The Newsletter of
the Omnibus Society Inc.,
COMING EVENTS… DATES FOR THE DIARY
*GETTING NIMONS No. 6 TO THE HAWKES BAY – It is planned to take the
Morris Commercial to Nimons at Havelock North, for the company’s centenary
celebrations, on the weekend of the 3 and
*OMNIBUS SOCIETY AGM – This will be held on
*THE VISIT TO MANA COACH SERVICES’ PORIRUA DEPOT will now be arranged for November, 2005. Watch this space for details.
*VISIT TO THE OLD TIME CINEMA, LYALL BAY, on Sat. 30 July – Thanks to Michael Berry for this review of an excellent evening:
“About thirty members and friends enjoyed a convivial evening at the Time Cinema for the Society’s July event.
Despite an inauspicious start with a 15 minute power
failure, the host was well prepared and kept the food warm whilst we chatted
under emergency lighting. A tasty main course was eagerly devoured by the
gathering prior to watching a parade of short films which included the humour
of Woody Woodpecker and Laurel & Hardy. The highlight of the short films
was the British Transport Film Unit’s film called “Overhaul.”
This film showed the efficient procedure adopted by London Transport for
overhauling their RT buses in Aldenham Workshops (which was originally intended
to be a tube train depot) and was a good forerunner to the main film. We then
came out to the dining area again for a
A FURTHER REMINDER that the Society’s new website, masterminded by Mike Butler, is now incorporated in RUNNING SHEET’s title heading. Pay it a visit – it’s well worth it! Also, if you’ve missed or lost issues of this newsletter, back numbers are available on the website.
Subscription unpaid? Some subs are still unpaid. Treasurer, Morris Moller, would appreciate hearing from you. Sub forms were sent out earlier but, if you need one, ask either Morris (475 9467) or Henry (476 7278) to send you one. Subs are $25.00 per year or $12.50 for non-earners.
OUR FLEET…Thanks to Peter Rendall, Henry Brittain
20 – the recently acquired EBC Leyland Royal Tiger Cub has moved from Mana Coach Services’ Porirua yard to Karori. It may have a dropped valve or the engine may have been “cooked”. We are grateful to Kerry Waddell, MCS’s Managing Director, for allowing us the period of storage at Porirua.
39 – it is desired, when more pressing priorities have been dealt with, that the silver BUT be returned to operating condition. (See also under 6117.)
119 – the BUT’s brake shoes have arrived back from
462 –Our Leyland Leopard workhorse is continuing
to keep our income stream up, but disgraced itself the other evening – while
running off from a charter fortunately. Stopped dead on
3583 – it has been suggested that we write to the Interislander company, telling them about the bus and investigating the possibility of sponsorship.
6117 – the ex-NZRSS Hino freighter has departed Karori and is now domiciled out at Neil Brown’s place in Te Horo, where it basks alongside the VAL and across from the spare truck. The space freed up will probably be filled by BUT trolley 39 – as it’s been about a year since it was left at Kilbirnie and the space will be needed for company purposes in the near future – the arrival of a fair number of 12.3m vehicles is placing pressure on the parking space, and the “new pits” may well be called into use as parking roads.
CALENDARS… Graham Stewart’s new book “
Peter Rendall has available the equally high quality Australian calendar “Buses 2006”, again for only $10.00. Please contact Peter if you are interested – Ph. (04) 970 1405 or email him on email@example.com
Arthur Giles, d.
I thank Stan White for the following words about Arthur: I attended the funeral of Arthur Giles on Thursday – he died on 25 June at the age of almost 95 at Atawhai Home in Napier where he had been for more than two years. He had a good memory for Hawkes Bay Motor Company activities back to the early days.
Arthur joined the HBMC as a clerk in 1926 and was appointed General
Manager in 1956. After that he became HBMC Managing Director and was on the
Board of Mt. Cook Line for ten years from 1972 when it merged with HBMC. He retired
from HBMC in May 1974 but remained on the MCL Board. The dates may sound
confusing but HBMC continued with that name, and as the
Arthur was a very straight, no-nonsense person and the HBMC grew under his control, purchasing mainly AEC chassis for a number of years to save on spares holdings.
Anthony (Greaney) and I had several interviews with Arthur from 1988 into the 1990s, and, again, we spoke with him in the last two years while he was in Atawhai Home. He was most helpful with general company information.
Brian Smith added the following comment on Stan’s original email about
Arthur: What a great loss! Arthur’s career in the industry almost spans the
total years of bus history in
Andrew Gale d. late April, 2005
I thank Graeme Inwood for these words about Andrew: It is with
much regret that I have to report to you all the sad passing of group member, and a
personal friend to myself and alot of the
Andrew migrated to
Eternal Rest Grant To Him O Lord & Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him. May He Rest In Peace. Amen. [I owe apologies to Graeme for allowing my poor desk organisation to overwhelm some earlier material he had sent me, including the above material about Andrew’s passing. Andrew had also begun to look at working on the Society’s AEC, 249. The Society and I extend all our sympathy to his friends and family in their sad loss. A Memorial Service was held for Andrew in May. - Mike Secker]
OBSERVATIONS…Thanks to Peter Beale, Henry Brittain, Gerard Cooper, Anthony Greaney, Graeme Inwood, Morris Moller , Bryce Pender, Peter Rendall, Nick Stoneman, Peter Thompson
686/CSK566, 687/CSK567, 688/CSK568, 689/CSK572, 690/CSK577, 691/CSK578, 692/CST621, 693/CST622, 694/CST625, 695/CST627, 696/CST631, 697/CST635, 698/CST873, 699/CST875. As well, 641 and 642 were transferred up from Timaru.
