The Newsletter of the Omnibus Society Inc.,
Editor: Mike Secker – Contact details at the foot of the last page.
RECENT EVENTS… Thanks to Michael Berry for this report…
Saturday May 19 will be remembered by many people as being the most perfect Autumn day. For seven Society members, it had the added value of coinciding with an interesting day looking at buses in the Wairarapa. Unfortunately, Wally Hammond’s Bedford VAS was not available so we travelled in Mike Flinn’s and Morris Moller’s cars for which I thank them.
1032 CAZ 795, Newmans livery, Volvo 2004; 1153, Tiger; 1157, 214 LU 1168, Isuzu 1984; 230, Tiger/Hawke; 233 KZ 1321, Hino, 1983 New to Blue Bus Co.; 217 TN 1784, Volvo, Australian Import; 296, Toyota Coaster, “Wairarapa Gourmet Wine Escape” red livery; 429, Mitsubishi Rosa; 69 Ford Econovan (bus); 304, van; 435, Bedford VAS; 417 CLZ 817, In Jamieson Motors livery; 246, MCW Metrorider, ex UK; 1055, Volvo/NZMB ex Newmans; 140, ERF recovery truck and boat trailer; 243, MCW Metrorider, ex UK being dismantled
Miscellaneous Japanese imports present were numbers 236, 259, 260, 267, 289, 379, 384 & 386.
Also seen in service outside Masterton was 232.
We continued on to the shed at Opaki rented by Neil Brown, that contains unrestored buses owned by him or members of the Society. Neil opened the doors to reveal:
FX 1950 Dennis
Lancet 1 /
Malcolm Little’s father-in-law, Graeme Daue, has a vehicle workshop on his property and we were warmly welcomed
when we called to view the vehicles present there. An unidentified modern coach
was being modified. WCT 433 was
being dismantled. WCT 472 was being
rebuilt to become a motor home. WCT 460,
After this point the two cars separarated. My group went to
Wayne Little’s house where his family kindly let us view WCT
203 in Big Red livery,
WCT 66 in red livery,
WCT 388 in red/white livery,
WCT 395 in CTS red/orange/cream livery,
WCT 117 in red/white livery and
New Plymouth Crossley trolleybus No. 2. (NB 66, 117 and 203 are trolleys; 388/395 are Leopard “breadvans”. – Ed.) We were told that the Masterton Motor Camp hosted some former buses and we discovered three that had been turned into motor homes inluding a Seddon Pennine and an ex-Nimons Hawke-bodied bus.
The Tranzit yard at Carterton is a locked compound so we could only see the vehicles, primarily Japanese imports, from afar. However, former Guthries & Vickers Commuter 2 bodied KZ 2134, that used to work the Wellington Airport service, stood out. In Greytown Tranzit’s buses are kept at the homes of their drivers.We found three of them: 268 1995 Mitsubishi Fuso, 389/DQK528 Isuzu Journey and 295/DFF245, Toyota Coaster.
Finally, after the sun had gone over the hill, we stopped at the Tranzit yard at Featherston which is also a locked compound. Here we found: LU 1173 Tourmaster Ex Vickers; JJ2138 Volvo/NZMB ex-Newmans; 1068IC Hino with replacement Tourmaster front; KM4101 Seddon/Hawke ex-Mercury and LG5842 NZMB Ranger ex-Vickers. When we arrived back in the Hutt Valley, a look through the fence at Runciman Motors brought the day’s events to a close. It had been a great day out and I would like to thank our Wairarapa hosts for allowing us on to their property, Neil for showing us his shed and the drivers, Mike and Morris, who all contributed to the success of the trip.
FUTURE EVENTS…Thanks to Michael Berry for these notes…
2007 Event Programme
Actual dates and times to be advised closer to the date.
26 August Visit to Newlands Depot (See below.)
27 October Annual General Meeeting, Police HQ,
November Trip on WCT 322 to celebrate its 50th birthday.
Also Open Day at Karori Bus Depot.
December Social Gathering.
Other dates to keep in mind are a Welcome Ceremony for the new trolleybuses in September, 2007 and a Trolleybus Festival in January, 2008 (Anniversary Weekend)
Visit to Mana Coach Services’ Newlands Depot
The Society’s August event is a visit to Newlands Coach Services’ depot
on the corner of
Peter Beale may be driving a ski tour that day but he said that the supervisor will be aware that we are coming and doesn’t mind us just looking round and taking photos.
Mid-Winter Dinner and Movie
A fuller report later, but many thanks to Morris Moller for organising a thoroughly enjoyable occasion on 21 July.
OUR FLEET… thanks to Peter Rendall
NOTE: 322 – The ex-WCT AEC Reliance is 50 years old this year. (See Future Events section.)
Owing to yard resurfacing, a number of buses had to go to nearby temporary parking, from which they returned on 17/18 July. They were 4, 55, 90, 109, 119 and 322. Leopard 462 did the towing as the exhaust pipe of the Beaver truck was broken. 322 was due for a COF inspection on Friday, 20 July.
