1985 Volvo B10ML #706
Bus #706 was the 6th articulated vehicle purchased by the Metropolitan Transport Trust and the 3rd in a batch of 19 funded by the Australian Government's Bicentennial Bus Acquisition Project.
Built by Pressed Metal Corporation in South Australia, it shares a very similar style to the Adelaide Volvo units of the time. They quickly became popular with drivers after the daunting size was overcome, with excellent heating for the driver.
706 operated from the City, Mornington and Springfield depots, before being allocated as a satellite vehicle at Lauderdale. With the end of dedicated satellie yard vehicles, it returned to the pack and served at Springfield, Bridgewater and Lauderdale.
Bus #706 was retired from public service in July 2016 with the arrival of MAN artics from Skybus replacing it. Having served for 31 years, it has travelled over 2,000,000KM.
The Society extends their thanks to Metro Tasmania for their donation of #706 for future generations to enjoy.
Chassis: Volvo B10ML
Engine: Volvo THD100
Cylinders: Flat 6 in line
Output: 245 hp
Displacement: 9.6 litre
Mounting: Mid mount, underfloor
Transmission: ZF 5 speed automatic
Body: Built by PMC Adelaide
Capacity: 70 seated passengers, 34