Twenty Ex Reading
Transport, (west of
Ten Singapore DAFs are being refurbished for Express and Peak work and will use the number block 676 - 684.
Five Dennis Darts
leased to Redbus in
As mentioned in the last “RS”, Ritchies also bought the 40-strong fleet of long-time school and charter bus operator, Hanham’s Buses. These buses were renumbered into the Ritchies fleet system, and the yard used by Ritchies for their new services.
Morris also mentions,
concerning Ritchies, that they had five ex-China (Stagecoach) double-deck Volvo
B12s running from
Stagecoach also continued deliveries of their 2400 series buses
with 2436 - 51 delivered to Wiri Depot, 2452 - 60 to Kilbirnie in
All Mercedes Benz
0305 buses advises Peter T. (1500s to #1600) are now gone from the Stagecoach
fleet, with 1527/IU8160 being the last in service on special workings
from Swanson Depot, and then taken to MOTAT. Thanks to Henry B. for initially
alerting me to the passing of these excellent workhorses of the
Further to these 0305 informants, BUSES magazine (UK) for August had an article in its “Global News” section in the August, 2005, issue on the subject with an illustration of 1535/IX2562, the last 0305 still in Yellow Bus Co. colours. The magazine notes also the following piece of history about the ARA’s choice of these vehicles: ARA turned to Mercedes after British Leyland refused to supply single-deck Daimler Fleetlines and insisted it would only offer the Leyland National, which the Authority did not consider was suitable for its operating environment. The 0305s had NZ Motor Bodies coachwork incorporating German VoV front and rear ends. (It’s worth remembering, too, that they were replacing trolleybuses. – Ed.)
Many MAN SL200
buses (1601 – 1688) are also being sold from the fleet, 10 to Gobus in
Gobus Hamilton now has 11 ex Stagecoach SL200s as follows - 140 - ex 1661, 141 - 1663, 142 - 1665, 143 - 1666, 144 - 1667, 145 - 1668, 146 - 1670, 147 - 1672, 148 - 1674, 149 - 1676, 150 - 1677. The last four are in the green urban livery, the other 7 are in the white-with-stripes school livery.
The ex Dunedin MAN
10.100s, F/Ns 27 - 35, from Cityline Hutt Valley, have now been
Peter T. also
mentions the many attractive allover advertising buses that are on the road in
The latest tender round here saw RedBus collect nearly all routes: Hei Hei - Burwood, Russley - Avondale, Wainoni/North Shore, Lincoln/Southbridge (yes, after ten years buses are going to venture back to Southbridge for a one year trial), Templeton Shuttle, Burnham and Shirley. The one exception is the Hornby –
However, Red Bus have just handed back another route, the 17 Bryndwr -
RedBus has been given approval by the Commerce Commission to aquire Leopard if
a suitable sale agreement is reached. It will be a case of wait and see!
Other than that, nothing much else happening around ChCh.”
HAWKES BAY – Anthony advised in late July: “In the last month Nimons have had two new vehicles delivered: 38 /CRG375 2004 Mitsubishi Rosa JLABE649T0PDW0602 B24/04F It is New Zealand new, not a 2nd hand import. 100 2005 Volvo B6/BLE YV3R3B114XC010039 KBBL B33/12FA It is decked out in a special golden livery as their "centennial bus" as 2005 is Nimons centennial year. Existing 100 is renumbered119.”
Nimons Centennial Volvo 100/CTW65 Photo: Stan White
Nick S. confirmed that the vehicle bearing rego CRA217 (that I could not
identify in the last “RS”) was, in fact, 2458. He also comments
that all the Hinos at Kilbirnie are to be repainted and are going to Runcimans.
(Lucky them – darned good bus, the RK. – Ed.) Also, he says that
As noted by Peter T. in the
“circular” records the fact that 2455/CQM 370 was the 1000th
locally assembled MAN chassis to be delivered in NZ. They note,
also, that it is the first time since
Peter R. notes that 2489, now in
[The following is a verbatim report from Graeme Inwood which he sent me in May, so, again I must apologise to him for losing it owing to my sloppy office organisation. As always with Graeme’s breezy style, it retains its freshness and interest. Please keep sending items, Graeme. You add much to this newsletter. - Ed.]
302 Test Run -
afternoon during a break, I was asked by Stagecoach engineer, Crinel Geobox,
if I wanted to drive 302 on a small test run to
The rest of the dash is new as well. Not just new for us but a new updated dash layout for buses in general. Same as CBS 125. Crinel asked me what I thought of 302. I said put an ETM in and I will use it now.
