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Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2007 7:00 pm
by Centralian
The Bus Company, trading as Across Australia Coachlines, imported a substantial number of DAF powered Bova Futura coaches for their interstate express operations. The first was in 1986 and was registered UTR 520. I captured the vehicle when it made one of it's first service
runs into Sydney.
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Seen in the more familiar later Bus Australia titles is another Bova Futura, fleet no 81 WV36AD, seen here in the main street of Katoomba.

PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2007 7:04 pm
by torrens117
I travelled in one of those with Bus Australia from Adelaide to Sydney in the mid 1990s. 24 hours via Broken Hill.

Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:46 pm
by Denv12
I had been working for Across Australia Coachlines at the time after Max Winkless purchased these 3 companies in 1985:
1)Parlorcars,Perth.
2)Across Australia Coachlines,then based in Perth.
3)Quest Tours,Adelaide.

I have a few photos I took at the time.These are mainly 1985-1986.

I hope that there are others who can add their photos to this post.It would be of interest if anyone has any photos from the days when the former owner Ross Love owned AAC.He owned a PMC Adelaide bodied Volvo B10M 12.2 metre coach,An Austral Metroliner bodied single axle volvo B10M that ended up in the fleet when Max Winkless bought the fleet.It did become one of Banksia Tour's then sold to Flynn's Buslines vehicles.The other coach was a Howard Porter bodied Volvo B10M too.There was an article in "Truck & Bus" somewhere around 1984 or 85.Ross had ordered 2 x Ansair Mercedes 3 axle coaches and the story goes that there were supposed to be 6 Volgren Twin Decks ordered at the time but Max Winkless cancelled 4 and took the 2 that were ready for delivery.Both were based in Perth and transferred to Adelaide in May 1986 when they were replaced by New Bova's.

There were several Adelaide based coaches:
3 x 11.3m Domino Tourmasters.Retained their red and white "Quest Tours" Livery.These were used for tours.
(fleet No's:#21,#22,#23.)
2 x 12.2m Domino Tourmasters.These were painted in the new AAC livery.Used on express.(fleet No's:#24 and #25.)
1 x Bova Futura.This was put into service in December 1985.(#60).Used on express but was used on tours in 1986 onwards when more Bova's were added to the Adelaide fleet.Further Bova's were put in service at least from possibly after April 1986.Some were delivered to Perth for both AAC and Parlorcars.
The Perth based coaches,2 x Volgren Twin Decks and Ansair Mercedes coaches were brought to Adelaide.
1 of the Mercedes had been stranded on the Nullabor with a damaged engine.Thats 1986.This was towed to Adelaide and repaired.The Volgren Twin Decks were used in service on express and tours based at Adelaide.(No's:#54 and #55.)
1 x Denning 11.3m.This was a "Quest Tours" charter coach that was repainted in AAC livery.It was used on express when needed.(#18).
Parlorcars Dennings still in their Parlorcars livery saw service while based in Adelaide at times.
The Howard Porter bodied Volvo was in Adelaide before being returned to Perth in Feb.1986.It did end in Adelaide later up for sale on Main North Road Near Diaganol Road Pooraka, near where Kanga Bus Lines are.

Their Adelaide depot was in Provident Avenue Glynde which is the original Lewis Bros and Quest Tours depot.Their coach terminus in Adelaide was a converted petrol station in Morphett Street alongside the Morphett Street Bridge.
The Perth depot was off Great Eastern Highway,Belmont.I cant remember the street.What Perth street was their office/terminus?
In Melbourne the terminus was Whights Tourist Bureau in Flinders Stree nearer Elizabeth Street.
In Sydney the office and Terminus was in Parramatta.

You are welcome to add photos,information,memorabillia,etc here.
Here's the link to the Bus Australia topic:
viewtopic.php?f=48&t=71702

Re: Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:49 pm
by Denv12
More Across Australia Coachlines.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:40 am
by Denv12
Another photo to add to my collection of Across Australia photos.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:23 pm
by Denv12
Another photos of a Comair bodied Bedford.This vehicle was sold by BusCoach Pty Ltd in 1985.It wasnt in the fleet when I worked there doing charter/tours mid 1985.Most other buses in the fleet and their school runs were sold off at the end of the school year in December 1985.The depot was very busy with buses up for sale and the 1st Bova being prepared for registration and put into service.

