History of the Neoplans (Part II)

By the mid-1984, SEPTA acquired twenty-five (25) 35 foot versions of the Neoplan #1301-1325 from the Penn-DOT order. These units were to be strictly used on the smaller routes out of Luzerne depot. Over the years these units managed to make there way around the system, mainly to the suburban depot of Victory which were being used on there smaller capacity routes. These units could hold 34 seats.

As for the 1986-87 Neoplan DK-EB Order, they feature ZF ECOMAT transmissions and a 6v92TA 253HP DDEC engine. Its vague as to why SEPTA changed the order but in comparison of there transmissions, the ZF transmission is more fit for economy usage then the Allison transmission which were being used in their prior orders.

Neoplan DK – 3120 69th Street Terminal
Collection of Doug
Taken by Michael B

In the later portions of 1987, SEPTA finally specified a wheel chair lift on the rear door wells with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) beginning to go into effect. This was the first order since 1982 which SEPTA exercised the option of making there buses wheel chair accessibly to their passengers, and the 1989 Neoplans (EZ) featured the stain floors.

3364 at Victory Yard
Taken by Michael B. Photo

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