (route 232)
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Buses 283 and 280 at Fisherman's Bend (Port Melbourne) (route 235/237)
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A truly Melbourne scene - Bus 280 with B2 Class tram 2031 near Flinders Street Station (former route 250)
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Bus 280 at the La Trobe University Interchange at Bundoora (route 250/350, former route 340)
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Bus 280 back at Box Hill Bus Station preparing to return empty to Doncaster Depot for a well deserved rest!

Hope you all enjoy these.
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