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Blue Mountains postcard - Winter 2017

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Blue Mountains postcard - Winter 2017

Postby Centralian » Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:58 pm

For your enjoyment, a selection of locals and visitors to the Blue Mountains (and thereabouts) that I've managed to snap since my last postcard.

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1846 MO at Lithgow Buslines is this Hino RN8J with P&D body of August 2016.
This unit is out stationed at Portland where I took this shot.
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A new member to the Blue Mountains Transit fleet at Katoomba is this Toyota Coaster 2443 MO, still showing its
Hunter Valley origins ex. Thornton.
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Cross Country Tours of Sandgate Qld CCT 23 a Volvo B9R with Coach Concepts body at Scenic World.
While mentioning Thornton above, CCT are now the owners of All Australian Journeys of Thornton.
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Deanes Transport Services had a few vehicles visiting recently, one being TV 8520 this Iveco Eurorider
with Morcopolo Audace body and new in 2017.
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The single vehicle fleet of PR & EA Pincini of Pambula T/A Swagman Tours is TV 7056 this former AllStarr of Sydney
Dg Mfg chassis with Coach Concepts body.
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Former Sheltons of Dungog 4117 MO, now a mobile home in Qld, passed through Katoomba.
It's a Hino BC144K with PMC body and as the desto proclaims - is a 'coool bus'.
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Compass Tours TV 8364 is a Volvo B9R with Marcopolo Audace body. Now in corporate livery.
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Visiting from Young recently for the local Winter Magic Festival was TV 4714 of Wilkinsons,
a Mercedes Benz 0500RF-2 with Express body of 2003.
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Tagging along at Echo Point recently with an overflow group was Hopkinsons Ford Transit YPE 131.
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Now the dreaded 'white' brigade. TV 9080 of Steve's Bus & Coach at Wetherill Park is this
Anhui Ankai ex Adams of WA. Only posting because these are rare.
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Re: Blue Mountains postcard - Winter 2017

Postby Centralian » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:11 pm

A couple more:

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Another member of the 'white' brigade, after running with quite an attractive livery was Bilpin Coaches.
The latest addition and accredited to WJ Lewis of Berambing is this Scania K440EB, registered TV 9053.
The vehicle appears to have a wheelchair lift fitted which isn't noted on the fleet listing.
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TV 9203 of MJ Coaches, Lidcombe, is I believe ex Greyhound 523, a Scania K310IB Irizar Century which was recently recorded as sold.
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With the recent discussion about extra trains bringing tourists to Katoomba, this next visitor may be just coincidence.
I stalked the vehicle for about an hour around Katoomba, but can really only share this image as all the others showed the occupants, and without
their permission I may not be popular. Would certainly go some way to solving the surge crowds every time a train came in.

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At Echo Point is Volgen bodied Volvo B9TL demonstrator.
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Re: Blue Mountains postcard - Winter 2017

Postby Ben_Daui » Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:19 pm

A Toyota Coaster in TNFNSW Livery, now waiting to see a Hiace done.
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Re: Blue Mountains postcard - Winter 2017

Postby Mitch » Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:34 am

Great photos, once again.

Would I be wrong to assume that the B9TL is destined to join it’s sister unit at CDC Werribee after it’s done it’s rounds? Or is it going to another operator?

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Re: Blue Mountains postcard - Winter 2017

Postby Tim Williams » Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:15 am

Not sure about the sensitivity about this particular group of passengers, but passengers and the general public appear in transport photos in general and that is part of life.

Buses, trains and trams in service (with people in and around them) are far more interesting than the posed clinical depot shots - all types of photos have a place though!
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Re: Blue Mountains postcard - Winter 2017

Postby OLYMPIAN » Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:49 pm

Mitch wrote:Great photos, once again.

Would I be wrong to assume that the B9TL is destined to join it’s sister unit at CDC Werribee after it’s done it’s rounds? Or is it going to another operator?

Cheers,
Mitch :lol:

Probably not required

These are not really demo anyway, as you can see is Sydney's spec (electric mirror)
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Re: Blue Mountains postcard - Winter 2017

Postby Punchbowl Tiger Cub » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:01 pm

Centralian,
Excellent coverage as always.

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Re: Blue Mountains postcard - Winter 2017

Postby burrumbus » Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:04 pm

Excellent coverage Stefan ,as allways.
Has the ex Hunter Valley Coaster a regular gig at Blue Mountains Transit,or is she a charter bus??
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Re: Blue Mountains postcard - Winter 2017

Postby Geoff » Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:52 pm

burrumbus wrote:Excellent coverage Stefan ,as allways.
Has the ex Hunter Valley Coaster a regular gig at Blue Mountains Transit,or is she a charter bus??
Cheers-Allan.


I am told it is at Leura to stay - to replace the MB 12 seater on the Jenolan Caves Day Tour.
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Re: Blue Mountains postcard - Winter 2017

Postby burrumbus » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:33 pm

Thanks Geoff.
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Re: Blue Mountains postcard - Winter 2017

Postby Centralian » Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:56 am

I've seen the Coaster based at Leura for about the last 3-4 weeks now, so I suspect a long-term home for it.
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Re: Blue Mountains postcard - Winter 2017

Postby Mitch » Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:11 pm

OLYMPIAN wrote:
Mitch wrote:Great photos, once again.

Would I be wrong to assume that the B9TL is destined to join it’s sister unit at CDC Werribee after it’s done it’s rounds? Or is it going to another operator?

Cheers,
Mitch :lol:

Probably not required

These are not really demo anyway, as you can see is Sydney's spec (electric mirror)


The existing decker at CDC Werribee was built to Sydney spec too as it was destined for Hillsbus but was sent down south as it exceeded NSW regulations. Not only that but the demo is already painted into the PTV colours.

Cheers,
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Re: Blue Mountains postcard - Winter 2017

Postby OLYMPIAN » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:26 pm

Mitch wrote:The existing decker at CDC Werribee was built to Sydney spec too as it was destined for Hillsbus but was sent down south as it exceeded NSW regulations. Not only that but the demo is already painted into the PTV colours.

Cheers,
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Re: Blue Mountains postcard - Winter 2017

Postby Bus Suggestions » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:36 pm

The B9TL decker looks prepared for PTV livery.
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Re: Blue Mountains postcard - Winter 2017

Postby OLYMPIAN » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:57 pm

Bus Suggestions wrote:The B9TL decker looks prepared for PTV livery.

It was, but sounds like they doesn't need any deckers.

The three Volgren Optimus bodied Volvo B9TL double deck, built for Sydney,delivered in PTV livery

Now entered service with Thompson's in Brisbane

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