While ACTION’s buses have an expiry date for servicing the Canberra commuter, they don’t always end up on the scrap heap once their time is up.

As of 2014, most ACTION Buses can expect to remain in the fleet for around twenty to twenty-five years.

Once a bus is retired from the ACTION fleet, all insignia and fleet numbers are removed, as MyWay and other equipment. The bus is then generally stored at a depot, until it can be sold, or stripped for parts.

ex-ACTION Buses with other operators

Former ACTION Buses can be found all over Australia, and even over the ditch! Here’s just some of the places former ACTION Buses have operated:

  • Deanes, Queanbeyan
  • Sid Foggs, Newcastle
  • Adams, Perth
  • Surfside, QLD
  • Wisby’s, Hobart
  • Bacchus Marsh Coaches, VIC
  • GO!, Wellington NZ
  • Cesta Travel, Auckland NZ
  • Busways, Telfords, Baxters and Cavanaughs, NSW
  • Mylon Motorways, Wodonga
  • Adelaide Night Cruiser, Adelaide

We couldn’t locate any evidence of ex-ACTION Buses operating in the Northern Territory, but one bus operated in Darwin prior to its purchase by ACTION – Bus 673, which also saw revenue service in Hobart and Brisbane!


A number of ex-ACTION Buses have found new lives as mobile homes.

Spare Parts

Spare Parts buses are generally deemed so once withdrawn due to a poor mechanical history which does not make them ideal candidates for sale. Buses that suffer accident damage leading to withdrawal are also used for spare parts. Useful parts may include mechanical pieces as well as seats, windows and stop bells. Once all useful parts have been stripped from the bus, the remains are generally sold to scrap metal dealers. 

This page was last updated on 23 October 2022

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