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Former Darwin Bus 81 in Colac (Vic)

Postby Coach_Captain » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:18 am

Seen down in Colac late November was this Leyland/PMC. It has the seats removed and looks like it has been a long term project for conversion.

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Re: Former Darwin Bus 81 in Colac (Vic)

Postby red baron » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:27 am

Great pic's Coach_Captain
A real good find...also along way from home the bus is.
it's a load of hog wog wash
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Re: Former Darwin Bus 81 in Colac (Vic)

Postby panther998 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:41 pm

I agree with red baron - a really good find. One of the 18 Leyland B21 / PMC units that saw service with Darwin BS, and retaining much of its original appearance externally - quite remarkable.

81 was originally 45 in the Darwin BS fleet. These photos suggest that the DBS disposal list accessible through Bus Australia may be incorrect, as it shows 45 / 81 as having passed to a QLD operator and subsequently being destroyed by fire on 17/03/2001 -
http://www.busaustralia.com/fleetlists/indbusdata.php?nt=ON&reqtype=mo%208%20045&operatorreq=&busreq=81
Yet, these 11/2010 images refute this, so presumably some sort of muddle has crept into the DBS list at some point.
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Re: Former Darwin Bus 81 in Colac (Vic)

Postby system improver » Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:03 pm

red baron wrote:...also along way from home the bus is.

The people in Colac, lucky they are.
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Re: Former Darwin Bus 81 in Colac (Vic)

Postby panther998 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:03 pm

It appears, influenced by the Star Wars character Yoda, you both are ...
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Drat !! Now you've got me doing it !!
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Re: Former Darwin Bus 81 in Colac (Vic)

Postby Leyland B21 » Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:25 am

Such a tragedy to see a B21 wasting away. If the owner dont do something with it, i may have to see if he wants to sell it!! Its not a Howard Porter body but could certainly put it to good use!!!
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Re: Former Darwin Bus 81 in Colac (Vic)

Postby Simes » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:18 pm

Leyland B21 wrote:Such a tragedy to see a B21 wasting away. If the owner dont do something with it, i may have to see if he wants to sell it!! Its not a Howard Porter body but could certainly put it to good use!!!

It's very very similar to a mk2 O305 from here - it could be argued, different chassis and a different front
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Re: Former Darwin Bus 81 in Colac (Vic)

Postby MAN_LOVER » Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:50 pm

I have seen that from the train in the past... it would make a nice preservation job. Leyland B21's with that wonderful GM roar is something i miss.

As for the disposal info, as thats probably from the time i did such things, it was info gained from gunzel mags, contacts and random emails... no idea now.
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Re: Former Darwin Bus 81 in Colac (Vic)

Postby OLYMPIAN » Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:51 am

Isn't a Darwin B21 bendi around in Colac too?

Can't see the photos now
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Re: Former Darwin Bus 81 in Colac (Vic)

Postby Merc1107 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:14 pm

OLYMPIAN wrote:Isn't a Darwin B21 bendi around in Colac too?

Can't see the photos now

Can't recall where, but the ex. DBS Leyland-DAB (or is it DAF? What little information the internet provides is conflicting) is somewhere in Victoria, having seen service for "a time" with Hoys in Wangaratta.
It was supposed to be a preservation project, but apparently that hasn't gone very far.

Should also point out that evidence I've found thus far points to these particular vehicles being powered by a "Saurer Underfloor Engine," and not a Detroit-Diesel (as in other Australian B21s) or Leyland engine.

Have attached some photos I've pilfered; the first five from a Flickr poster by the name of "Zed Fitzhume," dated from 2012, the latter I cannot recall, but possibly from the ATDB via the InternetArchive.

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Look closely - can you see what appears to be an automatic transmission "Piano," in additon to a gear lever?
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Photo from when this bus was in service with Hoys. Date & poster unknown.
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Re: Former Darwin Bus 81 in Colac (Vic)

Postby Leyland B21 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:13 pm

Love love love. Great post. Notable front end differences between the PMC bodies in comparison with Perths Howard Porter bodies and the second batch Bolton bodies. I was actually unaware the B21 had a bendy body built.

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