Volvo B59

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Volvo B59
HTM bus 901 of the Volvo B59-55 / Hainje to The Hague.
Manufacturer Volvo
Body and chassis
Floor type Step entrance
Engine Volvo

The Volvo B59 was a rear-engined bus chassis produced by Volvo in Sweden from 1970 until 1980, with a 10-litre straight-6 diesel engine.

The first Volvo B59 was delivered to the Københavns Sporveje (The City Transport Authority in Copenhagen, Denmark) in 1970, and was fitted with a bodywork built by Aabenraa Karrosserifabrik, based in Aabenraa. Originally ran as a prototype, it came later in ordinary service, as KS #531. It was bought by Volvo for preservation at the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden after withdrawal.

The B59 was popular with Australian government operators. Brisbane City Council placed 98 in service between September 1976 and July 1978.,[1] State Transit Authority, Adelaide 307 between September 1977 and October 1979[2] and the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board 100.[3] The State Transport Authority's 1002 upon bodying returned to Sweden as a demonstrator before entering service.

Only one was built to UK specification this was VEB566L, fitted with a Marshall Camair B48D body for Ailsa Bus, the UK Volvo dealers, it demonstrated across the country but with the Leyland National available and a patriotic mainly public sector market for urban buses no orders ensued. Subsequent operators included Parks of Hamilton and Stag Garage of Lochgilphead.

A trolleybus version of Volvo B59 was also built. A batch of 17 vehicles, fitted with Ansaldo electric equipment and Mauri bodywork, was delivered to ATAM of Italian city Rimini between 1975 and 1978, for use on the Rimini–Riccione trolleybus line.

Its successor was the B10R.

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  1. ^ Volvo B59 (Domino-Hedges) Brisbane Transport Buses
  2. ^ Volvo B59 / PMCSA Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  3. ^ MET as at 1988 Australian Bus Fleet Lists