Bulls Tourist Service SA

This section contains posts made before the split into state-based forums for photos etc. New posts should be made to the appropriate state forum or the "General/Miscellaneous/Various" forum.
Forum rules
  • A topic icon must be used with the thread title of all threads.
  • No more than 10 photos per post with a maximum of 50 in any one page in a thread.
  • Maximum photo width 1000 pixels.
  • For full photo rules and how to attach photos see viewtopic.php?f=10&t=28459
  • Thank you :)
Post Reply
User avatar
White Super Power
Posts: 413
Joined: Sun Mar 07, 2004 9:21 am
Location: Brisbane
Contact:

Bulls Tourist Service SA

Post by White Super Power »

http://www.busaustralia.com/gallery/dis ... ?pos=-8971

Bulls Tourist Service Lewis bodied Leyland Leopard (I may be wrong about it being a Leopard) used on the Cooper Pedy - Alice Springs run.

Tim Williams
Posts: 995
Joined: Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:26 am
Location: Adelaide

Post by Tim Williams »

No it was not a Leopard, it was amazingly enough a Leyland Hippo truck chassis (second hand - probably ex wreckers), heavily modified by Lewis Bros in their Provident Avenue workshops at Glynde in Adelaide.

The trailer chassis was new and both bodies were also built by Lewis - the trailer was for freight and the front passengers and under floor freight/luggage.

The chassis was fitted with a new Leyland 0690 Power Plus Engine ( the turbo charged version of the 0680), mounted vertically just behind the front axle, where the body (& floor) rises, to provide sufficient clearance and driven through a 14 speed Roadranger gearbox. A second small Perkins 4 Cyl diesel engine was also mounted vertically - right at the front to power the airconditioning.

It used to get a real flogging on the Adelaide to Alice Springs part the service to Darwin, the road was not sealed then and the drivers pushed on in all conditions to keep up the tight timetable.

It was a pig of a thing to drive (all my experience was only around Adelaide ferrying it to & from Bulls on the Port Road at Albert park & Glynde where repairs and seemingly rebuilding were carried out after most trips) - the level of power assistance to the steering varied for no apparent reason, the multiple gears were a bit difficult to master, if you weren't a truckie and things were always wrong with it.

Once, when I was driving past the Cheltenham Racecourse the rack on the fuel pump collapsed or jammed and the engine began to run away (the revs just kept buiding up & up) - amongst all the traffic I was lucky enough to get it back into a gear (because all this happened during a gear change) and stall the engine - otherwise it would have simply blown up.

If my memory serves me correctly, in the end the trailer was abandoned and the front part rebuilt as a conventional coach, but it rode badly with a very hard rear truck style suspension.

If any of you would like more information about this or any other of the wierd and varied home grown fleet of Lewis Bros and it's subsidiaries Bulls & Salisbury Passenger Services please let me know and I will endevour to assist.

User avatar
The Inspector
Posts: 7697
Joined: Fri Mar 05, 2004 12:35 pm
Favourite Vehicle: PMCSA Volvo B59
Location: Sydney

Post by The Inspector »

Tim Williams wrote: If any of you would like more information about this or any other of the wierd and varied home grown fleet of Lewis Bros and it's subsidiaries Bulls & Salisbury Passenger Services please let me know and I will endevour to assist.
I think it would be of interest to a lot of people (not only from SA) to see pics and info about an operator who built and butchered their own buses, I have seen pics of some of their fleet and these vehicles look very odd, some built with bits & peices from other vehicles.
Has AdMet CB80 fever

User avatar
kitkat271
Posts: 3804
Joined: Mon Nov 01, 2004 9:31 pm
Favourite Vehicle: Double decker buses
Location: Somewhere in Sydney

Post by kitkat271 »

Wow what an amazing "coach" ... thanks for your info Tim, very fascinating!

spag
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:31 am

Re: Bulls Tourist Service SA

Post by spag »

hello , I was just trying to find old pictures & stories of Bulls , Lewis Bros & Salisbury Passenger Service buses as my dad worked for John Lewis for many years & then for Stateliner. I was in shock to see this old jigger as i travelled up & down the Stuart Highwsy quite a few times to remember as a kid sitting on the engine cover at the front of the bus. Momeries came flooding back as i keep looking at the bus & so many storys that my dad has told me over the years . I cant wait to let him know that i found a picture of it on the net.Now i know there are others interested in the same companys that i,m i hope to be able to see more pictures & here more stories . Thanks for the flash back to my great childhood days travelling in the buses that my dad drove to Darwin

User avatar
Looselion
Posts: 781
Joined: Sat Jul 12, 2008 1:54 am
Favourite Vehicle: 3 1/2 window Flxible Clipper
Location: Queensland

Re: Bulls Tourist Service SA

Post by Looselion »

Many thanks for the post. I'm totally fascinated.
Would anyone know when Bulls commenced their Adelaide Alice Darwin service?
I'm assuming they only came up with the one example of the coach design discussed here.....
Methinks one would be more than enough.....

