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Rattler 32 - September 1974
  1. Leyland Panthers (974)-(999)
    Hino RC520Ps (62)-(86)
  2. The model designation was actually PSUR1A/1R; the addition of "A" signifies Leyland rationalised gearbox
  3. Recorded in another source as 7202640
  4. A5113
  5. 7/74
  6. Official withdrawal date recorded as 01.08.1974
 

Delivery has commenced of the 1974 order for 25 each of Leyland Panthers and Hino RC520P.(A) There are minor differences between these and previous deliveries. Along the offside, normally near the centre, there is a fixed, non-opening window. This is to accommodate new regulations requiring more emergency exits. This fixed window is fitted on a "push in" basis similar to the rear window. Other differences are a raised dash panel on the Panthers, and the nearside mirror fitted in the new standard position.

For the last few months, all buses fitted with curved windscreens have been having the nearside mirror altered so that it is viewed through the corner of the windscreen itself instead of through the door. This provides an uninterrupted view of the mirror where previously the door frequently obsucred it.

Another modification taking place is the fitting of demisters to all buses not so equipped. This affects all buses from the Tiger Cubs and older. All buses are gradually having the speedometers calibrated in kilometres per hour.

Redcliffe Depot has lost 21 Hinos in exchange for Leyland Leopards and AEC Regal VI from Trigg and Morley.

A new fare system has been introduced, details of which appear [below].


NEW DELIVERIES
975/7      
Leyland Panther PSUR1/1R(B)   
Howard Porter
B41D   
6/74
976/8      
   "       "        "      
      "      
  "    
7/74
979-81/3   
   "       "        "      
      "      
  "    
8/74
982/4      
   "       "        "      
      "      
  "    
9/74
62         
Hino    RC520P             
FreighterWA
  "    
6/74
63-5       
  "        "               
      "      
  "    
7/74
66         
  "        "               
      "      
  "    
8/74
67         
  "        "               
      "      
  "    
9/74

Chassis numbers
975 
7202288   
977 
7202290   
979 
7202287   
981 
7202291   
983 
7202286   
976 
7203221   
978 
7202285   
980 
7202292   
982 
7202289   
984 
7202604(C)
62  
40108     
64  
40111     
66  
40107     
    
          
    
          
63  
40109     
65  
40110     
67  
40114     
    
          
    
          

Body numbers and dates
975 
74/9001  
 4/74
     
979 
74/9005
   6/74
     
983 
74/9009
   7/74
976 
74/9002  
 5/74
     
980 
74/9006
   6/74
     
984 
74/9010
   7/74
977 
74/9003  
 5/74
     
981 
74/9008
   7/74
     
    
       
       
978 
74/9004  
 5/74
     
982 
74/9007
   6/74
     
    
       
       
62  
A5104    
 5/74
     
64  
A5108  
   6/74
     
66  
A5111  
28/6/74
63  
A5105    
 6/74
     
65  
A5110  
26/6/74
     
67  
(D)
(E)

TRANSFERS AND ALLOCATIONS
513-7   
Trigg to Redcliffe  
      
883-6   
Redcliffe to Trigg 
640-3   
Morley to Redcliffe 
      
887-95  
Redcliffe to Morley
791-5   
Morley to Redcliffe 
      
942-9   
Redcliffe to Trigg 
796-803 
Trigg to Redcliffe  
      
        
                   
62-7    
To Morley           
      
975-84  
To Causeway        

OVERHAULS
2 
Redcliffe  
 8/74
     
439
Causeway 
   9/74
     
443
Causeway
   8/74

WITHDRAWALS
355         
Guy Arab   
Bolton 
7/74(F)
314/5/33/58 
Guy Arab   
Bolton 
8/74
DISPOSALS
355         
Guy Arab   
Bolton 
to WAGR 8/74
 
NOTES:
  1. Leyland Panthers (974)-(999)
    Hino RC520Ps (62)-(86)
  2. The model designation was actually PSUR1A/1R; the addition of "A" signifies Leyland rationalised gearbox
  3. Recorded in another source as 7202640
  4. A5113
  5. 7/74
  6. Official withdrawal date recorded as 01.08.1974
 
Rattler 32 - September 1974
 

Members may be interested to know some details of the ex London Transport bus that the WATM will shortly be operating through the lion park at Wanneroo. Its LT number was RTL547. It is a Leyland 7RT model, a chassis produced only for LT featuring a Leyland 9.8 litre engine, and a preselector gearbox. It carries a Weyman H30/26R body which was fitted when the bus was last overhauled in November 1965. It has Leyland chassis no 501732, and entered service originally in June 1950. Its external measurements are 26ft long, by 7ft 6in wide, by 14ft 3½in high. It is one of the 1631 RTL type vehicles which, with the RT and RTW types, numbered almost 7000 standard buses in London.

In its last operational days in London, RTL547 ran from the east London garage of Poplar. This garage operated the routes through the tunnels under the River Thames. As the tunnels were narrow, the buses were fitted with special tyres with reinforced walls to withstand the constant rubbing against the kerb in the tunnel. RTL547 still retains this feature.

The destination blinds now fitted are for LT route 11. This display is chosen for all LT buses abroad as it includes many of the London place names familiar to people overseas.

