Mr OC Benz wrote:
I'm here to seek interest in a possible farewell tour involving a Transperth Mercedes Benz O305 and Mercedes Benz O305G. As their life will becoming to an end no doubt once the Volvo's start hitting the front line, I believe it is important that we farewell these buses and even more so in their colours. There are only two operators who operate them for Transperth now, Swan Transit and their artic 483 and rigid 497 from their Southern River depot and Southern Coast Transit (Veolia) 463, 475, 491 and 496 from their Mandurah and Rockingham depots.
If such a tour is to be held, I need to be satisfied by the numbers of people who may attend, I would like to get the organising under way ASAP as we don't really know how much longer these buses have in service.
A possibly idea for a route plan is to re-trace old bus routes prior to Mandurah Line. But first I'd like some interest!
Please post below if you are interest and if anyone can assist in getting it together please let me know. A price will be determined depending on numbers and qoutes from the above companies.
It is likely the tour will happen on a Saturday or Sunday.
Mr OC Benz
Photos of the buses are available on perthbus.info Just go to Mercedes Benz O305 and Mercedes Benz O305G...
The original early 80's route for Mandurah was route 117. Prior to the Dower St Terminus, it ran as follows 3 times a day. Fremantle Station, Elder Pl, Goldsborough St, Cantonment St, Market St, South Tce, Wray Ave, Hampton Rd, Cockburn Rd, Rockingham Rd, Original Kwinana Bus Station, Rockingham Rd, Patterson Rd, Mandurah Rd, Fremantle Rd, Mandurah Tce, Gibson St, Sholl St Terminus. Then loop around via Pinjarra Rd, Anstruther Rd, Cooper St, Sholl St returning to terminus. Then via Pinjarra Rd, Mandurah Tce and reverse of above.
Was modified around 1981/82 to the same route except Sholl St terminus was moved to Dower St outside Mandurah Football Oval running as above to Anstruther Rd but instead of turning left at Cooper, it turned right to Dower St. Returning via Elizabeth St, Anstruther, Pinjarra rd, Mandurah Tce and as above.
route 115 was added into the mix as a shortened run between Kwinana & Mandurah at the time of modification.
Route 115/117 was deleted around 1996/1997 to become route 168 between Rockingham & Mandurah. This involved The entire length of Mandurah Rd Baldivis losing the service.
Route 168 - Rockingham bus Station, Council Ave, Ennis Ave, Fremantle Rd, Mandurah Tce, Gibson St, Sutton St, Pinjarra Rd, Anstruther Rd, Cooper St, Dower St. Returning via Elizabeth St, Anstruther Rd, Pinjarra Rd, Sutton St, Tuckey st, Mandurah Tce and reverse of above.
Route 168 was co-ordinated to connect with the former route 126 (now the 825)
168 was deleted on commencement of the Mandurah Line opening to the current 558
Route 117 was operated entirely out of Freo (Clontarf Rd) except for Sundays when Rocky depot had the 1 run departing Freo in the morning as the rest of Sundays service were all 115's falling into Rockys shifts due to proximity of Kwinana bus Station for route 115