Mercedes-Benz OC500LE (CNG)

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  • Quick Stats
  • Bus Variants
  • Livery Variants

Page last updated: 11th December 2019


Quick Stats

  • Built: Aug ’03 – Dec ’10
  • Number built: 480
  • Number in fleet: 471 (Dec ’19)
  • Fleet numbers:
    • 1234-1299
    • 1363-1399
    • 1400-1439
    • 1591-1599
    • 1600-1655
    • 1854-1899
    • 1900-1999
    • 2000-2097
    • 2200
  • Withdrawn: 1237, 1252, 1257, 1269, 1372, 1388, 1593, 1610, 1854
  • Depots: Bayswater, Fremantle, Malaga, Karrinyup, Rockingham, Southern River, Welshpool
  • USB Chargers: No
  • Engine: Euro 4 185KW/252PS 12.0L 6cyl Mercedes-Benz turbocharged & intercooled EEV CNG
  • Gearbox: ZF-Ecomat 6HP502C 6sp auto

Bus Variants


Original Air-con Unit (full-length)

1294 2019.05.14 MurdyStn

The oldest OCs, these have the older air-conditioning unit (seen on the roof behind the CNG pod), with a full-length wheelbase and an Volgren CR228L body.

  • Produced: Aug ’03 – Oct ’06
  • Number built: 116
  • Number in fleet: 110
  • Fleet numbers:
    • 1234-1275, 1277-1299
    • 1599
    • 1600-1627
    • 1854-1863, 1876-77
    • 1900-1909
  • Withdrawn: 1237, 1252, 1257, 1269, 1610, 1854
  • Depots: Fremantle, Malaga, Southern River

Original Air-con Unit (short wheelbase)

1918 2019.06.24 RBusway

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

  • Produced: Oct ’05 – May ’06
  • Number built: 30
  • Number in fleet: 29
  • Fleet numbers:
    • 1591-1598
    • 1864-1875
    • 1910-1919
  • Withdrawn: 1593
  • Depots: Malaga, Rockingham, Southern River, Welshpool

Original Air-con Unit (short wheelbase) (CAT)

120 2019.10.08 DixonRd

These are identical to the above short-wheelbase versions, but have a modified rear bumper and rear route display, built for use on Perth CATs.

Formerly Perth CATs (CAT1 – CAT18, CAT20, CAT22-24), repainted and re-numbered in 2016-17 and replaced with B8s.

  • Produced: Aug ’05 – May ’06
  • Number in fleet: 23
  • Fleet numbers:
    • 100-122
  • Depots: Fremantle, Malaga, Rockingham, Welshpool

Thermo-King Air-con Unit (full-length)

1655 2019.09.11 HaymanRd

The later OCs saw an updated Thermo-King air-conditioning unit, located on the roof behind the CNG pod, with a full-length wheelbase and Volgren CR228L body.

  • Produced: Mar ’05, Dec ’06 – Dec ’10
  • Number built: 307
  • Number in fleet: 305
  • Fleet numbers:
    • 1276
    • 1363-1399
    • 1400-1439
    • 1628-1655
    • 1878-1899
    • 1920-1999
    • 2000-2097
    • 2200
  • Withdrawn: 1372, 1388
  • Depots: Bayswater, Fremantle, Karrinyup, Malaga, Rockingham, Southern River, Welshpool

Thermo-King Air-con Unit (short wheelbase) (CAT)

RCCTS4 2019.06.17 v4 WellardStn

A short-wheelbase version of the Thermo-King OCs built for use on the Rockingham Shuttle (route 555). These four also have the modified rear bumper and route display found on the original CAT OCs (see above).

  • Produced: Oct’ 07 – Nov ’07
  • Number in fleet: 4
  • Fleet numbers:
    • RCCTS1-4
  • Depots: Rockingham

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 liveries the buses had in their original spec (to the best of my knowledge).

Do note that the ‘numbers in fleet’ stat may be inaccurate for liveries as these buses are being refurbished and repainted currently, though I will update it every so often (Last Updated: 8th Oct ’19).

Not included in this section (as there are none currently in the fleet): Perth CAT livery, original Rockingham City Shuttle livery


Green/Black Inverted

1981 2019.09.09 FreoStn

1899 2019.01.25 morleystn

The ‘original’ livery for the OCs, this livery featured on almost all OCs before their refurbishment. There was a minor variation on the driver’s side, on some early buses the fleet numbers were located behind the front wheel (matching the other side), but all buses with this variation have long since been repainted.

  • Produced: Aug ’03 – Jan ’10
  • Number produced (originally): 382
  • Number in fleet: <77 (being refurbished and repainted, so this number is decreasing)
  • Fleet numbers (remaining):
    • 1397-1399
    • 1400-1439
    • 1982-1987
    • 2011-2012, 2016, 2018-2039
  • Withdrawn: 1237, 1252, 1372, 1388, 1593, 1610, 1854
  • Depots: Fremantle, Karrinyup, Malaga, Southern River, Welshpool

Silver/Black Fleet Numbers

1994 2019.07.24 FreoStn

2200 2019.05.17 CamfieldDr

This livery features on the latest OCs, seeing the green stripe moved up to below the windowline as is on most other Transperth buses by now. On the drivers side these buses have a white fleet number in the green strip next to the front door which can make them easy to confuse with the later green/white livery, but the font is a different style, and smaller.

  • Produced: Feb ’10 – Dec ’10
  • Number in fleet: 71
  • Fleet numbers:
    • 1988-1999
    • 2040-2097
    • 2200
  • Depots: Fremantle, Karrinyup

Green/Black Fleet Numbers

1258 2019.09.16 AdelaideTce

This livery was applied on the first OCs to be refurbished, and features black fleet numbers in the green stripe below the driver’s window and next to the front door

  • Produced: Mar ’15 – Sept ’15
  • Number in fleet: 21
  • Fleet numbers:
    • 1234, 1236, 1238-1245, 1247, 1251, 1254, 1258
    • 1855, 1856, 1858, 1862, 1864, 1868, 1871
  • Withdrawn: 1257
  • Depots: Fremantle, Malaga

Green/White Fleet Numbers

2004 2019.05.17 WarwickStn

A minor revision of the above black/green livery, which saw the colour of the fleet numbers change from black to white. No other changes.

  • Produced: Sept ’15 – Jul ’19
  • Number in fleet: 271
  • Fleet numbers:
    • 1235, 1246, 1248-1250, 1253, 1255-1256, 1259-1299
    • 1363-1376
    • 1591, 1592, 1594-1599
    • 1600-1655
    • 1857, 1859-1861, 1863, 1865-1867, 1869, 1870, 1872-1899
    • 1900-1973
    • 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005
  • Withdrawn: 1269
  • Depots: Bayswater, Fremantle, Malaga, Rockingham, Southern River, Welshpool

Green/White Fleet Numbers w/updated logo

1382 2019.09.27 AdelaideTce

The most recent livery for refurbished OCs, featuring an updated ‘Transperth’ logo, which is no longer located on the windows and is now further forward than previously.

  • Produced:  Jul ’19 – present
  • Number in fleet: >36 (Older OCs being refurbished and repainted, so this number is increasing)
  • Fleet numbers:
    • 1377-1387, 1389-1396
    • 1974-1981
    • 2001, 2003, 2006-2010, 2013-2015, 2017
  • Depots: Bayswater, Fremantle, Karrinyup, Malaga, Rockingham, Southern River, Welshpool