RTL547 was brought to Perth in 1967 for a vintage car museum. As the bus was damaged in transit, it was never displayed at the museum. Instead, it was donated to the WA Museum who passed it on to the WATM.

 
 
Rattler 32 - September 1974perthbus.info generally follows this system but with some additions & alterations
 
To conserve space, a concise seating code will henceforth be used when describing buses or trolley buses. This code is the standard one used by enthusiast groups in Australia and overseas. The code consists of:
(A)Letter(s) describing the type of vehicle, followed by:
(B)Number(s) to indicate the number of seats
(double deckers are given upper deck capacity/lower deck), followed by:
(C)Letter(s) to indicate the entrance position(s) and other features.
(A)   H = Highbridge double decker  F = Indicates full front on
    type of vehicle that would
    normally be half cab
  B = Single deck bus
  C = Single deck coach
  R = Raised deck style (deck and a half)
(B)Number of seats
(C)   F = Front entrance  V = Van compartment at rear of
    bus reducing seating
    capacity
  C = Centre entrance
  R = Rear entrance
  D = Dual (ie front & centre) entrance  T = Toilet equipped
Examples:  The WAGR Fodens could be quoted as FC33FV ie full front, coach, 33 seats with front entrance, with van compartment at rear.
The WATM ex London Transport RTL at the Lion Park would be H30/26R, ie highbridge double deck with 30 seats on the top deck and 26 on the lower; entrance position at rear.
 
NOTE:perthbus.info generally follows this system but with some additions & alterations
 
Rattler 32 - September 1974
  1. perthbus.info treats semi-trailer buses as two distinct vehicles, ie the prime mover and the bus trailer. There is photographic evidence of Scarborough Bus Service trailers & prime movers being swapped around. This was also observable amongst the Metro units.
  2. "Majestic"
  3. A slightly inaccurate recollection; it was called "Marathon"
  4. A potential reading of this statement is that the original White WA20 prime movers were re-engined from White petrol engines to Foden (ie Gardner diesel) engines, where in fact the prime movers were new builds on Gardner 6LW-powered Foden DG chassis.
  5. To date, no definitive information has been found to determine when 3 of the White prime movers were withdrawn except that only No 4 was taken over by the MTT on 29.04.1962. But also note that it was photographed when withdrawn at the MTT`s Redcliffe Depot "grave yard" attached to "Mammoth", not "Majestic".
  6. This is an inaccurate recollection of events. The original WAGR Foden DG prime mover (F18) replaced the WAGR`s White WA20 prime mover. It was the WAGR White which was involved in the fatal accident on Cardup Bridge near Byford whilst enroute to Bunbury on 01.04.1948. Initially written-off, this White was reportedly rebuilt as a tow-wagon for the Tramways Dept. The original WAGR Foden (F18) was sold to Scarborough Bus Service on 16.12.1950 where it was given fleet No (3).
  7. The last statement is ambiguous. How can a semi trailer bus be "basically a White" when neither Foden or White had anything to do with its manufacture? As far as can be ascertained, the underframe of "Majestic" was built by Saunders & Stuart with the body constructed by Scarborough`s subsidiary Motor Body Builders. Another illustration as to why perthbus.info treats prime movers as distinct from semi trailer buses; they are not permanently one unit and, again, there is clear evidence that different prime movers were coupled to different semi trailers from time to time. This must surely have been the case for Foden No 4 after "Majestic" was destroyed [see next note below].
  8. This fatal accident occurred at approx 1800hrs on 19.02.1952 on Scarborough Beach Rd Doubleview when Foden prime mover No 10 hauling semi trailer bus "Marathon" was hit by White prime mover No 4 hauling semi trailer bus "Majestic".
 

Correspondence in the July and August editions of Rattler spurred me to write what I can remember about Scarborough semis. As this is written from memory, it may be inaccurate in parts. Hopefully any errors may encourage others to write in with corrections. In this way, a more complete picture of the Fodens and Whites operated by Scarborough Bus Service may be built up and recorded for posterity.

The first Scarborough Bus Service semi came on to the road painted battleship grey, unnumbered, and fitted with longitudinal garden seats. It was used so much that months elapsed before it could be spared for finishing in Scarborough`s colours. It eventually appeared as No 19 and was named "Monarch".

By this time, No 18 was already on the road, having been named "Mammoth". This was followed by No 3 "Magnus" and No 4 which name I cannot recall.(B) All these four trailers were drawn by White powered tractors. Two more semis were added to the fleet. These were No 8 "Magnificent" and No 10 which I believe was named "Masterdon".(C) These two buses were Foden powered diesel engines. They proved so economical on fuel that two additional Foden engines were procured and were used to replace the White petrol motors in Nos 18 and 19.(D) Thus, now there were four Foden powered tractors for all day work and the two White petrols remaining were used during peak hours.(E)

When a WAGR Foden powered semi crashed into a creek on the Bunbury road, the tractor unit was bought by SBS.(F) Thus the fleet now had six trailers and seven tractors, the ex WAGR one being a spare for all the others. This may explain the correspondent in the July Rattler seeing No 4 being hauled by a Foden. Jim Bond, however, in the August Rattler is correct in stating that No 4 was basically a White.(G)

However, the extra tractor was not spare for long. One evening, two of the semis collided almost head-on causing severe damage.(H) One of the trailers was burnt out and two tractors were immobilised. From memory, one White and one Foden were involved. As a result of this, some swapping of tractors and trailers occurred. I believe No 4 trailer went to No 3 tractor, the complete unit being numbered 3 and named "Magnus". Thus the names were as follows, if I am correct. Can anybody confirm these please?

