Fraser Island tour Atlantean + Bedford

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Fraser Island tour Atlantean + Bedford

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I rode these 2 buses on a day trip tour to Fraser Island in October or November 1988. Can anyone here please tell me the fate or current status and former UK registration of the Atlantean 039OVS?
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Re: Fraser Island tour Atlantean + Bedford

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The Atlantean is a 1968 model ex Plymouth with a Park Royal body that is all I could find out.
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They look like BT's city express colours!
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The Bedford would be no longer. Most of these old style Fraser Island buses, were scrapped after use. They just rust away in a few years working on Fraser! Sid Melksham replaced these old Island buses with ex Pioneer Trailways and ex AAT Kings, MAN 4WD coaches. 2 Leyland Altanteans were sold for campers (including the one in photo), one when as a sign out Ipswich way and the other was scrapped. 3 Volgren Deckers replaced the Altanteans... 2 ex Kirklands and one ex Greyhound. Sid Melksham sold his business to the Kingfisher Bay Resort Group in 2002.
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This is one of the ex Kirklands Volgren Deckers used to transfer customers from hotels / motels to Fraser Island Ferry Terminal, in the mid 90's to around 2009. 3 of these Volgrens and 3 Mercedes Benz 0303's, replaced the 4 Leyland Altanteans and an Athol Hedges Bedford.
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I recall Rex Law (Redline Coaches) during his later incarnation as proprietor of Rex Law Bus Sales at Acacia Ridge Qld, sourcing and supplying the Atlanteans to Max.
From memory I saw one of them somewhere in the Moorooka/Salisbury area having been delivered there by Rex for that paint job.
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The ex Greyhound was a 6V92/ZF Auto combo and came to Fraser Via Crisps at Warwick
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Re: Fraser Island tour Atlantean + Bedford

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The Leyland Atlantean pictured was delivered to Plymouth Citybus Limited on 12th May 1969 at a cost of £5,774 delivered. It entered service in 1970 and was withdrawn from service there in 1982, having covered almost 400,000 miles. In Plymouth, the reg. number was JJY639G.
I have only now seen the post and wish I could have given this info earlier. Hope it is still of interest to you!
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