Many thanks are due to Jo and Gareth Morgan for their very generous donation of $10,000 to the Bus Operating Group with the aim of getting both EBC 20 and the Wally Hammond Bedford VAS on the road. Thanks are also due to the following for their donations, targeting restoration: Jo Morgan, Mike Boyton, Mike Berry, Grant Wild, Mike Butler, Alan Smith, Peter King and Neil Brown. Donations are a vital element of the life-blood of the Society, and we are very grateful to all of these people for their generosity.
Here is the second part of Gus Weir’s account of two recent trips to the
Gus Weir’s World Tour of the
Being a transport nut, not just a bus nut, my interests are varied and on our first visit to London in 2004, Win and I took the train to Wimbledon to sample the delights of the Croydon Tramlink service.
Tramlink run three services using 24 Bombardier Vienna
three-section LRVs, the trams being numbered consecutively from No 2530,
continuing the number series from the original
We took a ride on the service No 1 from
London Tramlink Bombadier LRV No 2541
London Central LDP134, Dennis Dart Plaxton, Wimbledon
The mezzanine floor is taken up with the ‘Underground’ displays, several antique carriages, and a mock-up driver’s cab complete with controls and sound effects. I had to wait several minutes before I could have a ‘play’ on this exhibit. In addition there are many static displays of tickets, ticket machines and uniforms, etc. etc. A very interesting venue.
To be continued….
OBSERVATIONS…Thanks to Ken Bowles, Kevin Gannon, Peter King, Peter Rendall, Nick Stoneman, Peter Thompson
Bayes have another DAF, 94/DTB89, a 1991 SB220.
The Globus contract has gone from Scenic to THL with 1232 and 1233 having the two versions of the GLOBUS plates now.
Citibus Leyland Leopards 190 and 194 at the Depot on 5 June. They are used mainly on schools work.
Photo: Nick Stoneman
HAMILTON – Peter T. reports new MAN 12.223s for Gobus as follows: 181/DWP894; 182/ DWP900; 183/DYL972; 184/DWP895; 185/DYL185 and gas-fuelled buses 161/DSQ627; 162/DSQ628; 163/DSQ634; 164/DSQ629; 165/DSQ639; 166/DSQ640; 167/DSQ650; 168/DTH584; 169/DSQ653; 170/DTH582. He notes that the firm has about 40 new SLF buses running, and services are increasing.
In answer to my question in the last RS asking who was the original owner of 30/ DE 4152, a Bedford with NZMB bodywork, which went to MOTAT in August, 2006, Kevin Gannon (I think, from the UK) replied as follows: “…. if you look in the marvellous OB Monograph 12, page 33, you will see the answer – ARA 878, North Shore 78.” Many thanks, Kevin.
Peter King has
kindly sent me (as the 400-series ex-WCT Leopards vanish from his yard) a list
of their Nimons F/Ns with regos as follows: 101/IX3660; 102/PA6877(a
re-reg); 103/IX7763; 104/JC2506; 105/ JD182; 106/JD184; 107/JF1909; 108/JD196; 109/KP7998; 110/JA1197; 111/JC2570; 112/JF1908; 114/LH1322; 115/IX3806; 117/IX7766; 118/IU9431; 119/IX3808. When Peter sent the list in May, 101 and 119 had been
sold. More, if not all, will have gone by now, with two rumoured to be
returning to the
Three lovely Bristols at Nimons. They’re gone now and I don’t think Peter K. was as sorry to see them go as he could be about losing the Leopards!
Photo: Peter King
TAURANGA – Peter T. also reports that Bayline have two new school/charter vehicles, built by Kiwi on Hino truck chassis – 122/DSE41 and 123/DWQ656.
The current scene in Timaru - Timaru Bus Services 153 DRA896 a Zhing Tong SLF. 151 and 152 are also of this type.
Photo: Nick Stoneman
WAIPAWA – Waipawa Buses has bought Taupo Passenger Services with the latter’s buses being renumbered in the 170 – 200 series, Peter T. advises. (See also Mana C.S. notes.)
Mana Coach Services –
Kapiti – I have discovered
that 1993 Dennis Javelin 138/ DCF386’s
An interesting newcomer to Kapiti in June was a 1979 Merc O305/NZMB Hess body, ex-ARA and Taupo Passenger Services. It’s a 46-seater and rego is CQK650. It carries F/N 189 (could be a Waipawa Buses F/N – see above) and is apparently intended as a source of spares for the Depot’s O305 SLFs.
New also here on 26 June was 45/CZE242, 2002 Toyota Coaster, 22-seat, automatic transmission.
Porirua/Newlands – Also in the ACS ad mentioned above is 153/NCS53, an ex-Dunedin 1979 Leopard in the striped NCS livery and long gone from these parts.
Peter R. has passed on these details of ex-Gobus
MAN 12.223s coming to Mana. They are the buses replaced by new vehicles
This fine image, from a
painting by Wallace Trickett, more of whose work can be seen as murals at the
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