Neoplan USA AN460

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Neoplan USA AN460
Neoplan USA AN460
Years of manufacture 1982 to 2005
Length 60 feet
Width 102 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel

The Neoplan USA AN460 was a 60-foot (18m), high-floor transit bus sold in the United States. The first buses were built for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). The AN460 was offered until Neoplan ceased operations in January 2006.

Design

The AN460 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 stepwells. The galvanized steel roof and body panels were either welded or adhered to the frame. The front and rear of the bus were moulded from fibreglass.

The drivetrain was mounted at the rear of the trailer section. Diesel engines were standard. And while Neoplan advertised compressed and liquified natural gas engines were available, none are known to have been ordered with the AN460. Neoplan has, however, built dual fuel (diesel/LNG) and dual mode AN460 buses. The former for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County in 1992, and the latter as a diesel/electric trolleybus demonstrator in 1985.

The AN460 was available with two or three doors. Initially offering plug-type doors, slide glide and flip out doors would later become options. A wheelchair lift could be specified at the front or rear doors.

Over the course of production, the appearance of the AN460's front end changed little over time. In the mid-1990s, the rear of the bus was revised. The original rear design had more pronounced louvres and an engine door that wrapped around the rear quarters of the bus with the tail lights arranged horizontally over the bumper.

Specifications

Engine

Transmission

Climate Control

  • Thermo King with Intelligaire controls
  • Carrier
  • Sutrak
  • Available in rear or roof mount
  • Driver's unit included with front windshield defroster, incorporating a separate air ventilation system, which utilizes blowers and ram-air vent

Electrical

  • 12/24 volt system with two 8D or 4 group 31 batteries.
  • 12 volt dual rectangular (sealed beam) headlights and marker lamps

Body

  • Electrically welded, integral construction of stainless and mild steel
  • Double sided, galvanized steel roof and sidewall panels attached to frame with spot welds or glue
  • Front and rear caps are fiberglass
  • Stainless steel wheel housings, stepwells, and engine area

Windows

  • Upper portion of the two-section curved windshield tinted with sunguard.
  • Windshields curved to eliminate sun glare and reflection.
  • Passenger windows have tiltable upper transom and standard glazing (1/4" tempered safety glass)
  • Sliding or solid pane (laminated safety glass or acrylic) and sacrificial panels optional.

Axles

  • Front: Neoplan Independent Front Suspension with Meritor axle hubs
  • Middle: Neoplan Independent Front Suspension with Meritor axle hubs
  • Rear: Meritor 61100 Series drive axle

Brakes

  • Bendix "S" cam brakes with Haldex automatic slack adjusters and MGM brake chambers
  • Meritor Wabaco ABS system standard
  • Automatic Traction Control (ATC) optional

Capacity

  • up to 65 passengers

Fuel Tank

  • single 125-gallon capacity

Safety Equipment

  • Energy absorbing bumpers on front and rear
  • Roof escape hatches
  • Dry type chemical fire extinguisher
  • Optional fire detection system
  • Methane detection system for CNG/LNG

Operators

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Demonstrator and engineering units

Fleet Number Thumbnail Year VIN Engine Transmission Notes
1983 1N9TAA3A4DL013639 Detroit Diesel 8V92TA Allison HT-740
1984 1N9TAA3A6EL013491 Detroit Diesel 8V92TA Allison HT-747
1984 1N9TAA3A3EL013522 Detroit Diesel 8V92TA Allison HT-747
1985 FL013453 Exported to Mexico.
Hamilton Street Railway Neoplan Dual Mode Demo-a.jpg 1985 1N9TA31A6FL013586 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747
1986 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747

References

  1. www.pittsburghtransit.info
  2. services.flhsmv.gov