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Franklin's of Perth Classics

PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:03 pm
by LocoLes
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. :)

Loco Les
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Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:17 am
by Denv12
Great collection of photos,LocoLes. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:22 pm
by burrumbus
An immaculate small fleet.Thanks LocoLes.

Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:13 pm
by LocoLes
This 1986 Mercedes-Benz [PMCSA] has since been retired [see rego C 12 MH], another excellent former fleet member. :)

Loco Les
http://www.busaustralia.com/gallery/dis ... pos=-19421

Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:25 pm
by CCCC
So the motor coach is ex Brimms ???

Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:29 pm
by burrumbus
Austral Pacific actually CCCC.Definately purchased from Brim's Coaches Pty.lTD.

Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:04 pm
by Fleet Lists
And what chassis does it have? And what is CCCC?

Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:26 pm
by burrumbus
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.
Hope this helps.

Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:43 pm
by Denv12
LocoLes,do you have any coach photos of Perth/WA based companies?

Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:12 pm
by TheIlikeBusesGuy
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

Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:02 am
by burrumbus
Terry Brims,was a partner for a period in the Currumbin Valley Bus and Coach business.

Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:49 am
by Tas Bus Nut
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.

Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:17 pm
by LocoLes
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]

Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:08 pm
by yoda
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

Re: Franklin's of Perth Classics

PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:30 pm
by LocoLes
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
Loco Les.