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B2235 Bus, full size, double-deck, Leyland Titan, OPD2/1, chassis No. 511956, body built by Clyde Engineering Co, Granville, New South Wales, Australia, 1953. Click to enlarge.

1953 Leyland Titan double-deck bus

This towering bus represents not just public transport in Sydney and Newcastle but also the romance, inconvenience and danger of travel and working life on the old double deckers. For many passengers, the views from the upper deck and the more relaxed ambience there made the awkward climb up the stairs worthwhile. For the conductor, negotiating the stairs many times a day on a lurching bus to collect fares was not easy. There was some danger involved in passengers running after a moving bus …


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Object Statement

Bus, full size, double-deck, Leyland Titan, OPD2/1, chassis No. 511956, body built by Clyde Engineering Co, Granville, New South Wales, Australia, 1953

Physical Description

Double-deck Leyland omnibus painted in blue and cream and numbered 2769. The bus has a Leyland style OPD2/1 chassis. There are thirteen seats downstairs, in addition to a driver's cabin and sixteen seats upstairs, with a rear corner staircase and fitted lighting.

Chassis: Leyland Titan OPD2 chassis number 511956
Engine: Leyland 0.600 six cylinder diesel of 9.8 litres displacement
Gearbox: Wilson pre-selector
Body: Clyde Engineering Co Ltd 59 seats, new at October 1953 at a cost of 6,004 pounds



2500 mm



It is believed that about 2,000 mechanically powered double deck buses have operated in Australia since 1905. Most had British chassis and the body designs mainly followed British practice. No.2769 represents the double deck bus in its basic form, with front mounted engine, rear platform and staircase, usually requiring a two person crew.



This 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 The bus was withdrawn from service in March 1976 (due to a water leak from the engine cooling system).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.


Credit Line

Gift of the New South Wales Public Transport Commission Store, 1976

Acquisition Date

15 July 1976

Cite this Object


1953 Leyland Titan double-deck bus 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 January 2022, <>


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