Sydney Coachlines - Kingsgrove

The following list is of known buses both current and those previously operated by Sydney Coachlines - Kingsgrove.

Operator Information   Full Fleet List   Disposal List

Accreditation: TR & S Crowe t/a Sydney Coachlines, Acc No. 13329, Kingsgrove
Depot Address/s: 180 Kingsgrove Road, Kingsgrove
Livery: Purple and green

The trading name Sydney Coachlines was devised by John Brown when expansions were being considered by Jenteeno Nominees Pty Ltd, a company he owned with Bob Stephens. TR (Dick) Crowe took over Route 49 Rockdale - Carlton from Jenteeno along with the Sydney Coachlines trading name on 27 March 1985. Route 6 Arncliffe - Earlwood was purchased in the same month from Highway Tours (JD (Jim) Hill), Lakemba. It was extended from Arncliffe to Rockdale to become Rockdale - Arncliffe - Earlwood during weekdays off-peak and Saturday morning, in order to through-route it with Route 49. Route 68 Hurstville - Earlwood was taken over from Cantebury Bus Lines (part of JD (Jim) Hill's Highway Tours group) on 14 October 1987. Hired ex Highway vehicles were used on the route up until Christmas 1987.

Sydney Coachlines operated from Neville Blythe's depot in Haig Street, Bexley, which they shared with Blythe's Kogarah - Carss Park Bus Service. Vehicles were painted in a distinctive two-tone green livery. A charter operation was built up around the Sydney Coachlines name with a variety of second-hand semi-coaches, followed by two 3 axle RFW coaches.

Crowe sold the three route services to the STA (Sydney Buses) on 14 October 1996. Sydney Coach Lines was noted as the last operator of a fleet of Bedford SB buses in Sydney. The majority of Sydney private bus operators ran Bedford SB vehicles at one time or another. The demise of this operator saw the virtual disappearance of the type. The last trip was on Saturday 12 October, with a trip at 1:10pm from Earlwood and 2:10pm arriving back at Earlwood. Bedford SB m/o 437 operated the trip. New timetables began operating at 6:07am the following Monday, with Route 620 designating school special services. Route 6 amalgamated with parts of STA's Route 472 to become Route 471; Route 49 passed immediately to Pioneer Coaches Pty Ltd (to become Route 453 1/4/97) & Route 68 became STA Route 499.

Sydney Coachlines remained as a charter operator with a number of vehicles from the former route operation. The depot relocated to 180 Kingsgrove Road, Kingsgrove by November 1993.

© 2008 to 2015. If you have information you wish to contribute to these fleet lists, please contact NSW Moderators