Bus History 

Artisans Park 1949 London Bus is a postwar AEC Regent III bus - bus number 2330.

Soon after the end of World War II, a total of 845 double deck bus chassis were ordered by the Department of Road Transport and Tramways, from manufacturers in the United Kingdom. The chassis when bodied were to be used for several purposes:

  • replace the original buses purchased new in the 1930s
  • replace those purchased as a stop gap measure during the war
  • resume the gradual tramway replacement process in Sydney and Newcastle
  • expand the scope and operation of government bus services in both cities.

Chassis were ordered from A.E.C., Leyland and Albion. While the first batch of buses was 90 Leyland OPD1's, an AEC Regent III chassis was bodied in advance of the rest of the type. This bus had fleet number 792 (m/o 1792) later fleet number 1792 and entered service on 15 May 1947. The bus had a revolutionary new semi-automatic pre-selector epicyclic type gearbox

Eventually, a total of 359 postwar AEC Regent III buses entered service. However, only the last 50, built by Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. of Granville, Sydney were equipped with jack knife doors. The first 309 A.E.C. double deck vehicles were all built by Commonwealth Engineering Co. Ltd. of Granville and were fitted with canvas concertina doors. The entire group had their canvas doors removed at overhaul and a seat for two persons installed. Safety reasons had dictated the removal of the canvas doors as there had been accidents involving school children. While all the buses started out as 59 seaters, the first group of 309 eventaully all became 61 seat vehicles.

Bus 2330 was sold in 11/1974 to GK & RK of Bathurst NSW  then went missing till now. The bus has been restored for accommodation at Artisans Park for many more years of enjoyment. 

SPECIFICATION

ENGINE:

  • Six cylinder O.H.V. AEC diesel 9.6 litre displacement, bore 4.72", stroke 5.59", 125 BHP @ 1800 RPM.

TRANSMISSION:

  • Four speed "Wilson" pre selector air operated gearbox with a worm drive differential.

BRAKES:

  • Air operated foot brake to all wheels and a mechanical hand brake on the rear wheels.