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Former MTT depot, 88-90 Mount Street, Burnie

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Former MTT depot, 88-90 Mount Street, Burnie

Postby LocoLes » Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:28 pm

In August 1959 MTT purchased Norton's Motors Burnie bus fleet and residence that included a small admin office at the rear. The photo shows an entry laneway on the RH side of the photo with a centre exit on the LH side. The large building behind the residence was the fleet garage with parking for 4 buses at a squeeze. Buses can be seen parked at the rear. The building on the RH side of the photo belonged a tyre company. The new office building is partly seen on the left.
Another photo shows the rear entry of the building for drivers and staff with the former MTT Hobart Jeep parked near bus 523.
Lastly a view of the public entry of the new building. All this lost because of the new expressway which took away much history with it's construction.
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Re: Former MTT depot, 88-90 Mount Street, Burnie

Postby stevegj52 » Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:43 am

I can remember when the depot was in Mount Street and when it closed when the new one opened.
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Re: Former MTT depot, 88-90 Mount Street, Burnie

Postby AEC Regal » Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:48 pm

So much history with the bus operations of the MTT and its predecessors, the HMT & LMT. WE really need a comprehensive book to document this!! I think Ian Cooper might have one under development (I hope). If it is like his trolley-bus tomes, it should be a cracker!!
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Re: Former MTT depot, 88-90 Mount Street, Burnie

Postby burrumbus » Sat Feb 14, 2015 8:24 am

Thanks for this thread Locoles.Very interesting.
When in Burnie in January,2015 I noticed that there was a Nortons Transport depot in the industrial area.Is this business a decendant of Norton's Motors ??
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Re: Former MTT depot, 88-90 Mount Street, Burnie

Postby LocoLes » Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:23 pm

Hi burrumbus, Yes, when Bob Norton & family sold the local bus business in 1959 they setup Norton Transport using a TK model [I think it was TK] Bedford petrol engine semi-trailer with a closed back. The Norton's sons would be most likely running that now.
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Re: Former MTT depot, 88-90 Mount Street, Burnie

Postby LocoLes » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:11 pm

Added to this earlier post are 3 more photographs of MTT's 'new' Mount Street office and staff facilities [at rear]. The first pic [1961] shows the building well under construction on the site of No.90 Mount Street which was originally used to park the fleet by Norton's Motors until August 1959 and then by MTT until construction began in 1961. The original office was at the rear of the residence, 88 Mount Street. That reminds me, it is now 58 years this month since MTT's purchase of Norton's Motors Pty. Ltd., Burnie.
On the corner of Mount Street and Spring Street in the background are the P.M.G.'s [Post Master General] offices with distant pollution visible from A.P.P.M's South Burnie mill. Burnie Technical College is the building behind the telegraph pole on LH side of pic. Note the FJ Holden and Morris Minor among the vehicles visible. Burnie has changed considerably since 1961 as this is the site of the by-pass that was constructed right through this 'spot' mid 1970's which was the reason MTT resited to Strahan Street, South Burnie, the current depot site. This photo was taken from the storage area above the garage, workshops.

The next photo shows the completed offices fronting Mount Street with 3 CAC Bedfords visible [7SB's 152 and 72 and SB 33]. Note bus 72 has the upper section of the windscreens tinted green before being transferred to Burnie.

Bedford 7SB No.150 is parked beside the office in the 3rd photograph.
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