Deanes Coaches

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Deanes Coaches
ParentRon Deane
Commenced operation1958
Ceased operationJanuary 1989
HeadquartersMacquarie Park
Service areaNorth Shore
Service typeBus & coach services
Depots1
Fleet31 (December 1988)

Deanes Coaches was an Australian bus company operating route bus services and charter coaches on Sydney's North Shore.

History[edit]

Deanes Coaches was formed in the 1950s as Turramurra-Bobbin Head Bus Service by Ron Deane. On 1 July 1968, Longueville Motor Bus Company was purchased with route 127 Longueville to Chatswood station and Longueville to Wynyard. In November 1970, Barnes Coaches was purchased with routes 54 Chatswood station to Macquarie University, 124 Chatswood to Lindfield, 221 Lindfield to Bradfield Park and 224 Tambourne Bay to Wynyard via Northwood.[1][2][3][4] In July 1973, route 89 Epping to Ryde was purchased from Eastwood Bus Company.[5]

In May 1977, a new depot was opened in Macquarie Park to replace the Carlingford and Turramurra facilies. Routes 54, 124 and 221 were also transferred here from Lane Cove allowing the Blaxlands Corner depot to close. In December 1977, the Longueville and Northwood services were sold to Bernie Best as Lane Cove Bus Service with eight buses.[1] In June 1986, routes 54 and 89 were sold to North & Western Bus Lines.[6]

In December 1988, routes 564 and 565 were sold to East Lindfield - Killara Bus Service with six buses and the remainder of the routes sold to Hornsby Bus Group in January 1989 with 21 buses and four coaches.[7]

Other interests[edit]

The Deane family have for many years operated ski lodges in the Snowy Mountains with Deane's buses sometimes transferred here in the ski season.[8]

From October 1964 until October 1985, Ron Deane also owned Clipper Tours.[9] Shortly before the sale of Deanes Coaches, in August 1988, Ron Deane purchased Menai Bus Service with six buses transferred from Macquarie Park.[10][11]

Name revival[edit]

The Deanes Coaches name was revived by Ron Deane's sons Matthew and Brenton, who operated Forster Bus Service between January 1999 and October 2015, when the bus service and Wingham Bus Service were sold to Buslines Group.[12][13][14]

Routes[edit]

The routes at the time the business was sold were:[15]

Fleet[edit]

Deanes Coaches operated 27 buses and four coaches at the time of its sale. Fleet livery was originally dark blue, followed by yellow and white with light blue stripes followed by white with blue orange and yellow stripes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Manny, Leon (1985). Terminus Please. Sydney: Historic Commercial Vehicle Association. pp. 32, 141.
  2. ^ Routes 51-75 (1925 Numbers), Sydney Bus Routes, Retrieved 13 September 2019
  3. ^ Routes 101-125 (1925 Numbers), Sydney Bus Routes, Retrieved 13 September 2019
  4. ^ Deanes Coaches Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  5. ^ Routes 76-100 (1925 Numbers), Sydney Bus Routes, Retrieved 13 September 2019
  6. ^ "North & Western Bus Lines - Its Routes and Timetables" Fleetline May 2000 page 87
  7. ^ "Ownership Changes" Fleetline January 1989 page 11
  8. ^ About Us Archived 10 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine Deane's Snow Holidays
  9. ^ "Denning Monocoaches at Clipper Tours" Fleetline September 1993 page 186
  10. ^ "Menai Bus Service" Australian Bus Panorama issue 4/6 May 1989 page 45
  11. ^ "Menai Bus Service" Australian Bus Panorama issue 5/1 July 1989 page 48
  12. ^ Deanes Coaches Forster Bus
  13. ^ "When current Deane Transport Services owners Alyson and Brenton Deane left the bus industry to take up senior roles at a trucking company in Albury, they were exposed to a whole other world. Now they are back in the charter bus business and loving it". Pressreader. Australasian Bus & Coaches. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Forster Bus Service / Wingham Bus Service". Australian Bus Fleet Lists. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  15. ^ Region 12 routes Sydney Bus Routes, Retrieved 3 June 2018