Scania L113CRL

Scania L113CRL

SMRT Scania L113CRL

Other names L113, ELBO
Manufacturer Scania AB
Bodywork Walter Alexander
PSV International
Year 1995 — 2013
Local Operators SBS Leisure
SMRT Buses
Technical Data
Length 12m
Width 2.55m
Entry Low floor
Engine Scania DS1121
Scania DSC1171
Scania DSC11
Gearbox ZF 4HP500
Emission Standard Euro I

The Scania L113CRL is a low-floor rear-engined single-decker transit bus built by  Scania AB  between 1989 and 1998. Built as a design compromise between the Scania N113 and K113, it was sold to a number of operators in Europe, South America and Singapore.

Singapore Bus Services (SBS) and Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS), have been past operators of the Scania L113, with a total of 77 units acquired over three different variants of bodywork.

Technical Information:

The Scania L113CRL is a low-floor bus based off the previously-built Scania N113 citybus chassis and the K113 coach chassis. The front section of its chassis of a similar height to that of the N113, and an 11-litre engine that was mounted longitudinally as per the K113. However, it differed from both models by having this engine inclined to the side.

Like the Scania N113 series, the L113 comes with the Scania DS11 engine. The Scania DSC11 engine was made available later. Gearbox options varies between operators, but the ZF 4HP500 was a common choice.


 SBS Leisure Scania L113CRL (PSV/Soon Chow): SH971E — SH982Z

In 1995, Singapore Bus Services (SBS) purchased 12 units of the Scania L113CRL. Registered as private buses (SH971E — SH982Z), they entered service in 1995, and were operated by subsidiary company SBS Leisure for use on charter and non–franchised bus operations.

The SBS Leisure Scania L113CRLs were all equipped with the Euro I-compliant Scania DS1121 engine, fitted to a ZF Ecomat 4HP500 transmission. Bodywork was supplied by PSV International and assembled by local bus bodybuilder Soon Chow Workshop Pte Ltd. Being configured for charter services, they were only equipped with a single entrance door and no rear exit doors.

Painted in SBS Leisure livery, they debuted on Airbus Services, charter services between Changi Airport and downtown Singapore. Upon withdrawal of these services, they were re-registered with PA plates (PA840Y — PA842S, PA903A — PA904Y, PA907P — PA908L, PA912Z, PA915R, PA918H — PA919E), and all of the buses served the Turf City Shuttle services, between Turf City at Bukit Timah to various bus interchanges.

When the SBS Leisure Volvo B10M Mark IV (PSV/Soon Chow) buses took over the Turf City Shuttle in early 2005, PA908L, PA912Z and PA919E were sold to Westpoint Transit Pte. Ltd. while the remaining buses scrapped.


TIBS/SMRT Scania L113CRL (Walter Alexander): TIB562C – TIB571B, TIB635B – TIB674M

In 1995, Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS) placed orders 50 Scania L113CRLs with the Walter Alexander bodywork. They were registered between 25 Aug 1995 and 3 Dec 1997 as TIB562C – TIB571B & TIB635B – TIB674M.

Scania L113CRL - LAWO Luminator

Scania L113CRL – LAWO Green Flip-Dot

Basic Specifications:

  • Scania DSC1171 engine
    Euro 1-complaint, 248bhp, 11020cc
  • ZF Ecomat 4HP500 transmission
    4-speed automatic
  • AF-type “Alexander Strider” bodywork
    Supplied by Walter Alexander Coachbuilders of Scotland, earning them the popular nickname “Striders“.
  • LAWO Electronic Display Signage
    Green Flip-dot matrix
  • Hispacoldunderfloor air-conditioning
    Additional space taken up by the air-conditioning resulted in a single-step entrance and exit unlike subsequent ELBO-bodied Scania L113CRLs. Once again, the Scania L113CRL is a low-floor chassis.

10 units of the L113CRL were introduced by TIBS in mid-1995, registered as TIB562C – TIB571B. A further 40 units were introduced in late 1995, registered as TIB635B – TIB674M. Between these two deliveries, TIB572Z to TIB634D were given to Mercedes-Benz O405s.

