HG640 Peninsula Bus Lines
Fowler Landliner / RWeber
1945

Fowler Landliner
Chassis No:    
Converted to:
Body:  RWeber -/45 FC30F    AC50F
Engine:  2 x Ford V8 petrol   
Gearbox:    
Last updated:  3 October 2014   


  DATE       REGO    No   FLEET       No
1945HG640Peninsula Bus Lines (Frankstown VIC) [Dysons]   
Jun 194710177(RV41)Western Australian Government RailwaysRV41   
circaJun 194810177(C1)Western Australian Government RailwaysC1   
01554(F1)Western Australian Government RailwaysF1   
1957UWA082(F1)Western Australian Government RailwaysF1   


NOTES:
    
Chassis manufactured by Fowler Constructions Pty Ltd; Length 13.7m; Steered by hydraulic swivelling of undercarriage beneath driver; Powered by 2 Ford V8 petrol engines, one mounted in the front undercarriage, the other at the rear; Hydraulic braking fitted to all six wheels, however trailer brakes were operated independently of power bogie brakes by means of a steering-column mounted hand valve; Emergency vacuum-hydraulic brakes also fitted to trailer; Originally fitted with 30 seats, but thought to have been re-seated to at least double that capacity prior to entering service with Dysons / Peninsula
   
    
Demonstrated to Victorian politicians
28 Nov 1945   
    
Ran off road travelling empty to Balcombe Military Camp whilst attempting to overtake a milk van
8 Mar 1946   
    
Contrary to popular opinion, cause of accident was deemed to have been due to insufficient room to pass rather than by hydraulic steering system failure
   
    
Re-licence refused by Victorian authorities & sold to WAGR
circaJun 1946   
    
Report prepared by Victorian Transport Regulation Board inspectors for WA Minister for Transport deemed the `Landliner` suitable for WA conditions, but suggested freight-only tests be undertaken prior to passenger use
Jun 1946   
    
Observed in Kalgoorlie en-route to Perth
Jul 1947   
    
Observed in WAGR Midland Workshops being re-painted
Sep 1947   
    
In service with WAGR
circaOct 1947   
    
Parliamentary Select Committee recommended withdrawal & fitting of alternative steering system
2 Dec 1947   
    
Subsequent to Victorian Transport Regulation Board advice that the hydraulic steering system was safe if regularly maintained, returned to service unmodified early
1948   
    
Recorded in WAGR documents as being a 44-seater
Jun 1948   
    
Withdrawn, shortened & converted to conventional 50-seat trailer to be hauled by Foden prime mover (F1); registration plates transferred to (F1)
Nov 1948   
    
Withdrawn when prime mover (F1) was converted to a truck
18 Oct 1963   



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