ABC launched a new refurbishment program to add years of service with an exciting array of applications to the proven Van Hool TD925 double-deck bus.

The program offers a number of refurbishment options to key market segments including traditional tour and charter operators, the day tour and sightseeing business, as well as a “conversion” model with customer-selected options for a variety of corporate users, professional sports teams and the conversion enthusiast.

Since its market entry in 2008, the high-capacity, 81-seat coach is built by Van Hool for robust performance — a key consideration in ABC’s decision to provide this model for extended revenue service.

A traditional Charter Fleet Refurbishment Option will offer operators a refurbished TD925 unit that has undergone a rigorous multi-point inspection for mechanical and engineering components. Additionally, the coaches will feature a number of interior and aesthetic upgrades that will provide a refreshed, service-ready vehicle to operators.

Meanwhile, the TD925 Sky Deck Refurbishment Option converts the proven double-deck to an open-top sightseeing bus that offers many exclusive features including up to 85 passenger capacity – that’s 15 more seats than standard open-top competitors. And unlike competing models, the Van Hool TD925 Sky Deck offers a true double-deck design with a robust suspension system designed and built to carry two levels of flooring, seating and passengers safely.

With extensive experience in coach body and mechanical services, ABC’s in-house team has successfully reintroduced the new TD925 Sky Deck model. The roof is removed and the top deck is taken down to its original wall frame structure and composite flooring. New perimeter wall panels and deck drains are installed to allow water to escape from the top deck area while keeping the lower level out of the elements. Seat tracks are installed to receive 61 new weatherproof seats that feature standard seatbelts which are not typically offered in an open-top sightseeing bus.

Next, the interior walls and deck of the upper level is prepped for installation of a proven weatherproof two part hybrid modified polyurea seamless coating system and slip-resistant floor.

Finally a stainless steel perimeter safety railing is installed. Downstairs, the upholstery is renewed offering customers a choice of seating fabric colors.