Sydney Bus Museum

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Sydney Bus Museum (formerly the Sydney Bus and Truck Museum) is a not-for-profit organisation made up of over 200 volunteer members who preserve a rare, and invaluable collection of historic buses. The organisation also operate a transportation museum and education centre for public benefit located in the suburb of Leichhardt, in Sydney, Australia. The museum is open to the public on the first and third Sunday of each month.[1]

Sydney Bus Museum
Sydney Bus Museum in October 2023
Location25 Derbyshire Road, Leichhardt
Coordinates33°52′35″S 151°09′30″E / 33.876509°S 151.158260°E / -33.876509; 151.158260
DirectorPeter Young (judge)
Public transit accessLeichhardt North MLR station

The museum restores, maintains, displays and operates over 80 buses and support vehicles from the 1920s to 2000s. This mainly includes both single-decker and double-decker buses from Sydney and regional NSW, including both government and privately operated vehicles. The collection also includes double-decker buses from Hong Kong and London.[2] It also provides buses for historical events,[3] and has also had buses appear in film and photo shoots.[4]

History edit

The Museum originally opened in 1986 in the former Tempe Bus Depot, with a formal opening in April 1988.[5] Following the State Transit Authority deciding to re-open the depot for its Metrobus operation, the museum was allocated space in a disused part of Leichhardt depot in 2010.[6] As part of the move to Leichhardt, the museum was closed between 2010 and 2016. The new site at Leichhardt was officially opened by Transport Minister Andrew Constance on 1 August 2016.[7]

Publications edit

The Historic Commercial Vehicle Association launched an in-house journal in June 1965. HCVA News was a bi-monthly publication, becoming monthly in 1968. It was relaunched as Fleetline in August 1975, also becoming the house publication of the Bus & Coach Society of Victoria (BCSV) at the same time. This arrangement ceased in June 1986 when the BCSV founded its own publication, Australian Bus Panorama.[8][9][10]

In May 1990, Fleetline became the house journal of the Transport Enthusiasts Society of South Australia.[11] In January 2004 Fleetline was relaunched as Australian Bus.[12] Originally published bi-monthly, it became quarterly in January 2022.[13] The final issue was published in November 2023.[14]

Gallery edit

References edit

  1. ^ Hoh, Amanda (8 August 2016). "All aboard as Sydney Bus Museum reopens in Leichhardt". Archived from the original on 28 November 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Museum Vehicles". Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  3. ^ Hawkins, Peter (24 December 2007). "Panic buying - that's when the Claus' are out". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  4. ^ "British Airways Concorde Jet and Sydney Bus Museum AEC Regal III 352 at Sydney Airport". 12 October 1996. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Tempe Topics" Fleetline July 1988 page 164
  6. ^ Sansom, Marie (24 March 2010). "Tempe bus museum on the move". Inner West Courier. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  7. ^ "WHO WE ARE". Sydney Bus Museum. Archived from the original on 14 November 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  8. ^ Fleetline - Future Publication Fleetline issue 126 January 1986 page 2
  9. ^ Historic Commercial Vehicle Association: A history 1964 to 1980 Fleetline issue 224 March 1994 pages 43-52
  10. ^ New magazines for bus enthusiasts Truck & Bus Transportation July 1986 page 278
  11. ^ 200th Fleetline Fleetline issue 200 March 1992 page 43
  12. ^ Welcome Australian Bus issue 1 January 2004 page 1
  13. ^ Magazine changes Australian Bus issue 105 May 2021 page 9
  14. ^ A message from the Directors and Management of Sydney Bus Museum Australian Bus issue 116 November 2023 page 4

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