User avatar
system improver
Posts: 2874
Joined: Thu Dec 28, 2006 9:38 pm
Favourite Vehicle: 1949 MBA Seddon
Location: Melbourne

Re:

Post by system improver »

Tim Williams wrote:...If my memory serves me correctly, in the end the trailer was abandoned and the front part rebuilt as a conventional coach...
And here it is, better late than never, in this Bruce Tilley pic from 1983:
Image
If any of you would like more information about this or any other of the wierd and varied home grown fleet of Lewis Bros and it's subsidiaries Bulls & Salisbury Passenger Services please let me know and I will endevour to assist.
Yes please. What was the first full bus that they built?

ROADBOSS-78
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:20 am

Re: Bulls Tourist Service SA

Post by ROADBOSS-78 »

Hi I'm pretty sure I own the Cunningham bus in the picture. It is now blue but you can see the maroon in places and where the Cunningham stickers were. It is fitted with PD6t engine 5 speed box and 2 speed diff. Any info on this bus would be appreciated.

Denv12
Posts: 1105
Joined: Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:17 am

Re: Re:

Post by Denv12 »

system improver wrote:
Tim Williams wrote:...If my memory serves me correctly, in the end the trailer was abandoned and the front part rebuilt as a conventional coach...
And here it is, better late than never, in this Bruce Tilley pic from 1983:
Image
If any of you would like more information about this or any other of the wierd and varied home grown fleet of Lewis Bros and it's subsidiaries Bulls & Salisbury Passenger Services please let me know and I will endevour to assist.
Yes please. What was the first full bus that they built?
Hi Tim.Love the photos.Would love to see a new topic posted covering all the variations,it would make for an interesting topic.Maybe we can start a topic on weird buses and coaches covering altered/modified buses and coaches.

I'm sure that this bus was in the Quest Tours fleet.I drove it in 1985 on charter.It was modified with Austral Tourmaster parts.It had a leyland 401 turbo.There is a photo of it in my post here:

http://www.busaustralia.com/forum/viewt ... 48&t=73797
All Quest tours buses were sold off from the end of the school year in 1985 including the charter licences and school runs.The only vehicles that were retained were coaches for "Across Australia Coachlines" and Quest Tours".Max Winkless owned them.

I started this new topic to cater for the modified buses topic:
http://www.busaustralia.com/forum/viewt ... 48&t=77331
Attachments
2.10 (774 x 524).jpg
2.10 (774 x 524).jpg (67.64 KiB) Viewed 24309 times

Brenton lewis
Posts: 6
Joined: Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:04 am

Re: Bulls Tourist Service SA

Post by Brenton lewis »

spag wrote:hello , I was just trying to find old pictures & stories of Bulls , Lewis Bros & Salisbury Passenger Service buses as my dad worked for John Lewis for many years & then for Stateliner. I was in shock to see this old jigger as i travelled up & down the Stuart Highwsy quite a few times to remember as a kid sitting on the engine cover at the front of the bus. Momeries came flooding back as i keep looking at the bus & so many storys that my dad has told me over the years . I cant wait to let him know that i found a picture of it on the net.Now i know there are others interested in the same companys that i,m i hope to be able to see more pictures & here more stories . Thanks for the flash back to my great childhood days travelling in the buses that my dad drove to Darwin
My farther worked for john lewis for 45 yrs
Any pics would be good

Denv12
Posts: 1105
Joined: Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:17 am

Re: Bulls Tourist Service SA

Post by Denv12 »

A few Bull's buses....
Attachments
BTS-4 (472 x 324).jpg
BTS-4 (472 x 324).jpg (32.17 KiB) Viewed 22002 times
BTS-3 (472 x 258).jpg
BTS-3 (472 x 258).jpg (22.32 KiB) Viewed 22005 times
BTS-2 (478 x 338).jpg
BTS-2 (478 x 338).jpg (42.86 KiB) Viewed 22005 times
BTS-1 (476 x 216).jpg
BTS-1 (476 x 216).jpg (23.92 KiB) Viewed 22005 times
2.40 (345 x 474).jpg
2.40 (345 x 474).jpg (41.88 KiB) Viewed 22015 times
2.41 (352 x 508).jpg
2.41 (352 x 508).jpg (41.08 KiB) Viewed 22015 times
D1000009 (456 x 307).jpg
D1000009 (456 x 307).jpg (39.62 KiB) Viewed 22015 times
D1000002 (408 x 322).jpg
D1000002 (408 x 322).jpg (32.69 KiB) Viewed 22015 times
1.1 (578 x 350).jpg
1.1 (578 x 350).jpg (61.1 KiB) Viewed 22015 times

Brenton lewis
Posts: 6
Joined: Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:04 am

Re: Bulls Tourist Service SA

Post by Brenton lewis »

Hi
Any one else with Bulls spa lewis bros pictures woul Liv to see them
My dad worked for john lewis for 45 yrs Rod lewis not related even of depots Coober pedy etc
Regard
Brenton lewis

Post Reply

Return to “Australian Photos, Videos, Sound Clips etc - ARCHIVE”