A.E.C. MERLINS in AUSTRALIA

Last Updated Sunday, January, 20, 2007
All UK registrations were VLW166(or MB number)G - All METRO/CAMEL bodied 1968.
Some buses, including the 7 used by Rowes, were reduced to 44 seat from 46 for extra luggage capacity.
All 1976 imports came from London Transport.
All 1977 imports came from wrecker Cranes Commercials of Lasham.
Seating Chassis No English fleet No Australian History.
B46D 4P2R223 MB166 3/76 Rowes of Plumpton m/o 4114, 1981 Kirklands, Lismore (137) only spare parts, sold 1990, engineless storeroom in white/orange livery, Nimbin, NSW.
B46D 4P2R225 MB168 3/76 Rowes of Plumpton m/o 4121, 1981 Kirklands, Lismore (138) only spare parts, sold 1990, engineless storeroom in white/orange livery, Nimbin, NSW.
B46D 4P2R226 MB169 3/76 Rowes of Plumpton m/o 4095, 1981 Kirklands, Lismore (139) (may or may not have entered service) for resale Earlville Bus Service 137 OHE, then Northlands, Cairns, withdrawn 1988, sold Cairns caravan.
B46D 4P2R227 MB170 3/76 Rowes of Plumpton not used, 1978 Kirklands, Lismore (105) MO 8335, sold 1990 to Pioneer, Ipswich, sold to Metcalfe family for motorhome.
B46D 4P2R228 MB171 3/76 Rowes of Plumpton m/o 4102, 1980 Seargent of Wyong (78) MO 8251, sold 1988 as motorhome.
B46D 4P2R230 MB173 7/76 Deanes m/o 5484, 8/78 Camden Coaches, 1979 Shave (28) AOV755 (either this bus or MB192 sold 1988 to a school on the coast with Panther engine or 1987 to wrecker, Melbourne.
B46D 4P2R231 MB174 3/76 Rowes of Plumpton m/o 4280, 1981 Kirklands, Lismore (136) never in service, 1988-89 rebuult/repainted "Sunrise" livery, 1990 MO 7291 with Winchester, Eureka.
B46D 4P2R232 MB175 7/76 Deanes m/o 5481, 8/78 Shave, Notting Hill (26) AIQ214, sold to a Melbourne wrecker 1987.
B46D 4P2R233 MB176 3/76 Rowes of Plumpton not used, 1978 Kirklands, Lismore (106) MO 8417, sold 1990.
B46D 4P2R235 MB178 3/76 Rowes of Plumpton m/o 4107, 1981 Kirklands, Lismore (135) MO 9151, withdrawn 1990, sold 1991 as motorhome. For sale 01/08 on Ebay as a motorhome in Narrabri - Original AH691 motor replaced -/91 with an AH505 motor
B46D 4P2R236 MB179 3/76 Rowes of Plumpton m/o 5446, 1980 Seargent of Wyong (79) MO 8250, withdrawn 1988..
B46D 4P2R237 MB180 7/76 Deanes m/o 5482, 8/78 Shave Notting Hill (25) AIK151, sold to a Melbourne wrecker 1987.
B46D 4P2R238 MB181 3/76 Rowes of Plumpton not used, 1978 Kirklands, Lismore (107) MO 8334, sold 1990.
B46D 4P2R242 MB185 3/76 Bowmans of St Marys m/o 467, Hadfields of Engadine fitted with Leyland Panther  motor, reregistered m/o 871 in 1988, still in service 1990, gone.
B46D 4P2R243 MB186 3/76 Bowmans of St Marys m/o 873, Hadfields of Engadine, c 1986 Katoomba Bus Service.
B46D 4P2R245 MB188 3/76 Bowmans of St Marys m/o 871, Hadfields of Engadine, Withdrawn 1988 and used as horse feed store.
B46D 4P2R249 MB192 7/76 Deanes m/o 5479, 8/78 Shave of Notting Hill (27) AKT675.(either this bus or MB173 sold to a school on the coast with Panther engine 1988).
B46D 4P2R250 MB193 7/76 Deanes m/o 4108, 4/77 Western Road Transport, fitted maxi brakes, by 1988 Kirklands, Lismore (154) MO 1214 - Kirklands farewell tour bus 12/90,  Jan 91 motorhome, Nimbin NSW.
B46D 4P2R286 MB229 7/77 Rowes of Plumpton, to Kirklands, Lismore by 1990 (123) MO 9021, sold 1990.
B46D 4P2R326 MB268 7/77 Rowes of Plumpton MO 8675, by 1980 Bathurst Bus Service (9), withdrawn by 1988, static shed Sunny Corner, NSW.
B50F 4P2R364 MB306 3/76 Pioneer of Ipswich OUT 697, still in service 1993, withdrawn by Pioneer in August 1996 and sold onto  Drouin, Melbiourne , Vic  in June 1997 where it is now preserved  on plates CH 3809.
B50F 4P2R366 MB308 3/76 Singleton Bus Service MO 3308, still in service 1991.
B50F 4P2R373 MB315 9/77 Tambourine Mountain 082 NCZ, withdrawn 1990 spares
B50F 4P2R379 MB321 3/77 Kirklands, Lismore (95) MO 8110, sold 1990 to dealer Coffs Harbour.
