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Tasmanian Bus Observations - JAN > JUN 2017

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Sun Jan 01, 2017 4:46 am

Well, HAPPY NEW YEAR to each and all. With much happening in the Tasmanian bus scene over the next few months, we'll endeavour to keep everyone up-to-date with events as they happen here on this post. I hope everyone had an enjoyable New Year's Eve and welcome to 2017
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Re: Tasmanian Bus Observations - JAN > JUN 2017

Postby 999 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:13 am

Just read in The Advocate about the awarding of the contract to build 100 buses for Metro has been awarded to Southern Propsects of Wynyard.

http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/438 ... h/?cs=5312
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Re: Tasmanian Bus Observations - JAN > JUN 2017

Postby 1whoknows » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:35 am

It is likely that they will be assembling and fitting out a design from on overseas builder rather than building from scratch. One theory is that it might be Gemilang using the body similar to the Scanias in use with Transdev, Melbourne, However there has been no indication so far as to what chassis supplier is involved. Gemilang have also bodied on Merecedes low floors. As with all things only time will tell.

In an update it appears the new buses will be Cummins powered Bustechs.
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Re: Tasmanian Bus Observations - JAN > JUN 2017

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:29 am

Well, 2017 is in full swing, and as usual, before the start of the school year, a few additions to fleets occur. In the latest news of buses in Tassie, Tasmania's own Redline have purchased a second-hand Denning Silver Phoenix (ex Doyles QLD) (see photo section for pics) and added a new BLK Cityrider articulated 79 seater, to replace the one damaged by floodwaters in June last year. Currently being signwritten when photographed, they'll be ready for service when the school year starts in February. In the south, Cresswell Coaches have purchased from N.M & L.M Boulton at Dover, one of their earlier Mercedes Benz OH1830L / SB400.
On the TBCS front, the Society has conducted a few BBQs early this year, which yielded a further windfall, to assist in our restoration efforts. Funding from the TCF will flow shortly, and we'll get started with the restoration of #200 before looking at what can be achieved with #52. So stay tuned :mrgreen:
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Re: Tasmanian Bus Observations - JAN > JUN 2017

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:10 pm

If anyone is attending upcoming Car & Truck Shows in the north, the Tasmanian Bus & Coach Society will be displaying their B58 'Tassie Bluebird' alongside a couple of Flxible Clippers and others. FEB 12th, is the Tasmanian Truck Show organised by Lions Club of Deloraine held at Quercus Park Carrick. This will also include trucks from the TAS branch of American Truck Historical Society, whilst FEB 19th is the Deloraine Classic & Custom Car Show on the streets of Deloraine. If you're about, come and say hello, perhaps JOIN the Tasmanian Bus & Coach Society and get involved with our restorations.
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Re: Tasmanian Bus Observations - JAN > JUN 2017

Postby yoda » Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:01 pm

Tasmanian Truck Show done and dusted, Westbus #12 (Mercedes OH1316/Ansair) took out Best Mercedes in show under our care!
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Re: Tasmanian Bus Observations - JAN > JUN 2017

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:00 pm

In Tasmanian Bus & Coach Society news, the Deloraine Classic & Custom Show done and dusted also. Great opportunity to network and get the Society's name out there. No prizes this time, however it was really more about the old cars rather than the small bus presence. Bus #200, the 1st low-floor in Australia, is currently being stripped and completely repainted back into it's original 'special' livery, quite appropriate, considering this year celebrates 25yrs since it was introduced. Once repainted, the Society will apply the signwriting (supplied by Signrite) whom originally did all the signwriting when new. From there, it will be on display at the Tasmanian Transport Museum, replacing Society #134. #52, Maxwell's AEC Reliance / Denning will commence restoration within the next month. Other upcoming events for the Society are the Launceston Motor Show (2 April), Devonport Motor Show (26 Mar) and in association with the TTMS, the TBCS will display buses at Shannons Show & shine (9 April). So plenty on the go with the Society.
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Re: Tasmanian Bus Observations - JAN > JUN 2017