3}  Magnus (I don't know No 4`s original name)(B)    10  Masterdon(C)
4}      18  Mammoth
8Magnificent    19  Monarch
 
NOTES:
  1. perthbus.info treats semi-trailer buses as two distinct vehicles, ie the prime mover and the bus trailer. There is photographic evidence of Scarborough Bus Service trailers & prime movers being swapped around. This was also observable amongst the Metro units.
  2. "Majestic"
  3. A slightly inaccurate recollection; it was called "Marathon"
  4. A potential reading of this statement is that the original White WA20 prime movers were re-engined from White petrol engines to Foden (ie Gardner diesel) engines, where in fact the prime movers were new builds on Gardner 6LW-powered Foden DG chassis.
  5. To date, no definitive information has been found to determine when 3 of the White prime movers were withdrawn except that only No 4 was taken over by the MTT on 29.04.1962. But also note that it was photographed when withdrawn at the MTT`s Redcliffe Depot "grave yard" attached to "Mammoth", not "Majestic".
  6. This is an inaccurate recollection of events. The original WAGR Foden DG prime mover (F18) replaced the WAGR`s White WA20 prime mover. It was the WAGR White which was involved in the fatal accident on Cardup Bridge near Byford whilst enroute to Bunbury on 01.04.1948. Initially written-off, this White was reportedly rebuilt as a tow-wagon for the Tramways Dept. The original WAGR Foden (F18) was sold to Scarborough Bus Service on 16.12.1950 where it was given fleet No (3).
  7. The last statement is ambiguous. How can a semi trailer bus be "basically a White" when neither Foden or White had anything to do with its manufacture? As far as can be ascertained, the underframe of "Majestic" was built by Saunders & Stuart with the body constructed by Scarborough`s subsidiary Motor Body Builders. Another illustration as to why perthbus.info treats prime movers as distinct from semi trailer buses; they are not permanently one unit and, again, there is clear evidence that different prime movers were coupled to different semi trailers from time to time. This must surely have been the case for Foden No 4 after "Majestic" was destroyed [see next note below].
  8. This fatal accident occurred at approx 1800hrs on 19.02.1952 on Scarborough Beach Rd Doubleview when Foden prime mover No 10 hauling semi trailer bus "Marathon" was hit by White prime mover No 4 hauling semi trailer bus "Majestic".
 
Rattler 32 - September 1974
  1. TIM = Ticket Issue Machine, manufactured in Cirencester, Glos, UK.
  2. The MTT had also acquired Setright ticket machines; presumably they were replaced by TIMs prior to 04.08.1974
  3. Also referred to as travel within the inter-zone boundary.
 

On 4 August [1974] the MTT introduced a new, radical, simplified fare structure, based on a flat fare principle. Also from this date, bus and suburban railway tickets became interchangeable.

Within 30km of the Perth GPO, there is a flat fare of 30¢ for a journey of two sections or more. Passengers buying a 30¢ ticket can change at will between bus, train and ferry, provided the last change is made within two hours of the time shown on the ticket. Ticket machines used are TIM(A) on which the time is altered every 15 minutes.(B)

Travel beyond the first 30km zone adds an extra 15¢ for each new zone traversed. An exception to that rule is that travel from zone 2 to certain specified points within zone 1(C) a 30¢ fare still applies. Travel within any one zone for over two sections costs the 30¢ flat fare.

To travel for one section, in any zone, the fare is 15¢. This ticket is for the one journey only, and is not available for transfer.

Children`s fares are half the adult to the nearest lower 5¢. Pensioners continue to travel for free.

Periodical tickets cost $12 for four weeks unlimited travel within a zone, with special rates for inter zone travel.

In practice, most journeys are made within zone 1, so the fare system is greatly simplified over the old method.

 
NOTES:
  1. TIM = Ticket Issue Machine, manufactured in Cirencester, Glos, UK.
  2. The MTT had also acquired Setright ticket machines; presumably they were replaced by TIMs prior to 04.08.1974
  3. Also referred to as travel within the inter-zone boundary.
 
Rattler 33 - October 1974
 

In the Federal Budget announced in September, almost $3.75 million have been allocated to WA for urban transport. The money will be used to purchase 65 Mercedes-Benz buses which have been ordered.

New transfer terminals will be built similar to those at Morley and Karrinyup. The new terminals will be at Innaloo, Rockingham and Kwinana. A new bus depot will be built at Gosnells to cater for the additional traffic caused by the new expanding suburbs in that area.

Money has been allocated for the investigation of further facilities for giving priority to buses over other traffic, and for the first stage of the bus only lane on the Mitchell Freeway, or the "Mitchell Busway" as this project has become known.