Re: The first imported Bova Futura

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 5:09 pm
by Denv12
[quote="Centralian"]The Bus Company, trading as Across Australia Coachlines, imported a substantial number of DAF powered Bova Futura coaches for their interstae express operations. The first was in 1986 and was registered UTR 520. I captured the vehicle when it made one of it's first service
runs into Sydney.


This was the first Bova,#60.It had the downstairs toilet and bunk.The courier seat at the front.It did its first service to Perth from Adelaide on a Monday night in December at the start of school/xmas holidays.I was driving it to Perth every Monday night for about 4 weeks straight and I did the return service on Thursday nights.We had 36 hours off.Once it got back to Adelaide it 1 driver would stay on,the other got off and a new driver got on.The coach continued on to Melbourne leaving at 8am and arrived in Melbourne at 6.30pm and departed at 7pm for Sydney arriving at 6.30am the next morning.We would head back to Melbourne at 6pm,arrive in Melbourne 6.30am and leave melbourne for Adelaide at 8am.

Re: The first imported Bova Futura

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 5:11 pm
by Denv12
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Here are some of my photos of this coach in 1985/86.

Re: Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 6:00 pm
by Denv12
[quote="Centralian"]The Bus Company, trading as Across Australia Coachlines, imported a substantial number of DAF powered Bova Futura coaches for their interstate express operations. The first was in 1986 and was registered UTR 520. I captured the vehicle when it made one of it's first service
runs into Sydney.

I think #60 might have been the only one with the door at the rear and downstairs toilet and bunk.This could be #60 in its Bus Australia livery and re-registered.Can anyone verify that?

Re: Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 6:08 pm
by Denv12
[quote="Centralian"]The Bus Company, trading as Across Australia Coachlines, imported a substantial number of DAF powered Bova Futura coaches for their interstate express operations. The first was in 1986 and was registered UTR 520. I captured the vehicle when it made one of it's first service
runs into Sydney.


The photo looks like it as take out the front of the Hampton Court Motel.We stayed there during the day after going out to BP Drummoyne for washing the coach,refuelling,etc.When we did the triangle we were only there for an hour before leaving during the week.If we ended up in Sydney on a Saturday we stayed overnight and continued on with the next service.

Re: Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 6:13 pm
by Landseer
The parlorcar centre engine denning was the Perth Exmouth
express in the mid eighties

Re: Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 10:37 pm
by Doc68
How many times can the one person quote & repost & quote the same pictures in ONE THREAD :shock: :shock: :evil:

Re: Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 6:11 am
by Denv12
Landseer wrote:The parlorcar centre engine denning was the Perth Exmouth
express in the mid eighties


The coach shows the rear panel work of a rear engined coach plus the mid mount panel work.
The air conditioner must have fitted underneath too.

Re: Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 9:14 am
by Denv12
I'd like to make a suggestion here,for this post can we do one only Bova post covering all Bova related photos,etc and keep the Across Australia/Parlorcars/Quest Tours topic separate? Would that be a better solution? Who is the moderator(s) who can do that?

Re: Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:45 am
by Denv12
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These were my senior coach captain epaulettes.Dating back to 1986.

Re: Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:40 am
by Denv12
Somewhere in the history of Across Australia Coachlines was Ross Love. Was he the owner prior to Max Winkless buying the company?
Was Ross connected to guys who started up "Flight Centre"? I remember there were 3 Volvo coaches:1 x PMC-Adelaide 3 axle Apollo(possibly without a restroom), 1 x Domino Metroliner single axle (was sold to St.Agnes then ex Flynn's Buslines then damaged in an accident), and 1 x Howard Porter Volvo single axle as shown in the AAC bus timetable in this posting. Max had a friend Ross,in Sydney, who was his rally partner.What was his last name? What made Max get involved in the coach industry?

