Karosa B 741
|Karosa B 741|
|Body and chassis|
|Chassis||semi-self-supporting with frame|
|Engine||LIAZ ML636N Euro II V6 Diesel engine|
190 kW (255 hp) (LIAZ ML637S)
|Transmission||ZF 4-speed automatic|
|Length||17,355 mm (683.3 in)|
|Width||2,500 mm (98.4 in)|
|Height||3,165 mm (124.6 in)|
13,700 kg (30,200 lb) (Euro 0)
|Predecessor||Karosa ŠM 16,5|
|Successor||Karosa B 941|
Karosa B 741 is an articulated urban bus produced by bus manufacturer Karosa from the Czech Republic, in the years of 1991 to 1997. In many towns they replaced Ikarus 280 made in Hungary. In production was succeeded by Karosa B 941 in 1997.
Karosa B 741 is model of Karosa 700 series. B 741 is derived from Karosa C 744 articulated intercity bus, and also unified with city bus models such as B 731 and B 732. It is made of two rigid sections linked by a pivoting joint. Body is semi-self-supporting with frame and engine with automatic gearbox in the rear part. Only third C axle is propulsed, meaning that this articulated bus has pusher configuration. Front axle is independent, middle and rear axles are solid. All axles mounted on air suspension. On the right side are four doors (first and last are narrower than middle doors). Inside are used leatherette seats, plastic Vogelsitze or Fainsa seats. Drivers cab is separated from the rest of the vehicle with glazed partition. In the middle part and in the rear part is room for a pram or wheelchair. Original buses produced until 1995 had an open design of turntable, buses delivered in 1996 already have an enclosed design of the turntable as a successor Karosa B 941.
Production and operation
Prototype of Karosa B741 was done by rebuilding Karosa C 744 in the year 1991. By end of this year started serial production, which continued until 1997. Largest operator was Prague transport company (174 buses) and Bratislava transport company (104 buses). Between the years 1991 and 1997 was produced 620 of these buses.  These buses were operated also in other Czech cities, like Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc, Zlín, or in Slovakian cities like Košice or Nitra.
Some buses were also operated in Poland, Lithuania and Russia
Last buses Karosa B 741 operated in Prague were retired on 6th June 2015.
After 2004, there was an effort to save the Karosa B741 number 6001 (year 1991) of Prague transport company as a historical vehicle, but later this bus was scrapped. Then was chosen bus no.6008 (year 1992) of Prague transport company, which was scrapped in February 2005.
Currently, this is list of all historical buses:
- private collector (2 buses no. 131 and 135, ex Transport Company České Budějovice) years 1995 and 1996
- private collector (1 bus no. 220, formerly the Association of historical techniques and DP Děčín) year 1995
- Civil Association for the rescue of historic buses and trolleybuses Jihlava (ex DP Děčín no. 211) year 1995
- Bratislava transport company (bus no. 1306) year 1992
- Transport Company of České Budějovice (bus no. 127) year 1995
- private collector (bus no. 6116 ex Prague transport company) year 1996
- private collector (bus no. 6135 ex Prague transport company) year 1996
- private collector (bus no. 6147 ex Prague transport company) year 1996
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Karosa B 741.|
- List of buses
- (Slovak) Článek o autobusech B 741 v Bratislavě
- (Czech) Fotogalerie autobusů B 741 v Praze
- (Czech) Rozsáhlá fotogalerie vozů Karosa B 741 v Brně
- "Autobusy Karosa – 13. díl – městské a meziměstské kloubové autobusy řady 700" Československý dopravák issue 1 2009 pages 27-34