On the non bus side of the MTT, money has been allocated for rebuilding Barrack Street jetty and the facilities for the ferry to South Perth.

 
 
Rattler 33 - October 1974
 
More work has been done on RTL547 in the way of maintenance to the gearbox and brakes. Also a "lion proof" door has been constructed to fit over the open rear platform. Before this bus can be operated through the lion park at Wanneroo, the gates to the park must be raised 60 centimetres.
 
 
Rattler 33 - October 1974
 

The Eastern Goldfields Transport Board is the name of the undertaking that operates bus services in the adjacent former gold mining towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder.

These towns are fascinating for their historic architecture. Many grandiose buildings, constructed during the gold rush, still stand. Boulder particularly gives the impression that one could be stepping into the past, hitching one`s Holden to the rails outside the hotels in the wide streets. Regrettably, some of the premises in Boulder are rather dirty and in a state of decay; but perhaps this in itself adds to the town`s atmosphere. Certainly the 1948 AEC Regal III buses operating there do not detract from the "olde worlde" image.

VEHICLES:
The EGTB bus fleet consists mainly of modern Albion Vikings and Clydesdales augmented by six AEC Regal III and a former Melbourne Tramways Leyland Tiger OPS4 from the MTT in Perth. The MTT buses were purchased in 1972 because of a shortage of vehicles caused mainly by increased school runs.

DEPOT:
Buses are operated from the former tram depot on the Kalgoorlie/Boulder boundary in Boulder Rd. The carbarn is shortly to be renovated, whilst a new administrative building will replace the elderly construction now being used.

LIVERY:
The livery uses light blue lower panels, with cream above the waist rail. The Board`s title, in full, appears in block capitals just below the window line.

ROUTES:
Several town services are operated; the main one being Boulder-Kalgoorlie-Lamington. As the ratio of car:population in this area is one of Australia`s highest at 1:3, not surprisingly patronage on regular bus services is declining, as it is in most cities. However, overall patronage is on the increase as more school journeys and mining contracts are operated. Each year a greater number of charter operations are performed. In fact, such is the demand for charter vehicles in the Kalgoorlie area that the EGTB is considering the purchase of a fully equipped coach with all luxury facilities.

The EGTB also runs an express service from Kalgoorlie to Kambalda, some 52kms to the south east. Kambalda contrasts severely with Boulder as it is a recently constructed mining town. Pleasantly laid out, the streets have good lighting, telegraph poles are concealed, and the thoughtful arrangement of houses and shops makes Kambalda a pleasing modern town. Usually Albions 5 and 7 alternate on the Kambalda duty, which leaves mid morning, arriving at Kalgoorlie during the afternoon. School and mining runs are also operated in Kambalda.

Runs from the Eastern Goldfields High School in Kalgoorlie spread as far as Kambalda and Coolgardie, the newer buses being used for these duties.

Recent vehicles owned by the EGTB and their disposals, and a complete current fleet list, will be given next month.

OTHER OPERATORS
GOLDRUSH COUNTRY TOURS

This company operates several day and half day tours to local tourist mines and to Kambalda using a Toyota minibus

MINING BUSES:
Running in the area are many privately owned buses operated for staff transport by the various mining companies. The standard livery seems to be yellow with a white roof, whilst vehicles are varying models of International with HowardPorter bodies. The Anaconda Nickel Mine uses the name Redross Road Runner on its vehicles, which are new rear-engined Internationals with reclining seats and jet air-conditioning. Other mines operate more utilitarian buses but all run high mileages covering perhaps 60km every eight hours for the change of shifts in the mines.

Vehicles noted will be listed next month.

GHOST TOWN SAFARI:
This company operates, not surprisingly, from Coolgardie, a town which is only a fraction of the size it was during the gold rush days. The coach used is a very unusual four-wheel-drive Jeep chassis, with a toilet-equipped FreighterWA body with reclining seats and air-conditioning.

IMPRESSION:
The Eastern Goldfields are a fascinating area, and are apart of Australia`s history. For the transport enthusiast, there is much to delight [in]. The days of the EGTB half-cab buses are numbered, so I would exhort the connoisseurs to visit the areas as soon as possible.

 
 
Rattler 33 - October 1974
  1. This spare chassis had an interesting history, ultimately being bodied to become State Transport Authority (Adelaide) No (240).
  2. There is no record found of it having come to Perth.
  3. The model designation was actually PSUR1A/1R; the addition of "A" signifies Leyland rationalised gearbox
  4. Official withdrawal date for Guy (334) is 04.07.1974
  5. Incorrect. Guy (358) became XGT719 with Rottnest Island Board on 30.09.1974
    Guy (346) was sold to Transfield on the same date, however no subsequent registration has been recorded.
 

The new drivers` uniforms of green and yellow are now being issued on a depot basis. Claremont was first, followed by Armadale and Rockingham. The other depots will be dealt with in turn.

From Sunday 29 September all bus stands along St Georges Terrace were numbered to assist passengers to locate their stops. Even numbered stands are for westbound buses, while odd numbers are for buses to the east. Each route, or group of routes, has its own stand number, repeated wherever that route stops in St Georges Terrace. Thus Fremantle buses via Stirling Highway use number 38 stand outside Government House, at Howard Street, and at the Technical College. Buses to Fremantle via Canning Highway always use stand 31 in the opposite direction. In addition to helping passengers, the numbered stands will assist drivers to identify where they should stop their bus.

