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Upcoming BCSV events:

Please refer to the statement before regarding Coronavirus & BCSV events being postponed until further notice

Upcoming tours:

Please refer to the statement before regarding Coronavirus & BCSV events being postponed until further notice

Facebook page:
Have you liked the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/buscoachvic yet?

The page is not limited to just members, anyone interested in buses in Victoria is welcome to 'like' us. It is a key platform for distributing news & information about the society's activities, upcoming meetings and tour information.

Our Facebook page supplements regular updates this thread, along with our regular member emails & the usual 'BCSV Timetable' included with Australian Bus Panorama mail-outs.

BCSV website:
And don't forget to visit the official BCSV website - http://www.bcsv.org.au - which not only features an event calendar but also our growing virtual museum, alongside plenty of details about the Bus & Coach Society of Victoria.

BCSV membership:
Membership benefits and how to join are available on our website - http://bcsv.org.au/membership/

We are again offering a discounted membership rate for the 2019-2020 financial year to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Annual adult membership is currently just $50 (usually $55) with a concession rate of $40 for pensioners and students under 25.
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HCVCA display day: Sunday 10 November
Join the HCVCA (Historic Commercial Vehicle Club of Australia) and BCSV: Bus and Coach Society of Victoria for a relaxing Sunday at Yarra Glen Racecourse on Sunday November 10 enjoying the 38th Historic Commercial Vehicle Display.

Entry is $10 per person with under 14s free! Free parking on site.

Inspect some of the hundreds of vehicles on display, from vintage trucks, buses and tractors, to steam engines and older cars.

Bus operators who regularly take part include Driver Bus Lines, Moonee Valley Coaches, Dysons, Ventura, Diamond Coaches, John Usher's Invicta collection, among others.

There will be kids amusements, including face-painting and a jumping castle, and also a Touch A Truck section where kids are able to hop into trucks and have a squizz how they all work.

Enjoy live music all day, rocker cover races, which always draws a huge crowd, trade stalls, and of course delicious food and drink stalls.

HCVCA will also draw the much anticipated Tool Box Raffle at approx 2:30pm.

DISPLAY DAY SHUTTLE BUS

On Sunday 10 November a transfer bus will depart the Driver Bus Lines depot at 45-53 Ricketts Rd, Mt Waverley at 8:30am and Lilydale Station at 9:15am (awaiting train from the City).

The return journey from the display, using the heritage vehicles, will leave Yarra Glen just after 3pm with drop off at Lilydale Station around 3:30pm before travelling back to the depot in Mt Waverley, arriving back at 4:30pm.

Further details about the event can be found on the BCSV website - http://bcsv.org.au/event/historic-comme ... arra-glen/

RSVP to the Facebook event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/383576758960693/

Yarra Glen display sneak-peek afternoon: Saturday 9 November
Gary Driver is once again inviting BCSV members to ride the convoy of restored Driver Classics' buses and coaches to Yarra Glen on the afternoon of Saturday 9 November.

Interstate guests coming down for the main display are also welcome to join us.

The convoy will depart the Driver Bus Lines depot at 45-53 Ricketts Rd Mt Waverley at 12:30pm.

A second stop in Lilydale will also be available. Email tours@bcsv.org.au if interested.

Attendees will need to find their own way to the depot - nearby options by bus include:
* 693 & 742 along Ferntree Gully Rd
* 703 & 737 along Blackburn Rd
* 733 along Stephensons Rd

There will be an opportunity to change vehicles in Lilydale on the way.

A current day coach will return attendees to the depot around 5pm, setting down at Lilydale Station enroute upon request.

The afternoon is free for both BCSV members and interstate guests and we thank Gary for the kind invite.

RSVP to the event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/2174646439503244/
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BCSV November Meeting: NSW Government Buses over the years: Sunday 17 November
Join the BCSV on Sunday 17 November for our final Sunday social meeting for 2019. We’ll take a comprehensive look back at the government bus operations across both Sydney and Newcastle. Paul Kennelly will present the early years, while Geoff Foster will cover developments over more recent decades.

The timing of the meeting is rather apt, given the recent announcement by the NSW Liberal State Government to privatise the remaining sections of State Transit in inner Sydney.

Our bi-monthly Sunday meetings are held at Hawthorn Tram Depot / Melbourne Tram Museum, 8 Wallen Rd, near the corner of Power St.

Alight Tram Routes 70 & 75 at Riversdale Junction. Alternatively, Hawthorn Station on the Belgrave/Lilydale line is a short 10 min walk away.

Each meeting concludes with a short afternoon tea and chatter on the latest industry gossip.

Both members and guests are welcome to attend, free admission.

Facebook event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/421575758774353/

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I bought a copy today of the December 'Special' edition of Australian Bus Panorama dedicated to the late Keith Sydney Kings.
Congratulations to all on a very nice tribute through sharing his colour images of early Victorian buses,
and to think there are another 7000 negatives waiting to be scanned and catalogued.

