Historic buses: Australian Bus + Coach Show

Photography by: Paul Aldridge, Steve Skinner


Red double deckers more than 60 years apart a 1953 London Transport AEC Regent RT with a 12.5 metre Bustech CDI. Red double deckers more than 60 years apart a 1953 London Transport AEC Regent RT with a 12.5 metre Bustech CDI. Red double deckers more than 60 years apart a 1953 London Transport AEC Regent RT with a 12.5 metre Bustech CDI.
A pre WWII Perkins-powered Bedford chassis with 1957 “Syd Wood” timber-framed body for 33 seated and 15 standing passengers, in service until 1976. A pre WWII Perkins-powered Bedford chassis with 1957 “Syd Wood” timber-framed body for 33 seated and 15 standing passengers, in service until 1976. A pre WWII Perkins-powered Bedford chassis with 1957 “Syd Wood” timber-framed body for 33 seated and 15 standing passengers, in service until 1976.
1952 Leyland Titan, with air brakes and a pre-selector gearbox, which were a big deal at the time. This old double decker ran around in Sydney until 1976. 1952 Leyland Titan, with air brakes and a pre-selector gearbox, which were a big deal at the time. This old double decker ran around in Sydney until 1976. 1952 Leyland Titan, with air brakes and a pre-selector gearbox, which were a big deal at the time. This old double decker ran around in Sydney until 1976.
Brown must have been the trendy colour in the Leyland Titan’s day. Brown must have been the trendy colour in the Leyland Titan’s day. Brown must have been the trendy colour in the Leyland Titan’s day.
Behind the wheel of the 1952 Leyland Titan. Behind the wheel of the 1952 Leyland Titan. Behind the wheel of the 1952 Leyland Titan.
Purtills 1948 CAC (Commonwealth Air Corporation) Bedford dubbed “Rosie”, which carried school students around Conargo in rural NSW for 40 years. Purtills 1948 CAC (Commonwealth Air Corporation) Bedford dubbed “Rosie”, which carried school students around Conargo in rural NSW for 40 years. Purtills 1948 CAC (Commonwealth Air Corporation) Bedford dubbed “Rosie”, which carried school students around Conargo in rural NSW for 40 years.
A 1978 Mercedes-Benz 0305, the first continental European model in the Sydney government fleet, and one of an incredible 1,300 units. It has an 11 litre engine putting out 200hp (147kW). A 1978 Mercedes-Benz 0305, the first continental European model in the Sydney government fleet, and one of an incredible 1,300 units. It has an 11 litre engine putting out 200hp (147kW). A 1978 Mercedes-Benz 0305, the first continental European model in the Sydney government fleet, and one of an incredible 1,300 units. It has an 11 litre engine putting out 200hp (147kW).
Another Syd Wood body, this one built in 1951 with an 8 litre AEC engine developing a whopping  100hp (73kW), which ran around Canberra. Another Syd Wood body, this one built in 1951 with an 8 litre AEC engine developing a whopping 100hp (73kW), which ran around Canberra. Another Syd Wood body, this one built in 1951 with an 8 litre AEC engine developing a whopping  100hp (73kW), which ran around Canberra.

The Australian Bus + Coach Show in Sydney hosted not only many brand new products, but some great historic buses as well. Paul Aldridge and Steve Skinner had their cameras clicking.


There were some eye-catching new double-deckers on show in Sydney, including the MAN-Gemilang double decker we featured on the front cover of the September issue of ABC; the BCI Citirider we’ll be test driving soon; and one of the big Bustech CDIs that runs between Melbourne’s CBD and airport.

There were also some eye-grabbing vintage double-deckers, a couple of which took visitors for rides around the Olympic Park precinct.

Here are some snaps of not only the tall old trundlers but the other memory-evoking conveyances as well, with all the veteran buses supplied by the Sydney Bus Museum.

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