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Cresswells Coaches #1

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:47 am

I was talking to John & Carol Cresswell the yesterday, mentioned this forum and asked if they had any photos from the old days. After quickly bringing out an album, I asked permisssion to post on this site. They were happy to allow me to show some of their history, from the early days of JACK CRESSWELL, the brother of Merv(Ace Coaches). Although Ace has since gone, Cresswells is survived by JOHN, and a small fleet of well turned out coaches/buses. After a short discussion, I discovered John is also buying ANOTHER newer bus from Victoria next weekend, which will then allow the "retirement" of the ex MTT#67 B58 Volvo (sorry metro_tas). Because there are quite a few pictures that John & Carol supplied me, I will distribute them over a few threads in the next week or so. I don't have John sitting alongside me at the moment, so some of the details of bus types may?? be incorrect, as I was in service when I stopped and talked to them, so may have forgotten some of the details. Any CONSTRUCTIVE comments gladly welcomed. ENJOY!!
Some pictures may have reflections on them. because they were STUCK in the album, I was unable to remove for a better scan. My apologies.
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Unknown bus outside the family home in West Hobart (presumably a FORD)
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#8 V8 Ford - John mentioned a couple of bodies were built by Jack himself. Not sure which ones)
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#10 V8 Ford - Looks similar to #8 but shorter (1 less window)
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CAC SB Bedford
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Weren't these an early Ansair body ??? SB Bedford anyway.
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#7 VAM Bedford
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#9 (I think) Ansair bodied Ford
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Re: Cresswells Coaches #1

Postby beddy » Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:16 am

The SB Bedford Was Bodied By Frieghter. Excellent Photos
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Re: Cresswells Coaches #1

Postby system improver » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:51 am

Gee, it's great to see shots "From Fleet Owners Albums".

You are right about numbers 8 & 10, both have Cresswell bodies however, both started out life looking a bit different. They were originally NC and were modified to FC in 1963. Here is a Bruce Tilley picture (from The John Masterton Collection) which shows number 7, with the original Cresswell body (not unlike the Ansair style), which was NOT so converted:

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Re: Cresswells Coaches #1

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:25 pm

system improver wrote:Gee, it's great to see shots "From Fleet Owners Albums".

You are right about numbers 8 & 10, both have Cresswell bodies however, both started out life looking a bit different. They were originally NC and were modified to FC in 1963. Here is a Bruce Tilley picture (from The John Masterton Collection) which shows number 7, with the original Cresswell body (not unlike the Ansair style), which was NOT so converted:

Thanks for posting.

Yeh! I have posted that picture on a previous thread of mine. John said this was one of the ones they converted.
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Re: Cresswells Coaches #1

Postby system improver » Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:42 pm

Yes, having looked back, it is the same photo although the one you posted was in colour. I dare say Bruce provided copies to a number of people. According to my notes, it was taken on 27/9/68.
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Re: Cresswells Coaches #1

Postby DENAIR » Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:43 pm

# 7 Vam ia also an Ansair body
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Re: Cresswells Coaches #1

Postby stevegj52 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:57 pm

Thanks for posting Neil, very interesting they had couple of Frieghter SB'S if my memory is correct , one a earlier model to the one pictured (or was that Merve).The Creswell boys certainly had/have a very well presented fleet, it was always a pleasure to travel on thier coaches.

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Re: Cresswells Coaches #1

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:59 pm

stevegj52 wrote:Thanks for posting Neil, very interesting they had couple of Frieghter SB'S if my memory is correct , one a earlier model to the one pictured (or was that Merve).The Creswell boys certainly had/have a very well presented fleet, it was always a pleasure to travel on thier coaches.

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I'll check. I know Merv had one.
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Re: Cresswells Coaches #1

Postby jamie ikin » Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:16 pm

can you sent the to me two please
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