Hmmm. This has stirred some brain cells of mine. I wonder if someone can answer a few questions (sorry to take this thread off-topic somewhat):
1. Where did the 224 (pictured above) go? Was it similar to the full length present-day 261, going between Lane Cove and Chatswood? I note that today's STA route 261 uses the same stop in the photo as the terminus for the Lane Cove bound 261s (from QVB) and also uses this stop when it (rarely now) continues on to Chatswood.
2. Where in Lane Cove was the Barnes depot? From my early childhood recollections, I believe that there was a bus depot down a lane off Burns Bay Rd, opposite Ross Smith Parade. Was this it?
3. Further early childhood recollections in the late 1950s are that there was a morning school bus route that went down Burns Bay Rd past Garthowen St and then somehow via some back streets (along Cullen St perhaps - memory vague here as I was only 3-4 years old at the time!) to Lane Cove West Public School, then via more back streets including (I think) Garling St, across Centennial Ave into Sutherland St, then right into Graham St, left into Burns Bay Rd, up Burns Bay Rd to the shops and then right into Longueville Rd (no Lane Cove Plaza then), left into Alpha (very steep and tight turn - I've done it driving a charter in an STA Scania low-floor
), right into Beta then right into Zeta before right again back into Longueville with a set-down at what was then Woodley School/Kindergarten (now Currumbeena). Does anyone have the route and number for this school bus?
4. Where did the afternoon bus go? I don't have any recollection of this one so maybe I didn't catch it (or there wasn't one