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Buses on the Mountain

Postby kitkat271 » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:06 pm

On what Mountain? Mt Panorama in October, that is. I finally made my first pilgrimage to the Bathurst 1000 this year, and it did not disappoint. There were some transit gems there, too, and not just the plethora of Jones Bros buses doing the shuttles.

The "Holden Racing Team" Leyland Atlantean HRT 052, fitted with Roe bodywork was found at the Campground adjacent to the Chase. It's been faithfully painted with the Holden Racing Team livery of the late 90's. There is signwriting for Osborn's of Muswellbrook on it which leads me to believe that it could be a Leyland Atlantean PDR2/1 that new to West Yorkshire PTE in 1971 as their no. 419, and then imported and sold to Osborn's as MO7248. As the camper was unattended at the time I didn't fancy my chances for a look-see inside ...
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At Skyline was this BP-liveried Commer Camelback-style bus, with Victorian rego FNG 345. Again unattended, anyone knows of its history?
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Many coaches also visit Bathurst - here at the coach park is a Selwoods coach, a delightful old Mercedes belonging to Corby's of Oberon, and a Mills Tui-bodied Greyhound Scania.
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How boring ... lots and lots of white coaches!!!! :evil: The silver of the Volgren decker and the Hoppies coach kinda breaks this up a little. In the background is a Heli-Aust Bell 206 helicopter making its final approach (?) to the main straight Helipad.
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As mentioned earlier Jones Bros provided the shuttle service between the Main Straight and Reid Park at the top of the mountain. A plethora of buses from Hinos and Isuzus to new low-floor Mercedes and Volvos were used. The ride I had in one of the Merc OC1621's was fun as we chugged up the steep grades to Reid Park in first gear! It was also the first time I rode in a Mercedes OH1830L - quite impressive and love the citybus/charter CB60 hybrid interior arrangement. As I paid good $$$$$$ to see a car race I didn't stick around to take bus photos but they would've looked stunning in the sunshine.

This Bustech-bodied Volvo B7RLE (MO3279) leaves passengers with no doubt which of the two marques won the Great Race. :mrgreen:
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And oh, allow me to share a few race pics, too:
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby gen man » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:11 pm

Where's the individual shot of brand new GA (829), and the gen of course??? And how about some shots of these beautiful grid girls??? :wink: :P
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby member 1423 » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:19 pm

Less buses, more grid girlies
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby kitkat271 » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:29 pm

Hum didn't clock that Greyhound 829 was a newie ...

OK, by popular demand, here's a pic of the XXXX Angels.
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby boronia » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:31 pm

The Commer is a Commando chassis of late 40s/early 50s. I think the body is Park Royal, it looks very similar to the London Transport C class Inter Station buses of the 1930s. Ansett had several of them for airport shuttles.

I photographed this one in the Nambour area of Qld about 40 years ago, I wonder if it is related ??
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby gen man » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:38 pm

mmm nice angels :D , pity about the lack of a nice shot of GA (829). :cry: BTW, were there any other GA's at Bathurst?
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby Simes » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:52 pm

Ohhhhhh that Corby's O302 (?) looks pretty smick! Great collection of shots there mate
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby Ben O » Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:49 pm

Simes wrote:Ohhhhhh that Corby's O302 (?) looks pretty smick! Great collection of shots there mate


Any chance of being supplied with the rego of that Corby's O302? I last saw it on MO 135 plates, but it is clearly on TV's there.

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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby DarrenH » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:01 am

Love that Holden Racing Team Leyland Atlantean bus! Imagine driving that around Mount Panorama. HRT logo an livery looks good but it is not based on this years HRT livery. I would put a poster of Mark Skaife and Glenn Seton on the sides if I owned that bus!! :P
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby E.L.Wood » Tue Oct 14, 2008 5:47 pm

boronia wrote:The Commer is a Commando chassis of late 40s/early 50s. I think the body is Park Royal, it looks very similar to the London Transport C class Inter Station buses of the 1930s. Ansett had several of them for airport shuttles.


I had indirect contact from the owners of the Commer last year, apparently it lives in a shed in Seymour and only comes out for the journey to the race, it was painted in the BP colours for an ad some years ago, and the best I could find was that it was thought to be one of the Ansett Airporters. Very interesting shots, and Genman was extremely envious of being 'scooped' on the new dog! :mrgreen:
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby DENAIR » Thu Oct 16, 2008 3:01 pm

excellent shots well done
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby QGT » Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:29 pm

Where is the Holden pictures???
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby kitkat271 » Sat Oct 18, 2008 2:23 pm

Thanks to Boronia and E.L. Wood on the pic and story behind the Commer. It's quite an interesting design and too bad it's spoilt by an oil company's livery.

Ben O wrote:Any chance of being supplied with the rego of that Corby's O302? I last saw it on MO 135 plates, but it is clearly on TV's there.


Ben O, it's TV 871. And many thanks to Denair for the pic - that O302 simply looks gorgeous, definitely much better than the dog.

gen man wrote:mmm nice angels :D , pity about the lack of a nice shot of GA (829). :cry: BTW, were there any other GA's at Bathurst?


No, that was the only Greyhound at Bathurst. It must've been on a charter - left the circuit straight after the race, too. There were, however, a few Murray's coaches along with two Hawkesford's Denning double deckers.
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby User xxx » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:15 am

Didn`t bosjaks deckers similar to this one shown route660.
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby kitkat271 » Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:46 pm

ROUTE660 wrote:Didn`t bosjaks deckers similar to this one shown route660.


Yes Bosnjak's Westbus took a few of those ex-Yorkshire Atlanteans.
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby gravesend_king » Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:23 am

Moe info on the camelback can be found here

http://www.skylineaviation.co.uk/buses/ozbus3.html
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby Ben_Daui » Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:32 am

A10 wrote:Where is the Holden pictures???

Ha ha LOL :lol:
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby kitkat271 » Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:27 pm

gravesend_king wrote:Moe info on the camelback can be found here

http://www.skylineaviation.co.uk/buses/ozbus3.html


Ah thanks so interesting to note that Commer Commando actually went through 3 airline operators from a bygone era ... BOAC, ANA and Ansett ... :shock:
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby OLYMPIAN » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:02 am

So this bus is looking after by and parked at Osborn's depot, is it?
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby kitkat271 » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:58 am

Why don't you ring them up and find out? :wink:
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby boronia » Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:12 pm

kitkat271 wrote:
gravesend_king wrote:Moe info on the camelback can be found here

http://www.skylineaviation.co.uk/buses/ozbus3.html


Ah thanks so interesting to note that Commer Commando actually went through 3 airline operators from a bygone era ... BOAC, ANA and Ansett ... :shock:

I've read the article but I find it hard to believe that BOAC would have had sufficient presence in Australia in the 1950s to warrant them importing their own buses. Nor would I assume that ANA imported them second hand from the UK.
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Re: Buses on the Mountain

Postby HRT052 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 4:18 pm

kitkat271 wrote:Why don't you ring them up and find out? :wink:


Hi

This is the team from the HRT052 double decker bus from the chase camp ground.
Glad you liked it, and we love the photos.
We will be there again this year, same place, as we are every year.
You are welcome to come around for a full tour inside and out if you are interested.
Good to see people still interested in the old girl.

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