The Newsletter of the Omnibus Society Inc.,
Editor: Mike Secker – Contact details at the foot of the last page.
*PLEASE NOTE that the Editor’s email address has changed to: email@example.com
DRIVERS… The Society often needs the volunteer services of any member with a “P” licence who can offer to help drive some of the Society’s charters, which are a source of vital revenue to help fund the maintenance and restoration of our vehicles. If you wish to gain a licence, the Society can help you do this. Please phone Henry Brittain, Ph. 476 7278, or Peter Rendall, Ph. 970 1405.
September – Kapiti Rover and MCS Depot visit.
October – Omnibus Society AGM.
November – COTMA.
December – Christmas Dinner using an interesting vehicle, possibly the Wally Hammond VAS.
OUR FLEET… thanks to Morris Moller
4 – MAN – needs a starter motor.
6 – ex-Nimons Morris Commercial – needs electrical work.
20 – the Cub is still with M. Little and needs painting and some damage rectification.
39 – the silver BUT has been moved from Kilbirnie to Karori.
49 – AEC Regal – Jim Austin has completed some impressive woodwork on the rear of this bus and is now looking at the roof.
119 – the BUT needs the dash panel replacing.
The Mack has been moved from GM at Trentham to an area not being developed. It is possible that the Mack may go to Karori and the Bedford MLZ from there to the Wairarapa.
The Crossley chassis has been disposed of.
322 (Reliance), 462 (Leopard), and 3583 (Bedford SB) are the in-service buses, at present. They have been busy with quite a number of charters, so useful income has been earned.
Go Wellington trolleys are once again back in the yard at night.
In our barn storage area, new pallet racking has been installed, with the Farmer’s trolley being moved to provide access to this.
OVERSEAS FEATURE I…
Gus Weir’s World Tour of the U K
Part Four: Getting There! (Continued)
Gus and Win
Next morning we decided to try out Singapore
Airlines Hop on Hop off (HoHo) sightseeing buses. Leaving our hotel we were
accosted by a “gentleman” with a tricycle rickshaw who insisted he could take
us quickly to the nearest HoHo stop. We were a little reticent to accept his
offer but succumbed for the experience. After a ride of about 15 to 20 minutes
we arrived at a HoHo stop and received a demand for $70
The buses in
Later we rode the MRT (rail system) to
The cable car to
Above: SBS Transit No. 1701E Volvo DD Singapore (Photo: Gus Weir)
[Part 5 of Gus’s
“World Tour of the
OVERSEAS FEATURE II…
Mike Butler spent two weeks in
The main operator
Many of the large employers offer
free staff transport and this is done by private operators with a variety of
vehicles varying from mini buses to Volvo B7 coaches. Private operators also
run commuter services to some of the nearby towns – again using Ashok Leylands
and Tatas. Some of these routes are 50km long and the buses leave
Above: Not an Ashok Leyland! A Volvo B7R giving a newer look
Intercity and rural services are operated by state-owned Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). As with BMTC, the majority of the fleet are Ashok Leylands with some Tata and Eicher buses. New Volvo B7R coaches operate some of the intercity services. Some of the rural services were operated by Ashok Leyland buses with wooden bodies and no skirt rear of the back door that reminded me somewhat of the ABC Worldmasters.
The major bus makers in
· Ashok Leyland - their bus chassis evolved from the Comet. They now use Hino motors.
· Tata. Started in 1954 using Mercedes Benz technology. Designs still show this heritage.
· Eicher. Started in 1982 manufacturing the Mitsubishi Canter. Since 1994, Eicher produces its own designs based around…
· Swaraj Mazda produce a local version of the Mazda T3500 bus.
· Force Motors. Buses up to 32 seats powered by the Mercedes Benz OM616 engine. Includes versions of the Mercedes Benz L608
· Mahinda & Mahindra. Produce the FJ-460 minibus based on the Willys Jeep and a Mitsubishi-based minibus.
[Many thanks to you, Mike, for your interesting article and photo. – Ed.]
