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Bulls Tourist Service SA

Postby White Super Power » Sun Dec 31, 2006 8:27 pm

http://www.busaustralia.com/gallery/dis ... ?pos=-8971

Bulls Tourist Service Lewis bodied Leyland Leopard (I may be wrong about it being a Leopard) used on the Cooper Pedy - Alice Springs run.
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Postby Tim Williams » Mon Jan 01, 2007 8:17 am

No it was not a Leopard, it was amazingly enough a Leyland Hippo truck chassis (second hand - probably ex wreckers), heavily modified by Lewis Bros in their Provident Avenue workshops at Glynde in Adelaide.

The trailer chassis was new and both bodies were also built by Lewis - the trailer was for freight and the front passengers and under floor freight/luggage.

The chassis was fitted with a new Leyland 0690 Power Plus Engine ( the turbo charged version of the 0680), mounted vertically just behind the front axle, where the body (& floor) rises, to provide sufficient clearance and driven through a 14 speed Roadranger gearbox. A second small Perkins 4 Cyl diesel engine was also mounted vertically - right at the front to power the airconditioning.

It used to get a real flogging on the Adelaide to Alice Springs part the service to Darwin, the road was not sealed then and the drivers pushed on in all conditions to keep up the tight timetable.

It was a pig of a thing to drive (all my experience was only around Adelaide ferrying it to & from Bulls on the Port Road at Albert park & Glynde where repairs and seemingly rebuilding were carried out after most trips) - the level of power assistance to the steering varied for no apparent reason, the multiple gears were a bit difficult to master, if you weren't a truckie and things were always wrong with it.

Once, when I was driving past the Cheltenham Racecourse the rack on the fuel pump collapsed or jammed and the engine began to run away (the revs just kept buiding up & up) - amongst all the traffic I was lucky enough to get it back into a gear (because all this happened during a gear change) and stall the engine - otherwise it would have simply blown up.

If my memory serves me correctly, in the end the trailer was abandoned and the front part rebuilt as a conventional coach, but it rode badly with a very hard rear truck style suspension.

If any of you would like more information about this or any other of the wierd and varied home grown fleet of Lewis Bros and it's subsidiaries Bulls & Salisbury Passenger Services please let me know and I will endevour to assist.
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Postby The Inspector » Mon Jan 01, 2007 9:19 pm

Tim Williams wrote:If any of you would like more information about this or any other of the wierd and varied home grown fleet of Lewis Bros and it's subsidiaries Bulls & Salisbury Passenger Services please let me know and I will endevour to assist.


I think it would be of interest to a lot of people (not only from SA) to see pics and info about an operator who built and butchered their own buses, I have seen pics of some of their fleet and these vehicles look very odd, some built with bits & peices from other vehicles.
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Postby kitkat271 » Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:27 am

Wow what an amazing "coach" ... thanks for your info Tim, very fascinating!
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Re: Bulls Tourist Service SA

Postby spag » Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:54 pm

hello , I was just trying to find old pictures & stories of Bulls , Lewis Bros & Salisbury Passenger Service buses as my dad worked for John Lewis for many years & then for Stateliner. I was in shock to see this old jigger as i travelled up & down the Stuart Highwsy quite a few times to remember as a kid sitting on the engine cover at the front of the bus. Momeries came flooding back as i keep looking at the bus & so many storys that my dad has told me over the years . I cant wait to let him know that i found a picture of it on the net.Now i know there are others interested in the same companys that i,m i hope to be able to see more pictures & here more stories . Thanks for the flash back to my great childhood days travelling in the buses that my dad drove to Darwin
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Re: Bulls Tourist Service SA

Postby Looselion » Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:46 am

Many thanks for the post. I'm totally fascinated.
Would anyone know when Bulls commenced their Adelaide Alice Darwin service?
I'm assuming they only came up with the one example of the coach design discussed here.....
Methinks one would be more than enough.....
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Postby system improver » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:31 pm

Tim Williams wrote:...If my memory serves me correctly, in the end the trailer was abandoned and the front part rebuilt as a conventional coach...


And here it is, better late than never, in this Bruce Tilley pic from 1983:
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If any of you would like more information about this or any other of the wierd and varied home grown fleet of Lewis Bros and it's subsidiaries Bulls & Salisbury Passenger Services please let me know and I will endevour to assist.

Yes please. What was the first full bus that they built?
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Re: Bulls Tourist Service SA

Postby ROADBOSS-78 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:57 pm

Hi I'm pretty sure I own the Cunningham bus in the picture. It is now blue but you can see the maroon in places and where the Cunningham stickers were. It is fitted with PD6t engine 5 speed box and 2 speed diff. Any info on this bus would be appreciated.
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Postby Denv12 » Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:15 am

system improver wrote:
Tim Williams wrote:...If my memory serves me correctly, in the end the trailer was abandoned and the front part rebuilt as a conventional coach...


And here it is, better late than never, in this Bruce Tilley pic from 1983:
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If any of you would like more information about this or any other of the wierd and varied home grown fleet of Lewis Bros and it's subsidiaries Bulls & Salisbury Passenger Services please let me know and I will endevour to assist.

Yes please. What was the first full bus that they built?


Hi Tim.Love the photos.Would love to see a new topic posted covering all the variations,it would make for an interesting topic.Maybe we can start a topic on weird buses and coaches covering altered/modified buses and coaches.

I'm sure that this bus was in the Quest Tours fleet.I drove it in 1985 on charter.It was modified with Austral Tourmaster parts.It had a leyland 401 turbo.There is a photo of it in my post here:

viewtopic.php?f=48&t=73797
All Quest tours buses were sold off from the end of the school year in 1985 including the charter licences and school runs.The only vehicles that were retained were coaches for "Across Australia Coachlines" and Quest Tours".Max Winkless owned them.

I started this new topic to cater for the modified buses topic:
viewtopic.php?f=48&t=77331
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Re: Bulls Tourist Service SA

Postby Brenton lewis » Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:42 pm

spag wrote:hello , I was just trying to find old pictures & stories of Bulls , Lewis Bros & Salisbury Passenger Service buses as my dad worked for John Lewis for many years & then for Stateliner. I was in shock to see this old jigger as i travelled up & down the Stuart Highwsy quite a few times to remember as a kid sitting on the engine cover at the front of the bus. Momeries came flooding back as i keep looking at the bus & so many storys that my dad has told me over the years . I cant wait to let him know that i found a picture of it on the net.Now i know there are others interested in the same companys that i,m i hope to be able to see more pictures & here more stories . Thanks for the flash back to my great childhood days travelling in the buses that my dad drove to Darwin


My farther worked for john lewis for 45 yrs
Any pics would be good
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Re: Bulls Tourist Service SA

Postby Denv12 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:29 am

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Re: Bulls Tourist Service SA

Postby Brenton lewis » Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:00 am

Hi
Any one else with Bulls spa lewis bros pictures woul Liv to see them
My dad worked for john lewis for 45 yrs Rod lewis not related even of depots Coober pedy etc
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