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[NSW] Once upon a time ..... Servicing the airport Part 1

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[NSW] Once upon a time ..... Servicing the airport Part 1

Postby Centralian » Sat Dec 15, 2007 2:07 pm

Here's a multi part tribute to the link between buses and Kingsford Smith Airport. Not only have some of these operators and liveries disappeared, but also the 2 airlines shown are no more. Hope these bring back some memories. Enjoy!


TAA operated its own buses between its City terminal in Elizabeth St and Kingsford Smith Airport domestic terminal as well as a connection to the International terminal.


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One of their earlier vehicles was this MBA bodied White (Photo from the Ron Drummond collection).



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UW616 and UK997 were Waddington bodied Whites. (photo from the Ron Drummond collection)

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A line up of CCMC bodied vehicles from the '60's TAA bus fleet (photo from the Ron Drummond collection)



http://www.busaustralia.com/gallery/dis ... pos=-18686
Typical of TAA in the '70's was NSW registered ESI 993 a Ford R192 with Freighter body of 1972. Seating was provided for 32 passengers and the vehicles had a rear luggage compartment.



http://www.busaustralia.com/gallery/dis ... pos=-18824
Another vehicle that operated in Sydney for TAA was this South Australian registered Ford RXM 289.
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airport buses

Postby venturatiger » Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:11 pm

Amazing , keep them coming

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Re: airport buses

Postby AEC Decker » Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:54 pm

venturatiger wrote:Amazing , keep them coming

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Ditto for this as well as parts 2, 3 & 4. :D
Any of the Fords preserved ?
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Postby Member 573 » Sun Dec 16, 2007 7:54 am

ESI 993 is exactly identical to the bus being used by Marist Sisters Woolwich, right down to the twin headlamps-I must post a pic of it. I recall one of these being used by Rydalmere Hospital in 1974-76, probably the same one now at Woolwich.
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Postby Swift » Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:02 am

I remember Cumberland later Metro West operated a CC Ford.I have spotted a few other buses on this chassis over the years.

Definately worth displaying an example or two at a museum.
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Postby Centralian » Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:37 am

Swift obsessor wrote:I remember Cumberland later Metro West operated a CC Ford.I have spotted a few other buses on this chassis over the years.



There were actually quite a few Fords operated by private operators in Sydney. The popular chassis was the Ford R226. North Epping and Nicholson are 2 that come to mind that had a few each while single examples slipped into fleets such as Bass Hill, Blytheway, Cleary Bros, Seven Hills, Bales/Bosnjak at Penrith and more.
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Postby system improver » Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:41 pm

The first MBA bodied White type also found its way to Victoria, as can be seen on the Picture Australia website. At least two were onsold to private operators in Victoria, one to Grenda's and another to Ivanhoe BC. Photos exist of both, the latter in the 2005 ABP Special and the former in a publication by the Grenda Corporation (rear only).

The Waddington bodied Whites look a mighty machine. Did they soldier on after TAA?
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Postby Red and Cream » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:26 pm

One of the TAA Waddington Whites was purchased by Royle Bros. in Sydney who registered it as m/o 765 and it had a fairly long life with them.
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Re: [NSW] Once upon a time ..... Servicing the airport Part

Postby Fleet Lists » Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:21 pm

Living in the Shire.
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Re: [NSW] Once upon a time ..... Servicing the airport Part

Postby Denv12 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:10 pm

I have some scans of ex TAA buses.I dont have any showing them in serice.
1)Leyland tiger cub/MBS.Ex Melbourne TAA.
2)Super White.ex TAA Perth.It was sold to Gawler Coaches,SA.It retained this livery but they added their own name.
3)White ex TAA.Not sure where it was based.
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Re: [NSW] Once upon a time ..... Servicing the airport Part

Postby Denv12 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:21 pm

In centralian's 3rd photo were the ccmc built buses. We towed one back to Adelaide from Sydney with a TAA bus ex Melbourne.My 1st photo posted in this topic.That bus had been mechanically repaired and then repainted in an almost identical livery to the freighter lawton/Leyland below. The ccmc bus was sold to a bus company in the riverland districts,possibly in Renmark.I think the name might be Quervial's.That was around 1971.There was a blurred photo of 2 ex Melbourne TAA MBS Leylands with a ccmc between them.We only had the one ccmc ex TAA bus.There were never any other photos of it.We lost a few of those kodak instamatic cameras with film in them over the years.
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