Deanes Coaches - North Ryde

This is a historic listing of vehicles owned and operated by Deanes Coaches - North Ryde.

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Depot Address/s: 5 Alma Road, North Ryde
Service Runs: 564 Chatswood - Roseville - Lindfield via UTS, Kuring-gai campus
565 Lindfield - West Lindfield - Macquarie University (most trips ran Lindfield - West Lindfield)
567 Gordon - West Gordon
568 Gordon - West Pymble - Macquarie University (Sunday services ran Pymble - West Pymble)
569 Pymble - Macquarie University
570 Turramurra - South Turramurra via Kissing Point Road
571 Turramurra - South Turramurra via Carina Road
572 Turramurra - Macquarie University via Kissing Point Road
573 Turramurra - Warrawee Valley - Fox Valley
574 Warrawee - Fox Valley (weekday peak hours only).
575 Turramurra - East Wahroonga - North Wahroonga - Wahroonga
576 Turramurra - East Wahroonga - North Turramurra - Turramurra loop (at nights, Saturday afternoons & Sundays
577 Turramurra - North Turramurra - Bobbin Head
578 Turramurra - Pymble via Bannockburn Rd
579 Pymble - Murdoch Street, East Turramurra (weekday peak hour service)

At its peak, the Deanes operations stretched across a large part of Sydney's lower North Shore in an area bounded by Epping, Ryde, Lane Cove, Chatswood, Turramurra and into the Sydney City centre (well before Harris Park's Citybus Direct or Forest Coachlines). They also had a large touring and charter operation trading as Clipper Tours. The Deanes Group had depots at Lane Cove, Longueville, Carlingford and Turramurra and in May 1977 centralised to a main depot located at 5 Alma Road, North Ryde. By Januray 1989, Deanes became history, having earlier sold off its Clipper Tours coach business and route service operation.

Ron Deane sold the Clipper Tours business and some coaches to a parternership between Jim Hawkesford (who had been the manager of Clipper at Deanes) and Don Nugent (owner of Australian Rambler and Panorama Tours in Victoria) on 1 October 1985. This partnership lasted until 1994 after which the business changed hands a number of times including at one stage back with the Deane family. In mid-2005 the trading name was purchased by Jim Hawkesford off Ron Deane to form Hawkesford's Clipper Luxury Coaches. This name was phased out when Hawkesford struck financial difficult in late-2009, resulting in an overall rebranding of the Hawkesford's operation in January 2010.

The bus operations split two ways:
1. Stan Graham (trading as East Killara - Lindfield Bus Service Pty Ltd) purchased Routes 564 & 565 on 19 December 1988. The 6 ex UTA Leyland Leopards with original bodies (7513, 7516, 7843, 7847, 7850 & 7859) were included in the sale.
2. Hornsby Bus Group, Mt Kuring-gai purchased Routes 567 - 579 on 16 January 1989. Hornsby Bus Group was renamed Shorelink 19 February 1990 and Jim Knox sold the company to John A. Gilbert Pty Ltd on 1 October 1992.

The 5 ex Canberra AEC Swifts and sole rebodied ex UTA Leopard were retained for the Deanes Menai Bus Service operation that had been taken over from the family of the late Doug Smith on 17 August 1988. Deane adopted the trading name Southtrans in July 1989 in conjunction with the purchase Hadfield Bus Lines, Engadine on 10 July 1989. Southtrans grew to a fleet of eighty-three by 1999 through growth and various take overs of southern Sydney route services. The Deane family sold Southtrans to CGEA Transport NSW Pty Ltd on 27 September 1999.

The family again moved on to a new operating territory, taking over Forster Bus Service from GL & J Nixon on the last day of school 1999.

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