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Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby THE INFORMANT » Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:53 am

Watched this movie and was interested to know if anyone had an idea of the history of the Friegter Bedford that had a staring role in the movie?
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby rick31 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:28 pm

The bus was purchased from Road King Coachlines in Adelaide in mid/late 2009 for the movie, it had been in there fleet for about 20 years. (Spending the last few of them sitting in a shed due to its age) It did mainly school work in that time.
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby stevegj52 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:14 pm

THE INFORMANT wrote:Watched this movie and was interested to know if anyone had an idea of the history of the Friegter Bedford that had a staring role in the movie?

I am sure the bus is a Ansair Styliner ,sounds like it has had a engine transplant at some stage as it sounds nothing like a Bedford Diesel which that model would have had the time.
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby Jerram » Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:17 pm

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THE INFORMANT wrote:Watched this movie and was interested to know if anyone had an idea of the history of the Friegter Bedford that had a staring role in the movie?

I am sure the bus is a Ansair Styliner ,sounds like it has had a engine transplant at some stage as it sounds nothing like a Bedford Diesel which that model would have had the time.


Being a movie all sound would likely be Foley (ie not recorded live, simply mixed in from a library). They Foley artist perhaps used a sound called "old bus" or similar because, tbh, apart from us looneys on here who's gonna know the difference?
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:18 pm

I was more pi##ed off with the fact they got an American lead for an Australian movie. Beddie is definately an Ansair Styleliner though. Driven enough of those old things to know :wink:
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby rick31 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:37 pm

THE INFORMANT wrote:Watched this movie and was interested to know if anyone had an idea of the history of the Friegter Bedford that had a staring role in the movie?


I am sure the bus is a Ansair Styliner ,sounds like it has had a engine transplant at some stage as it sounds nothing like a Bedford Diesel which that model would have had the time.


The body is Ansair and when sold it had a 500 Bedford motor in it.

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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby Swift » Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:16 pm

I wonder what made them choose this bus as Bedfords haven't been typically used for a long time. This movie really is a fantasy!
I agree with Tas Bus Nut's point on yet another American lead for an Aussie flick. When will our film industry finally put to rest this practise instead of continuing to perpetuate the Ausssie cultural cringe.
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby Albatross » Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:07 pm

The movie was set in the 1970's, and is actually worth watching, even if not 100% historically accurate. Also worth reading is the novel Red Dog by Louis de Bernières.

The reason that an American guy was hired as the lead was because the real owner of Red Dog in the 1970's, was up until his death John Stazzonelli, who was an American.
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby Bedford-29 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:51 pm

The movie was set in between 1971-1979 and based on a true story about a Kelpie/red cattle cross by the name of Tally-ho who used to roam about the Pilbara. His second owner was a truck/bus driver who worked for Hamersley iron Tally-ho was deliberately poisoned in 1979.As for the Bedford bus it is the right age for the movie as it was built 1978.But it be good to know if Bedfords were used as workers transport at Hamersley iron in the 1970s.
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby 1whoknows » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:04 am

At that time most of the Hamersley Iron buses were Leyland Leopards with bodies by Ansair and Howard Porter built during the mid 1970s. They were replaced by Volvo B10M/ Volgrens in normal and 14.5m versions. Some of the Leopards were rebodied around 1980 by Smithfield and used by Ventura in Melbourne.
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby Maladjusted » Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:14 am

I saw this movie around november and gained a bit of insight into the real story of John and the things around Pilbara at the time by going to their website.
But i learnt this morning there is a fault in the continuity or authenticity of period timeline with the bus. This was picked up by the daughter of a previous brisbane operator who saw the movie last week. Maybe the WA buses had give way signs fitted on the rear, but here in Qld, she says these weren't fitted till at least the mid 80's.

Now she has picked up this point I would have to say that she is more observant than maybe everyone else here and therefore I will send her the application forms to join the local bus enthusiast society and join in some of the robust discussion currently on ATDB! But I doubt she will take up the offer.
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby stevegj52 » Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:25 pm

Also as any rail nut would know the Locomotives shown on the ore trains were not around in the 70's, ones in the movie are from the recent Loco fleet.But other than the usual errors in the movie, it wasn't a bad little Aussie movie to watch , I have seen worse, FJ Holden and Puberty Blues come to mind. But Red Dog was made on a small budget and Grossed more than some of the American trash that was on screens at the same time
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:49 pm

stevegj52 wrote:Also as any rail nut would know the Locomotives shown on the ore trains were not around in the 70's, ones in the movie are from the recent Loco fleet.But other than the usual errors in the movie, it wasn't a bad little Aussie movie to watch , I have seen worse, FJ Holden and Puberty Blues come to mind. But Red Dog was made on a small budget and Grossed more than some of the American trash that was on screens at the same time
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby stevegj52 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:38 am

Trust you Neil :lol: :lol: But Nell Scholfield and her mates did look good in their bikini's at the time but thats all and don't forget the Smithfield Bedford at the start of the film :lol: Prefer the Bikini clad girls though.
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby Swift » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:10 am

That movie was mindless drivel and has dated appallingly. A real cringe fest.
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby Dennis Landseer » Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:07 pm

The bus used in the movie is sitting idle in a paddock in the 'industrial estate' at Karratha Western Australia.
Registration label shows an expiry of 2009, (obviously when the movie was made).
Bus is still complete and appears to be in good condition inside.
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby Jerram » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:43 am

good to see that whoever parked it had the foresight to shut the windows! I've seen the result of that not being done a few times ;)
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby captainch » Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:46 pm

any idea who ownes it?like to be able buy the seats to restore a bus!
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby THE INFORMANT » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:04 pm

A bus that should be preserved.
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby busrider » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:14 am

It'll go rusty very quickly if it stays up there in Karratha...
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby snags66 » Thu May 17, 2012 2:17 pm

my partner and I bought the bus earlier this year and is currently being restored to road worthiness. We intend to keep it original and use it to transport our band that plays in pubs and mining camps in the Pilbra.
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby snags66 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 5:34 pm

Well an update on the Red Dog Bus. It has been at least a year and the bus has been subject to repairs, including having parts custom made. Have taken a couple of trips in her in Karratha and the beauty of it is that people either smile because they think you are a bit kooky or because they love it but either way it brings a smile.
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby Willie » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:18 pm

The sound clip used was from the SA Film corp files being of an SL200, ex Buses R Us #25.
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby Gregg » Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:34 am

Hi everyone I now have the red dog bus got it very cheap and am converting to a motorhome just taken seats out. Still has the 500 engine in her and it sat on 100 kms an hour for 5 hours to we’re i live without a single struggle. Only has surface rust and a tiny bit on back wheel archers. The only problem I had was a small part of the airline to back brakes had perished and needing replacing.
Fuel gauge Brocken the only other problem is the headlights switch is Brocken all other lights work and all other electrical components are fine. The mechanic who came with me recons it was a bargain
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Re: Bedford bus In Red Dog the movie

Postby Swift » Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:59 pm

The only reason I would watch that film.
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