QOCS delivers second free heritage bus service in Ipswich

For the second year running, the Queensland Omnibus and Coach Society (QOCS) has operated a free heritage bus service for the Ipswich City Council’s ‘Planes, Trains and Autos’ event.

The event, which was held on April 29 this year, is held at North Ipswich’s The Workshops Rail Museum.

It’s a celebration of all things aviation, rail and automobiles including thrilling aerial displays alongside on-ground rail, aviation and vehicle displays, interactive exhibits, roving entertainments and more. On the day, QOCS ran a heritage bus service for attendees for the second consecutive year.

QOCS used two of its heritage fleet on the services, which both formerly belonged to Brisbane City Council. The first bus used was Bus 827, which is a 1978 Volvo B59, while Bus 100 a 1983 MAN SL200 was also used.

Both of the two buses operated along a designated loop service for the event, with route one going to and from Bell Street in the Ipswich CBD to connect with the train at Ipswich Railway Station. Route two was then to and from St Joseph’s Primary School in Ipswich, where car parking was available for passengers.

QOCS co-event managers Matthew Luchterhand and Reece Coak organised and supervised the delivery of the services, with QOCS president Nick Wilson saying they “did an outstanding job to deliver a professional and seamless operation”.

“In total, our buses operated 45 trips between 8.45am and 4.00pm and carried a total of 555 passengers,” he says.

This story is courtesy of the Australasian Bus & Coach Magazine with all photos supplied by QOCS.