B50F 4P2R380 MB322 7/76 Deanes m/o 5483, c8/78 Camden Coaches, Menangle MO 7237, taken over by Higletts Motor Service, Camden 1/5/81, taken over by Busways (Rowes), 1987 withdrawn and used for spares, gone by Dec 1990.
B50F 4P2R381 MB323 3/76 Pioneer of Ipswich (2) OUT 697, still in service 1997 but due for replacement August 1997
B50F 4P2R382 MB324 9/77 Edwards, Armidale, withdrawn 1992 MO 4697. Noted 2007 as motorhome in Coolgardie WA - most likely MB324 but could possible be MB363 or MB368.
B50F 4P2R384 MB326 3/77 Kirklands, Lismore (93) MO 272, sold 1990 to dealer Coffs Harbour, static caravan Coffs, on Ebay Jan 2007.
B50F 4P2R386 MB328 7/76 Deanes m/o 5028, Kirklands, Lismore (110) MO 8418, sold 1990 to Tambourine Mountain 082 NCZ, 009 BTE in 1992.
B50F 4P2R389 MB331 7/76 Deanes m/o 5486, Kirklands, Lismore (109) MO 8424, sold 1990 to Winchester, Eureka for spares.
B50F 4P2R397 MB339 3/76 Singleton Bus Service MO 7042, still in service 1991.
B50F 4P2R404 MB347 7/76 Deanes m/o 5480, 8/78 Camden Coaches, Menangle MO 8266, taken over by Higletts Motor Service, Camden 1/5/81, taken over by Busways (Rowes), sold 5/88 by Rowes as motorhome, Sydney
B50F 4P2R414 MB357 3/76 Branxton, Greta MO 7309, 11/76 Ford, Greta, 1980 Hunter Valley, Greta, c1983 Tambourine Mountain 468 ORE, 1987 468 ORE Fisherman Wharf courtesy bus, 1989 Brown Stripe caravan Southport.
B50F 4P2R418 MB361 3/77 Kirklands, Lismore (94) MO 269, sold 1990 to dealer Coffs Harbour.
B50F 4P2R420 MB363 9/77 Edwards, Armidale MO 8118, withdrawn 1992
B50F 4P2R422 MB365 3/76 Eggins, Taree MO 3688, then to Edwards, Armidale as MO 9403, last survivor, still in service 1993
B50F 4P2R425 MB368 9/77 Edwards, Armidale MO 8123, withdrawn 1992
B50F 4P2R429 MB372 7/76 Deanes, 11/76 Dorahay, Narrabri MO 7879, c1986 Kirklands, Lismore (151) MO 0897, sold 1990.
B50F 4P2R430 MB373 7/76 Deanes, c8/76 Kirklands, Lismore (92) MO 4283, withdrawn 1990 and sold to Pioneer, Ipswich.
B50F 4P2R431 MB374 3/76 Amberley, Rosewood OUH 208 still in service 1993.
B50F 4P2R432 MB375 7/76 Deanes, c8/76 Kirklands, Lismore (91) MO 5485, joint last withdawn 12/90, sold 1/91 to Pioneer, Ipswich. sold on by Pioneer to a Brisbane dealer, then to a private owner in Laverton, Vic, and to Drouin, Melbourne Vic in 2004 then W. Kong, Sydney 10/07.
B50F 4P2R435 MB378 7/76 Deanes, 8/76 Camden Coaches, Menangle MO 7228, taken over by Higletts Motor Service, Camden 1/5/81, taken over by Busways (Rowes), withdrawn & sold 7/88 as motorhome, still on the road 2006 same owners.
B50F 4P2R436 MB379 3/76 Amberley, Rosewood OUH 207 still in service 1993.
B50F 4P2R442 MB385 7/76 Deanes, 8/76 Camden Coaches, Menangle MO 7230, taken over by Higletts Motor Service, Camden 1/5/81, taken over by Busways (Rowes), sold c1/88 as motorhome Catherine, NSW.
B48F 4P2R446 MB389 5/76 Deanes m/o 5475, to Kirklands, Lismore as (108) MO 8419, unique inward facing seats over rear arches, sold 12/90 - 3rd last Kirklands Merlin in service.
B48F 4P2R450 MB393 3/76 Batterhams, Cessnock MO 5709, then Morgan, Cessnock, body removed, chassis to Kirklands for spares c1984
B48F 4P2R452 MB395 7/76 Deanes, to Kirklands, Lismore as (90) MO 7963, sold 1990 - seen Telegraph Point, motorhome 2002.
B44D 4P2R482 MBS446 7/77 Rowes of Plumpton MO 7978, by 1980 Bathurst Bus Service (8) MO 7976, withdrawn 1988, sold to employee as static caravan
B44D 4P2R525 MBS468 7/77 Rowes of Plumpton MO 8617, by 1980 Bathurst Bus Service (5), withdrawn 1988, sold to local school a sport pavilion
B44D 4P2R540 MBS483 7/77 Rowes of Plumpton, by 1980 Seargent, Wyong (80) MO 8252, still in service 1988, seen with Qld rego in Rockhampton 1/93, glazing sales.
B44D 4P2R559 MBS502 7/77 Rowes of Plumpton, by 1980 Kirklands (122) MO 8797, sold 1990 as motorhome, Nimbin NSW.
? ? ? an unidentified white top/lavender lower panels Merlin motorhome in a caravan park near Drouin, Melbourne, Vic in 2007

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