The Featured Bus for July 2012 is ZIB-156 – an AEC Swift 3MP2R bus

ZIB 156 was an AEC Swift 3MP2R which operated for the Canberra Bus Service between 1970 and 1979.

It was the class leader of 30 Swifts (Buses 156-185) bodied by Comeng Vehicle Industries (a subsidiary of Commonwealth Engineering). These were the last buses to be built by CVI before it was taken over by Smithfield Bus and Coach Works.

ZIB 156 was the first AEC Swift fitted with the Wilson self-changing-gears four-speed semi-automatic transmission. The earlier 14 Swifts in the fleet featured manual transmission.

When it left service in 1979, 156 was retained by ACTION as part of its Historic Fleet, but it was later sold to the Parker Family of Oakville NSW.


Further details:

  • Bus 156 on ACT Bus Wiki
  • AEC Swift article on ACT Bus
  • “Establishment of a historic fleet” article on ACT Bus

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This page was last updated on 28 April 2024