The first of the 65 Mercedes-Benz O305 chassis on order arrived at Causeway Depot on 18 September. The chassis includes cross support members for the body, and also the front built up to just below the windscreen. The chassis numbered 30700121001640(A) [is] now believed to be in Kensington Street Workshops.

A complete Mercedes O305 from Auckland was in Sydney during September. It was rumoured to be coming to Perth, but has not yet appeared.(B)

Leyland Tiger Cubs commencing at have commenced their second cycle of complete overhaul at the workshops.

NEW DELIVERIES
985/6      
Leyland Panther PSUR1/1R(C)   
Howard Porter
B41D   
 9/74
68/70/1/3  
Hino    RC520P             
FreighterWA
  "    
 9/74
69         
  "        "               
      "      
  "    
10/74

Chassis numbers
985 
7202605   
    
986 
7202606   
    
    
          
    
    
          
68  
40116     
    
69  
40112     
    
70  
40121     
    
71  
40113     

Body numbers and dates
985 
74/9011  
 8/74
     
986 
74/9012
   8/74
     
    
       
      
67  
A5113    
 7/74
     
69  
A5116  
   8/74
     
71  
A5118  
22/8/74
68  
A5115    
 7/74
     
70  
A5117  
   8/74
     
   
     
     

TRANSFERS AND ALLOCATIONS
960/1
Causeway to Trigg  
985/6      
Causeway           
68/70/1/3  
Morley             
69         
Causeway           

OVERHAULS
7   
Redcliffe  
  9/74
     
289 
Trigg      
  9/74
     
534 
Causeway
  9/74
51  
Fremantle  
  9/74
     
502 
Morley      
  9/74
     

WITHDRAWALS
149           
AEC Regal III   
Campbell & Mannix 
9/74
313/34/46/8/56  
Guy Arab   
Bolton 
9/74(D)

DISPOSALS
333 
Guy Arab/Bolton 
to WAGR
334 
Guy Arab/Bolton 
to Police & Citizens Youth Club, Bunbury
Reregistered XGB278 9/74
346 
Guy Arab/Bolton 
to ? Reregistered XGT719 10/74(E)
 
NOTES:
  1. This spare chassis had an interesting history, ultimately being bodied to become State Transport Authority (Adelaide) No (240).
  2. There is no record found of it having come to Perth.
  3. The model designation was actually PSUR1A/1R; the addition of "A" signifies Leyland rationalised gearbox
  4. Official withdrawal date for Guy (334) is 04.07.1974
  5. Incorrect. Guy (358) became XGT719 with Rottnest Island Board on 30.09.1974
    Guy (346) was sold to Transfield on the same date, however no subsequent registration has been recorded.
 
Rattler 33 - October 1974
  1. Should read fleet no (13). This bus subsequently became 6AZ561 with Feature tours.
 
Cobb & Co, Brisbane
     12    
PLD827
    Commer/Denning
   Denning
Kirkland, Lismore NSW
MO5768
    Hino
   AtholHedges
Richter, Umnia NSW
 TV478
    Denning 8V71
   Denning
Australian Pacific, Melb
     33    
RYY899
    Mercedes
   Denning
Australian Pacific, Melb
     33(A)    
LMM013
    Mercedes
   Denning
Grenda, Dandenong VIC
    211    
KHN519
    Mercedes
   Mercedes
Latrobe Valley BL, VIC
     79    
LVB001
    Hino
   Freighter
Lewis Bros, Adelaide
     28    
RWM168
    Albion
   Denning
MTT Adelaide (Morphett)
     34    
RIS059
    Hino
   Freighter
 
NOTES:
  1. Should read fleet no (13). This bus subsequently became 6AZ561 with Feature tours.
 
Rattler 34 - November 1974
 

Discussions have been held between WATM and the Veteran Car Club about using a site at Forrestfield. The VCC has leased the land from the Kalamunda Shire and feels it would be mutually beneficial to have an operating museum run by both groups, thus having a wider public appeal.

The site is fenced and has toilet facilities, but will need a resident caretaker before any equipment can be safely left there. It is hoped that, in the long term, the WATM can run trams, trolley buses and buses on the site, perhaps through a mock village of the appropriate period.

Further negotiations are taking place between the two groups.

 
 
Rattler 34 - November 1974
 

In addition to the trams and miniature railway, RTL547 was operated for the first time by the WATM. It proved very popular and ran continuously from 1100 to 1730 hours, carrying approximately 1000 passengers during this period.

Thanks go to the many WATM members and friends who helped make this day a success.

 
 
Rattler 34 - November 1974The beginning of the evolution of the WA Transport Museum into today`s Perth Electric Tramway Society and Bus Preservation Society.
 
Would any member wishing to serve on the tramway sub committee, which will deal with all aspects of the tramway side of the WATM, please contact the secretary, Alan Mortimer.
 
