Murrays

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Murrays logo.svg
Quad axle coach-Canberra.jpg
Parent Ron Murray
Founded 1950s
Headquarters Red Hill
Service area Canberra
Gold Coast
Melbourne
Southern New South Wales
Sydney
Service type Coach operator
Routes 3
Destinations Canberra
Narooma
Sydney
Wollongong
Depots 5
Fleet 147 (November 2014)
Website www.murrays.com.au

Murrays Coaches is an Australian express and coach charter company.

History[edit]

BCI JXK6137 in Canberra in January 2011
BCI JXK6127 on Flinders Street, Melbourne in October 2013

Murrays was founded by Bill Murray in the early 1950s as a school bus operator in Canberra. The operation was taken over by Ron Murray in 1970 by which time it was operating services to Captains Flat, Kowen Forest, Naas, Tidbinbilla, Uriarra and Williamsdale with 10 buses. Murrays were operating seven school buses when the services were taken over by Deane's Buslines in November 1997.[1]

At some point Murrays diversified into coach operation, initially to the Snowy Mountains. By the mid-1980s Murrays were operating interstate services from Canberra to Sydney, Wollongong and Narooma. These services continue today.[2]

In the May 1979, Murrays purchased Sydney bus routes 6 Arncliffe - Earlwood and 49 Carlton - Rockdale. These were sold in October 1982 to Brighton Bus Lines after the laws requiring tourist vehicle licences to be attached to route service operators were relaxed.[3][4]

In late 1988, an operation commenced on the Gold Coast followed in 1989 by Melbourne.[5]

Murrays expanded rapidly in the early 1990s, capitalising on the growth of inbound tourism and the departure of some of its rivals. In May 1998 the Koala Tours business in Sydney was purchased.[6][7]

Fleet[edit]

Murrays initial coach fleet was built up with ex Ansett Pioneer GMC PD4107s and Mercedes-Benz O302 and O303s. In the mid 1980s Murrays purchased a number of new Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Austral coaches.

Following the collapse of Deluxe Coachlines and Sunliner Express amongst others, Murrays was able to renew its fleet with large numbers of near-new Austral, Denning and Scania coaches. In the mid-1990s it took delivery of 120 PMC Australia bodied MANs and Scanias.

Between 2008 and 2011, Murrays conducted a major fleet renewal purchasing over 60 BCI coaches. As at November 2014, the fleet consisted of 147 vehicles.[8]

Until the early 1990s Murrays, had a livery of three greens and black when a new livery of white with green signwriting was adopted.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Murray's Cease School Bus Runs" Fleetline July 1998 page 125
  2. ^ Express Services Murrays
  3. ^ "Deuce" Fleetline issue 186 January 1991 page 9
  4. ^ "What Has Changed in 20 Years" Australian Bus Panorama issue 14/2 December 1998 page 8
  5. ^ "Murrays Coaches" Australian Bus Panorama September 1989 page 36
  6. ^ "Ownership changes" Fleetline July 1998 page 133
  7. ^ "Shorelink" Australian Bus Panorama August 1998 page 48
  8. ^ Murrays Coaches Australian Bus Fleet List

External links[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Murrays at Wikimedia Commons