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Leopard 1607 found in Harden

Postby fearnes3848 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:09 am

A few years ago, I spotted a MK II Leopard sitting in a paddock in Harden and as I was passing through yesterday I decided to stop and get a few photos.

At the moment I have a couple of hundred photos of Fearnes buses dating back to the 1920's that I am putting into an album and I was also interested to find two photos which I also believe is 1607 parked beside the wash bay at the Fearnes depot in Wagga, I actually remember it being parked there when I was a kid :lol:.

On the Leyland Leopard/Smithfield Mark 2 disposal lists it shows that 1607 was owned by Fearnes at used at the Wagga depot for parts, it was later sold to an owner in Harden as a shed and it is currently just sitting in a paddock in Harden where it has been located for some time now.

It appeared to be reasonably complete, judging by that interior photo taken at Fearnes, it looks like the engine had been removed. From the road it looked like it had a stack of parts sitting behind the drivers seat.

Does anyone have a photo of 1607 in service?

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Re: Leopard 1607 found in Harden

Postby Bidgee » Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:41 pm

Poor old Leopard! Bit late to restore it now no doubt but I bet some snakes have made it home though. ;)
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Re: Leopard 1607 found in Harden

Postby red baron » Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:51 pm

What depot did 1607 worked out of?
it's a load of hog wog wash
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Re: Leopard 1607 found in Harden

Postby AEC Decker » Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:48 pm

red baron wrote:What depot did 1607 worked out of?

Going by the desto showing on the No3 box, it finished at a Northern Depot, probably Brookvale or Mona Vale.
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Re: Leopard 1607 found in Harden

Postby Bedford-29 » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:13 pm

According to fleet-list that 1607 was obtain by Fearnes but unused the went to L & S Cameron Harden for possible restoration then to a unknown owner Harden to be used as a shed.But nothing else about when it was withdrawn from government service.
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Re: Leopard 1607 found in Harden

Postby TOXANA » Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:42 pm

I did my leopard test in 1607 out of Brookvale depot in 1987.
My driving instructor picked this one out purposely because of its superior mechanical condition.
I also remember seeing this bus beside a house as I drove through Harden many times about 5 years ago and then the house was demolished and the bus removed.
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Re: Leopard 1607 found in Harden

Postby andrew28121990 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:37 pm

Such a shame would look nice restored back to livery. Not to point why did they have a split driver window
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Re: Leopard 1607 found in Harden

Postby leopard1543 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:16 pm

TOXANA wrote:I did my leopard test in 1607 out of Brookvale depot in 1987.
My driving instructor picked this one out purposely because of its superior mechanical condition.
I also remember seeing this bus beside a house as I drove through Harden many times about 5 years ago and then the house was demolished and the bus removed.


I did my very first driving instruction on Burwood Leopard 1609 back in 1984 and it was a bomb :!: :lol:
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Re: Leopard 1607 found in Harden

Postby fearnes3848 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:43 pm

andrew28121990 wrote:Such a shame would look nice restored back to livery. Not to point why did they have a split driver window


Back in the days of the DGT and PTC, the unions had quite an influence in regards to the design of government buses.

The MK I (Green Leopards) where built by PMC with split screens on both sides with a window between the OS windscreen and the drivers window for greater visibility and to eleminate the blindspot, the split screen was designed to eliminate the glare of the sun.

When the MK II (Blue Leopards) were built by PMC, a flat screen was used on the NS to create the space needed to increase the width of the front door, however, the flat screen was not used on the OS, as the unions wanted the split screen to be used on the OS to stop the glare of the sun for the drivers and the corner window was also kept between the drivers window for greater visibility, the same windscreen design was utilised in the Atlanteans and the design was not altered in the Smithfield MK II Leopards.

Yes AEC Decker is correct, 1607 was a Brookvale bus, according to my UTA fleetlist book.
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Re: Leopard 1607 found in Harden

Postby Atlantean 1016 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:12 pm

Good explanation there fearnes3848, talking about blue Leopards and Atlanteans, i'll make a Leyland man out of you yet! :lol:
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Re: Leopard 1607 found in Harden

Postby Rclasstramcar » Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:11 pm

Pardon me for digging up an old thread, but is 1607 still there?

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Re: Leopard 1607 found in Harden

Postby burrumbus » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:59 pm

Yes it is Ben.Saw it today.Very ordinary condition though.
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Re: Leopard 1607 found in Harden

Postby tonyp » Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:38 am

burrumbus wrote:Yes it is Ben.Saw it today.Very ordinary condition though.
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Bidgee wrote:Poor old Leopard! Bit late to restore it now no doubt but I bet some snakes have made it home though. ;)

One of the mental byproducts of living in the country for a while is when you approach something the like this, your first instinct is :shock: :shock: SNAKES!! :shock: :shock:

I'm sure old brownie's living under there somewhere. Lots of foot-stamping on approach. 8)
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Re: Leopard 1607 found in Harden

Postby burrumbus » Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:43 pm

Not wrong about that Tony.The area that Leopard is in has long grass.
The old Joe Blakes are out now with the warmer days.On Monday I saw 4 on my school runs.3 dead.1 alive.
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Re: Leopard 1607 found in Harden

Postby Rclasstramcar » Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:08 pm

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burrumbus wrote:Yes it is Ben.Saw it today.Very ordinary condition though.
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Thanks for that.

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