Maiden Trip

Maiden Trip of MAN Lion's City SD 3-Door (SG4002G)
Maiden Trip of MAN Lion’s City SD 3-Door (SG4002G)

A maiden trip, a term originally from the shipping industry, has been extended to various other types of transport. For the public bus industry, it can refer to the debut of a particular bus, the introduction of a new route, the first revenue service trip of a particular bus, and so on.

The novelty of buses on their maiden trips is a draw for many bus enthusiasts in Singapore who take the opportunity to experience and document a newly-introduced bus model or bus route. With information becoming more accessible, more bus enthusiasts are able to quickly receive information about maiden trips and track the whereabouts of buses.

Bus Models:

Bus Contracting Model era – Maiden Trips:
Bus Model Operator Registration Bus Route Date 
MAN Lion’s City DD 3-door concept bus Tower Transit SG5999Z 143 13 Mar 2017
MAN Lion’s City SD 3-door concept bus SMRT Buses SG4002G 190 19 Jun 2017
Alexander Dennis Enviro500 (Batch 2) SMRT Buses SG5703K 964 14 Aug 2017
MAN A95 Euro 5 (Batch 2) SMRT Buses Multiple units Multiple routes 01 Sep 2016
MAN A95 Euro 5 (Batch 3) SMRT Buses SG5800M & SG5801K 190 & 972 14 Feb 2017
MAN A95 (Euro 6) – SG2017C SBS Transit SG2017C 71 17 Dec 2017
MAN A95 (Euro 6) – Batch 1 SBS Transit Multiple units 851e 27 May 2018
SMRT Buses Multiple units 920 & 922 10 Jun 2018
MAN A95 (Euro 6) – Batch 2 SMRT Buses SG6172K & SG6173H 670 & 969 30 Mar 2020
SBS Transit SG6176A, SG6177Y, SG6181J, SG6183D*, SG6184B 50 6 Apr 2020
MAN A22 (Euro 6) – Batch 1 SBS Transit Multiple units 851e 28 May 2018
SMRT Buses Multiple units 991 8 July 2018
Go-Ahead SG1797R 68 5 Sep 2018
Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid SBS Transit SG4004B 272 13 Mar 2020
Volvo B5LH SBS Transit Multiple units 272 10 Dec 2018
SMRT Buses Multiple units 920, 972, 973 21 Dec 2018
Volvo B8L SBS Transit SG4003D 94 2 Apr 2018
  • * = Unregistered deployment
    (SG6183D was only registered on 7 April 2020 as reflected on the OneMotoring Portal, but was deployed on revenue service on 6 April 2020)

Pre-BCM maiden trips by Bus Model

This list is not exhaustive

SBS Transit:
Bus Model Registration Bus Route Date
Mercedes-Benz Citaro SBS6000L 28 01 Jun 2011
Scania K230UB (Euro 4) Multiple units 100, 174 01 Nov 2007
Scania K230UB (Euro 5) Multiple units 3, 36 08 Apr 2009
Scania K310UD SBS7888K 133M 15 May 2010
Sunlong SLK6121UF14H SBS8000Z 185 08 Aug 2010
Volvo B5RLE Hybrid SBS8002T 506 01 Mar 2015
Volvo B9TL CDGE Multiple units 21 27 Jun 2006
Volvo B9TL Wright SBS7502Z, SBS7506M 185 01 Nov 2010
Volvo B9TL Gemilang SBS7777Y 7 17 Feb 2014
SMRT Buses
Bus Model Registration Bus Route Date
Alexander Dennis Enviro500 SMB3501L, SMB3502J & SMB3503G 972 13 Jul 2014
MAN NL323F (A22) MCV SMB138Y 961 29 Dec 2010
MAN NL323F (A22) Gemilang (Production Batch) SMB189A 963 Sep 2011
MAN NG363F (A24) Demonstrator SMB388S 190 18 Apr 2013
MAN NG363F (A24) Production Batch SMB8001E 190 15 Mar 2015
MAN A95 Demonstrator SMB5888H 190 05 Nov 2014
MAN A95 (Euro 5) – Batch 1 SMB5889H 868 07 Sep 2015
Mercedes-Benz Citaro SMB136C 855 16 Mar 2010
Mercedes-Benz Citaro (Production Batch) SMB140P 75 Mar 2011
Mercedes-Benz Citaro (SBS Transit-spec) Multiple units Multiple routes 25 Apr 2016
Mercedes-Benz OC500LE SMB1H 190 29 Jun 2008
Yutong ZK6126HGC SMB135E 854 20 Aug 2010
Zhongtong LCK6121GHEV SMB137A 945 19 Jan 2011

Maiden trips in the past:

Bus Model Registration Bus Route Date
Leyland Olympian 3-axle Mixed 7 01 Sep 1993
Volvo B10MA-70 Superlong SBS997A 76 19 Oct 1995

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  • 20 April 2020 at 12:14 AM
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    my record shows SMB135E was first deployed on svc 854 on 20th Aug 2009.

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