• Advertisement

ex STA Swift 760s with Cairns Trans

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 :)

ex STA Swift 760s with Cairns Trans

Postby SMS88AEC » Mon May 28, 2007 5:37 pm

This first shot of recently painted 209AHA was taken in September 1988. This registration number does not appear on the fleetlist database so i dont know its former STA fleetnumber.DO YOU KNOW ITS FORMER STA ID :D?????????

Image
I cannot remember when this shot of ex STA741 was taken but it was on the Esplanade right across the road from the sea in the backpacker heart of Cairns
Image
These shots are from 1991 or 1992 and show ex STA 735 and 745 in the shopping heart of Cairns.It was a great pleasure to see these roaring about the town and they made a day spent in Cairns much more enjoyable
Image
Image
User avatar
SMS88AEC
 
Posts: 398
Joined: Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:57 am
Has thanked: 12 times
Been thanked: 8 times
Favourite Vehicle: AEC Merlin MO 7291

Postby The Inspector » Mon May 28, 2007 6:41 pm

Nice pics, I have always wanted to head up into Nth QLD to get pics of the ex Adelaide Swifts & B59's however by the time I get up there most will have been retired.
Has AdMet CB80 fever
User avatar
The Inspector
 
Posts: 7377
Joined: Fri Mar 05, 2004 10:35 pm
Location: Sydney
Has thanked: 212 times
Been thanked: 736 times
Favourite Vehicle: PMCSA Volvo B59

Postby Swift » Mon May 28, 2007 7:38 pm

Oh man I wish I could have gone up there then.
The only reason I would go to Cairns is to see these!The tubeless one piece rim normally used on MAN and Mercedes look good on the Swift in the 2nd pic.

How did the loud and beefy 760 sound in these with their ZF 2 speed autos from outside SMS??

I imagine it was like a Merecedes 0405 on steriods.

In 2005 I got to ride one of Koala's but the engine sounded tired and muffled and wasn't loud and raucous as a 760 is when in good condition.

Man your lucky SMS!
The super slow wonderful Renk Doromat. A tough old grandfather's axe you can depend on for supreme passenger amenity, unlike that two letter lurch factory.
User avatar
Swift
 
Posts: 8694
Joined: Sat Mar 06, 2004 12:23 pm
Location: Ettalong- the world capital of 0405s.
Has thanked: 449 times
Been thanked: 321 times
Favourite Vehicle: Porshe 911 Carerra

Postby 2MSJ » Mon May 28, 2007 9:19 pm

Great Pictures SMS88AEC!!
Cadet Coach Captain

"Who the **** is Windy?"
User avatar
2MSJ
 
Posts: 4289
Joined: Wed Apr 21, 2004 8:16 pm
Location: 2MSJ Menai Depot
Has thanked: 141 times
Been thanked: 247 times
Favourite Vehicle: Mercedes Benz O500

Postby davemail66 » Mon May 28, 2007 10:42 pm

Thanks for the interesting bus pics around Cairns prior to the commencement of Sunbus (Transit Australia) in 1995.

Things have changed a little up there now, a bit more bright blue around the streets :D.

http://www.busaustralia.com/forum/viewt ... ght=cairns
Pics supplied by Carrie

http://www.busaustralia.com/forum/viewt ... ght=cairns
Pics supplied by Dave C


Marlin Coast Sunbus: http://www.sunbus.com.au/tt_cairns.php
Proud to be a Sunshine Coaster...........
davemail66
 
Posts: 1754
Joined: Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:26 pm
Location: Sunshine Coast & Brisbane North, QLD
Has thanked: 0 time
Been thanked: 3 times
Favourite Vehicle: E2123

Postby TT » Mon May 28, 2007 10:42 pm

I love the way they were still carrying their "P" for Port depot stickers.
TT
 
Posts: 1436
Joined: Sun Mar 07, 2004 10:13 am
Location: Adelaide [West Lakes]
Has thanked: 105 times
Been thanked: 68 times
Favourite Vehicle: Mercedes-Benz 0500-LE

Postby The Inspector » Mon May 28, 2007 10:58 pm

davemail66 wrote:Things have changed a little up there now, a bit more bright blue around the streets :D.


Pitty none of the Swifts were able to recieve the blue livery :cry:
Has AdMet CB80 fever
User avatar
The Inspector
 
Posts: 7377
Joined: Fri Mar 05, 2004 10:35 pm
Location: Sydney
Has thanked: 212 times
Been thanked: 736 times
Favourite Vehicle: PMCSA Volvo B59

Postby Swift » Tue May 29, 2007 4:48 pm

davemail66 wrote:Thanks for the interesting bus pics around Cairns prior to the commencement of Sunbus (Transit Australia) in 1995.

Things have changed a little up there now, a bit more bright blue around the streets :D.

http://www.busaustralia.com/forum/viewt ... ght=cairns
Pics supplied by Carrie

http://www.busaustralia.com/forum/viewt ... ght=cairns
Pics supplied by Dave C




Eww yuck.I want to see more of the Pommy stuff.