OBSERVATIONS…Thanks to Michael Boyton, Graeme Inwood, Peter King, Peter Thompson, Stephen Watkins, Alan Wickens
NZ Bus – New 3-axle Scanias (2100s) have
continued to appear in both
Peter T. reported that Tranzit are to begin a new Airport –
Above: Nimon’s neat 9m Mitsubishis, 40/ECU19
and 41/ECU22, with A/C and two doors, replacing MetroRiders. They have orange Hanover destinations in the left windscreen and Peter reports passengers
are delighted with the A/C. No.40 is
at Napier for the Tamatea run and 41 at
Tenders – Peter T. noted that Napier/Hastings tenders had been called recently.
NELSON Area – Wadsworths of Tapawera
Here is a photograph of the
"Southern Branch" of the Omnibus Society, in action, writes member,
Mike Boyton. He adds “Yours truly poses with 2 of the 4
coaches operated by Wadsworths of Tapawera. I am a casual driver for
Wadsworths, and today I was at Rainbow Station, not far from
ROTORUA – Peter T. notes that new urban services begin for Rotorua later.
TARANAKI – NEW PLYMOUTH – in a somewhat
controversial move, reports Stephen, the Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) have
appointed Tranzit Coachlines as the supplier of city bus services for
New Plymouth from July 1st 2008, replacing the incumbent Okato
Bus Lines. Okato Bus Lines began running an unsubsidised community-based service in
New Plymouth following the collapse of Hamilton-based Goldstar Bus Lines
in 1992. Fourteen years later in 2006, a subsidised 18-month trial of new
services for the city was jointly established by the TRC and Okato Bus Lines.
These services were based on a six route system, with the majority serviced at
45 minute intervals during peak periods. The trial proved successful and was
subsequently extended to two full years.
WELLINGTON – NZ Bus – (Correction, with apologies: MAN 2460 was pictured in the last issue being rescued from its attempt to go swimming on the western side of Lyall Bay, as depicted in Graeme Inwood’s photo of the event, not the eastern side as I wrongly put it.- Ed.)
New 3-axle trolley, 335/EMB785, is in traffic in the yellow livery. Volvos are thinner on the ground. Oldest still operating is probably 204.
Alan Wickens offers this Wellington view, and his views on it:
Is this the livery we will see on Go Wellington buses? Scania 2111 was spotted parked on Thorndon Quay on 2 May. Sadly, if this is so, it won't be long before many will be plastered with advertising on the sides and rear which seems to me to make the branding thing a pretty pointless exercise. Like the colour or the branding, or not, at least 2111 looks proud of what is has been given. (Caption & photo: Alan Wickens)
Mana Coach Services – Interesting item in The Dominion Post of Tuesday, 10 June, headed “Infratil will keep its stake in Mana Coach” indicating that, although the High Court has ruled out a merger [of MCS] with Go Wellington, Infratil has no plans to sell its minority (26%) stake in MCS. Infratil executive, Paul Ridley-Smith, is mentioned as saying, on the 9 June, that he expected the ownership structure of MCS to continue in its present form as, he commented further, Brian Souter (recent buyer of 74% of MCS) was an experienced bus operator as a founder and major shareholder of Stagecoach.
- Kapiti – Toyota Coaster 44/BLW986 has now, in its turn, been replaced here by similar 21-seat 131/AZS482. No. 44 has returned to Porirua Depot, 131 being ex-Newlands Depot. 1996 Volvo B12, C53F, 55/UO6068, is at present at this depot – excellent machine, new to MCS and originally delivered in the then coach livery of purple. 1995 MAN, C38F, 26/BDU936, is also at Kapiti. Both these coaches have kneeling capability.
WHANGAREI – Pictured and listed on the Omnibus Society’s Website (in Fleet Notes) are ten Designline-bodied MAN 16.223, SLF, B38D, 2-axle buses, in an attractive two-tone green livery, registered to Wellington City Transport Ltd, for Adams Travelines, Whangarei. They are for new services commencing in July, 2008, which are, as advised by Peter T., contracted to NZ Bus. Incidentally, the 1XXX numbers are an at present unused ex-Auckland series. The buses are: 1001/EMK723; 1002/EMK724; 1003/EMK731; 1004/EMK725; 1005/EMK733; 1006/EMK/732; 1007/EMK748; 1008/EMK750; 1009/EMK749; 1010/EMK751.
WEBSITE…The Society’s website, masterminded by Mike Butler, is 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 the newsletter, the more recent back numbers are available on the website.
Editor: Mike Secker, 63 Glen Road, Raumati South, Kapiti 5032. Ph: (04) 902 1173 Fax: (04) 902 1174
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