ATW manufacture specialised 4×4 Mine Buses for commercial drilling, mining and mineral exploration companies. The 4×4 Mining specification buses are renowned worldwide for their safe operation, tough and long lasting construction, operating in extreme terrains and highly corrosive environments. All vehicles are based on Japanese or European 4×4 truck chassis that are commonly available through existing dealer networks and incorporate specially developed passenger modules by ATW.
he 4×4 Bus modules can be easily replaced once the service life of the truck has been reached and then transferred onto a new replacement chassis. As the passenger modules are built from the most durable materials available, they remain an asset for years to come.
Some buses are now fitted to their 4th chassis after 12 years of extreme service. This works out to be extremely cost effective over a long term when compared to replacing entire vehicles. All internal and external panels are of composite construction and are extremely tough, easy to repair and even easier to maintain. They are typically hosed out inside to be cleaned, perfect for a high usage, 4×4 Mine Bus.
With over 20 years experience building 4×4 Buses, 4×4 Coaches and 4×4 Special Vehicles, ATW has a wealth of expertise in areas such as CAD design, custom engineering, composite body construction, electrical systems design, suspension upgrades, and specialised accessories. The ATW manufacturing facility can meet even the toughest of safety requirements when fitting out new vehicles for specific mine sites.
There are currently several ATW 4×4 Mine Buses working in underground hard rock mines that meet stringent MDG15 U/G standards.
All vehicles are built in accordance with ADR 59 rollover standard eliminating the need for secondary ROPS frame and are eligible for road registration in any state in Australia. Front cabins have dual air bags and all bus seating complies with ADR 68. They provide greater levels of operational safety and are the preferred type of 4×4 vehicle by Federal Transport for general domestic transportation in both on and offroad conditions.
Seating is specially designed without armrests or any protrusions that may catch or hook up clothing or tool belts. They are large coach-size seats covered in heavy duty canvas with a wide aisle between them for easy access and mobility within the module while the three seats in the front cab (if needed) are very spacious and should not be compared to smaller 4×4 or van type seating.
Bus/ tray options also available, utilise the truck for personnel and equipment transport.
Aluminium or steel tray options available.
Rear storage compartment is also optional, carry luggage and equipment.
Rubber concertina connection allows passenger and driver interaction as well as allows the cab to tilt for maintenance of the engine.
Safety is paramount in these buses, Equipment such as First aid, grab handles, entry/exit steps, seat belt warning systems, vehicle tracking and stability etc is always a priority.
Safety step with 3 point access, rear storage also available.