Sunday, November 21, 2010

Spotted : Ex -SBS Transit's Walter Alexander O405?

A fotopic link that was shared on facebook recently showed two very familiar vehicle :

A very familiar feel that hints of ex- SBST's Walter Alexander O405, 538-24.
Another unit, 538-25.
There are this two units so far that is believed to be spotted in Thailand. It is believed that the buses underwent rebodying to suit the local specifications.
Comparing it with the photos of the WA Mercedes O405 before its retirement, the familiar features include:
  • The side Walter Alexander styling
  • The windows and emergency exit door
  • The air con unit
  • The rear view mirrors + yellow stickers on 538-25
SBS237K on 183 before its retirement.
Hope to be able to recieve confirmations that the two (or more) of the buses are indeed ex-SBST vehicles.

Update 1: Mr Clement Tan confirms that the two buses are indeed ex-SBST's O405s. He also states that Bala Engineering and Used Autos located at Sugei Kadut is handling the shippings of these buses to Thailand and Indonesia, some without the WA front.

Update 2:

Interior photos by TouringcarTeam.Marcel 1, Bangkok boy

Very familiar interor ^^

Close up of interior.
 Yep. Defintely a SBS Transit interior, modified and refurbished. The original aircon ducts, the TV mobile speakers are retained together with some of the other interior fixtures such as the seats.

The above Thailand Mercedes Benz bus/interior photographs are courtesy of Buspics from Bangkok , Thailand by Bangkok bus boy; TouringcarTeam.Marcel 1. Credits go to the author of the two photographs and the page author.

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