The Queensland Omnibus & Coach Society Inc. is a not-for-profit charitable organisation whose members actively restore and preserve historic buses, research public transport history, and conduct and participate in community events across the state of Queensland, Australia.
Our society was formed in 1996 and has since grown in that time to possess a fleet of 18 heritage buses and incorporate a membership base of over 130 members Australia wide.
What we do?
Below is a brief overview of what the Queensland Omnibus & Coach Society and its volunteer members do throughout the year.
Our society and its voluntary members regularly participate in a number of community events throughout South East Queensland each year. Here at these events we display and operate the club's fleet of heritage buses, and provide a display of photos and memorabilia on the history of the bus industry in Queensland. These events include:
- HONK Festival at Ipswich during May
- Heritage Truck Association Annual Show at Rocklea during May
- National Motoring Heritage Day at Ipswich during May
- Teneriffe Festival during July
- HCVAQ Truck & Bus Show at Gatton during September
- All British Day at Tennyson during September
Above: A selection of preserved buses belonging to the Queensland Omnibus & Coach Society and its members as operated at the 2016 History Alive! event at Fort Lytton, near the Port of Brisbane.
Heritage Bus Shuttles / Joy Rides
At many of these events we provide joy rides using our operational fleet of preserved vintage buses. By operating these buses we provide an opportunity for the public to 'step back in time' and experience the way of life their ancestors did.
Above: Our 1981 Volvo B58 leads a procession of six heritage buses operated by the club at the 2016 History Alive! at Fort Lytton event ferrying passengers to and from the car park continuously over the weekend of June 11 & 12.
Above: In December 2017, the team at Ogilvy Advertising traveled on our 1978 Volvo B59 to Boggo Road Gaol for their annual Christmas function.
Heritage Bus Tours
On selected Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway (QPSR) running days at Swanbank near Ipswich, the Queensland Omnibus & Coach Society operates heritage buses in conjunction with the train on a multitude of guided heritage tours around the Blackstone and Swanbank areas taking in different aspects of Ipswich's rich mining history.
Above: Seen at QPSR's Swanbank Railway Station are QOCS 1978 Volvo B59 ex Brisbane City Council 827 and club member Donald Behan's 1958 Leyland Royal Tiger Worldmaster ex 907.
Our club is very proud to be an active restorer and preserver of heritage buses which have previously operated in Queensland. We are forever fundraising to improve the condition and appearance of our bus fleet - and strive towards restoring our vehicles back to original condition. We regularly hold working bees where our voluntary members undertake minor body and mechanical repairs.
Our club is generously supported by Coachworks Pty Ltd for all its major refurbishment needs.
Above: Between September and November 2015, Bus 827 our 1978 Volvo B59 was meticulously restored by the team of Coachworks Pty Ltd at Acacia Ridge - following receipt of a Queensland Government Community Funding Grant and private sponsorship from the bus industry.
Researching and Recording History
Our club holds extensive archives and regularly researches and publishes articles on the history of Queensland bus operators, body builders and industry personnel.
If you have any photos, memorabilia or any other valuable information - we would love to hear from you. Please send us a message to our Secretary.
Above: Queensland's first forward-control (non-bonneted) bus was built by the Watt Brothers of Woolloongabba during August 1935 for Mr J.J. O'Connell's Swann Road Bus Service, west of Brisbane.
Above: In February 1943, Charles Henry Haberman's Virginia Bus Service on the north side of Brisbane, received this normal-control Ford V8 seating 33-passengers with body by the Watt Brothers of Woolloongabba.
Above: This stylish Leyland Tiger was one of three bodied by Athol Hedges between 1947 and 1950 for Clarrie and Reg Lewis, trading as the Lewis Bros of Gympie.
Above: The first of 205 Leyland Panthers for the Brisbane City Council was handed over by Athol Hedges (left) to Lord Mayor Clem Jones (right) during March 1968. The Council received the largest number of Leyland Panther buses any where in the world.
Above: The Cribb Island Bus Service was owned by the Gibson family between July 1925 and June 1953. This fleet photo from 1948 depicts their fleet consisting of Reo, Bedford and White buses - the majority of which originating from Sydney.
Our club regularly conducts day tours throughout South East Queensland visiting bus operators and manufacturers each year. We generally conduct 3-4 tours each year which include 'farewell' tours to commemorate retiring makes and models of buses.
Above: In February 2016, our club conducted a tour to the Gold Coast where we visited a number of bus operators, including Springbrook Mudgeeraba Bus Service which has a heritage fleet of its own.
The Queensland Omnibus & Coach Society currently owns a fleet of 18 vehicles, with our oldest vehicle being 69 years old.
These vehicles have been accumulated over time through generous donations from bus operators and kindred groups across Queensland, to ensure their continued preservation in society. We then display and use these vehicles at numerous events throughout the year including displays, tours and shows on behalf of the club.
To view our bus fleet in more detail, please click Our Bus Fleet.
The following members have been elected to represent QOCS and its members for the 2017-18 year. A new committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) each year, usually in October.
Above: Our President Nick Wilson (right) and Treasurer Martin Stepancich (left) featured in the November 2015 Australasian Bus & Coach Magazine as part of a 'test drive' feature article on the society's 1968 Leyland Panther #498.
|President||Nick Wilson||0406 912 email@example.com|
|Vice President||Ian Lynas||0409 357 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Treasurer||Martin Stepancich||0402 053 email@example.com|
|Secretary||Nigel Collins||0413 379 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Committee Members||Craig Watkins
|0417 744 703
0414 980 342
0424 384 553
If you wish to contact any of the members listed above, please click on the email link for the relevant person you wish to contact.