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1948 AEC Regal III

Colour (Exterior): Silver
Colour (Interior): White/Black
Transmission: Pre-select
Location: Sherwood, QLD
Description: Delivered new to the Brisbane City Council’s Department of Transport on 2 April 1948, this historically significant vehicle entered service at a time when the council acquired 20 private bus operators each operating services into Brisbane City. Between 1947 and 1948, the Council began consolidating bus transportation in Brisbane under municipal ownership - ultimately becoming the largest operator in Queensland which remains the case today. The rationale behind this municipal takeover was the improvement of services by operating modern, diesel-powered buses as well as the coordination of city-bound services. This vehicle was one of 12 built by Commonwealth Engineering in Sydney on British A.E.C. (Associated Equipment Company) Regal III chassis. Route number destination boxes were swiftly retrofitted to the front and rear, as the Council introduced route numbering for the first time from 31 October 1949. Bus 80 remained in service for almost 30 years until it was withdrawn from service in 1976, and donated to the Brisbane Tramway Museum at Ferny Grove for preservation. The bus then passed onto the Queensland Omnibus & Coach Society during 2000 for continued preservation - who remain the custodians of it today.
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