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My week in the Territory Part 2

PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:07 pm
by Coach_Captain
Part 2 of my Northern Territory travel is Local Touring Vehicles.

Dyson's 176- nt reg m/o 3086, a 2000 Mercedes Benz 0404-3/ Coach Design, seen passing the Mindil Markets.
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Dyson's 170- n/t reg m/o 3007, a 1996 Mercedes Benz 0404-3/ Austral Denning "Majestic" seen at Katherine
for The Ghan Whistle Stop Tour.

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Dyson's 293- n/t reg m/o 2714 a 1997 Toyota Coaster at Katherine for The Ghan Whistle Stop Tour.
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Top End Escapes 10- m/o 3315, a 1992 Denning Landseer Decker, ex Firefly, in Darwin.
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Top End Escapes 6- m/o 3089, a 1987 Denning Landseer Hideck, seen dropping passengers after a tour in
the Esplanade, Darwin.

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This special amphibious boat/bus does tours of Darwin City area, and if the tide is right, will travel through
Darwin Harbour.

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Who said you need expensive Air Conditioning fitted, when it is cheaper to just have no windows!!.
This Tour Tub Toyota Coaster is seen passing through the Darwin Bus Interchange.

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TravelNorth (Katherine) m/o 2422 and m/o 2717, both 2002 Irisbus Eurorider/ABM CB50 at
Katherine Coach Terminal, dropping passengers from The Ghan.

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Re: My week in the Territory Part 2

PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:56 pm
by red baron
Excellent photo's Coach_Captain,i remember bus 170 still in APT liverly doing day tours here in Melbourne.
Thanks for sharing 8) .

Re: My week in the Territory Part 2

PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:06 pm
by ALBION1881
I am wondering if the two Irisbus semi coaches are ex Busway/Kings bros either from Coffs Harbour or Grafton.

Re: My week in the Territory Part 2

PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:15 pm
by Centralian
An excellent 5 part photographic update of the NT scene Coach_Captain, thank you.

As to the coach touring side I notice from the fleet lists that Dysons in particular have quite a large number of coaches based in the NT, and then other operators such as AAT, Down Under Tours etc. also seem to have a substantial local presence, plus the locals . However the tourist numbers don't seem to be that large spread out over a tourist season (relative to the number of coaches that seem available to cater to the market) , so I wonder if the market is over serviced. Are these locally based vehicles gainfully occupied most days or just sitting around for the weekly surge from (as Coach_Captain describes) the Ghan Whistle Stop tour.

Re: My week in the Territory Part 2

PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:04 pm
by kitkat271
I'm not sure what the situation is now but a few years ago when I was involved with the Top End there was a problem getting coaches through the dry season. So during the peak (maybe 3 months in the year) it isn't over-supplied. The rest of the year is pretty lean though.