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Snowplough on the Branchline

Postby Dave Wilson » Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:06 pm

The below photo shows M/0 013 Albion Valkyrie of Renwick's Bus Service Swansea C 1948 at Swansea -former DRTT M/01326. It appears to be waiting to take passengers from Newcastle out to Catherine Hill Bay,which are about to arrive on DRTT Leyland OPD2 2068. Its a fascinating little scene reminscent of a rail motor connecting with a terminating mainline express.

The Department of Road Transport and Tramways NSW took over four unusual Albion Valkyries from United Motors in 1937. They became M/0s 1512 1518 1522 and 1526 on take over with fleet numbers 312 318 322 and 326. In 1940 they were re registered m/os 1312 1318 1322 and 1326 in line with the general renumbering of the DRTT fleet. The first three are known to have run out of Burwood Depot in United motors striking maroon livery with gold leaf waist band. It is thought that the body of 1326 was not complete when acquired in 1937 and therefore may been finished off at the DRTTs Leichhardt Workshops It probably was outshopped in the standard half cab colours of 'streamline' green and cream.It is likely the others followed as they fell due for overhaul in the late 30s.Always obscure buses, few people can ever remember them.It is known that they all ended up in camouflage colours about May 1942 and ran frequently throughout the War on Navy work.Sometimes they were spotted on the 472 (In those days Bexley Nth Stn - Dobroyd Point[later extended to Rodd Point when the bridge was built over the Hawthorn Canal ]).In 1946 they were withdrawn along with a number of other old buses that had survived because of the intervention of the War . 1326, shown as M/0 013, ran in the Newcastle area firstly for Renwick and then for Baker in the West Wallsend area. 1326 dissappeared about 1952.The others all ended up with Sid Fogg (where one was made into a half cab)and were scrapped for their chasses in the early 50s. In Government service they were nicknamed 'Snowploughs' for obvious reasons.

The only known photo of one in DRTT service (undergoing repairs at Leichhardt Workshops in 1944) appears in Greg Travers' latest book.Its also interesting that the registration numbers of these little buses did not reappear until about 2001 on the 0405 NHs.

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Re: Snowplough on the Branchline

Postby leopard1543 » Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:55 pm

It's an amazing historical photograph :!:
I'm sure though the driver of the Snowplough would of been a bit envious for the driver of 2068
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Re: Snowplough on the Branchline

Postby Simes » Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:09 pm

Dave Wilson wrote:.....It is known that they all ended up in camouflage colours about May 1942 and ran frequently throughout the War on Navy work.Sometimes they were spotted on the 472 (In those days Bexley Nth Stn - Dobroyd Point[later extended to Rodd Point when the bridge was built over the Hawthorn Canal ]).


There's a bit of a local legend that the US Army engineers laid some of the concrete roads around these parts, up until then most were unsealed, apparently there was a radar station around here somewhere. So for them to end up on a 472 run would not surprise me
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Re: Snowplough on the Branchline

Postby heather » Thu May 28, 2009 2:06 am

I am very interested in this photo as I have recently discovered that my Grandmother's sister Mary Sellars Renwick ran a bus company in Australia called Renwick's.
If anyone has any information about the company I would be most grateful.
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Re: Snowplough on the Branchline

Postby boronia » Thu May 28, 2009 6:00 am

At one time CATHERINE HILL BAY was on the DGT desto rolls.

Did DGT take over this service from Renwicks (or v/v) ??
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Re: Snowplough on the Branchline

Postby GM » Thu May 28, 2009 5:05 pm

Here are photos of two of the Snowploughs both in service with Fogg's Toronto Newcastle.
m/o 947 when converted & m/o 948 as built.
You can get a better idea of the "Snowplough" effect from the photo of 948.
Both photos from the Ken Magor Collection. GM
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Re: Snowplough on the Branchline

Postby GM » Thu May 28, 2009 10:14 pm

Hi Heather,
In September 1945 a William (Bill) Renwick operated Renwick's Bus Service on Route 2 St Marys to Oxley Park. (Sydney)
He sold out to Fred Bowman in March 1949.
He later bought Route 28 Swansea - Catherine Hill Bay. GM
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Re: Snowplough on the Branchline

Postby GM » Fri May 29, 2009 3:56 pm

Boronia, the Department of Motor Transport took over Routes 28 & 29 from Emelin Bros on 1st March, 1937.
On 7th December, 1940 these routes were sold to Fogg's Motor Service.
On 19th September, 1946 Fogg's broke up Route 28 into two parts;-
One part went to Carey Motors who operated the Swansea-Catherine Hill Bay service.
The second part went to Seargents Transit of Wyong who operated the Swansea-Wyong section.
Seargents had m/o plates to operate this service. GM

Some history of Route 28 Swansea – Catherine Hill Bay
00.00.1922 Young & Green
00.00.1923 Hancock & Hemmings
00.00.1927 Emelin Bros & Proudlock A
00.00.1934 Emelin Bros
01.03.1937 DRT & T
07.12.1940 Fogg’s Swansea – Wyong via Catherine Hill Bay
19.09.1946 Carey Motors
00.00.1949 Renwick William (Bill)
00.00.1950 Sime R A
00.10.1952 Swansea – Belmont Transport Co (H Neville)
00.01.1957 Small D H
00.08.1958 Presland A C & J G
15.08.1962 Fellowes T L
00.07.1998 Busways
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Re: Snowplough on the Branchline

Postby boronia » Fri May 29, 2009 6:52 pm

Thanks GM

It would have been an interesting trip down to CHB in a decker, but I see now that DGT operated this as a shuttle, so probably only a s/d of some sort??
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Re: Snowplough on the Branchline

Postby newcastle man 2 » Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:51 pm

The government swapped the Catherine Hill Bay to Swansea Section for the Swansea Heads - Swansea Section, which sruvives today as the 350.

A similar thing happened in the area in the late 80s when services operated by Blue Ribbon in the Pelican/ Swansea/ Swansea North Area were swapped for the Maryland - Wallsend route. This meant the 240 Newcastle - Maryland became 260 Wallsend - Maryland. STA extended the 349 from Swansea South to Swansea Nth and started a new route 310 Belmont - Pelican - Swansea and back to Belmont via Belmont hospital to replace the former private routes.
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Re: Snowplough on the Branchline

Postby SMS88AEC » Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:40 pm

What amazing pix of such fugly buses, its great that they have survived to be shared today!

Talking of snow ploughs, how many have noticed that the funny looking cow catchers on the front of those former Danish MZ locos now on frieght in NSW are in fact the snow ploughs that they were built with to get them through the Scandinavian winters??? - not many, I bet!
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Re: Snowplough on the Branchline

Postby Rclasstramcar » Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:21 pm

Did these buses survive into museums :?:.

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Re: Snowplough on the Branchline

Postby Dave Wilson » Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:35 pm

No, last known sighting of a snowplough was in 1953 at West Wallsend but strange tracks have been reported in the snow from time to time in recent years.
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