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Today I want to feature the largest 2 axle coach in the Langley’s fleet. This Scania K320IB is a 57 seat charter coach – featuring a Chinese built Higer A30 body, this is a fairly versatile vehicle for all small-medium charters and any local work.
The title says it all, really – I am an avid fan of their products. Here are a couple of my favourites!
This coach is the coach I often travel on with Langley’s Coaches of Dubbo, NSW, Australia. This ex-Australia Wide Coaches 2007 K470EB 6×2*4 is their largest single deck coach without having to resort to the “Super Deckers”.
If you are a Scania truck fan, you’d know they use both 6 cylinder and V8 engines. I am a definite V8 fan – this big 2003 R164G V8 580 8×4 tilt tray calls my home town home and is owned by a former parts shop owner….
This video is of the R164G running and revved up while the owner was adjusting the steer axle airbags:
This is an exterior walk around of the K470EB 6×2*4:
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….
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)
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!