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Moonrakers

Postby Dave Wilson » Tue Mar 13, 2007 3:40 pm

White Super Power or Centralian - have either of you got a shot of A Moonraker.Last I ever saw was at Oatley B S -couldn't get a photo as it was hemmed in.
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Re: Moonrakers

Postby White Super Power » Tue Mar 13, 2007 3:58 pm

Dave Wilson wrote:White Super Power or Centralian - have either of you got a shot of A Moonraker.Last I ever saw was at Oatley B S -couldn't get a photo as it was hemmed in.


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Postby Dave Wilson » Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:46 pm

many thanks W.S.P.
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Postby Centralian » Tue Mar 13, 2007 10:08 pm

Hi Dave,
Yes I've got a few but not instantly postable as they're on slides. Give me a couple of weeks and I'll post some onto here (I get them into prints and then scan etc, quality suffers a bit but I'm too stingy to buy a slide scanner). Recall I've got one of Selwoods somewhere, not sure of quality though.
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Postby Ben O » Wed Mar 14, 2007 6:10 am

Roadcoach at Goulburn operated a Freighter bodied Hino RC420 with a slightly modified front until early 2004. I'm not sure if it was a Moonraker, but it was new to Hadfields, Engadine. It then was onsold to Bristowe, Hunters Hill where it had a front on accident and was taken to a tip! Roadcoach then found it at the tip, rescued it and remoulded the front..
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Postby gen man » Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:45 am

The best looking Moonraker coach I ever knew of, was Mt.Dandenong Passenger Service (31), the re-bodied Leyland Worldmaster, beautiful looking coach for its time. It lasted almost to the end, before the company was taken over by Ventura, and ended up as a caravan in North Ringwood, but has since vanished unfortunately.
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Postby White Super Power » Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:18 am

gen man wrote:The best looking Moonraker coach I ever knew of, was Mt.Dandenong Passenger Service (31), the re-bodied Leyland Worldmaster, beautiful looking coach for its time. It lasted almost to the end, before the company was taken over by Ventura, and ended up as a caravan in North Ringwood, but has since vanished unfortunately.
Does anyone have a photo of the Mt Dandenong Moonraker or the Sinclairs Leyland Mastiff Moonraker that they could/would share with us.
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Postby invada1 » Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:24 am

I could be mistaken but didn't Panther have one during the 70's
Better have driven then never to have driven at all. Even better to have driven them all.

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Postby Herbert » Wed Mar 14, 2007 9:14 pm

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Postby Ben O » Wed Mar 14, 2007 9:16 pm

Gosh Herbert, those things, especially the last one, look jurassic! The last shot reminds me of a shot I took of an Ashok Leyland in Delhi a few years ago!
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Postby White Super Power » Wed Mar 14, 2007 9:46 pm

Ben O wrote:Gosh Herbert, those things, especially the last one, look jurassic! The last shot reminds me of a shot I took of an Ashok Leyland in Delhi a few years ago!


Thanks Herbert for some shots of real buses much better than todays plastic stuff
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Postby Dave Wilson » Wed Mar 14, 2007 9:57 pm

I love the Moonraker name emblazoned so optimistically across the front of the bus in the first shot, but in the second, the livery is rather strange and obscure in its intention.
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Postby Centralian » Fri Mar 16, 2007 7:13 pm

http://www.busaustralia.com/gallery/dis ... pos=-16677
Here's the Selwood's Moonraker I promised. For some reason I'd always thought that the Moonraker body was built only on Hino chassis. But with people referring to Worldmasters and Leyland Mastiffs then obviously not.
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Postby invada1 » Sat Mar 17, 2007 7:37 am

Ben O wrote:Gosh Herbert, those things, especially the last one, look jurassic! The last shot reminds me of a shot I took of an Ashok Leyland in Delhi a few years ago!


