SD200

German bus - SD200-SD77
SD200-SD77

With 956 buses produced between 1973 and 1985, the MAN SD200 is - until now - the most built bus that has been in service for the Berlin transport authority (BVG).

 

The 100 buses of SD77 stock, which were put into service in 1977/78, show the typical characteristics of the first SD generation. They feature only one staircase to the upper deck located in the middle of the bus, a roll sign case fitted into the first side window on the right, the technical compartments extending into the passenger cabin, and the edge shaped of the staircase.

German bus - SD200-SD80
SD200-SD80

Like its predecessors, SD78 and SD79, the 70 buses of the SD80 stock follow the principles of "passenger flow." Thus, these buses feature a second staircase behind the driver's seat for a one-way access to the upper deck and the new design of the side roll sign in two separate chambers above the front door.

 

A new feature int he SD80 stock is the rearwards facing sea bench next to the bugg place. Passengers wanting to enter the bus with a buggy can inform the driver by pushing a button next to the rear door.

German bus - SD200-SD81
SD200-SD81

The SD81 is the first model of the "new" SD generation. Thus, the changes of the Standard-I face lift also apply to this series. The 70 buses are fitted with velour seats and an improved panel with a new seating column, icon-style signal lamps, and a handbrake lever mounted on the left of the panel.

Furthermore, these buses feature rectangular back lights and reflectors on the side panel.some desalt were changed too, such as the modified and quieter air compressor, the characteristic exhaust of the auxiliary heating, and the now vertically fixed fuel flap.

German bus - SD200-SD82
SD200-SD82

A significant innovation of the 70 buses of the SD82 stock is their new matrix display equipment "ANNAX' (Alphanumerical communication and display system with X possibilities). The destination displays consist of multiple grids of small light-grey colored bistable plates.

 

At first, these displays were controlled by a special device above the windscreen, but at the end of the 80s this function was integrated into the new IBIS board computer. Five buses of this series were fitted with an additional line display on the left. The others were prepared for a later fitting (which never happened) but had only a blind rubber edging.

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SD200-SD83

The 89 buses of SD83 stock can be split into three main groups, the buses no. 3233-3250 are fitted with - for the first time - luminous green matrix displays, the buses no. 3251-3271 with light-grey ones like the SD82, and the buses no. 3272-3321 feature advanced roll signs instead. In OMSI 2, they have been modeled separately. Apart from the smaller color changes, the SD83 now have new interior loudspeakers.

German bus - SD200-SD83
SD200-SD83

The 89 buses of SD83 stock can be split into three main groups, the buses no. 3233-3250 are fitted with - for the first time - luminous green matrix displays, the buses no. 3251-3271 with light-grey ones like the SD82, and the buses no. 3272-3321 feature advanced roll signs instead. In OMSI 2, they have been modeled separately. Apart from the smaller color changes, the SD83 now have new interior loudspeakers.

German bus - SD200-SD84
SD200-SD84

The 85 buses of SD84 stock are fitted with an improved D2566UH engine with an increased output of 147kW and a very distinctive rough sound. All buses now have luminous green matrix displays.

The panel now features ergonomic back-lit switches. Color changes apply to the beige interior walls and the external handholds which are now painted black.

German bus - SD200-SD85
SD200-SD85

The 60 buses of SD85 stock are the last delivery lot of SD200. Their main difference to the previous series is the new Voith D851.2 gearbox featuring an automatic neutral while standing and an extended retarder range (up to standstill). 

Other new details are the drip rail above the driver's window, splash guards on the rear axle, and an additional handhold above the front heater.