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Express Charter Service - a mystery

PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:31 pm
by Tim Williams
This coach was photographed in the Lewis Bros depot yard in Glynde in the 1970's. Coach maybe an AEC Reliance with Freighter Lawton body, it is air-conditioned (great for its time), it is quite short - possibly 11 metres and yet both rear axles are doubles - is it possibly ex Parlourcars?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:32 pm
by Tim Williams
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:07 pm
by LB608
NSW Rego. ?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:35 pm
by system improver
One of two new to Parlorcars in December 1964. Here is a T&BT shot:

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:43 pm
by Tim Williams
Thanks for the reply, I thought the coach was from Parlorcars (my original spelling was incorrect) - the small article has jogged my memory regarding the chassis - not being an AEC!

Re: Express Charter Service - a mystery

PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:58 am
by Denv12
I remember another post which this vehicle was mentioned.It was with Arnolds Tourist Services in Port Pirie SA,north of Adelaide.There are 2 photos of the coach further down the page on the link below.

Back in the 1960s,there was a workshop/Ampol around 739 Port Road Woodville Park(thats the left hand side heading towards the city) that serviced the coaches.It was run by a friend of ours,Arthur Lee,who later owned the Ampol service station on Port Road Alberton.He used to take us out for a quick drive in those coaches.

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Re: Express Charter Service - a mystery

PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:26 am
by Tim Williams
Thanks for the connection - I do remember all those coaches absolutely crammed in to the Port Rd Depot, which I knew as Associated Tourist Services.

The ex Parlorcars coach certainly looked a lot better in Arnolds bright and clean colours.

Re: Express Charter Service - a mystery

PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:51 pm
by Denv12
Associated Tourist Services was on 233 Port Road (I think)Queenstown heading towards Port Adelaide. When I worked there in 1984/85 they had buses inside the workshop and buses on the block of land next door to it. Back in the 60s they had a lot of buses then too.The Late Reg McKenzie's Freighter Bodied/Cummins Powered Commer and his Flxble Clipper were kept there too.Back at that time the Cummins was the greatest engine sound of any commercial vehicle. Does anyone have photos of that era?

Re: Express Charter Service - a mystery

PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:15 pm
by system improver
So was Express Charter Services a Lewis company?

What was the history of Associated Tourist Services?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:49 pm
by Denv12
system improver wrote:So was Express Charter Services a Lewis company?

What was the history of Associated Tourist Services?

I just added this to my earlier post on Associated Tourist Service" hoping to get some history of the company:
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