Once upon a time........ Katen & Heath

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Once upon a time........ Katen & Heath

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Here's another trip down memory lane. Katen & Heath I believe commenced route services around 1956 in Fairfield. The main services were Route 81 Fairfield Stn to Cabramatta Stn, and Route 83 Fairfield Stn to Chester Hill Stn. Coaches operated under the "Silverline' name. Depot was in Normanby St, Fairfield and they were mainly a Bedford operator in the '70's and '80's, but they also went for some Nissan PRX coaches and later a large number of ex UTA Leopards. Perhaps best known for their fleet of Bedford Vals.

Hope you enjoy this small collection, and I'm also looking forward to others memories of this operator.

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Nice pics mate. Why are there dual steers on the these old Bedford?

P.S. i'm not "of the time" of any of these vehicles.
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QCC Scania don`t tell you haven`t heard of the old twin steer Bedford VAL there was quite lot of them with various bus operators around Australia and were a hearty old bus plus the twin steer coach is still around in Scania form with murray Canberra Surf city on the gold coast had one and Hopkinsons at Merrylands has two I think.
But the twin steer Bedford VAL was the first bus and scania second in Australia these are some companys that had twin steer Bedford VALs Katen & heath as mentioned Chester hill coaches,Western road,The Entrance B/S,Cavanaghs and Fearnes just to name a few.
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Thanks alot, Centralian! The funny thing is that some of the shots of the Customs bodied Bedfords look like they could have been taken in the last years of Katen & Heath, as that was pretty much the mainstay of their fleet! The oddballs in those last days being the Domino bodied unit and the PMC Progress bodied Albion with the Isuzu engine.
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Windy wrote: The oddballs in those last days being the Domino bodied unit ...
Was this ex Baxters Domino Metroliner 80 Bedford BLP ?Any pictures of it in the K&H livery or did they just leave it in the old colours?
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Is that a BSBS bus i see in one of the pictures!
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That 5821 was a particularly nice looking bus. Pity it was made into a bleeding motor home (well I think it was) - the fate of so many other VALS. I believe there was a firm in the Brisbane area that specialised in converting VALS into motor homes and bought them up wherever possible, converted them and then flogged them off. I think this was the fate of the classic Bass Hill unit and several KH buses. Does anyone know about this?
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In the late 1980s Silver Star Motorhomes on the Gold Coast were selling buses and coaches converted to motorhomes - a standard conversion was $34,000 plus the cost of the vehicle. Their adverts all showed Bedford VALs converted.
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5821 and 5653 ended up on King Island with a stack of spares
They had 3 UD's (Custom Coaches TV768, Smithfield TV767 & Pressmetal bodies Mo7783) and a IBC(Custom Coaches Mo7976 then TV 767)
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Landseer wrote:5821 and 5653 ended up on King Island with a stack of spares
Good to hear about both of those- I wonder if they are still there (ie in one piece) and whether anyone has shots of them on the Island?
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Taken out at a park along Haweksbury River near Eberniza
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First tour with it Villawood Primary School to Forbes
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without the bull bar
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Better have driven then never to have driven at all. Even better to have driven them all.

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Looks like KLQ.661 has just crossed the Murray near Khancobhan in the 3rd pic - a view which has changed very little to this day. A nice part of the world that. Funny alteration to the front of the VAL on the brochure to remove the radiator grilles at the front.... I wonder why they bothered doing that??
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Sure does bring back a few memories, I remember catching the ole Bedfords for school from Cabramatta Station to Canley Vale High back in 1976, I also remember TV767 being rebuit at Custom's after a bingle. It was originally a Mk 7 or Mk12,the front was replaced with an Mk 83 front with 2 piece curved screens,twin square headlights & from memory Mk 95 lower bumper bar, Anyone know the whereabouts of this vehicle..Cheers Trevor
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Somebody in Goulburn brought it but needed a new engine block (broken bearing journal cracked casting)
Ray -Good photos of TV767 / KlQ661 your old favorite. Where is it now?
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Another great 'Once upon a time..' post Centalian. Thanks for sharing.
I've got a few Katen & Heath images here as well:
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I also came across this web site about TV768, the UD/CCMC.
http://www.shoalhaven.net.au/~romaine/b ... rames.html

If you go to 'Conversion' then 'Specifications' there are a few pre convesion photos of it as sold by Silverline.
There's also a pretty extensive story about the conversion to a motor home, and lots photos of the conversion.

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TV 767 / m/o 7976 (the rebuilt IBC) was sold with a number of mechanical issues to Roadcoach, Ulladulla. It sat there for many years, repainted but never actually registered. It was half converted to a motor home in a paddock at Falls Creek (NSW) until recently.
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