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40 years since 1st Bus Enthusiasts Tour

Postby system improver » Sun Jul 27, 2008 3:03 pm

As noted earlier this morning by Paul Nicholson on the Victorian Board, today marks the 40th Anniversary of the first organised tour of bus enthusiasts in Victoria (27/7/68). Two more tours were organised latter in 1968, culminating in the formation, in December 1968, of the Bus and Coach Society of Victoria. As mentioned in Paul's post, John Masterton and Bruce Tilley were co organisers with Paul, and Bruce and Paul took the following photographs on the day. They come from the (late) John Masterton collection.

The two vehicles used for the tour were from Nuline Bus Service. They were Federals fitted with the Ansair Metro style body. Both were originally powered by petrol engines, and saw brief service on the Hartwell to Toorak tram terminus route. They were then operated by Jenner's Milk Transport (subsequently Murrumbeena Bus Lines) before being sold to Mr Spence at Nuline on 12/4/54. Number 6 (left) NW 436, was built 9/49 and was re-powered with a Perkins diesel to enable it to work 18 hour shifts. It was sold soon after the tour to become a caravan (27/9/68). Number 7, NA 684, was built 4/49 and always retained its petrol engine and was used as a standby vehicle. It was acquired by the BCSV on 31/12/69 but has had various owners since. It is still preserved.
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Here is Number 6 at the Park Street, Middle Brighton terminus. Two Melbourne and Brighton Bus Lines vehicles are also at the terminus. On the left is No. 77, JNE 077, a Freighter Leyland RTC new 24/6/66 and on the right, No. 66, HXJ 066, a Comair Leyland RTC new 9/12/63.
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This photo is taken at the Hampton Bus Terminal. Along with Number 6 are pictured one of Hampton Red's Piper re bodied Fodens HLA 042, (new 12/49, re-bodied 9/61) and a Hampton Green Ansair Transett , SA 481 (new in 1950).
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Here is Number 6 passing under the rail bridge at Durrant Street, North Brighton. The Tait train also pictured is heading towards Sandringham.
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And finally, the first group photo on a bus enthusiasts' tour in Victoria at the Moorabbin Bus Terminal at Moorabbin Station - a tradition that continues.
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Thank you to all who have been involved over the last forty years!
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Re: First Bus Enthusiasts Tour Victoria 27/7/68

Postby Member1100 » Sun Jul 27, 2008 4:18 pm

A very interesting group of photos. So this is where it all started. Great job.

On a lighter note, its nice to see these enthusiasts dressed neatly and perhaps even trendily for the time. Thats a tradition which seems to be disappearing these days in some corners. :lol:
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Re: 40 years since 1st Bus Enthusiasts Tour

Postby Paul_Nicholson » Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:51 pm

The people illustrated are:

Left to right

Lindsay Bounds, Paul Nicholson, John Masterton (deceased), Ian Stanley, Peter Clayton (deceased), Jeffrey Bounds, Geoff Mann, person obscured could be Brian Weedon, Brian Dwan (wearing hat) (deceased), Bob Prentice (deceased), Gary (?) Driver, Doug Prosser, Daryl (?) Driver, John Fitzsimons and Keith Kings.

Presumably, Bruce Tilley (absent) was the photographer.

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Re: 40 years since 1st Bus Enthusiasts Tour

Postby system improver » Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:43 am

Thanks for the names to the faces. (The Driver brothers are in the other order ie Daryl and Gary)
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Re: 40 years since 1st Bus Enthusiasts Tour

Postby system improver » Sat Jul 27, 2013 3:35 pm

Time marches on, as five years has passed. Much has changed in that period and more to come on August 4th.

However, Driver Bros are still supporting the enthusiast movement, and I can announce a BCSV Driver Coastal Tour for Saturday 16th November which will use preserved Driver coaches to visit the Coastal operations on the Peninsula. Details, including pick up times and places, will be announced soon.

Here is the Moorabbin Station terminus today, not very different from 45 years ago:
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Re: 40 years since 1st Bus Enthusiasts Tour

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:45 pm

Bruce HAD to be absent from the photo. There's no-one there wearing shorts :mrgreen:

system improver - The 15th November is a FRIDAY :?: :?: also is Sandown display still 24th :?:
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Re: 40 years since 1st Bus Enthusiasts Tour

Postby Looselion » Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:48 pm

Many thanks for a big dose of nostalgia for me System Improver.
How wonderful are your photos of those days, and to know you blokes were right there and into recording and appreciating the history being made...
I was helping to make the Redline history in Victoria right at that time, and living in Moorabbin. In fact almost exactly 5 months earlier on 27 February 1968 I was doing CPL night flying training touch and go's at Moorabbin airport, the same evening that the late great Lionel Rose took on Fighting Harada in Tokyo. The flying was in preparation for Redline's planned aviation expansion in Central Australia...not to be of course.
I remember it so well because the ATC blokes kept all the pilots in the circuit (and there were quite a few of us) up to date with a blow by blow description of the fight!
There's certainly a lot to miss...and I miss it all.
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Re: 40 years since 1st Bus Enthusiasts Tour

Postby system improver » Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:02 pm

Tas Bus Nut wrote:Bruce HAD to be absent from the photo. There's no-one there wearing shorts :mrgreen:

system improver - The 15th November is a FRIDAY :?: :?: also is Sandown display still 24th :?:

Oops. Make that the 16th. Our social meeting is on the Sunday 17th and Sandown is the following Sunday. Come over for the week!
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Re: 40 years since 1st Bus Enthusiasts Tour

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:28 am

system improver wrote:Oops. Make that the 16th. Our social meeting is on the Sunday 17th and Sandown is the following Sunday. Come over for the week!
Yeh OK. YOU offering FREE accommodation :lol: :lol:
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