1989 Volvo B10M Bus 185

This vehicle is one of only two Volvo B10M ‘mk2’ chassis fitted with bodies constructed by short-lived company Queensland Bus Builders (QBB) – who took over production of a contract with the Council from Commonwealth Engineering. The remaining vehicles bodied by QBB were on improved Volvo B10M ‘mk3’ chassis. Bus 185 was originally delivered new to the Carina bus depot in the eastern suburbs during May 1989.

It spent almost two-decades as a faithful Carina vehicle until transfers in it last years of service saw it venture between depots on the Brisbane’s north and south sides, before returning to Carina where it remained in service until May 2010. This vehicle was part of a batch of Council buses destined for service in Papua New Guinea but this never eventuated. Accordingly, the vehicle was retained by Council at their Larapinta depot until it was donated for preservation in February 2012.

Vehicle Specifications

ChassisVolvo B10M mk2
Engine9.6 litre, 6-cylinder Volvo THD101GC turbocharged diesel engine, 180kW at 2200rpm
TransmissionZF 4HP500 four-speed automatic with integral retarder
BrakesWabco Westinghouse air brakes and Knorr NB1143 spring handbrake
SteeringZF 8043 power steering
BodyQueensland Bus Builders, Rocklea, Queensland
ConstructionAluminium extrusion co-bolt frame with exterior aluminium panelling
ColourYellow and white
Seating70 passengers (41 seated, 29 standing)
In ServiceMay 1989 to May 2010
Bus 185, with its original registration, is pictured at Garden City Interchange. Photo: Robert Birrell
Bus 185 pictured having just departed the Cultural Centre on a 112 service to Mt Gravatt on 17 November 2005. Photo: Paul Garred