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Welcome to the Bus & Coach Society of Victoria web page.  The Society is based in Melbourne and was formed by a small group of enthusiasts in 1968.  Over the last 30 years the Society has grown to more than 160 members, who come from all walks of life including bus operators, bus drivers, bus bodybuilders, mechanics, truck drivers, public servants, police personnel, postal workers, accountants, students and retirees, to name a few.  


The Society aims to cater for all those who have an interest in present day buses, in the history of road passenger transport in Australia and fosters the restoration and preservation of buses.


In addition, the members aim to collect and restore a representative selection of preserved buses, to display some of the classic bus types of the bygone days.

 WC model with a M.B.A. body which came from an operator in New South Wales, restored by the late John Masterton, in Victoria Railways who operated several of them similar to the one.  

(photo: Benjamin Sangster) 


Keith Kings has recently restored this example of a Leyland OPSI with a body built by the MMTB at the Preston Workshops in Melbourne. The Leyland OPSI's were the backbone of the Footscray services before the arrival of the AEC's.   

(photo: Anthony Allen) 

Membership of the Society is open to interested persons or companies.  Members receive 6 issues of "Australian Bus Panorama" magazine per year, plus a Special Bumper issue magazine.  Australian Bus Panorama contains articles on both current and historical themes, as well as all the latest happenings in the bus industry in general, and of changes to bus fleets etc.


Activities organised during the year include:

  • regular meetings featuring film/slide presentations on bus topics;

  • guest speakers from the industry;

  • rallies and displays of preserved buses and coaches;

  • organised visits to bus depots, bodybuilders, etc.;

  • bus tours in modern and historic vehicles;

  • social outings including our famous bus BBQs.


Pictured above is Ex Ventura 42, which was previously an STA Adelaide vehicle.  This Leyland Worldmaster had to be narrowed before it could be used for service in Melbourne.  This bus was purchased by Ken Peck in the mid to late 80's.  

(photo: Benjamin Sangster) 




Don't forget to check regularly the Society's News

15th November


John Usher is to talk about the history of the Croydon Bus Service, which was founded in 1936.

28th November


The Historic Vehicle Display at Sandown Raceway.   Once again we need buses, drivers and attendants for our display.  Gates open at 8.30am.

Date to be Confirmed

29th January


First Social Event of the 2005 Calender.  More details to come.

April 2005

Bendigo Tour.


Cerberus Open day at HMAS Cerberus.   Due to events beyond the Society's control, this event unfortunately won't be going ahead this year (2004).


Bus & Coach Society of Victoria social meetings are scheduled at the Ventura Bus Lines depot, at 1037 Centre Road, Oakleigh South (follow the blue line into the red building, then go upstairs).  Visitors are asked not to treat the premises as a depot visit during their attendance at the meeting.  Meetings are scheduled for 8pm.


Other events:

The Passenger Transport Group of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport has invited Society members to take part in the following activities:









The latest information on the biggest bus project in Melbourne

Olympic Games 2000

A different view on what happened at the 2000 Sydney Olympics by Benjamin Sangster

Looking back though history

Part 1, Transportation 1972 1992 by Steven Haby

Looking back though history Pt2

In this article we will look back at some Truck and Bus Transportation journals from the mid to late 1960s

The History of US Bus Lines

In this article Iain looks at the history of Melbourne's US Bus Lines


If you have something you would like to add to this page, please email the web master.

ATTENTION!! Wanted Dead or Alive. Donations of old pictures, bus parts, spare parts and workshop manuals, old uniforms, information or stories on being involved with buses or coaches. 

John Philips owns this shortened AEC Regal Mk III which was built with Martin & King bodywork.  Many of these buses were shortened to make them suitable for one man operation and were nicknamed "Bobtails" for obvious reasons.   

(photo: Anthony Allen)

It doesn't matter whether you're a bus driver, mechanic, proprietor or a passenger.  Everyone has a story to tell and many people would like to hear these memories, so put pen to paper and send to the Bus and Coach Society of Victoria Inc. PO Box 8, Oakleigh South Victoria 3167.