Panorama Coaches

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Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa in December 2014
ParentDineen Group
HeadquartersDiamond Creek
Service areaNorth-East Melbourne
Service typeBus & coach operator
Routes5
Fleet94 (June 2022)
Websitewww.panoramacoaches.com.au

Panorama Coaches is a bus and coach operator in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It operates four routes under contract to Public Transport Victoria. It is a subsidiary of the Dineen Group.

History[edit]

In September 1949, Don Nugent and W McKenzie purchased Panorama Bus Service from H Jewell with route 699 from Belgrave to Upwey. The business was sold in August 1953 to Messrs Ashby and Jewell and for the next nine years, Nugent operated a taxi company. In November 1962, he purchased Boronia Bus Lines. A charter operation was established under the name Australian Rambler Coaches and the route services sold in September 1970 to Ventura Bus Lines.[1]

In October 1985, Nugent became a shareholder in the Clipper Tours business in Sydney. The Australian Rambler livery was adopted and a few coaches transferred.[2]

In January 1989, Australian Rambler Coaches was sold to Cobb & Co with Nugent retaining a 15 coaches and reactivating the Panorama Coaches name.[3][4][5] In October 1990, Panorama Coaches was sold to the Dineen Group with 13 buses and coaches.[6][7]

In May 1991, Hurstbridge Coaches was purchased by the Dineen Group.[8] Both operations were later consolidated under the Panorama Coaches name.

Fleet[edit]

As at June 2022, the fleet consisted of 94 buses and coaches.[9] Fleet livery is white with maroon and blue stripes while some route buses carry the Public Transport Victoria orange and white livery.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ventura Motors buys out Boronia Bus Lines Truck & Bus Transportation October 1970 page 125
  2. ^ New owners for Clipper Tours Group Truck & Bus Transportation December 1985 page 17
  3. ^ Don Nugent Flies into Semi-Retirement Australasian Bus & Coach February 1989 page 32
  4. ^ Australian Rambler Australian Bus Panorama issue 4/5 March 1989 page 34
  5. ^ Australian Rambler sold Fleetline issue 165 April 1989 page 60
  6. ^ Panorama Coaches Australian Bus Panorama issue 6/5 January 1991 page 49
  7. ^ Panorama Coaches Australian Bus Panorama issue 6/7 March 1991 page 40
  8. ^ Hurstbridge Coaches Australian Bus Panorama issue 7/1 August 1991 page 34
  9. ^ Dineen Group - Panorama Coaches Australian Bus Fleet Lists

External links[edit]

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