Neoplan USA AN440L

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Neoplan USA AN440L
Neoplan USA AN440L
Years of manufacture 1990 to 1994
Length 40 feet
Width 102 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel
Neoplan USA AN440L
Neoplan USA AN440L

The Neoplan USA AN440L was a 40-foot low-floor transit bus sold in the United States. It was introduced in 1990. Two known original prototypes/demonstrators were produced, along with two other known units being sold to Macaronis Tours in Reading, PA. A revised prototype was built for Valley Metro in Phoenix, AZ in 1994, as Valley Metro was anticipating its first order of low floor buses. The AN440L was replaced with the more well known and well produced AN440LF in 1995. However, the AN440LF was occasionally still noted as the AN440L by Neoplan USA in documentation.[1]

Design

The AN440L used an electrically welded, integral steel structure. Carbon steel was used for the majority with stainless steel used for areas such as the wheel housings, engine bay, and step wells. The galvanized steel roof and body panels were either welded or adhered to the frame. The front and rear of the bus were molded from fibreglass. The bus had a low floor front section with steps up to a high-floor section after the rear doors. The AN440L's drivetrain was mounted in a transversal configuration (V-Drive) at the rear.

Its appearance was similar to the AN440 and AN408, however being a low floor bus, its roof line was raised higher at the rear. The 1990 design featured a stepped roof line, which incorporated an HVAC unit. The 1994 design removed the stepped roof line and featured an overall streamlined windshield, window and roof line design.

Specifications

Photo Gallery

Operators

United States

Demonstrator & Engineering Units

Fleet
Number
Thumbnail Build
Date
VIN Engine Transmission Notes
1990 1N9TA1_A_LL013002 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA?
  • Demonstrator
  • Original AN440L body design
1990 1N9TA11A0LL013003 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Demonstrator
  • Original AN440L body design
  • Transversal (V-drive) drive-train configuration
  • It was displayed at the 1990 APTA Expo in Houston, TX.
  • It was sold to an unknown operator in Florida. A title was issued on 12/20/1993.[2]
4001
"9411"
1994 1N9TA16A5RL013001 Detroit Diesel Series 50 ZF 5HP590
  • AN440L body design revision 2/prototype
  • Altoona test bus from May 10, 1994 to May 11, 1995.[3]
  • To Valley Metro 4001.

References

  • Scott Richards (Photo source)