Rear-steer coaches in Australia

I’ve been following the whole “rear-steer” (or 6×2*4) coach market in Australia for a while…. it’s all thanks to one Scania I know which actually has a “rear-steer” set-up….

Scania K470EB 6x2*4 TV5594 - the first rear-steer coach sold in Australia
Scania K470EB 6×2*4 TV5594 – the first rear-steer coach sold in Australia

I’ll go back to 2007 when this Scania K470EB 6×2*4 was first delivered – it joined the fleet of a highly respected company called Australia Wide Coaches. First registered (SA) XNU346, it then got transferred to Sydney and re-registered TV5594 (livery in the photo below). On the 22nd of January, 2011, it got transferred to Langley’s Coaches in Dubbo, still as TV5594 (livery in the top photo)

2007 Scania K470EB 6x2*4 TV5594 - Australia Wide Coaches livery
2007 Scania K470EB 6×2*4 TV5594 – Australia Wide Coaches livery

Since then, Volvo has joined Scania in offering a rear-steer coach chassis…. the popularity of the rear-steer is increasing in Australia due to the manoeuvrability in tight spaces. The British have had this set-up on their trucks for, well, ages and know the ease of manoeuvrability that a rear-steer offers…. Australian coach operators are now embracing this!

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