Did you happen to get a shot off the triple deck CCMC that day also in the back ground see discussion http://www.busaustralia.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20877

Love the first photo with bin door partly open driver oblivious
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Postby Ben O » Sat Mar 17, 2007 8:13 am

Centralian wrote:Here's the Selwood's Moonraker I promised. For some reason I'd always thought that the Moonraker body was built only on Hino chassis. But with people referring to Worldmasters and Leyland Mastiffs then obviously not.


This bus was with Selwood's up until as recently as 2003. It would occasionally make it out on a shoppers run from Molong to Orange. However, it spent most of its life tucked away in one of the few sheds not known to enthuisiasts around the Selwood's property. It could still be there today!
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Postby Dave Wilson » Sat Mar 17, 2007 11:42 am

Selwoods don't seem to be in the fleetlists?
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Postby Ben O » Sat Mar 17, 2007 1:18 pm

Dave Wilson wrote:Selwoods don't seem to be in the fleetlists?


It's been pretty hard for most of us to keep up with the Selwod fleet over the years. They are not enthusiast friendly. Therefore genning the vehicles is very difficult. Their buses are shedded throughout their 'Wellwood' property on the Orange Road, therefore regos cannot be seen if you were to quickly drive your car through. They also have a shed at Molong which is generally locked most of the time.
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Postby Dave Wilson » Sat Mar 17, 2007 1:37 pm

Surely Vic Hayes would have a list of some sort? The Selwoods might be an Exclusive Bretheren family.
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Postby Ben O » Sat Mar 17, 2007 2:08 pm

Dave Wilson wrote:Surely Vic Hayes would have a list of some sort? The Selwoods might be an Exclusive Bretheren family.


Vic would would have the most accurate list as to what they operate now. I believe he gained access to a few of their hidden sheds around the property 5 or so years ago.
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Postby gen man » Sat Mar 17, 2007 2:41 pm

White Super Power wrote:
gen man wrote:The best looking Moonraker coach I ever knew of, was Mt.Dandenong Passenger Service (31), the re-bodied Leyland Worldmaster, beautiful looking coach for its time. It lasted almost to the end, before the company was taken over by Ventura, and ended up as a caravan in North Ringwood, but has since vanished unfortunately.
Does anyone have a photo of the Mt Dandenong Moonraker or the Sinclairs Leyland Mastiff Moonraker that they could/would share with us.


Here is a very early photo of mine, which I've just scanned (sorry about the sun glare on the roof). It is Mt.Dandenong Passenger Service (31) TV-010 Leyland Worldmaster ERT2/1/ Freighter "Moonraker," which was a rebody of a much earlier Freighter body, and from memory the chassis was either late 50's or early 60's, enjoy :wink: :

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Postby Swift » Sat Mar 17, 2007 2:41 pm

Dave Wilson wrote:The Selwoods might be an Exclusive Bretheren family.

That would go a long way to explaining the following.
Ben O wrote:It's been pretty hard for most of us to keep up with the Selwod fleet over the years. They are not enthusiast friendly.

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Postby Dave Wilson » Sat Mar 17, 2007 2:46 pm

Gen Man - is that TV 010 the Moonraker that ended up with Oatley Bus Service in Sydney?
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Postby gen man » Sat Mar 17, 2007 2:50 pm

Dave Wilson wrote:Gen Man - is that TV 010 the Moonraker that ended up with Oatley Bus Service in Sydney?


No, it went straight from Mt.Dandy to a camper (only about 5 yrs ago now), and you'll notice it's a rare Victorian TV plate! Though really only a Victorian personalised car plate. They also had at least TV-011 & TV-012 on two other Leylands, and a black & white MO-039 plate on (39), the Newnham Leyland Worldmaster route bus rebody.
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Postby CM Hino » Sat Mar 17, 2007 2:57 pm

Hi Dave Wilson
Here is a picture of a post card that Walker's Bus Service produce of there Moonraker.
Sorry about the quality. I could not find my scanner so I took a picture . And i am going to kill my brother who has not taken care of the post card after i loaned it to him to scan. :evil:
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Postby Dave Wilson » Sat Mar 17, 2007 3:01 pm

many thanks CM Hino and Gen Man. Was the Moonraker new to Walkers?
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