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Home / SMRT Buses, Singapore (before GCM/BCM) / Hino HS3KRKA 21

TIB905Y was the first Japanese bus, a Hino HS3KRKA, to be introduced by TIBS since the Nissan Diesel U31RCN. Bodied by Volgren CR221 and assembled by Gemilang, it had a modern Western look as compared to its Japanese predecessors. Another twin demonstrator unit was built by Hino, which eventually went to Intrakota of Kuala Lumpur. First entering service in 1998, TIBS a year later placed a follow-up order for 11 more HS3KRKK buses with a newer bodywork design from Volgren.

TIB905Y was fitted with the Hino K13U engine and ZF 4HP 500 automatic transmission. Its HS3KRKA chassis design was meant more for intercity operations, and hence different from the HS3KRKK in terms of length and positioning of the air-con unit; the demonstrator was slightly longer and fitted with Konvekta undercarriage air-conditioning.

TIB905Y was also the first bus to receive a new generation of EDS; the TwinVision LeDot supplied by Transit Media, this model had LED lighting behind each individual flip-dot that would appear clearly illuminated at night. Its original side EDS was later replaced with a larger unit. The demonstrator was confined to Route 941 in its final days, before retiring in 2013.