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Geelong - November 1998

Postby system improver » Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:42 pm

These were the days when GTS (Geelong Transit System) reigned supreme. The blue and white with GTS signage seemed to be a sensible idea. The timetables were coordinated and the people in Geelong understood that they had "system". Alas, this has deteriorated, at least as far as livery is concerned, over the last ten years. Anyway, here are some pics taken in November 1998. As a challenge, I'll leave it to one of our younger members (with respect to me anyway) to fill in the gen details:

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Re: Geelong - November 1998

Postby skystar320 » Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:53 pm

Excellent Shots!!!!!

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Re: Geelong - November 1998

Postby melbtransport » Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:30 pm

Love those shots :D
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Re: Geelong - November 1998

Postby stevegj52 » Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:59 pm

Thanks for the photos System Improver,A lot has changed since those days, Benders gone (now part of Kefford Group well until next month),as has Bellarine transit/Advance now part of McHarry's.Only Buses that have the GTS livery are the ones operated by McHarry's, Kefford (Benders)have thier Green white Livery.
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Re: Geelong - November 1998

Postby RailwayBus » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:01 pm

stevegj52 wrote:Thanks for the photos System Improver,A lot has changed since those days, Benders gone ,as has Bellarine transit/Advance now part of McHarry's.Only Buses that have the GTS livery are the ones operated by McHarry's, Kefford (Benders)have thier Green white Livery.
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Benders are still there, as a branding anyway.
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Re: Geelong - November 1998

Postby beddy » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:18 pm

Great photos system improver. You can definately see the 1990's style in the livelys which certainly looks good them some of the ones today.
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Re: Geelong - November 1998

Postby Trolley Bus Racer » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:51 pm

Whats happened to the Gassies? still there? Converted? Sold on?
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Re: Geelong - November 1998

Postby Mercedes » Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:26 am

Trolley Bus Racer wrote:Whats happened to the Gassies? still there? Converted? Sold on?


all are now diesels.


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Re: Geelong - November 1998

Postby Mitch » Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:43 am

Third and fourth photo's buses are still in use, travel on them regularly.
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Re: Geelong - November 1998

Postby wongm » Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:44 am

Here are some of my recollections from the late 1990s and early 2000s, as it was when I started catching the bus to and from school in Geelong every day.

- The low floor bus pictured was the first ones in Geelong, it was one of three (?) bought at the same time, with all wearing the same livery. I beleive they were the only ones in the Benders fleet to have opening windows the entire length of the bus? I think they were the only low floors in Geelong to have motorised wheelchair ramps, the later buses had manual ones.
- The Cooks bus on route 11 (NOU 322) was the first bus in Geelong to have push buttons for the next stop alarms (I'm not sure about McHarry's, I never went to that side of the network). The earlier natural gas buses only had pull cords.
- I seem to recall that Benders also had natural gas powered buses, with the "Breath Easy" lettering down the side. If they didn't then the Cooks buses must have been used on routes 14/15/16 (Belmont / Highton)

I had a bit of a ramble here as well:
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Re: Geelong - November 1998

Postby Mitch » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:00 am

wongm wrote:Here are some of my recollections from the late 1990s and early 2000s, as it was when I started catching the bus to and from school in Geelong every day.

- The low floor bus pictured was the first ones in Geelong, it was one of three (?) bought at the same time, with all wearing the same livery. I beleive they were the only ones in the Benders fleet to have opening windows the entire length of the bus?


All the non-airconditioned low-floors that Benders have (so, I guess all the ex-CNGS?) have opening windows the entire length of the bus. There's a (maybe more than one) Benders bus still running around with it's gas pod on the top. I'm pretty sure it's #23 but don't hold me to it.

Also, I'm sad to say that the days where you see GTS buses on route service are now numbered.. McHarry's is repainting it's GTS liveried buses into the corporate chevron livery. The only GTS liveried buses that will be left are the three school-buses (ex route-service) that Benders have.

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Re: Geelong - November 1998

Postby konvict » Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:27 pm

Excellent photos i like all of them 12years earlier but still looks good keep sharing .
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