Funny how an operator in a tropical area would choose AECs and Leylands though.
The super slow wonderful Renk Doromat. A tough old grandfather's axe you can depend on for supreme passenger amenity, unlike that two letter lurch factory.
User avatar
Swift
 
Posts: 8694
Joined: Sat Mar 06, 2004 12:23 pm
Location: Ettalong- the world capital of 0405s.
Has thanked: 449 times
Been thanked: 321 times
Favourite Vehicle: Porshe 911 Carerra

Postby SMS88AEC » Tue May 29, 2007 6:00 pm

AEC & Leyland made heavyweight chassis with powerful motors designed for long life, which when combined with the greatly increased water capacity of radiators fitted by operators who inovated away from the inadequate factory standard spec radiators and fans, were perfect for operations in tropical areas.
These Swifts sounded really beefy and in their prime when pulling away from stops in Cairns with its realtively traffic free streets.When not carrying passengers as in the first photo that I have shown, drivers clearly enjoyed putting the pedal to the metal.
MORE POMMY STUFF AS REQUESTED :idea:
Taken at the same location and date as the first photo, is this ex Rowes Merlin, uniquely modified to have front doors fold to both sides , and named ´the Londoner´.it was sold locally as a static caravan.
Image
User avatar
SMS88AEC
 
Posts: 398
Joined: Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:57 am
Has thanked: 12 times
Been thanked: 8 times
Favourite Vehicle: AEC Merlin MO 7291

Postby Herbert » Tue May 29, 2007 7:33 pm

More great pics, SMS88AEC.

That original LT split entrance always seemed wierd to me. Looks better as converted.

Did the Merlins, despite being semi-auto, have a comparable throaty engine sound as the Adelaide Swifts?
Get the gen, see the shots: www.perthbus.info
User avatar
Herbert
 
Posts: 4174
Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2004 3:04 pm
Location: The Herbertery
Has thanked: 444 times
Been thanked: 786 times
Favourite Vehicle: rather partial to B12BLEAs!

Postby SMS88AEC » Wed May 30, 2007 1:26 am

Herbert wrote:More great pics, SMS88AEC.

That original LT split entrance always seemed wierd to me. Looks better as converted.

Did the Merlins, despite being semi-auto, have a comparable throaty engine sound as the Adelaide Swifts?


I agree about the front split entrance, although the original design feature was intended to direct passengers in 2 lines either past the driver or through a ticket machine and turnstyle barrier fitted over the nearside front wheel.On the buses without centre exit the intention was that the left hand leaf was for boarding passengers and the right hand leaf for disembarking passengers.
Merlins certainly had a pleasant sound but these AH691 were nowhere near as throaty as AH760s although the bore and design of exhaust pipes varyed a lot between individual buses in Australia so some sure did make a lot more noise than ones with standard London fittings
User avatar
SMS88AEC
 
Posts: 398
Joined: Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:57 am
Has thanked: 12 times
Been thanked: 8 times
Favourite Vehicle: AEC Merlin MO 7291

Postby SMS88AEC » Fri Jun 01, 2007 7:10 pm

Image
Here is exSTA 746 seen in Mossman, north of Cairns in November 1988.
User avatar
SMS88AEC
 
Posts: 398
Joined: Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:57 am
Has thanked: 12 times
Been thanked: 8 times
Favourite Vehicle: AEC Merlin MO 7291

Postby Swift » Fri Jun 01, 2007 7:13 pm

Love the pics.If only I could hear a good sound recording of one in it's prime.

Over 15 years since I learned of these Adelaide 760 Swifts,I still can't get over them having ZF 2 speed gearboxes instead of the usual semi auto you get in an AEC.

Australia is indeed the lucky country.
The super slow wonderful Renk Doromat. A tough old grandfather's axe you can depend on for supreme passenger amenity, unlike that two letter lurch factory.
User avatar
Swift
 
Posts: 8694
Joined: Sat Mar 06, 2004 12:23 pm
Location: Ettalong- the world capital of 0405s.
Has thanked: 449 times
Been thanked: 321 times
Favourite Vehicle: Porshe 911 Carerra

Re: ex STA Swift 760s with Cairns Trans

Postby 5000AMC » Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:24 pm

love the photos just love them :D if anyone has more info please post a post/or tell me in a post saying where i can find any info about older cairns bus companies/or even models :!: :?: 8) :D :P where was the depot :wink: thanks anthonyc
Last edited by 5000AMC on Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:54 pm, edited 2 times in total.
5000AMC
 
Posts: 112
Joined: Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:54 pm
Has thanked: 59 times
Been thanked: 5 times

Re: ex STA Swift 760s with Cairns Trans

Postby BBL 10 » Fri Nov 04, 2011 6:58 pm

Awesome photos, love the old swifts and yes they were a rowdy motor but a good sound the had.
CAT DIESEL POWER
User avatar
BBL 10
 
Posts: 116
Joined: Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:57 pm
Has thanked: 0 time
Been thanked: 6 times
Favourite Vehicle: MCA/CAT 3208T



  • Advertisement

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

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests