The Newsletter of the Omnibus Society Inc.,
Editor: Mike Secker – Contact details at the foot of the last page.
FUTURE EVENTS…Thanks to Michael Berry for these notes…
2007 Event Programme
Actual dates and times to be advised closer the date.
The Committee apologises for the lack of events in the first part of the year.
May 19 Saturday Trip to Wairarapa.
June Speaker at an indoor venue.
July 21 Saturday Mid-Winter Dinner and Movie at Times Cinema
August Visit to Newlands Depot
October Annual General Meeeting
November Trip on WCT 322 to celebrate its 50th birthday.
Also Open Day at Karori Bus Depot.
December Social Gathering.
Mark down Saturday May 19 in your diary to come on a trip to the Wairarapa.
It is hoped to use the Society’s latest bus if it is available (ie the Wally Hammond Bedford – see OUR FLEET.) Alternatively, the trip will be undertaken by private cars.
We will visit Transit’s depot in Masterton and the Society’s outstation of stored vehicles. Other places of transport interest will be visited if time permits.
Please call Michael Berry on 479 3111 to register your interest.
longest running regular event (beside the AGM) is the Mid-Winter Dinner. This year it is again at the Time Cinema in
OUR FLEET… thanks to Henry Brittain, Peter Rendall
NOTE: 322 – The ex-WCT AEC Reliance is 50 years old this year. (See Future Events section.)
462 and 3583 all currently have COFs and are available for use. We have a
couple of regular customers, notably
Work focus is on 397 which has had a new “piggyback” brake cylinder installed on the rear axle. Another “fun” job, as Peter describes it, taking about six hours in limited space, has been tackled by Mike Flinn in his usual methodical manner – he has been attacking the chassis of the bus, cleaning back to metal, rust treating and then painting. Peter says it looks like new. The roof is also being rubbed down to get rid of lichen and returned to clean white. Henry has been working on the front step area and progress is noticeable. Material has been purchased to re-instate the lower framing of the lantern windscreen. We need some technical assistance to finish this job (ie Malcolm Little’s plasma cutter…)
– we are following up on a possible starter motor for the ex-Gisborne
– the ex-ARA Queen
20 – the ex-Eastbourne Tiger Cub is still at Boss Transport Services. It has had mechanical repairs to the motor – a bearing had failed. We hope to get it to COF standard soon.
but not least is our latest vehicle which is Wally Hammond’s ex-NZRSS
Hawke-bodied Bedford VAS (not to be confused with his original
NB Our fleet needs constant care. Tuesday work nights at Karori Depot could use more people. If you don’t mind getting your hands a bit dirty, and, irrespective of whether or not you have any particular expertise, the small dedicated team of regulars would welcome your presence and support.
‘The Intruder.’ An interesting study from late last year. Photo from M Boyton and H Brittain
Photo from M.Boyton and H.Brittain
Gus Weir’s World Tour of the UK
The First Part:
although I had never been to the
By this time of course the ‘romantic’ age of AEC RTs and Routemasters was well over. However there were still a few Routemasters (RM) operating on service routes in 2004, and on Heritage services in 2006.
Quite by coincidence, part of our first stay
Our first outing on a No 9 Routemaster,
took us past many places with names not unfamiliar to us like Kensington High
The impression we had from pictures we had seen
was that it was quite a large area with lots of buses going hither and yon. Well, there are certainly lots of buses, but
a large area? It was surprisingly small. As to the buses, they were mostly
double-deckers and all with liveries 80% red minimum. I think that
On arrival at
London Central’s Mercedes Benz 0503G Citaro articulated vehicles, both working Red Arrow type services.
In a fairly short period, I saw a Greenline Coach, many First Group all-over red vehicles with yellow ‘F’ logos, Stagecoach with a blue skirt and the familiar blue and orange upsweep at the rear, and Arriva all-over red buses with their white ‘horns’. Also, there were many London Central Volvos with black skirts, Metroline Volvos with blue skirts and similar London United Volvos wearing a grey skirt livery. In short, a veritable bus nut’s paradise.
In addition there were hordes of black taxis, which would be Londoners’ next choice of transport after buses. Many of these taxis were ‘decorated’ with advertising material. Some were not even black!
I discovered that the practice adopted by London Transport, which grouped vehicles into classes depending on chassis and bodywork, familiar to us all, was now largely changed.
Many of the new companies have adopted
their own systems, Stagecoach for instance have adopted a countrywide numbering
scheme, each class of vehicle being included in a specific number series, and
First Group also have a similar system. Other companies in
An expedition I was looking forward to
[ Many thanks to Gus for this fine, interesting and well-illustrated article. Ed.]
OBSERVATIONS…Thanks to Mike Boyton, Peter King,, Nick Stoneman, Alan Wickens
And here is a modern bus treated in the same way…Citibus MAN SLF 321 (ex-Leopard Orbiter 72) on a Shiel Hill service. The livery uses local rugby colours. (Photo: Nick Stoneman)
Nimons – Peter King recounts the events of a busy week, including a day trip to Te Kuiti to collect new F/N 64 (ex-Birkenhead 8, a Hawke-bodied Volvo B6). [Photos Page 8.] He will have two 64s, as old 64, a Volvo B58, acts as a spare seats and junk shed in the yard. Both 68 and 47, a 1992 Mitsubishi Fuso MP218K went on the road at the beginning of April.
Sadly, Peter reports, the first two of Nimons ex-Wellington
He also reports the departure of 30/ DE 4152, a Bedford with the traditionally shaped NZMB bodywork, to MOTAT in August, 2006. (Who was the original owner of 30?)
Top is ex-Birkenhead 8
This idyllic study of Volvo trolley 254 in Lambton Quay was taken by Alan Wickens in December, 2006.
As NZ Bus rapidly repaints buses, and is to get new trolleys, the photo almost has historic status.
Mana Coach Services –
Kapiti –. New, from Newlands,
is 138/ DCF386, 1993 Dennis Javelin,
– The company has bought three Volvo B7R buses ex-Gobus,
Titahi Bay Charters and Tours and Classic
Coaches – Classic Coaches sold their splendid (ex-Scenic 27)
DESTINATIONS…One of the
detail focuses of bus interest is the display of destinations, which can show
local eccentricities and can be shown on vehicles in various ways from today’s electronic
digital sophistication through roller blinds to a simple card or board in the
windscreen. Following a suggestion from Morris Moller, Peter Rendall sent current
Note from Editor: Almost no sooner had the
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