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Re: Sunliner Express

Postby dominodc122 » Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:32 pm

Per below
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Re: Sunliner Express

Postby dominodc122 » Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:37 pm

Ex Sunliner-Boomerang 161 324 AKK (1).jpg
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And here is Nos. 161(AKK) - 162 while still at Bayside - 162 still in Sunliner/Boomerang colours and the other( No. 161 - AKK)repainted in Bayside colours (Cheers Jason 'Boss' for the Image :D :D :D )
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Re: Sunliner Express

Postby dominodc122 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:25 am

Thought it was time to crop and resize these for Coach Enthusiasts to add to their image collections...

Sunliner #222 at Shell Boggabilla Roadhouse - Newell Highway - June 1989...
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And with me...
Sunliner #222 - Driver - Chris Lind - 01.jpg
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And Sunliner / Boomerang Day Tours #154 with me in Kings Cross Darlinghurst Road 1989...
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Re: Sunliner Express

Postby captainch » Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:16 pm

great pic stud yes remember the crest hotel was out side the night the backpackers died in the xmas fire! :twisted:
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Re: Sunliner Express

Postby dominodc122 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:12 pm

"The Downunder Hostel Fire was a lethal fire on 17 September 1989, set shortly before 5:00 am in a backpackers hostel on Darlinghurst Road in the Kings Cross area of Sydney, Australia.[1] Kings Cross is a very popular destination with international backpackers visiting Australia. The fire was the fifth most deadly disaster in Australia in 1989."

I remember I was on the Newell at Dubbo Bus Station (now AutoBarn) when I heard the news about this one - Some nutter set that blaze and a whole lot more...very sad news!! :cry:
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Re: Sunliner Express

Postby marcnut1996 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:42 pm

Sorry to resurrect this old topic. I was editing Wikipedia about Sunliner Express when I came across this article, an interview with Graham Leishman:
https://vision.org.au/radio/2017/05/05/buses-graham-leishman/

Somewhere in the article:
He (Graham Lesishman) said it took several months for the coroner’s report to establish the bus was one hundred percent clear of any responsibility for the accident.

“Over a period of time the bank took action and we ended up without any business at all. The banks took the position the business would collapse and moved in early, even though we had not defaulted on any commitments,” Graham said.

“The bank determined that we were not fit and proper people to manage a business. At the time we were paying 17 percent interest. The ‘recession we had to have’. What the bank said to us was they were going to help us by putting the interest rate up from 17 percent to 23 percent!” Graham declared.


I am just wondering if anyone knew if these were true and if there were any other sources to back these up in Wikipedia. I am also curious if Lance Francis and Neil Smith (the other 2 Transit Systems founders) were also involved in Sunliner Express as claimed by Wikipedia.
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Re: Sunliner Express

Postby Linto63 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:10 pm

Seems to be a case of looking at the world through rose-tinted glasses. Unlikely that the bank foreclosed, just because they didn't like them, the courts would only have approved the appointment of an administrator had it actually defaulted. The reality was when Sunliner ceased in 1991, pretty much the whole interstate express coach sector was in trouble, with the combined effects of a recession, the arrival of Compass Airlines and too much capacity resulting in massive consolidation. While the bank may have jacked up its rates, it may have been to reflect the increased risk, after all the market had been flooded with hundreds of quality coaches only a few years old after Deluxe collapsed a year earlier.

IIRC, Lance Francis, Graham Leishman and Neil Smith each owned operations on the Central Coast that merged in the 1980s to form Peninsula Bus Lines, before being purchased by Busways. They then purchased a business in the Redland region of Brisbane.
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