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The Renault PR100.3 was a step-entrance and low-floor single-decker bus marketed in Australia, based on the Renault R312. The bus, like the PR100.2, was a package with a standard R312 front, chassis and dash (with steering column), and choices of bodywork.

Renault PR100.3
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Austral Denning bodied PR100.3 of ACTION at Tuggeranong Interchange in June 2006
Overview
ManufacturerRenault Véhicules Industries (RVI)
AssemblySaint-Priest, France
Body and chassis
Doors1 or 2
Floor typeStep-entrance (PR100.3)
Low floor (PR100.3A)
Powertrain
Capacity34 to 50 seated
Dimensions
Length11950mm
Width2500mm
Height3000mm
Curb weight14.4 tonnes

AustraliaEdit

Only three operators in Australia purchased the PR100.3: ACTION, King Brothers and Transperth.

ACTIONEdit

ACTION purchased 42 PR100.3 buses, all with Austral-Denning bodies which incorporated the R312 front. There are 7 low-floor PR100.3As were introduced as ACTION's first wheelchair accessible buses that only BUS 113, BUS 129 and BUS 131 are remaining in service. Two of these vehicles were originally powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), but they were converted to operate on diesel in 2007; these two buses have since been withdrawn from service.

BuswaysEdit

Busways inherited 25 PR100.3s when it purchased King Brothers from its receivers in 2004. Twenty-four were bodied by Custom Coaches and one by Northcoast Bus & Coach.[1] They are mainly on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, but a few have made their way to Blacktown, in Western Sydney.

TransperthEdit

 
Transperth Volgren bodied PR100.3

Transperth purchased one Volgren bodied PR100.3. It was operated by Path Transit. This bus differs in many ways from the ACTION fleet in the shape and design of the body and interior (looking less like the European R312), and also has an evaporative cooler. The only similar features are the dash, chassis, steering column and the R312 front.

This bus was numbered 1133 in the Transperth fleet and was offered for sale in 1993, but there was no buyer. It was normally used by Transperth only when it was critically required due to its poor performance. It was painted in Transperth corporate colours—green and white—and it was garaged at Malaga Depot. It was converted to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel by Transcom. This bus was withdrawn in 2016 and has since been sold to a private owner to be secured for preservation. [2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Busways Bus Australia Fleet Lists
  2. ^ 1133 Perth Bus