Re: Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:53 pm
by Centralian
" The photo looks like it as take out the front of the Hampton Court Motel.We stayed there during the day after going out to BP Drummoyne for washing the coach,refuelling,etc.When we did the triangle we were only there for an hour before leaving during the week.If we ended up in Sydney on a Saturday we stayed overnight and continued on with the next service."

I took the photo in the Kings Cross / Potts Point area . Can't recall exact location.

Re: Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:58 pm
by Denv12
Centralian wrote:" The photo looks like it as take out the front of the Hampton Court Motel.We stayed there during the day after going out to BP Drummoyne for washing the coach,refuelling,etc.When we did the triangle we were only there for an hour before leaving during the week.If we ended up in Sydney on a Saturday we stayed overnight and continued on with the next service."

I took the photo in the Kings Cross / Potts Point area . Can't recall exact location.

Thats Bayswater Road,Kings Cross. All Across Australia Coachlines drivers stayed there.

Re: Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:30 am
by Denv12
Going back in history to when the company was first founded.I heard that the people who started "Flight Centre" started the original Across Australia Coachlines.That was around 1980.Way before Max Winkless era.I'm not sure if the original company was based in Perth or not.They did run Volvo coaches. After its founder(s),was the next owner Ross Love? Was the business then based in Perth? Where was their depot and terminus? From there then Max Winkless becomes the owner of both AAC and also Parlorcars in Perth. The Howard Porter Volvo goes back to the start as per the photo on their timetable.It was repainted red,white and blue.I drove it once on AAC exppress in Feb 1986. I remember the Domino Metroliner as it was used for charter painted in the red,white and blue livery as well.(it was sold off with other Quest Tours buses. In 1982 (or 1983) when I was Perth bound I did see the PMC Volvo 3 axle coach on the Nullabor in its white with brown striped livery.It must have been repainted at some point from its Adelaide "Dial a Bus" livery.

Whats the history of Perth Parlorcars? Who founded the original company? And,when? What vehicles did they use? Was their depot always in Belmont just off the Great Eastern Hwy? And where was their terminus? Was it in the city?
If you can help out with further information,that would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:06 pm
by system improver
Denv12 wrote:Whats the history of Perth Parlorcars? Who founded the original company? And,when? ...


Started 24/10/64 as Parlorcars Interstate Tours (WA) as a joint venture between A P (Percy) Withers and Jack Norman, who was managing partner in Perth. When Percy liquidated the company and sold the assets in 1967, Jack Norman bought his share - which was just as well. Parlorcars in Perth was the only part of a once Australia wide network that continued beyond 1971 (eventually de-registered in 2006). The rest became Panther Tours with an even bigger liquidation and bankruptcy and eventually folded a couple of years later. Percy Withers started Parlor Cars in the early 30s. At the time, the Withers family was also running Pioneer with Percy as manager. I am currently writing the history of Parlorcars which will feature in the Xmas Special of Australian Bus Panorama. It is the magazine of the Bus and Coach Society of Victoria and is published 7 times per year and is included (posted) in the membership fee of $55 or $40 (students under 25 and concession card holders).

http://bcsv.org.au/membership/

As to the other parts of the question, I'll leave it to someone from WA to answer those.

Re: Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:46 pm
by Denv12
Thanks system improver for your reply.
Thats an incredible history of the company. We knew people in Adelaide who serviced their vehicles during the 1960s on Port Road Woodville I think. I drove some of Parlorcars coaches when I did express and tours in 1985-86 during the Max Winkless era.
Good luck with your feature article.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:47 pm
by Denv12
Its interesting to see the Across Australia Coachlines from 1985 onwards livery compared to the Bus Australia livery.Dont know why they changed it,there's very little difference.

Re: Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:54 pm
by Denv12
There is some history of AAC on this post:

viewtopic.php?f=48&t=48069&p=1015182#p1015182

Re: Across Australia Coachlines/Parlorcars/Quest.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:52 pm
by Denv12
I just started a facebook group catering for Across Australia Coachlines,Quest Tours,Parlorcars,Dial a bus/Coachlines of Australia(SA),Bus Australia,etc.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1511749922206353/