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Franklin's of Perth Classics

Postby LocoLes » Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:03 pm

During recent Tassie visits I came across [by chance] 3 interesting 'classic' buses from the Perth, Tasmania based fleet. The Austral Pacific Classic II is pictured at Cressy alongside the company's Austral-GM Tourmaster coach. While in Queenstown this excellent Volvo B10M with PMC body was parked in such a position outside the Wilderness Railway that I just had to take advantage of several angles. A credit to the owner and the coaches are probably quite rare now. :)

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Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

Postby Denv12 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:17 am

Great collection of photos,LocoLes. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

Postby burrumbus » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:22 pm

An immaculate small fleet.Thanks LocoLes.
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Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

Postby LocoLes » Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:13 pm

This 1986 Mercedes-Benz [PMCSA] has since been retired [see rego C 12 MH], another excellent former fleet member. :)

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Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

Postby CCCC » Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:25 pm

So the motor coach is ex Brimms ???
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Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

Postby burrumbus » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:29 pm

Austral Pacific actually CCCC.Definately purchased from Brim's Coaches Pty.lTD.
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Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

Postby Fleet Lists » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:04 pm

And what chassis does it have? And what is CCCC?
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Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

Postby burrumbus » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:26 pm

Evening Lourie.
It's an Austral Pacific Classic II integral coach.Which was essentially an upgrade under Austral Pacific ownership of a 2 axle MCA integral coach.
CCCC is the board member who asked the question whether the coach was ex Brims Coaches.
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Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

Postby Denv12 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:43 pm

LocoLes,do you have any coach photos of Perth/WA based companies?
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Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

Postby TheIlikeBusesGuy » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:12 pm

are there any relations between Currumbin Valley Bus & Coach (Gold Coast, QLD) or is it just coincidence that the liveries are VERY similar?
- referring to the old B7R Autobus at Currumbin
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Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

Postby burrumbus » Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:02 am

Terry Brims,was a partner for a period in the Currumbin Valley Bus and Coach business.
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Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:49 am

TheIlikeBusesGuy wrote:are there any relations between Currumbin Valley Bus & Coach (Gold Coast, QLD) or is it just coincidence that the liveries are VERY similar?
- referring to the old B7R Autobus at Currumbin
No relationship TheIlikeBusesGuy. When purchased, the coaches have remained in that livery. Why paint something when the paintwork is still in good condition. It IS a very striking livery, and quite a change from all the boring white schemes of modern day operators.
LocoLes, the Tourmaster is powered by a Cummins :( not a GM :( (very disappointed when I arranged my Jimmy Tour last year) :) BTW, it's about time you made yourself known when you visit Tassie again :wink: It would be really good to finally meet and exchange stories.
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Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

Postby LocoLes » Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:17 pm

LocoLes, the Tourmaster is powered by a Cummins :( not a GM :( (very disappointed when I arranged my Jimmy Tour last year) :) BTW, it's about time you made yourself known when you visit Tassie again :wink: It would be really good to finally meet and exchange stories.[/b]


Hi Neil, Thanks for that info and , yes I will ' run into you' so to speak one day [ looking forward to that and stories re the old days are my favourite subject.
Cheers, Les [Loco]
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Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

Postby yoda » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:08 pm

Just gotta be in the right place at the right time Mr Neil :lol:

Les, work is yet to commence on the Bedford you saw us pushing around, focus has shifted to the Leyland half cab 361
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Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

Postby LocoLes » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:30 pm

yoda wrote:Just gotta be in the right place at the right time Mr Neil :lol:

Les, work is yet to commence on the Bedford you saw us pushing around, focus has shifted to the Leyland half cab 361


Hi Yoda, It's great that the CAC Bedford is under cover and won't that look good one day.......another rare [rare these days] CAC bodied bus in preservation.
The old Leyland Tiger half cab ex Launceston 361 could be the first to be restored .....LTM have similar 366 in storage and QVM Inveresk have older Tiger 358 in need of major work.
Thanks for the update and I was in the right place at the right time that day to see you all manoeuvring the Bedford into safety of the museum display shed. :P
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