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Adelaide STA Volvo B59.

Postby Denv12 » Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:28 am

Over the years I travelled on many of the STA Adelaide Volvo B59s. So I'd like to start a topic covering all of them.What year did they first start services in Adelaide? How many were built? What were they like? How many are still on the road? As these were overwidth too,did anyone have them narrowed to comply local rules? When was the last one built?

I remember seeing one being converted to a motorhome on Montacute Road Rostrevor.It was the house on the corner of Montacute Road and Stradbroke Road.Nice conversion.

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Re: Adelaide STA Volvo B59.

Postby The Phonj » Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:48 am

307 Volvo B59's were built by PMC (Adelaide) for the STA Adelaide, the first being launched in 1977 and the last being retired in 2003. Three chassis were ordered as spares but never bodies. This was a common practice of the MTT for larger bus orders and dates back to at least the days of the Leyland Worldmasters. 1160 is preserved by the Queensland Omnibus and Coach Society and is registered. Queensland were happy to register them in original, overwidth condition so many did end up there. There are four that I am aware of that have been preserved in SA - 1001, 1200, 1286 and 1300, but I do not believe that any are registered. I haven't seen or heard of 1286 in some time so am unaware of its current status. 1300 is still "on track" at Mile End depot and has made a couple of visits to the National Railway Museum over the last four years to participate in events for that museum.

The vehicle located on the corner of Stradbroke and Montacute Rds is still there, but is not a Volvo B59; but an older vehicle - a Daimler Roadliner, AEC Swift (400, 500 or 600 series), or possibly the prototype Mercedes Benz or prototype Magirus Deutz. While the B59 has a similar design there are variances in the bodywork; specifically window shapes and designs to denote a difference between the two.
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Re: Adelaide STA Volvo B59.

Postby Denv12 » Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:03 pm

Wasnt there a motorhome club for these buses somewhere?

The one at Rostrevor was there around 1984 maybe earlier.I lived near there at the time,used to see it everyday.I dont remember what its fleet number was.By 1985 they had a 40 ft Denning Mono in the drivway too.
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Re: Adelaide STA Volvo B59.

Postby LocoLes » Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:25 pm

Hi Denv12,


I will be adding lots of my photos, not yet posted, of Adelaide's golden oldies eg: Volvo B58, B59, B10M, Mercedes 0305 incl O-Bahn opening, MAN SL200/202, MAN SG280H, AEC Swift [incl few of the 700 series. All I need to do is scan them. Have already scanned B59's and Swifts and will post those over the weekend. :mrgreen: :D 8)
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Re: Adelaide STA Volvo B59.

Postby Denv12 » Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:06 pm

LocoLes wrote:Hi Denv12,


I will be adding lots of my photos, not yet posted, of Adelaide's golden oldies eg: Volvo B58, B59, B10M, Mercedes 0305 incl O-Bahn opening, MAN SL200/202, MAN SG280H, AEC Swift [incl few of the 700 series. All I need to do is scan them. Have already scanned B59's and Swifts and will post those over the weekend. :mrgreen: :D 8)
Cheers, Loco Les.


Hi LocoLes.

Thanks for offering to help here.You're always welcome.We all look forward to your photos.
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Re: Adelaide STA Volvo B59.

Postby operator541 » Fri Jul 08, 2016 7:21 pm

Hi guys, Phonj to add to the list you have I'm aware 0f 1195 in private hands and in a running state, needs work but she's all good, even had a ride but that was a year ago.
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Re: Adelaide STA Volvo B59.

Postby Denv12 » Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:59 am

The Phonj wrote:307 Volvo B59's were built by PMC (Adelaide) for the STA Adelaide, the first being launched in 1977 and the last being retired in 2003. Three chassis were ordered as spares but never bodies. This was a common practice of the MTT for larger bus orders and dates back to at least the days of the Leyland Worldmasters. 1160 is preserved by the Queensland Omnibus and Coach Society and is registered. Queensland were happy to register them in original, overwidth condition so many did end up there. There are four that I am aware of that have been preserved in SA - 1001, 1200, 1286 and 1300, but I do not believe that any are registered. I haven't seen or heard of 1286 in some time so am unaware of its current status. 1300 is still "on track" at Mile End depot and has made a couple of visits to the National Railway Museum over the last four years to participate in events for that museum.