There is more testing to be done, so do not expect to see 302/3 at a bus stop near you for a few weeks. Other than needing a good wash, 301 is going out every day.[Reminder – this was May.]
Mana Coach Services -
Porirua Depot – Bryce reports that
ex-Leopard 74 was on the road as Mana 17 on
Newlands Depot – Peter B. advises
that Hino coach 141 (along with 55 below) has gone to Kiwi,
Tauranga, where it will gain a new front and a repaint. Ansaldo 112 is
the last of these ex-trolleybuses with original interior including red seat
squabs – it is due to go to Palmerston North shortlyfor an interior refit (110,
111 and 159 have already been refurbished).
A new Volvo B7M 37-seat coach, similar to 130, is due; it will be
in Newlands colours. Splendid
Kapiti Depot – 1996 Volvo B12 coach 55/UO6068, in blue and yellow Kirra Tours livery, was at this depot midway through July, on its way to Kiwi at Tauranga for interior refurbishment. Noted by your Editor recently at Ohau, in a front garden beside SH1, was ex-Pavlovich, ex-Kapiti Charters, ex-MCS Scania 63 which, in the green/grey livery it still wears, did sterling service at Kapiti Depot until relatively recently.
At this depot now is the whole batch of Mercedes-Benz/Designline 2-axle
SLFs 77 – 88. The full dozen was completed by the recent arrival (
Morris has provided more details about coach 143/NCS 43, 1989 Hino RG197, now resident on the Coast. It was new to Newlands Coach Services and has a Designline Aztec C33FA body. (The loading cert. gives it 34 seats – it has a comfortable, belted courier seat at the front. – Ed.) Now that this coach is based at Kapiti, 28-seat Izusu/Designline 54/NI 4961, has returned to Porirua.
From 2 July, all Waikanae routes operate a slightly modified Route 77 (ie taking in both north and south beach loops. Lindale is no longer served by nearly every bus. Instead, there is a three- times-a-day shuttle from Monday to Friday during the term time of Whitireia Poly.
THE PRESIDENT… Peter Rendall has recently visited
The first thing is to allow plenty of time….. It’s a big city, and the area is even bigger if you include the Gold Coast – which is about 90 minutes by train. The journey is well worth it – where else handy can you ride 3’6” suburban electrics at up to 140 km/hr?!
Must sees –
Queen Street Bus Station, which acts as a hub for services south, SE and SW of the CBD. It’s also home to the bus information centre – which keeps office hours – but is a source of timetables, maps etc. If you persuade them to give you a copy of the now out of print “Brisbane Public Transport Directory”, it’s a great help – otherwise the complete set of timetable leaflets make up a stack 9cm (3.5 inches) high… Their usual response seems to be ring Transinfo on 131230…
The Inner Northern Busway is not so intensively used – 300 group series seem to use it mostly…
Toowong is the main bus depot, with workshops. Can
be accessed by a range of services, but the
Fare system is
complex – easy option is a
Daily ticket – valid all bus, train and ferry services. Work out the furthest
trip you want to do – hint – calculate from centre of city. Cheaper option is
Off peak Daily – but can be used only from 0900 to 1530, 1900 to end of
services (or all day Sat & Sun).
Nambour (northern limit of suburban trains and 104kms from
at North Ipswich is worth
a visit (do behind scenes tours to see more locos). Hourly bus service from
Very hard to get railway photos – high mesh fences (to stop idiots throwing things at trains) are now being supplemented by high sound-blanking walls. You can get some from station platform ends, edges of overbridges, level crossings and from ground under bridges etc. Hint – First floor carpark at Toombul Centro allows good telephoto shots of trains on airport viaduct. Sun ok early morning and late afternoon.
If you want to look at the view and visit Botanical Gardens, use the 491 bus for the top of Mt Coottha.
Some of the QOCS vehicles. Photo: Peter Rendall
INTERNATIONAL… The mundane
nature of the following details points up the horror and tragedy in which
they became involved in July, 2005. Stagecoach London operated Transbus
(Dennis) Trident 17758/LX03BUF, Alexander-bodied, of 2003, was the double-decker
bombed by terrorists in
ENQUIRIES… As noted in the last RUNNING SHEET, I should like to know the new owner and location of Mana 46, if anyone out there knows anything.
… Peter B. also had
three queries in the last issue which I’ll repeat as follows: (i) What
are the present whereabouts of Mana’s ex-CTB
Butler, our excellent website meister, is appealing for photos of
Leyland Leopards in WCT service, especially those in unusual colour schemes. He
can scan photos for those who don’t have a scanner or you can scan them and
email them to Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org He advises that for good reproduction on the
web, scanning at 300dpi and then producing a .jpg file works best. His home
phone is (04) 383 8143 and his address is
… Please also note the query concerning Mana’s MANs 16 and 17, newly arrived in the Porirua fleet, ex-Leopard. (on Page 5)
Note: I’m quite happy to make an Enquiries section an occasional, or even a regular, feature if readers of this Newsletter send me their queries. We do circulate to a wide pool of knowledge.
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