|Local Operators||SMRT Buses|
|Engine||Dongfeng Cummins ISLe-290|
|Emission Standard||Euro IV|
The Yutong ZK6126 HGC is a low-entry single-decker transit bus built by Yutong Bus. The Chinese bus builder primarily supplies vehicles for the domestic market.
SMRT Buses is a past operator of the ZK6126 HGC, with a single unit brought on trail for a years before it was rejected and returned to Yutong.
SMRT Buses Yutong ZK6126HGC Demonstrator (SMB135E):
In 2010, SMRT Buses brought in its very first China-made bus. Registered on 18 Aug 2009 as SMB135E, it served on a year-long trial period from Aug 2009 – Aug 2010.
Before its introduction, the Yutong received a lot of hype among bus enthusiasts until it slowly trickled into a waiting game. It was first identified in a picture from a bus plant in China in SMRT livery, potentially a future order for SMRT Buses. In February 2009, it was spotted doing test runs around Singapore, and SMRT even made special requests to bus enthusiasts on not to prematurely report about the new bus. The waiting game started, and the bus only began revenue service in August 2009.
- Dongfeng Cummins ISLe-290 engine
8,849 cc, 213 kW (290 hp) @ 2100 rpm
Torque rating of 1050 Nm @ 1300 rpm
- Unknown transmission model
- Yutong Integral Bodywork
Bus was completely built up (CBU) in China and shipped to Singapore. Air-conditioning is also provided by a in-house manufacturer
- Unknown Electronic Display Signage (EDS)
Orange LED matrix, supplied by Yutong of a domestic brand. SGWiki lists it as Tongda TD-05-R
For SMRT, the Yutong ZK6126 scored several firsts. It was the first China-made bus in SMRT’s fleet, breaking away from the tradition of European-made buses. Not only was it the first SMRT bus to include route details on the side EDS, it was the first transit bus in Singapore to have route details shown on the rear EDS. This was because the front, side and rear EDS were all identical.
Registered on 18th August 2009 as SMB135E, it began revenue service just two days later, on 20th August. The bus was under the care of SMRT’s Ang Mo Kio Bus Depot (AMDEP), and would become a frequent sight on SMRT Service 854, where it spend the rest of its trial period. TIBS has traditionally used Service 854 to test out new buses, and the Yutong was no different. The bus was never deployed on other routes; the EDS was only programmed with bidirectional route data of Service 854.
Inside, the bodywork resembles a cross between the SMRT OC500LE and SBS Transit’s K230UB. Much like a Euro IV Batch 2 K230UB, a granny seat was located behind the driver’s seat, and four side-facing priority seats were fixed. The bus has two wheelchair lots and a manual ramp at the exit door. The rear seats had a close resemblance to the OC500LE’s layout, but air-conditioning vents were not adjustable. The beige and red seat color scheme reflects the corporate color of SMRT. Like the OC500LEs, SMRT included their automatic announcements into the bus.
Despite the promising features of the bus, the bus was rejected by SMRT after it’s one year trail, and was deregistered around August 2010.
A review from a fellow transport enthusiast can be found here.
Bedok Transport PC194T / PH8811S:
After a brief hiatus when its trial period ended with SMRT, SMB135E had found a new life with private bus operator Bedok Transport, with much of the original interior unchanged. Registered as PC194T, it was a common sight on Scheme B Premium service 621. In 2013, the bus was re-registered as PH8811S.
Woodlands Transport purchased eight Yutong ZK6126HGA units in 2014. They were sighted bearing a orange-purple livery destined for use as Changi Airport shuttle buses.