The Newsletter of the Omnibus Society Inc.,
PAST EVENT… MIDWINTER DINNER… JUNE…Michael Berry
The Southern Cross Tavern in
The food was tasty and provided entertainment in its own right. A feature of the menu was the “stone grill” method of cooking. This was new to me and to other members of the party. It comprised a very hot slab of stone on which your chosen raw meats were placed and you cooked them on it to the required degree of doneness. The desserts were delicious and we were particularly fascinated by the chocolate fondues that Morris and Peter chose. Thanks to Peter Rendall for organising this dinner. Suggestions for future dinner venues would be welcome.
Past & Present EVENTS – JOTTINGS FROM HENRY BRITTAIN…
Nimon’s Centenary : this now seems to have been forgotten about by the new Nimon’s management. This has dashed our hopes of completing the Morris Commercial 6, and showing it at the celebrations.
Bus and Coach AssociationConference : MAN 4 and Bedford 3583 were
on display in early July in
Ex-NZRRS Bedford 3583 (above) and Ex-Gisborne CC MAN 4 (below) on display in Civic Square, Wellington, for the BCA Conference, July, 2006 in Civic Square. Photos Graeme Inwood.
Visit from Wairarapa Branch of Vintage Car Club: the club visited Karori depot on Saturday 19 August and inspected our premises and fleet. They were impressed with our set-up and achievements. This visit was hosted by Henry Brittain and Mike Flinn.
Visit by Kindred Group : Matt
Visit Overseas: Gus Weir is
presently basking in the
FUTURE EVENTS…FROM BOTH HENRY BRITTAIN AND MICHAEL BERRY…
Wairarapa Trip: Thoughts have turned to a car-pooling trip to the Wairarapa to visit bus garages and storage locations. September was suggested – registering of interest with Michael Berry (04) 479 3111 is suggested.
The Omnibus Society AGM is scheduled for Saturday, 14
Rail Ex 2006 – A brief reminder of this always interesting model railway event at the Lower Hutt Civic Centre, Laings Road, Saturday 30th September (10.00 – 5.00) and Sunday 1st October (10.00 – 4.00). There are trade stands, demonstrations and displays. Adult $5, Child $2, Family $10.
DRIVERS REQUIRED…For the following dates…
If you can help with any of the above, please contact Peter Rendall on (04) 970 1405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The following are available from Peter Rendall. If interested, please contact him as above.
Slow at the Frog – A brief history of
Buses 2007 – The calendar for the bus enthusiast. It features Australian buses but there are so many Aussie-built buses here now, it’s quite homely! ($12.50)
Travelling with Newmans – A photo essay
on what was
NB Peter adds that he is planning to have Omnibus Society monograph No.7 (on EBC buses) completed by the Eastbourne Carnival Day (5 November – see above) and to launch it on that day.
OUR FLEET… thanks to Henry Brittain, Peter Rendall
20 – Negotiations are under way to see the Royal Tiger Cub returned to
397 – The Breadvan is now inside
the workshop for much needed maintenance after sitting in the corner of the
yard for the last 30 months. The front windscreen needs attention and the
starter motor needs an overhaul.
OBSERVATIONS…Thanks to Mike Butler, Anthony Greaney, Graeme Inwood, Peter King, Harvey Paterson, Alan Smith, Nick Stoneman, Peter Thompson
AUCKLAND – Peter reports that Howick and Eastern have six new tag axle MAN 17.223 buses; they are 218/ DKL 837, 219/ DKU643, 220/ DKU645, 221/ DLK382, 222/ DLT925, and 223/ DLT927. Howick 21, 31, 52, 53, 56 have been sold to Taverner, and 41 has been sold to Katikati Bus Company.
Disposal of North Harbour Coaches saw some vehicles off to new fleets as follows:
Withers, 79/ LP2523 to Cunninghams,
Peter also adds the more
recent news that Taverner, Pukekohe, has Nimon’s remaining four
Bristols and four more from Madge, plus five Hinos from Howick
for work won from Murphy. (These are presumably the five F/Ns mentioned
at the start of the
CHRISTCHURCH – Nick notes that Leopard have been successful in keeping
the 24 Woolston - Hyde Park Service, resulting in them buying 6 brand new
Designline MAN 16-223s. Two of these are Orbiters. The other news on tenders
here is that Christchurch Bus Services
have picked up the tender for the Rangiora service / Woodend /
New Buses for Leopard are:
65/ DKD 248, MAN 16-223 B39D (Orbiter); 66/ DKD 253, MAN 16-223 B39D (Orbiter);
67/ DLC 505, MAN 16-223 B39D (Urban Cat); 68/ DLC 508, MAN 16-223 B39D (Urban Cat);
69/ DLC 515, MAN 16-223 B39D (Urban Cat); 70/ DLC 519, MAN 16-223 B39D (Urban Cat).
