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Once upon a time - Pykes Tours.

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Once upon a time - Pykes Tours.

Postby Centralian » Sat Feb 24, 2007 4:35 pm

Here are some images of one of the icons of early tourist coach operations in Sydney, Pykes Tours. Enjoy.

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TV003 with Pykes was a rear engined Albion Viking VK57 with Mee bodywork of 1974. It had been acquired from Centralian (the coach company) around 1974 as well.


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TV620 with Pykes was a Bedford VAL70 with imported Van Hool bodywork of 1971. Photo taken about 1976 in Parramatta when the building in the background (now council chambers) was the tallest in town. Pykes had 2 such VALs.


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TV202 was an imported Thames Trader with Duple bodywork. This was sold by Pykes in 1974 to the Cobar area (according to HCVA magazine at the time) so my photo I guess is about 1973 vintage. Body build is mid 1960's.


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Pykes sold 4 Thames Duples to Bowden which later were sold by Bowden to ACTION, and 2 others elsewhere. Here's one later in life converted into a mobile home and for sale at a Homwbush car yard around 1980. Sorry I can't ID this one.

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TV596 with Pykes was an imported Bedford Vam70 with Van Hool 40 seater bodywork of 1969. Photo taken around 1973 or 1974. In the background is their TV550 which was an imported Vam70 with Duple Viceroy (relying on memory re body style name) of 1968 vintage. Pykes had 5 Vams with Van Hool bodywork.
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Postby Centralian » Tue Feb 27, 2007 5:47 am

I'm interested to know if any of the Van Hool or Duple vehicles survive today. On another post it was mentioned that 2 of the Thames in ACTION colours are rotting away in a backyard in Sydney (any clues where, I'd love to try and get a picture of them). Does anyone know what happened to the Van Hools after they left Pykes?
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