SBS Transit will be retiring their Mercedes Benz O405 fleet after 19 years of service. The last buses will be withdrawn on 4 June 2011. The 700-strong fleet of O.405s have served the company in many districts from the heartlands in Boon Lay and Toa Payoh to the busy office crowd in the Central Business District. The bus is equipped with a 250 bhp Mercedes Benz OM 447h and most of the 700 units came with a stock Mercedes Benz W3E 3-speed automatic transmission. Some examples are fitted with a ZF4HP500 4-speed transmission or a Voith DIWA 3-speed transmission. These buses are mostly replaced by the newer Scania K230UBs, introduced from 2007. We will take a ride on one of the last few routes to find these workhorsesl; Service 79. Service 79 is an industrial service route running from Jurong East to Boon Lay via Taman Jurong.
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