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Centralian wrote:I bought a copy today of the December 'Special' edition of Australian Bus Panorama dedicated to the late Keith Sydney Kings.
Congratulations to all on a very nice tribute through sharing his colour images of early Victorian buses,
and to think there are another 7000 negatives waiting to be scanned and catalogued.
Thanks Centralian. It was a labour of love and 15 years in the making, but well worth it. Keith's photo collection is at the State Library of Victoria and his film collection at the National Film and Sound Archives. We were able to have the access fees waived at the SLV after intervention of Keith's relatives. I was able to identify the colour slides based on the BCSV records after viewing low res proofs. For the 7000 negs, the SLV wants Keith's notebooks to be deciphered first. Keith was a great photographer, but a terrible writer. Viewing the negs first would be a lot easier. The NFSA is another matter. The fees are very high IF you can get access. That means the items need to have been catalogued. More than 5 years after they were placed with the NSFA, that is yet to happen. I am not hopeful.

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BCSV has announced two events for the 15th and 29th March. Details can be found on the facebook page - a link to which is a few posts above.
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BCSV regrets to advise that the two events scheduled for 15 and 29 March have been postponed indefinitely due to the conoravirus.
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BCSV MARCH TOUR #1 UPDATE - POSTPONED

As mentioned in the members' update earlier in the week, the Committee has been monitoring the unfolding coronavirus issue.

Last night we have decided to postpone Sunday’s tour and meeting (Swedish & Sita Sunday) to a time to be fixed.

We will be further discussing the immediate future of other planned tours and meetings and members will be advised as soon as a decision has been made.

This is a very difficult issue, with views varying between “acting too late” through to “complete over reaction”. The plan of medical authorities at the moment is to minimise the spread of the virus so that the health system can cope with those who will inevitably get it.

We all hope that the social dislocation resulting from the cancellation or postponement of events will mean less illness and less deaths.

Regards

Paul Kennelly
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Bus and Coach Society of Victoria

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BCSV CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - MARCH 15 2020

Here is a Message from BCSV President Geoff Foster, made with the unanimous support of the BCSV Committee:

On Friday night, after considerable discussion and debate among the Committee, we took the decision firstly to cancel the tour and social meeting scheduled for Sunday 15 March due to the coronavirus (CV).

The decision was not taken lightly. I realise this will have mixed reactions from members. Older members who are more susceptible to serious outcomes from CV may well be relieved. Doubtless younger members who are at far less risk from CV will be annoyed and disappointed. Both reactions are perfectly understandable.

CV is not going away anytime soon and is currently expected to peak in Australia over the next 2-3 months.

The Government has advised against large gatherings and there is now a daily litany of events being cancelled or run without an audience. Quite a few of these are big bus events, such as the Easter Show in Sydney, and will limit both the ongoing employment opportunities for those in the industry as well as enthusiast photo opportunities.

These measures are being taken to try and limit the “curve” of the virus so that we do not have a large percentage of the workforce and/or health system providers out of action at any one time.

The attached graph, produced by the Sydney Morning Herald, details the potential for unmet demands on the health system should CV spread too quickly in our community.

Because of this, I regret to advise you that the BCSV is cancelling all planned events for the foreseeable future. At present, this means that the 29 March tour to McHarry’s and Cole’s will not proceed and, most likely, the May meeting will not happen either.

Nor are we alone in this. On Friday, our sister organisation in Queensland, Queensland Omnibus & Coach Society (QOCS), also cancelled their forthcoming tour next weekend. Several other transport groups have cancelled upcoming events and local miniature railway groups are suspending operations.

It is our intention that Australian Bus Panorama and social media activity such as Throwback Thursday will continue, subject to the ongoing health of those concerned.

The BCSV will await developments and will monitor the advice from Governments and health authorities. Hopefully, at least some of the cancelled events will be rescheduled for later in the year. We will explore opportunities such as perhaps having social meetings monthly for a while after restrictions have been eased.

The Committee hopes that all our members will get through the coming months with their lives and health intact. The BCSV also sends a shout out to all those who work in the industry and are on the front line with the public – thus increasing their risk of exposure.

May you also all get through this difficult period as well.

Regards

Geoff Foster
President
Bus and Coach Society of Victoria

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MAY BCSV MEETING UPDATE

As you will have read in BCSV President Geoffrey Foster’s statement posted in March, our meetings and tours have been put on hold until the medical authorities give the all clear for gatherings to resume, during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

We all hope that is sooner rather than later but, at this stage, it still looks like being a number of months away. Therefore, we regret to advise our May Social meeting will not proceed. It is our hope that we can reschedule this, and other cancelled events, some time into the future.

The Committee understands that many operators and workers in the industry have been hit very hard by the restrictions put in place. We can do little more that offer our moral support to those who, through no fault of their own, have been caught in the financial ramifications of the necessary efforts to control the virus.

We also hope that members and their families remain in good health and, with the encouraging decreasing infection rate figures of recent days, there is some cause for optimism.

Thanks and congratulations to our members for heeding the #StayAtHome message to help Australia "crush the curve" and protect older members of the community. This is in stark contrast to the distressing scenes being played out in Europe, the UK and the USA and something we should all be proud of.

And lastly, we extend our appreciation to members digging into their photo & timetable collections to share plenty of rare gems online in recent weeks. Hopefully this has helped keep the boredom at bay.

- Paul Kennelly, BCSV Secretary

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