Maiden Trip

SBST Volvo B9TL Wright (BSEP) (SBS3323A) - Service 513

Maiden trip of Express 513

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.

Bus Enthusiast Culture

Many bus enthusiasts pay considerable attention to maiden trips, and take the opportunity to experience and document a newly-introduced bus model or bus route.  With the rise of internet culture in the 20th century, more bus enthusiasts are able to quickly receive information about maiden trips and track the whereabouts of buses. It is usually inevitable to encounter bus enthusiasts on maiden trips. The recent Bus Services Enhancement Programme (BSEP) has added multiple bus routes over a short period of time, diminishing the significance of such events.

List of recent SBS Transit maiden trips by bus model:

Bus Model Registration Bus Route Date
Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro SBS6000L 28 01 Jun 2011
Scania K230UB (Euro 4) Mixed 100, 174 01 Nov 2007
Scania K230UB (Euro 5) Mixed 3, 36 08 Apr 2009
Sunlong SLK6121UF14H SBS8000Z 185 08 Aug 2010
Volvo B5RLE Hybrid SBS8002T 506 01 Mar 2015
Volvo B9TL CDGE Mixed 21 27 Jun 2006
Volvo B9TL Wright SBS7502Z, SBS7506M 185 01 Nov 2010
Volvo B9TL Gemilang SBS7777Y 7 17 Feb 2014

List of recent SMRT maiden trips by bus model:

Bus Model Registration Bus Route Date
Alexander Dennis Enviro500 SMB3501L – SMB3503G 972 13 Jul 2014
MAN NL323F (A22) MCV SMB138Y 961 29 Dec 2010
MAN NL323F (A22) Gemilang SMB189A 963 Sep 2011
MAN NG363F (A24) Demo SMB388S 190 18 Apr 2013
MAN NG363F (A24) PB SMB8001E 190 15 Mar 2015
MAN A95 SMB5888H 190 05 Nov 2014
Mercedes-Benz O530 (Citaro) SMB136C 855 16 Mar 2010
Mercedes-Benz O530 (Citaro) PB SMB140P 75 Mar 2011
Mercedes-Benz OC500LE SMB1H 190 29 Jun 2008
Yutong ZK6126 SMB135E 854 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

Note: PB stands for Production Batch, to contrast it from the demonstrator unit.

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