Mercedes-Benz 0405NH diesel


Currently the oldest buses in service in Perth, these buses have an unmistakable sound ❤ and are one of my favourites. These are being withdrawn currently, so this page differs from the other wiki pages in that I am listing the buses that are left in service rather than the buses that are withdrawn.

Page Contents

  • Quick Stats
  • Bus Variants
  • Livery Variants

Page last updated: 30th November 2019


Quick Stats

  • Built: Jan ’99 – Jul ’02
  • Number built: 354
  • Number in fleet: 94 in Perth, 52 in regional fleets (146 in total)
  • Fleet numbers:
    • 1140-1199
    • 1200-1233
    • 1300-1362
    • 1500-1590
    • 1700-1771
    • 1820-1853
  • Remaining in service:
    • In Perth:
      • 1178, 1199
      • 1200-1202, 1210-1230
      • 1342-1355
      • 1548-1550, 1556-1563, 1565-1571
      • 1719-1721, 1724
      • 1820, 1822-1828, 1830-1853
    • In Regional Fleets:
      • 1155-1157, 1160, 1160-1164
      • 1203-1209, 1231,1233
      • 1301, 1356-1362
      • 1500-1502, 1574-1590
      • 1769-1771
  • Depots (Perth): Beenyup, Canning Vale, Claisebrook, Joondalup, Kalamunda, Karrinyup, Malaga, Mandurah, Midvale, Redcliffe, Shenton Park
  • Depots (regional): Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Carnarvon, Esperance, Kalgoorlie
  • USB Chargers: No
  • Engine: Euro 2 186KW/250HP 12.0L 6cyl Mercedes-Benz diesel
  • Gearbox: Voith D864.3 4sp auto

Bus Variants


Volgren CR225L (full-length)

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The standard NH, full-length wheelbase with the Volgren CR225L body. All of the regional NHs except the CR222Ls (see below) are from this series.

  • Produced: Jan ’99 – Jul ’02
  • Number built: 301
  • Number in fleet: 48 in Perth, 52 in regional fleets (100 in total)
  • Fleet numbers:
    • 1140-1177, 1181-1199
    • 1200-1209, 1220-1233
    • 1300-1327, 1329, 1332-1351, 1355-1362
    • 1500-1590
    • 1700-1771
  • Remaining in service:
    • In Perth:
      • 1199
      • 1200-1202, 1220-1230
      • 1342-1351, 1355
      • 1548-1550, 1556-1563, 1565-1571
      • 1719-1721, 1724
    • In Regional Fleets:
      • 1155-1157, 1160, 1160-1164
      • 1203-1209, 1231,1233
      • 1301, 1356-1362
      • 1500-1502, 1574-1590
      • 1769-1771
  • Depots (Perth): Joondalup, Kalamunda, Malaga, Redcliffe, Shenton Park
  • Depots (regional): Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Carnarvon, Esperance, Kalgoorlie

Volgren CR225L (short wheelbase)

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These are identical to the above NHs, but have a shorter wheelbase.

  • Produced: Sept ’00 – Nov ’01
  • Number built: 48
  • Number in fleet: 41
  • Fleet numbers:
    • 1178-1180
    • 1210-1214
    • 1328, 1330-1331, 1352-1354
    • 1820-1853
  • Remaining in service:
    • 1178
    • 1210-1214
    • 1352-1354
    • 1820, 1822-1828, 1830-1854
  • Depots: Beenyup, Claisebrook, Joondalup, Mandurah, Midvale, Shenton Park

Volgren CR226L (short-wheelbase)

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These are identical to the above short-wheelbase versions, but use the Volgren CR226L body (main difference being the front bumper), and were built for use on Perth CAT routes until retired from CATs in 2006.

  • Produced: Nov ’01 – Dec ’01
  • Number built: 5
  • Number in fleet: 5
  • Fleet numbers:
    • 1215-1219
  • Depots: Mandurah

Volgren CR222L (full-length)

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These are full-length NHs produced with the Volgren CR222L body. These were originally built for Bunbury City Transit, until being moved to Busselton in early 2017. These buses have never been in Perth, so they are NOT included in the NH stats elsewhere on this page.

  • Produced: Aug ’00 – Jun ’01
  • Number built: 5
  • Number in fleet: 5 (all regional, none in Perth)
  • Fleet numbers:
    • 811-814, 816
  • Depots: Busselton

Livery Variants

Do note that as buses are maintained over the years, sometimes the liveries (particularly the fleet numbers when large advertisements are placed) are altered so they don’t quite match their siblings. These ‘one-offs’ aren’t included here, this summary covers the original liveries the buses had (to the best of my knowledge).

Not included in this section (as there are none currently in the fleet and I don’t have a photo of it anyway): Perth CAT livery, Fremantle CAT livery


Green/Black Inverted

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The ‘original’ livery for the NHs, this livery featured on almost all NHs before their refurbishment. The last NHs to have this livery are buses that were never refurbished (1158, 1159 and 1300). All three of these buses are now withdrawn, so this livery no longer exists on any bus in service in Perth (or WA).

  • Built: Jan ’99 – Jul ’02
  • Number produced: 354
  • Number in fleet: 0
  • Fleet numbers (originally):
    • 1140-1199
    • 1200-1233
    • 1300-1362
    • 1500-1590
    • 1700-1771
    • 1820-1853
  • Remaining in service:
    • None

Silver/Black Fleet Numbers

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This livery features on all refurbished NHs, seeing the green stripe moved up to below the windowline as with most other models. I am a littler uncertain of dates with these, I don’t know when the first one was refurbished/repainted or when the last one was done (the last I am aware of is 1206, refurbished in early 2018).

  • Produced: c. 2010 – mid-2018
  • Number produced: 351
  • Number in fleet: 94 in Perth, 52 in regional fleets (146 in total)
  • Fleet numbers:
    • 1140-1157, 1160-1199
    • 1200-1233
    • 1301-1362
    • 1500-1590
    • 1700-1771
    • 1820-1853
  • Remaining in service:
    • In Perth:
      • 1199
      • 1200-1202, 1220-1230
      • 1342-1351, 1355
      • 1548-1550, 1556-1563, 1565-1571
      • 1719-1721, 1724
    • In Regional Fleets:
      • 1155-1157, 1160, 1160-1164
      • 1203-1209, 1231,1233
      • 1301, 1356-1362
      • 1500-1502, 1574-1590
      • 1769-1771
  • Depots (Perth): Beenyup, Canning Vale, Claisebrook, Joondalup, Kalamunda, Karrinyup, Malaga, Mandurah, Midvale, Redcliffe, Shenton Park
  • Depots (regional): Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Carnarvon, Esperance, Kalgoorlie

Joondalup CAT

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This livery features on 1824 and 1825, the two Joondalup CAT buses, which were repainted into this livery in 2010.

  • Produced: Oct ’10
  • Number produced: 2
  • Number in fleet: 2
  • Fleet numbers:
    • 1824, 1825
  • Depot: Joondalup