NOTE:The beginning of the evolution of the WA Transport Museum into today`s Perth Electric Tramway Society and Bus Preservation Society.
 
Rattler 34 - November 1974
 
On Saturday 23 November, the day following the next WATM meeting, an expedition will be made to Wanneroo Lion Park to paint the tram body that the Society has there. All the painting equipment is already in the tram, so if you have some spare time please come along and help spruce up one of the WATM assets. There are barbecue facilities at the lion park which will be available for our use. The extravaganza will commence at 1000 hours. Helpers may even be treated to a ride in bus 81.
 
 
Rattler 34 - November 1974
 
Sunbeam trolley bus 884 has been towed from Wesfarmers at Bassendean to Ric Francis` house at Girrawheen. Ric would like to start work on restoring the trolley bus as soon as possible and would welcome any help. He particularly needs the assistance of an electrician as the vehicle needs rewiring.
 
 
Rattler 34 - November 1974The first MTT Mercedes-Benz O305s entered service from Redcliffe Depot on 15.07.1975
 

The Mercedes O305 chassis, mentioned last month, is now being used for familiarisation of mechanics. Several chassis have already arrived and the remained will follow at short intervals. Mr G A Shea has recently released more details of these buses:

Bodywork will be of integral construction made of high tensile steel. Mercedes expertise will be used in the initial stages of construction. The interior will set new standards of passenger comfort. There will be forced air ventilation for use in hot weather and the heater/demister can be directed to the passenger area if required in winter. Each bus will be fitted with large roof hatches. The now standard MTT 41 forward facing seat layout is incorporated, and floor or roof staunchions are to be fitted at every alternate seat. Apart from the standard Mercedes double curvature windscreens and front panelling, the body exterior will not vary much from that on the latest Panthers.

The engine fitted will be the latest Mercedes OM407 six cylinder 180bhp diesel with a low smoke rating. This means that the exhaust emission will be about a third of the level recommended for Australia. The buses will be equipped with a special silent pack which will have the effect of reducing the external noise level to about half that on present rear engined bused. An even greater reduction of noise will be noticeable inside.

The transmission incorporates a fully automatic three speed gearbox which has a "hold" on all three speeds and safety devices to stop wrong gear selection at excessive engine speeds. There will be a spring operated parking brake and a driver operated exhaust brake to supplement the foot brake.

These buses should come into service early in 1975.

 
NOTE:The first MTT Mercedes-Benz O305s entered service from Redcliffe Depot on 15.07.1975
 
Rattler 34 - November 1974
  1. Incorrect. The bus concerned was Tiger Cub (724)
  2. The model designation was actually PSUR1A/1R; the addition of "A" signifies Leyland rationalised gearbox
  3. Recorded in another source as 7202603
  4. Recorded in another source as being leased to the Dept of Mental Health on 20.07.1973 and returned & deregistered on 30.08.1974.
 

Work has now started on the construction of an exclusive busway from the Central Bus Station, across the City railway line, to Fitzgerald Street. This facility will save buses from the north western suburbs up to ten minutes running time at peak hours.

Leyland Tiger Cubs are having the lower of the side blind boxes removed and a larger window fitted in its place. 656 was the first bus noted so modified, now having only a number blind on the nearside.

Tiger Cub 726(A) and Panther 976 have been fitted experimentally with equipment for a two way radio system.

As recorded last month Hino 69 is allocated to Causeway. It is fitted with individual forced air ventilation and PA speakers, as will be the Mercedes.

After Friday 15 November, conductors will be taken off the East Victoria Park to Subiaco group of routes. This leaves only the Perth to Fremantle routes still two man operated.

Route changes
A new route, with one journey each way on Mondays to Fridays, runs from the Perth Central Bus Station to the State Government offices in Havelock Street near Kings Park Road. The morning journey is operated by a red City Clipper (931 or 970) with the "Free Travel" boards removed as a fare for one section is charged. The return trip in the evening is operated by any bus and shows route number 12.

NEW DELIVERIES
987/8/90  
UQB987/8/90  
Leyland Panther PSUR1/1R(B)  
Howard Porter  
B41D  
10/74
72/4/5  
UQB072/4/5  
Hino RC520P  
FreighterWA  
B41D  
10/74

Chassis numbers
987 
7202607
   
988 
7202608(C)
   
990 
7202610
   
   
   
72 
40115
   
73 
40117
   
74 
40118
   
75
40119

Body numbers and dates
987 
74/9013
     8/74
      
988 
74/9014
     8/74
      
990 
74/9016
     9/74
72  
A5119
  27/8/74
      
74  
A5121
  30/8/74
      
75  
A5122
  31/8/74
73  
A5120
  30/8/74
      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Allocations
72/4/5 to Morley                    987/8/90 to Causeway

OVERHAULS 10/74
6 Redcliffe        33 Causeway        533 Causeway

WITHDRAWALS 10/74
312/41/53    Guy Arab   Bolton
341 has been used at Claremont Mental Asylum since 2/74.(D)
 
NOTES:
  1. Incorrect. The bus concerned was Tiger Cub (724)
  2. The model designation was actually PSUR1A/1R; the addition of "A" signifies Leyland rationalised gearbox
  3. Recorded in another source as 7202603
  4. Recorded in another source as being leased to the Dept of Mental Health on 20.07.1973 and returned & deregistered on 30.08.1974.
 