The vehicle located on the corner of Stradbroke and Montacute Rds is still there, but is not a Volvo B59; but an older vehicle - a Daimler Roadliner, AEC Swift (400, 500 or 600 series), or possibly the prototype Mercedes Benz or prototype Magirus Deutz. While the B59 has a similar design there are variances in the bodywork; specifically window shapes and designs to denote a difference between the two.


Thanks The Phonj.
If you see that vehicle can you take a photo of it please? They've had that for years.I did see it on the road at times.I think they did a lot of work on it.
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Re: Adelaide STA Volvo B59.

Postby The Phonj » Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:03 am

While I do pass there every now and then, I doubt very much whether my passengers (or management) would be too impressed about me stopping to take a photo. Is anybody else reading this that may be able to do so?
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Re: Adelaide STA Volvo B59.

Postby B59 Volvo » Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:16 pm

The Phonj wrote:While I do pass there every now and then, I doubt very much whether my passengers (or management) would be too impressed about me stopping to take a photo. Is anybody else reading this that may be able to do so?


Does it show up on Google streetview ?
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Re: Adelaide STA Volvo B59.

Postby operator541 » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:02 pm

Hi guys, yes it does show up on google street view, but you have to look really hard behind some trees So good luck, if I can spot it so can you. I'll try and get some photos if I can in the next week or so.

https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-34.886 ... 312!8i6656

Try this link it should take you straight to the street view image, I hope.
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Re: Adelaide STA Volvo B59.

Postby Bedford-29 » Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:50 am

Six pictures of STA Adelaide Volvo B59s.Pictures from the Graeme Turnbull collection
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Re: Adelaide STA Volvo B59.

Postby The Inspector » Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:17 pm

The Phonj wrote:The vehicle located on the corner of Stradbroke and Montacute Rds is still there, but is not a Volvo B59; but an older vehicle - a Daimler Roadliner, AEC Swift (400, 500 or 600 series), or possibly the prototype Mercedes Benz or prototype Magirus Deutz. While the B59 has a similar design there are variances in the bodywork; specifically window shapes and designs to denote a difference between the two.



If it doesn't have the original front then it's not the original prototype Merc as that was re-fronted some yrs ago down near Aldinga, I have a pic of it with it's replacement front on it somewhere.
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Re: Adelaide STA Volvo B59.

Postby The Inspector » Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:50 pm

The Phonj wrote:The vehicle located on the corner of Stradbroke and Montacute Rds is still there, but is not a Volvo B59; but an older vehicle - a Daimler Roadliner, AEC Swift (400, 500 or 600 series), or possibly the prototype Mercedes Benz or prototype Magirus Deutz. While the B59 has a similar design there are variances in the bodywork; specifically window shapes and designs to denote a difference between the two.


Is it still there?
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Re: Adelaide STA Volvo B59.

Postby The Phonj » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:41 pm

When I last went past it was. South Eastern corner (diagonally opposite the shops).
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Re: Adelaide STA Volvo B59.

Postby Swift » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:39 pm

How were those front wheel dress covers attached? I have seen Volvo B59s with them off and couldn't see any holes to bolt them into, yet I have noticed three bolts holding them on.
It looks as though Volvo made them to appeal to Leyland and AEC buyers who liked to have attractive nutguards on their buses, until Volvo resorted to using those generic 10 hole guards used on Mercedes and MAN. What a shame, as they looked nice.
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Re: Adelaide STA Volvo B59.

Postby Busman » Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:14 pm

The bus at Rostrevor is a 691 Swift, fleet no from memory 586 or 596. Been parked there for at least 20 years, trees have grown and now obscured it from the road.
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