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SBS9641D on Service 198

Overview

The Volvo Olympian was a rear-engined 2-axle and 3-axle double decker bus chassis manufactured by Volvo at its Irvine, Scotland factory. The first was built in 1992 and entered production in March 1993, replacing the Leyland Olympian.

Singapore Bus Services/SBS Transit

SBS had purchased and operated a total of 571 Volvo Olympian buses over the years, consisting of 2-axle non air-conditioned and 3-axle air-conditioned variants.

2-axle

In 1993, SBS purchased 100 2-axle non air-conditioned Volvo Olympians. Unlike the 12 meter long air-conditioned variants, these buses were only 10.5 meter long. Like the 3-axle air-conditioned Leyland Olympians that were previously ordered, these buses also came with the "Royale" bodywork by Walter Alexander Coachbuilders. They were the last non air-conditioned buses to be purchased by SBS. To increase the overall capacity, some buses had 4 rows of seats removed to create a standing area.

All of the non air-conditioned Volvo Olympians were retired by 2013 at the end of their lifespan.

3-axle

Batch 1

In 1993, SBS also purchased 201 3-axle air-conditioned Volvo Olympians. These buses also came with the "Royale" bodywork by Walter Alexander Coachbuilders, and looked nearly identical to the 3-axle air-conditioned Leyland Olympians in both interior and exterior design. To increase the overall capacity, all of the buses except SBS9265U had 4 rows of seats removed to create a standing area.

SBS9378C received special refurbishment after an accident, and featured new interior trim, new seat covers and new rear air-conditioning and engine covers in an updated design.

All of the batch 1 buses were retired by 2015 at the end of their lifespan.

Batch 2

In 1996, SBS made a further purchase of 200 3-axle air-conditioned Volvo Olympians. Like the batch 1 buses, the "Royale" bodywork was fitted on these buses too, now with an updated front headlights and grille design. The batch 2 buses also featured larger entrance and exit doors, and the interior design was also updated. To increase the overall capacity, all of the buses had 4 rows of seats removed to create a standing area.

All of the batch 2 buses were retired by 2016 at the end of their lifespan.

Batch 3

In 1997, SBS made a final purchase of 70 3-axle air-conditioned Volvo Olympians. Fitted with the "Royale" bodywork, these buses were identical in design to the batch 2 buses. A standing area is now standard in the interior.

In 2011, all of the batch 3 buses were fitted with LECIP Electronic Destination Signage (EDS).

These buses are currently in the midst of retirement.

Specification Table

2-axle 3-axle (Batch 1) 3-axle (Batch 2) 3-axle (Batch 3)
Registration no. SBS7198T - SBS7297R SBS9200G - SBS9400X SBS9401T - SBS9600K SBS9601H - SBS9670H
Vehicle bodywork Walter Alexander Royale
Quantity 100 201 200 70
571 (Total)
Year 1993 1993 & 1994 1996 1998 & 1999
Period of registration 14 Jun 1994 - 24 Feb 1995 10 Jun 1994 - 28 Jun 1995 17 Aug 1996 - 10 Feb 1998 5 Mar 1999 - 26 Dec 2000
Passenger capacity Seating (Upper deck): 43
Seating (Lower deck): 30 / 22
Standing: 13 / 29
Total: 86 / 94
Seating (Upper deck): 55
Seating (Lower deck): 38 / 30
Standing: 38 / 54
Total: 131 / 139
Seating (Upper deck): 55
Seating (Lower deck): 37 / 30
Standing: 38 / 54
Total: 130 / 139
Seating (Upper deck): 55
Seating (Lower deck): 29
Standing: 55
Total: 139
Engine model Volvo TD102KF
Engine capacity 9603 cc
Emission standard Euro I
Transmission model Voith DIWA 851.2 ZF Ecomat I 4HP 500
Power/torque 245 hp (180 kW) @ 2200 rpm / 1050 Nm @ 1250 rpm
Air-con model N/A Denso
Door model Deans

Gallery

2-axle

3-axle

Batch 1

Batch 2

Batch 3

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