Rattler 35 - December 1974
 

A recently published report of a study into the possibility of an underground electric railway in Perth has recommended that the suburban railway system be abolished and converted into busways.

The study compared various different possible systems:

  • to electrify the existing railway network;
  • to electrify the railway and to sink it one metre;
  • to convert the railway to surface busways;
  • to convert the railway to busways and sink it one metre.

On a cost-benefit basis, the conversion to busways sunk one metre, or more, came out as the most preferable. It was said that if the busways were sunk, buildings could be constructed over them and the city block expanded north beyond the existing railway.

It was estimated that 200 additional buses would be required to run the former rail services. The major advantages of busways were cheaper capital and operating costs, maximum time saving for passengers, by the maximum diversion of buses from congested streets, and the flexibility of service.

It remains to be seen, of course, whether the report is acted upon. If it were, it would make Perth`s transport system one of the most revolutionary in the world as no other city has gone as far as replacing a suburban railway system with buses using the same routes. It would also increase the MTT bus fleet to over the 1000 mark. Time will tell.

 
 
Rattler 35 - December 1974As 8 December was a Sunday, presumably the issue of The West Australian concerned was Saturday 7 December 1974.
 

On 8 December, the Fremantle section of The West Australian newspaper published a full page article about former Fremantle tram 29, which the WATM now has. It was 22 years previously that the tramway system in Fremantle closed. The article was repeated in the southern section of the same newspaper on Wednesday 11 December.

Tram 29, currently at Castledare, has been completely repainted by Ron Kelly, and it is now in the process of being re-equipped. As a result of the newspaper publicity, several tram seats have been donated to the WATM.

Trolley bus 84, which was recently moved to Ric Francis` house, has had one undercoat applied to it. One more will be applied before it is repainted into Perth Tramways colours.

Berger Paints have donated 14 gallons of paint to the Society. The paint was specially mixed to reproduce exactly the former Perth Tramways livery. Berger are also making up an 8ft by 2ft advertisement sign of the appropriate period which will be fixed to trolley bus 84.

Mr J A Davis, the Assistant Manager of Forwood Down, of Welshpool, has donated to the WATM ten crane controllers, which can be adapted for use in trams. The Society is very grateful for this donation, and for the donation of paint by Berger Paints.

The Tramway Committee has acquired some power generators and hopes to have a power test on a tram within three months. This means that the tram would then be able to run.

Tram Note
Number 28, the last tram to be sold from the Fremantle system on 05.03.1953 has been reported as being in use as a home in the Bedfordale-Jarrahdale area.

Tram Details
Starting next month, we will gradually publish all details of the trams, trolley buses, and buses owned by the WATM.

 
NOTE:As 8 December was a Sunday, presumably the issue of The West Australian concerned was Saturday 7 December 1974.
 
Rattler 35 - December 1974At this time, the preserved buses at the Wanneroo Lion Park owned by the WA Transport Museum included:
  • Leyland Tiger OPS4 / Bolton Metro (81)
  • Daimler Freeline / MBB MTT (455) ex-Riverton (4)
  • Daimler Freeline / MBB MTT (462) ex-Scarborough (38)
  • Leyland Titan 7RT / Weymann RTL547 ex-London Transport.
Both Daimler Freelines were minus engines & gearboxes.
 
The response to the request for help to paint the WATM tram body was disappointing, but, nevertheless, a coat of metal primer paint was applied to it. It has been suggested that regular gatherings are held at Wanneroo to do any work necessary, not only to the tram body, but also to any of the five buses the WATM has garaged there. The Sunday following each meeting was suggested which makes Sunday 26 January the next time. Please try to attend as there is much work to be done. About midday would be a good time to arrive. You are assured of other WATM members being there as bus 81 or the RTL will be running through the park.
 
NOTE:At this time, the preserved buses at the Wanneroo Lion Park owned by the WA Transport Museum included:
  • Leyland Tiger OPS4 / Bolton Metro (81)
  • Daimler Freeline / MBB MTT (455) ex-Riverton (4)
  • Daimler Freeline / MBB MTT (462) ex-Scarborough (38)
  • Leyland Titan 7RT / Weymann RTL547 ex-London Transport.
Both Daimler Freelines were minus engines & gearboxes.
 
Rattler 35 - December 1974
  1. Buses at the original Booragoon Transfer Terminal circa 1975:

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  2. The model designation was actually PSUR1A/1R; the addition of "A" signifies Leyland rationalised gearbox
  3. Recorded in another source as being leased to the Dept of Mental Health on 20.07.1973 and returned & deregistered on 30.08.1974.
 

There was a reorganisation of services in the Brentwood-Bull Creek area when Booragoon Shopping Centre started being used as a transfer terminal. From Sunday 8 December several routes were withdrawn and altered, and new routes introduced. Details are outlined below.

