Baxter's Bus Lines

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Baxter's Bus Lines
Baxter's on charter.jpg
Newnham bodied Mercedes-Benz OC1621
in March 2014
ParentBaxter family
Commenced operation1981
HeadquartersGirraween
Service typeCoach charter services
Depots1
Fleet28 (September 2021)
Websitebaxtersbus.com.au

Baxter's Bus Lines is an Australian bus charter company in Sydney. Until August 2006, it operated route bus services in Western Sydney.

History[edit]

Baxter's Bus Lines was founded by Roy Baxter and his son Garry after the Merrylands based services of Barklimore Brothers were purchased in April 1981.[1] In January 1987 the Wentworthville services of Western Road Transport Services were acquired.[2][3]

In April 1992, the Granville based services of Delwood Coaches were purchased, and in June 1995 the services of Bass Hill Bus Service were acquired.[4][5][6] The Bass Hill bus services were renumbered 930 and 932 from 20 and 21 shortly after, while the Villawood part of route 21 was amalgamated with ex Delwood route 902.[7]

In April 2004, bus services 817 and 818 were transferred from Bustrans to Baxter's.[8][9] They were soon transferred to Transit First along with the former Bass Hill Bus routes 930 and 932 in January 2005.[10][11] On the same day, the former Delwood Coaches services were transferred to Connex NSW[12] In August 2006, the remaining bus services were sold and transferred to Westbus.[13][14][15]

Baxter's also operates a charter fleet and after the bus services were sold, was retained and relocated to Glendenning.[16] Following Westbus vacating the Girraween depot, Baxer's moved back in December 2013.

Bus routes transferred to Connex in January 2005:[10]

Bus routes transferred to Transit First in January 2005:[10]

Remaining bus routes transferred to Westbus in September 2006:[13]

Fleet[edit]

As at September 2021, the fleet consisted of 28 buses and coaches.[17] Baxter's fleet livery has always been fawn with an orange stripe. Fleet presentation has always been a high priority with vehicles rarely seen in anything but pristine condition.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metropolitan Changes Fleetline issue 72 July 1981 page 254
  2. ^ Metropolitan Fleetline issue 140 March 1987 page 64
  3. ^ New South Wales Bus Operators and Fleet Listings. Sydney: Historic Commercial Vehicle Association. 1993. p. 59.
  4. ^ Delwood Bus Co Australian Bus Panorama issue 8/1 July 1992 page 43
  5. ^ Baxters acquire Bass Hill service Truck & Bus Transportation June 1995 page 165
  6. ^ Ownership Changes Fleetline July 1995 page 129
  7. ^ Bass Hill Bus Service, Australian Bus Fleet Lists, Retrieved on 12 February 2014
  8. ^ News Baxter's Bus Lines June 2004
  9. ^ Bustrans Sold Australian Bus issue 3 May 2004 page 7
  10. ^ a b c News Baxter's Bus Lines February 2005
  11. ^ Baxter's Bus Lines Australian Bus issue 8 March 2005 page 7
  12. ^ Transdev NSW Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  13. ^ a b News Baxter's Bus Lines August 2006
  14. ^ Australasian Bus & Coach August 2006 page 22
  15. ^ Changes Galore in Sydney Buses Worldwide November 2007 page 8
  16. ^ News Baxter's Bus Lines
  17. ^ Baxters Bus Lines Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  18. ^ Roy Baxter Part 2 The Hills Shire

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