Albion Valkyrie CX13 bus, 1947

Made 1947

This single-deck Albion Valkyrie model CX13 bus was operated in the Sydney suburb of Hurstville from 1948 to 1967 by the Red Transit Co. Its chassis was built in Scotland in 1947 by Albion Motors while the bus’ body was made in Sydney by Star Brothers in the suburb of Newtown.

The first buses to operate in Sydney and Melbourne in 1905 were steam powered, but were not successful due to high operating costs and the unsuitability of the roads. A number of servicemen returning from the First World...


The bus has a red livery with black trim, brown leather seats, sliding glass windows, and front and rear concertina doors. Tyres are Goodyear 10.00-20 heavy duty rayon 12 ply. The Registration number is M.O. 507. The bus was licensed to carry 42 passengers seated and 18 standing. It features a hand stop. The bus was road registered until 1980 and still displays route number 115.


2870 mm
2600 mm


The chassis on this bus was manufactured by the Scottish firm, Albion Motors, established in Glasgow in 1899 to produce cars. Commercial vehicle production began in 1909 and during the First World War the firm manufactured 3-ton trucks. Bus production commenced in 1914 and both trucks and buses were made at their Scotstoun works. Both single and double-deck buses were produced and virtually all Albion bus models were given names beginning with the letter "V", including Viking, Valkyrie, Valiant, Victor and Venturer. Diesel engines were used from 1933. Bus chassis were exported to Australia, South Africa, Asia and India.

The Albion Valkyrie CX series, of which this bus chassis is an example, were made between 1937 and 1950 and comprise an engine and gearbox mounted together rather than being joined by a separate drive shaft.

The bus body for this Albion Valkyrie was built by Star Brothers of 654-664 King Street, Newtown, a Sydney suburb in the inner west.


Gift of T Moore, 1980
2 June, 1980

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Albion Valkyrie CX13 bus, 1947 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 November 2017, <>
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