Telford's Bus & Coach

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Telford's Bus & Coach
Telford's (TV 7514) Custom Coaches 'CB60 Evo II' bodied Mercedes-Benz OH1830LE parked in Dawn Fraser Ave at Sydney Olympic Park.jpg
Custom Coaches bodied Mercedes-Benz OH1830LE at Sydney Olympic Park in September 2013
Parent Dunn Motor Traction
Headquarters Turrella
Service area Sydney
Service type Bus operator
Alliance Tiger Tours
Depots 1
Fleet 94 (July 2015)
Website www.telfordtours.com.au

Telford's Bus & Coach[1] is an Australian bus company operating charter services in Sydney.

History[edit]

Ansair bodied MAN SL200 at Sydney Airport in September 2013

In 1973, Marrickville Bus Lines was purchased by Max Holman from Barry Barton. In May 1977, the business was sold to Bob Wood and renamed Orana Tours. In January 1978, the business was purchased by Benny Rachwal and resumed trading as Marrickville Bus Lines. One route was operated, 222 Dulwich Hill to Sydenham.[2]

In January 1989, Marrickville commenced operating five routes in the White Bay/Bondi Junction/Marrickville areas on an interim basis after the collapse of ABC Coachlines.[3] These were taken over by Arrow Coaches in April 1989.[4] Marrickville also commenced providing buses for The Scots College. This segment of the business would grow rapidly, with Marrickville winning work from many Eastern Suburbs and Inner West schools.[2]

In the 1980s, Marrickville purchased the business of Telford Educational Tours.[5] Having been renumbered to 448 in November 1987,[6] the remaining route was taken over by Sydney Buses' Kingsgrove depot in January 2004[2] and ceased soon afterwards.

In October 2013, Benny Rachwald died with the business passing to his sons, Robert and James.[7] In May 2014, Telford's was sold to Dunn Motor Traction.[2][8][9]

On 1 May 2015, the Tiger Tours business at Taren Point was purchased with 11 vehicles, and has since been fully merged into the Telford operation.[10][11]

Services[edit]

Telford's operate services from Macquarie Park to Epping station under contract to Optus and from Sydney Olympic Park to Lidcombe station, Strathfield station and the Sydney central business district under contract to the Commonwealth Bank. It also operates school buses for various Eastern Suburbs and Inner West schools.[2]

On 23 March 2015, Telford's commenced operating an express commuter service from Rouse Hill to the Sydney CBD under the Your Commute brand.[12] This was previously operated by Bankstown Coaches as the Bullet Bus until November 2014.[13]

Fleet[edit]

As at July 2015, the fleet consisted of 94 buses and coaches.[14] Fleet livery is white, red and grey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marrickville Bus Lines Pty Ltd Australian Securities & Investments Commission
  2. ^ a b c d e "Telford's Bus & Coach sells to overseas interests" Australian Bus issue 63 May 2014 pages 26-27
  3. ^ "Ownership Changes" Fleetline issue 164 March 1989 page 41
  4. ^ "Ownership Changes" Fleetline issue 168 July 1989 page 106
  5. ^ About Us Archived 3 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Telford's Bus & Coach
  6. ^ "Marrickville Metro" Fleetline issue 149 December 1987
  7. ^ Benny's battle over; legacy lives on Australian Bus & Coach 1 November 2013
  8. ^ "Telford's take over" Australian Bus issue 64 July 2014 page 6
  9. ^ "Telford Tours Sold" Australian Bus Panorama issue 30/1 July 2014 pages 11/12
  10. ^ Tiger Tours Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  11. ^ "Tiger Tours" Australian Bus Panorama issue 31/1 July 2015 page 53
  12. ^ Home Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Your Commute
  13. ^ Coach seats snapped up Hills Shire Times 30 March 2015
  14. ^ Telford Tours Australian Bus Fleet Lists

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