Transport operator Red Bus will this Sunday gift its first MAN 202 bus to the Tramway Historical Society.
Red Bus has now sold 48 MAN 202 buses to other operators, but Bus 612 was special because in 1986 it was the first of its kind the transport operator purchased, Chief Executive Paul McNoe says.
“These buses went from five or more steps to just three steps, and they featured flat floors inside. In their heyday they were ground-breaking.
“Twenty-four years and 1.3 million kilometres later, it’s the end of Bus 612’s operational life with us. Gifting it to the Tramway Historical Society at Ferrymead means there’ll be a record of yet another transport model available for future generations to see how times have progressed.”
Buses today have single step entry and keen to allow easy access and provide a “better customer experience,” Mr McNoe says.
Past president of the Tramway Historical Society, Max Taylor, was General Manager of the Christchurch Transport Board when Bus 612 arrived in Christchurch in 1986.
“The MAN SL202 was a significant purchase for the Transport Board as for many years we were buying British designs. This bus was state of the art at the time and met new VOV2 German specifications with power steering, rear engine and automatic transmission.”
“We are delighted to accept Bus 612 from Red Bus, it will be the youngest in our collection of seven historic buses, all of which are still operable. It’s a great way to preserve examples of various generations of vehicles used in Christchurch,” Mr Taylor says.
For further information, contact Paul McNoe, Red Bus Chief Executive, Ph 03 371 3110, firstname.lastname@example.org