Mr G A Shea announced that fareboxes will be introduced on MTT buses. Prior to their introduction, publicity will be given encouraging passengers to tender the correct fare. The money will be placed by the passenger into a slot in the top of the farebox for the driver to check. He will then issue the ticket, as now, and allow the money to drop into the farebox. Each bus will, in effect, carry the money in a safe, which will be emptied at night when the bus returns to the depot. Drivers will not handle money at all. The fareboxes are built in Perth by the MTT in conjunction with a manufacturing company.

The two AEC Reliances at Morley, 498/9, have been withdrawn from service, thus ending another type of vehicle for the MTT.

The MTT have recently placed advertisements on commercial radio to help publicise the fare scheme now in use.

Route alterations in connection with Booragoon Transfer Terminal
105Rerouted via Booragoon Garden City. Still runs Perth to Fremantle.
108Rerouted slightly. Still operates Bateman to Booragoon, but as feeder to transfer terminal.
110Rerouted from Bateman to run to Bull Creek. Now operates Perth to Bull Creek.
151Perth to Fremantle as before but with Ardross deviation withdrawn.
160New route Perth to Booragoon to supplement 105 at peak hours.
167New route Bull Creek to Booragoon. Feeder service to transfer terminal.
168New route Bull Creek to Booragoon via Bateman. Feeder service combining amended 108 and new 167.
109, 155 and 195 routes all withdrawn.

NEW DELIVERIES
989/91-4    UQB989/91-4    Leyland Panther PSUR1/1R(B)    Howard Porter    B41D    11/74
76-9        UQB76-9        Hino RC520P                 FreighterWA      B41D    11/74

Chassis numbers
989  7202609     991  7202611     992  7203111     993  7203112     994  7203113
76   40124       77   40120       78   40125

Body numbers and dates
989  74/9015     8/74     992  74/9018     9/74     994  74/9020    10/74
991  74/9016     9/74     993  74/9019     9/74
76   A5123    1/10/74     77   A5124    1/10/74     78   A5125    1/10/74

ALLOCATIONS & TRANSFERS
989/91-4  to Causeway.     77-9  to Morley.     520/1/46  Causeway to Fremantle

OVERHAULS 11/74
8   Redcliffe         404  Causeway          655  Causeway
19  Causeway          535  Causeway          658  Causeway
399 Causeway          543  Claremont

WITHDRAWALS 11/74
271              Leyland OPS4/1      Comeng
316/25/37/47     Guy Arab            Bolton
498/9            AEC Reliance        Bolton

DISPOSALS
271  Being converted to towing lorry
325  WATM
333  WAGR G120 UQQ633
348  Divine Light Mission XGW3059
353  Dept of Mental Health(C)
498  Lance Holt School XHD103
 
NOTES:
  1. Buses at the original Booragoon Transfer Terminal circa 1975:

    image.php?image=49h6frjh1bggc_1 width=600>

  2. The model designation was actually PSUR1A/1R; the addition of "A" signifies Leyland rationalised gearbox
  3. Recorded in another source as being leased to the Dept of Mental Health on 20.07.1973 and returned & deregistered on 30.08.1974.
 
Rattler 35 - December 1974
 

Friday 29 November was the first time one of the latest 12 metre MC7 coaches was observed in Perth. Coach 802 in fact made several journeys on the Adelaide to Perth express service, which is normally operated by the earlier GM PD4106 vehicles.

The MC7 coaches numbered 801-10 were placed into service between 10/72 and 5/73. Built by Motor Coach Industries in Winnipeg, these vehicles have a three axle configuration and are powered by a rear mounted GM 8v71 motor. Externally very impressive, the MC7 is excellently equipped for express operation with 44 reclining seats, air conditioning, toilet, and many other features.

It is quite a sight seeing one of these huge coaches maneuvering into the narrow entrance of the Ansett terminal in St Georges Tce.

 
 
Rattler 35 - December 1974A demonstrator Leyland B21 was bodied by PMCSA and was even demonstrated to Perth`s MTT, however no deliveries were ever made to NSW`s PTC. Subsequently the MTT took delivery of 2 batches of 10 Leyland B21, the first batch bodied by Hiquip with the second batch bodied by J W Bolton plus a spare chassis.
 
The bus division of the PTC has just placed an order for 600 Leyland B21 single deck route buses. Similar in layout to the Leyland Panther with a rear mounted horizontal engine, this previously unannounced model is believed to be a Leyland National without the body. The PTC B21s will have bodies by Pressed Metal Corporation, part of the Leyland group and builders of 432 single deck and 200 double deck bus bodies for that operator in recent years.
 
NOTE:A demonstrator Leyland B21 was bodied by PMCSA and was even demonstrated to Perth`s MTT, however no deliveries were ever made to NSW`s PTC. Subsequently the MTT took delivery of 2 batches of 10 Leyland B21, the first batch bodied by Hiquip with the second batch bodied by J W Bolton plus a spare chassis.
 
Rattler 35 - December 1974This bus subsequently became TC2099 with South West Coach Lines.
 
Ian Cooper reports that the first of an order for 70 Leyland Nationals for DCT was registered on 27.11.1974. ZIB256 is a 10951/2R model which was imported completely built up. The order consists partially of cbu units whilst the balance will be supplied ckd and assembled by PMC in Sydney.
 
NOTE:This bus subsequently became TC2099 with South West Coach Lines.
 
 
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