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Interesting/Odd Buses

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I thought this might warrant its own thread, as this topic could lead into quite some discussion.

I would like to know about MTT/Transperth buses that were delivered or had been modified with a fitout that differentiated them from the 'norm.' I was thinking about perspex security screens on TP buses, and realised no easily-accessible 'list' had really been compiled of them. So this thread would be about Perth buses that had something to differentiate them from the rest of the batch, as well as applicable dates (e.g. xx.xx.1999 Perspex screen fitted, xx.xx.20xx removed due to glare).

Other than perspex screens, I think it would be interesting to know about oddballs of the past. Just like we currently have 3000-02 running around, I know that the original 007, 395/008 and 543/009 were oddballs. They were, I believe, the first Merc gassies (by strict literal definition) and buses I never got to experience (and I assume others may not have either), so I think it would be nice to share some knowledge on here.

And on that topic, 008 and 009 carried experimental liveries. I've seen a photo of 008 carrying the inverted arrowhead, but I have no idea what 009's livery was - the only thing I could find of that was it sitting in Kewdale wearing an awful coat of turqoise. Did any other buses carry different experimental liveries, such as prototypes of the 2010 TP livery?

There are of course other examples of oddballs, such as which buses were early converted to CNG, or which Renaults carry small fuel tanks. These are all welcome to be shared here if anyone wants to share what they have, and pictures would be welcome to (especially when it comes to experimental liveries). Lastly, I would also like to ask for context behind whatever is shared (e.g. an answer to 'why did x?').

So, is anyone willing to share?
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Nothing to do with liveries, but 517 was the odd one out of that bunch of buses which began from 49x-541, in that the seats weren't the same as those other buses...
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I feel like half the buses currently in the TransBusselton fleet would belong on this list lol
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I can happily share some bits and pieces once I am home, later on.

Squiddy, I wouldn't count the ex BCT stuff as they are pretty standard Private Operator Spec buses of that era and weren't new to the PTA/DOT etc.., but can share if you wish?
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Bus-1809 wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:44 am
I can happily share some bits and pieces once I am home, later on.

Squiddy, I wouldn't count the ex BCT stuff as they are pretty standard Private Operator Spec buses of that era and weren't new to the PTA/DOT etc.., but can share if you wish?
Each to their own. I am sure some of the things you'll share I wouldn't consider particularly interesting or odd, but that's the beauty of a public forum, we are all able to freely share our own opinions : D
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For me the most interesting looking buses I drove was 444 (different body shape and fully enclosed cash tray door) at Karrinyup and 747 (with the at skin off livery) at Palmyra. Also at Palmyra was 54 which at the time was decked out with MetroBus livery (like my avatar).

Also worth a mention was the Scania DAB's when I was on the CATs.
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