The reason Leopard have bought new
buses is to replace the Orbiters they sold off to Citibus,
Otago Road Services MAN SLF 50 on lease in
They are 435/ DHM388, 436/ DHM390, 437/ DHM397, 438/ DHU865, 439/ DHU876, 440/ DHU877, 441/ DJD57, 442/ DJL201, 443/ DJU725, 444/ DJU738, 445/ DJU739. No.79 has also joined the Orbiter fleet. The new buses are 2006 MAN 16.223 43-seaters from Designline.
(CORRECTION TO A CORRECTION: Gobus ex-Auckland MANs 1671 and 1678 have F/Ns 138 and 139, not as I wrote in the June/July RS EXTRA. – Ed.)
Pavlovich has taken over the high frequency
Nimons – PeteKing, Depot Administrator
“Finally, my yard
is empty of Bristols. As you know, Nos 79
and 80 went to Kiwi and came back on
new chassis, and are now Volvos. As of 1700 hrs today (30 Aug.), Nos 76, 77, 78, and 81 are all off to
It’s almost enough to turn one religious, but not quite.”
Peter adds further, that, in the excitement, he almost forgot to mention that 75, the ex-Nelson Hospital Board Bedford/Isuzu chairlift bus left the fleet on 29 Aug. to become a movan.
He goes on, with
relevance to refurbished 28 now in a black/white/grey version of fleet
livery for HB’s rugby team, the Magpies: “Well, this looks a bit different eh! Now
57 seats, toilet removed, and engine changed to a new big horsepower unit, It
now beats 35 uphill, not quite a B12 but working at it.”
Nimons 28, refurbished by Kiwi for the Hawkes Bay Magpies. Photos: Peter King
Anthony adds that the refurbishing of 28 was done by Kiwi, and adds also that it is now registered DMU843.
Brand new Mitsi, Rosa No 39, same as 38 and for Pan Pac contract, is now in the paint shop, and Peter promises photos. Anthony also adds that 39’s rego is DKL736.
In July, four of the ex-Leopard Volvos (ex-Ansaldo trolleys, WCT) were in service.
Nimons new 27 Volvo B12 ex Central Motorways (Oceania Livery) seen here upstaging Te Mata Peak. Photo: Peter King
Stagecoach/Infratil/NZ Bus –
Alan reports that trolleybus
Graeme reports the removal of running gear from Volvo trolleys 263 and 267 and says that 264, the almost de-seated test bus for equipment for the new prototype trolleys, is next.
“Well, I can’t make it kneel any further!” - Graeme’s caption for this picture of 263 at Kilbirnie, minus its running gear. Photo: Graeme Inwood
Mana Coach Services – New Vehicles: Three Volvo B7Rs have been bought from Gobus, for Newlands, to help provide extra peak am services; further fleet replacements are to be looked at later in the year. Dennis Darts 64/65 will be re-allocated to Porirua.
Kapiti – Porirua’s 1983 Volvo B6FA/ Coachwork Ranger 27/ KZ3131 has recently been at this depot for engine repairs, returning to Porirua on Mon.11 Sept. Intended refurbishment of Volvo B6FA 14/ RX8173 has been deferred due to Hino RK 42/ NA7360 requiring body repairs.
Bay Charters and Tours and Classic
Coaches both have their newly-acquired Leyland Tiger coaches reported by
DESTINATIONS…One of the
detail focuses of bus interest is the display of destinations, which can show
local eccentricities and, now, can be shown on vehicles in various ways.
Following a suggestion from Morris Moller, Peter Rendall sent these current
Island Bay 20
Highbury - Mt Victoria
2 Miramar 21 Wrights Hill - Vogeltown
3 22 Southgate - Mairangi
4 Happy Valley 23 Houghton Bay - Mairangi
5 Hataitai 24 Miramar Heights via Evans Bay
6 Lyall Bay - City via Hataitai 25
7 Kingston 26
8 Kowhai Park 27
9 Aro St 28 Beacon Hill Shuttle
10 Newtown Park 29 Southern Shopper
11 Seatoun 30 Breaker Bay/Scorching Bay Express
12 Karori Park - Lyall Bay 31 Miramar Express
13 Mairangi - City via Glenmore St 32 Island Bay Express
14 Wadestown/Wilton - Kilbirnie via Roseneath 43 Strathmore - Khandallah via Ngaio Gorge
15 44 Strathmore - Khandallah via Onslow Road
16 45 Brandon St - Khandallah via Ngaio
17 Railway Station - University - Karori Park 46 Broadmeadows – City
18 Campus Connection - Miramar to Karori Park
Many thanks, Michael, and Alan.
To continue the
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