NotesThis bus went into service on February 4, 1954 operating from Burwood, Willoughby, Randwick and Kingsgrove Depots in Sydney, and in Newcastle, between 1969 and 1975. The bus was the last government operated double decker in Newcastle. The bus was withdrawn from service in March 1976 (due to a water leak from the engine cooling system). It had operated 685,917 kilometres in service with the Department of Government Transport (later Public Transport Commission).
During the use of this bus in the Government bus fleet it received four major mechanical and body overhauls. The first was in 1958 or 1959 and then again on 5th October, 1962 and again after this on 25th June, 1967 and 6th April, 1971. In April, 1974 it was given a minor overhaul at Hamilton Workshops in Newcastle and was repainted in the Public Transport Commission's new blue and white colour scheme. In fact, the bus was the last of the old type of double decker buses to be so treated at Hamilton. Furthermore, it was one of only four double deckers that were ever painted in the blue and white colours.
No.2769 was the last double decker bus used by the PTC in Newcastle and made a special farewell trip through that City's main streets on 24th May, 1975. At the conclusion of this journey it was driven to Sydney and carried a bus load of interested transport enthusiasts. On its return to Sydney it was placed into service at Burwood Deport.
While the bus was in regular use it saw service at Burwood Depot from 4th February, 1954 until February, 1960, at Willoughby Depot until January, 1962, at Randwick Depot until November, 1963, at Burwood Depot until March, 1965, at Randwick Depot until December, 1968, at Kingsgrove Depot until May, 1969, at Newcastle Depot until May, 1975 and then at Burwood Depot until finally withdrawn in March, 1976.
This bus had completed 426,300 miles in Government service. It was presented to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences on 16 July, 1976 by the PTC.
UsedPublic Transport Commission of New South Wales 1954-1976