Bus Stop Classic: 1965 DAF-Smit Appingedam – Both Public Transport Bus And Coach

(first posted 10/12/2017)       From 1965 to 1982 this splendid three-tone bus roamed the roads of the northeastern Netherlands. The complete bus body was built by Smit (from) Appingedam, not to be confused with Smit (from) Joure, using a rolling DAF TB160 bus & coach chassis.

A hybrid between a public transport bus and a coach, that’s the best way to describe it. Too inviting for a pure public transport bus, yet not quite fancy and luxurious enough to serve as a long distance motorcoach.

And indeed, a hybrid it was. The 11.00 m (36’1”) long bus was also for hire as a coach, a touringcar, for the more pleasure-related trips.

DAF built the rolling chassis, so the bus is registered as a DAF. The full factory designation of the chassis is TB160DD530. DD for the 120 hp (SAE gross) 5.75 liter inline-six diesel engine, 530 for the 530 cm (17’5”) wheelbase.

Big old school exterior sunvisor.

The owner’s logo; DAM stands for N.V. Damster Auto-Maatschappij. From Appingedam, just like the bus manufacturer.

There’s room for 68 passengers. Unfortunately, 20 of them don’t have a seat. Plus 440 kg of goods, no matter the passengers’ weight…

The rather old-fashioned name for this type of bus is a tram bus (or streetcar bus, in US English). It means that the driver’s compartment -and usually also the entrance- is ahead of the steering axle.

Is that wood trim, or what? A classic genuine public transport bus never had this, just bare metal. Obviously, DAF’s TB160 chassis has a front engine.

A close-up of the driver’s workstation, on the right the shift pattern. And the driver likes Venco drop.

As you can see there are two sliding roof hatches.

On the record, these are emergency exits. Off the record, they were also sunroofs on hot days.

In 1958 DAF started to build their own drive axles, this is one of them. Its maximum axle load is 8,600 kg. Add that to the 5,400 kg of the steering axle and you get a maximum GVM of 14,000 kg (30,865 lbs).

Another emergency exit, Geen ingang means Not an entrance.

Nice meeting you, DAM 154! And may your retirement last for many years to come.