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What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby Randommann » Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:34 pm

Hello all!

The title basically says all of it.

The first bus I ever remember riding on was an Edwards Coaches Mercedes-Benz O405 with a PMC 'Metro 90' body. I think I was about five. I remember that day I was in town with my mother and we were about to walk back to our house, but I suggested to her that we would catch the bus instead. My mother agreed and so we caught the bus home. I was fascinated by the vehicle and that ride was one of the things that got me interested in buses. Sadly, I never knew which one of the O405s I rode on that day (Edwards own two of them). Those O405s have since been replaced in the route services by MAN 15.220 midibuses, and since their replacement, the O405s have been doing school runs to the present day.

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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby Kurt » Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:13 pm

The earliest memory of riding on a bus I have was when I went to swim school in Year 2, I remember the bus having brown bucket seats, a Connex Leopard perhaps? I remember it well as a funny event occurred when the bus broke really sharply and a fat teacher stumbled down the aisle and rolled down the stairs :lol:, she was uninjured IIRC
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby Brendan03 » Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:54 am

My father used to be a Mechanic for MMTB Bus/MetBus and I used to get to ride around the depot* and I'd sit on his knee as he'd take buses through the wash.

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What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby Derwent » Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:04 am

Some big air-conditioned tag axle coach in about 1986 when I was a wee tacker...
I think it may have been a Denning but I'm not certain.
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby scott » Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:48 am

A Ventura Tiger brand new in 1985 to go to the dentist with Mum when I was three.
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby Muttley » Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:58 am

A Mercedes O305 on the O-Bahn as a 4 year old in 1991
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby MO 295 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:04 am

Evans at Fairfield, so it would probably have been some form of Bedford.
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby Mr OC Benz » Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:33 am

I don't remember but it probably would've been a later series CNG Mercedes Benz O305 from 1986 as they would've served the area I was living around for ages.
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby tbc1983 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:09 am

Merc O305 in Sydney, circa 1985.

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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby pakenhamtrain » Fri Oct 28, 2011 12:57 pm

A MAN NL202/Volgren CR221L on Route 800 from Oakleigh to Dandeong. Would of been 1995/96.
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby B10BLE » Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:21 pm

I remember riding Grenda's Volvo B10L Volgren CR221L on the route 826 to Southland from Hallam in 1996
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby TA3001 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:10 pm

My earliest memories of PT here in Adelaide coincide approximately with the time that mum got rid of her car. So it's hard to say if I even used PT until about 1991. In 1996, Transadelaide finally retired the last of the Red Hens, which I've never really looked upon that favourably due to the strong smell that greeted you upon boarding, and the fact that many were very run down in their final years, more or less resembling wrecks on wheels. It's not unreasonable to assume though that this hostile impression of them came about from being one of my very first experiences with public transport, as I first travelled on them in 1991.

Having said that, no suburban railcars to grace the Adelaide metro system in the future will ever be even remotely like these old things. The new electrics will be ubiquitous, silent, and bland with no character about them whatsoever. Machines, just like an EFTPOS machine at a supermarket. Only identifiable by their fleet numbers, not by the groan of the engine unique to a particular unit, the exceedingly noticable smell of hot brakes, or the faded stripes that government penny pinchers could only afford to paint on one side of the door at the very front of the car, due to budget cuts 30 years before.
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby jarf » Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:12 pm

An Elwood/PMCSA, in 1992. They regularly appeared on my local routes until 2003 or so. 8)
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby B7RLE » Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:10 am

a Berwick bus lines Hino RG197K PMC from School to Swimming
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby Bus-1809 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:42 pm

an O305 (somewhere in the 87-352 range) from PATH Transit in about 1995ish...
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby system improver » Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:34 pm

About 1955, when I was 4. Clarinda Transport's MBA bodied Seddon MK IV, like the one in my avatar. Ventura took over the route in 1957 and it is now part of the 733.
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby Shoudy Chen » Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:44 pm

My first bus that I remembered riding on was an antiquated High floored Renault PR180.2 from Southlands all the way to the city. Back in my days, these high-floored Transperth Articulated buses do not have any heaters during the nippy weather. These articulated buses have the window that allows fresh air especially on a hot day.
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby TA3001 » Tue Jul 12, 2016 2:09 pm

The first vehicle I might have went on would probably have been a B59, but for an actual ride, probably a single door B58. I always nagged my mum to take me up to Aldgate so I could look for any remains of Jibilla station. As a not so average child, the word 'demolished' probably didn't register in my head at the time, but nonetheless, it got me a trip on one of these unique vehicles.

I did ride T721s as well (operated by Lonsdale B58s), and T219s (now called G22X) which were run by SL200s. Yet here I am sitting here today wondering what MAN 18.280 2712 would sound at 100kph (it replaced 2427 or something (a renumbered ex STA B58). So used to catching computers on wheels today, as compared to real buses like the B58s and SL200s.
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby Hawkeye » Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:34 pm

As far as I can remember, the first bus(es) that I ever used were the Volvo B10ML Fuji artics operated by Transitplus. Whenever I went on school excursions, we would get those buses :P
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby Lt. Commander Data » Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:44 pm

Let's see. My childhood was mostly spent on Volgren CR224Ls, both 12.5 and 14.5. There was the occasional SG 280 H and Fuji artic as well. Good times 8)
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby Denv12 » Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:34 pm

Going back to around 1962,it was an ex TAA White. Thats my dad holding me at the time. Photo taken on The Esplanade at Semaphore South.
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby captainch » Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:56 pm

when I was small in a reo prophets body of my relations mrs warrens Sydenham to Dulwich hill bus service route 222/227 & I was given 10/- om a Saturday to wipe down the buses with kero she would never use water.& late at night I WOULD RIDE the industrial buses & collect fares & on a suday all her buses would be used to take fans to Henson park football I WOULD collect the fares at sydnenham stn I WAS 13!
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby Badbusboy66 » Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:42 pm

Well as a memory my first Transperth bus I remember riding was 1870 in October 2013
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby TP1288 » Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:46 pm

1106 in July 2014. Easily my best bus ride.
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Re: What was the first bus you remember riding on?

Postby Leyland B21 » Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:31 pm

I know I've caught many beforehand but the one that stands out clearly for me is in Perth. Leyland Worldmaster 1594 (594) in the early 1980s. From the front of my place in Armadale to the city. Former Route 219.

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