Additional Specifications:



The Scania L113CRLs are commonly referred to as “Scania Striders”. They have a licensed carrying capacity of 39 seating and 45 standing passengers (84 total).

TIB562C to TIB564Y received a first-generation mid-life refurbishment with blue and yellow seat covers. Subsequently, all other Scania Striders received a second-generation mid-life refurbishment with the newer red, blue and purple seat covers.

Several buses received EDS upgrades in the midst of their lifespan. TIB670Z was the first bus to receive a prototype Mobitec EDS with full LED technology in SMRT Buses’ fleet, after an accident in 2008 damaged its original EDS. It can be distinguished by its shorter display length. Later on, more buses received production-model Mobitec MobiDOTs and LAWO BENEFIT EDS units.

TIB643C was burnt down and de-registered.

Formerly under Ang Mo Kio Depot (AMDEP), these buses were moved to Woodlands Depot (WLDEP) until their retirement.


TIBS/SMRT Scania L113CRL (ELBO): TIB833X – TIB837K, TIB839E – TIB848D

While most of the Scania L113s were bodied by Walter Alexander, Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS) placed orders for 15 additional Scania L113CRLs with bodywork by Hellenic Vehicle Industry of Greece. They were registered between 13 Feb 1996 – 28 Mar 1996 as TIB833X – TIB837K & TIB839E – TIB848D.

Scania L113CRL - Hanover flip-dot

Scania L113CRL – Hanover flip-dot

Basic Specifications:

  • Scania DSC1171 engine
    Euro 1-complaint, 248bhp, 11020cc
  • ZF Ecomat 4HP500 transmission
    4-speed automatic
  • ELBO” bodywork
    Supplied and assembled by Hellenic Vehicle Industry of Greece, abbreviated as “EABO” or “ELBO”
  • Mobitec Electronic Display Signage
    Green Flip-dot matrix
  • Non Air-conditioned during introduction
    TIB833X once had a roof-mounted air-con, which was later removed.
    Last Batch of non-aircon buses to be purchased by any public transport operator in Singapore

Air-conditioning drive

Scania L113CRL - Hanover flip-dot

Scania L113CRL – Hanover flip-dot

In 2001, TIBS installed air-conditioning on all 15 L113 ELBOs to pursue a fully air-conditioned bus fleet. Air-conditioning units supplied by Hispacold were installed on the roof of buses. However, the air-conditioning of these buses did not go as well as planned. The bus frequently felt stuffy owing to the poor performance of the air-conditioning unit.

In 2004, some of the Scania ELΒΟs had their original once-piece curved windscreen changed to a three-piece windscreen.

Refurbishment & Retirement

In 2010, some of the poorer-performing ELBOs faced retirement and were scrapped. The remaining ELBO fleet received refurbishments. Their original seats were swapped for standard Volgelsitze seats of the standard red, blue and purple colour scheme. Sliding windows were replaced with normal glass window panes, and the interior was painted grey. However, the original Mobitec flip-dot EDS remained.

All units were scrapped by 2013.

Scania L113CRL (SBS + TIBS/SMRT)
Registration Engine Gearbox Introduced Retired Bodywork
SH971E — SH982Z Scania DS1121 ZF 4HP 500 1995 Sold/ Scrapped PSV International
TIB562C – TIB571B, TIB635B – TIB674M Scania DSC1171 1995-1997 2013 Walter Alexander Strider
TIB833X – TIB837K, TIB839E – TIB848D Scania DSC11 1996 2013 ELBO



TIB566S in TIBS livery, note the single step at the front door. It was burnt down along the BKE.

Scania L113s of Walter Alexander and ELBO bodyworks meet at Admiralty MRT

Scania L113s of Walter Alexander and ELBO bodywork variants at Marsiling MRT



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3 thoughts on “Scania L113CRL

  1. Referring to the technical specifications of ELBO-bodied L113CRL buses, it should read Mobitec EDS instead of LLE. The later section correctly reflects that, perhaps it might be copy-and-paste.😉

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