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:04 am

Launceston Motor Show is on tomorrow (SUN 2 April) @ Launceston Showgrounds. If you're in the area, come on down and check out the vehicles, including Tasmanian Bus & Coach Society's Volvo B58 "Tassie Bluebird" - Westbus (Westbury) Mercedes Benz OH1316 - and Tasmania's own Redline #110 (ex Coastliner Express) MCA Super Hi-Decker. The Society will be selling raffle tickets (drawn 30 April) and 20% off our remaining calendars and CB80 tiebars (now only $15). We'll also have a photographic collection for viewing. So come along and make yourself known and reminisce the days of luxury coaching. The Society will be there from approx.9am > 3pm
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Re: Tasmanian Bus Observations - JAN > JUN 2017

Postby yoda » Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:00 pm

You didn't refer to it as the *AWARD WINNING* Mercedes, that's why Tassie Bluebird took home the goodies 8)
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Re: Tasmanian Bus Observations - JAN > JUN 2017

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:47 pm

Well, the Tasmanian Bus & Coach Society is moving along nicely. #200 has been completed, with restoration finished, re-launch successful and on display for all to see @ TTMS. The Society's next project gets underway fully this weekend, with the commencement of restoration works on Maxwell Coaches' 1963 AEC Reliance / Denning. This major project for the Society has been a long time starting (in earnest) and even this far down the track, will take over 2yrs to complete. The Society will be posting progress on BA, as we did with the restoration on #200, so keep your eyes on the Photo Section in upcoming months.
Not a great deal happening on the new bus front for operators. Only (1) of Metro's 7 new K360A artics have arrived thus far, but another should be pretty close. The first one (736) entered service on 25/5/17. Crawn Motors on the NW Coast have purchased 4x second-hand Higers (ex Miinng Co.QLD) With the 10 Tasmanian Redline bought earlier in the year, we'll be over-run with them very shortly :mrgreen:
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Re: Tasmanian Bus Observations - JAN > JUN 2017

Postby wisbydriverB40 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:12 pm

Wisbys Buses have just taken delivery of a 2008 King Long "6126AU" Hino RN8J from Keatings Coaches Gunnedah fresh off the spirit today and arrived safe n sound in Margate.
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Re: Tasmanian Bus Observations - JAN > JUN 2017

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:27 pm

wisbydriverB40 wrote:Wisbys Buses have just taken delivery of a 2008 King Long "6126AU" Hino RN8J from Keatings Coaches Gunnedah fresh off the spirit today and arrived safe n sound in Margate.
Just need the photo in the Photo section John :mrgreen:
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Postby wisbydriverB40 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:35 pm

Sent the pic off to u as I have no idea how to reduce the photos from iPhone quality to this page haha
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Re: Tasmanian Bus Observations - JAN > JUN 2017

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:10 am

wisbydriverB40 wrote:Sent the pic off to u as I have no idea how to reduce the photos from iPhone quality to this page haha
HA HA - Will get onto it tonight. Cheers John. Get ready for some grilling from Doug :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I rang him last night :lol: :lol:
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Re: Tasmanian Bus Observations - JAN > JUN 2017

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:55 pm

Metro NEW artic update. 736 was entered in service 1 June 2017. 737 should :?: be on road tomorrow 13 July and 738 arrived yesterday (11 July) awaiting fit-out. 720 (Volvo B10M) was retired from service 10 July 2017 :(
Merseylink Coaches Devonport has purchased 2 x MAN / King Longs (ex Willunga Charter SA) whilst Crawn Motors Ridgley have bought 4 x Higer RoadBosses (2nd hand)
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Re: Tasmanian Bus Observations - JAN > JUN 2017

Postby Jeffery5878 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:36 pm

Tas Bus Nut wrote:Metro NEW artic update. 736 was entered in service 1 June 2017. 737 should :?: be on road tomorrow 13 July and 738 arrived yesterday (11 July) awaiting fit-out. 720 (Volvo B10M) was retired from service 10 July 2017 :(
Merseylink Coaches Devonport has purchased 2 x MAN / King Longs (ex Willunga Charter SA) whilst Crawn Motors Ridgley have bought 4 x Higer RoadBosses (2nd hand)

Sorry, what brand and model are the new artics? :)
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Re: Tasmanian Bus Observations - JAN > JUN 2017

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:25 pm

Jeffery5878 wrote:Sorry, what brand and model are the new artics? :)
Scania K360UA / Custom CB80
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