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Sydney Albion Bus No 2004

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April 1968 -"Buses for sale" - declared the newspaper.

The NSW Dept. of Government Transport had a dozen buses to sell; AECs, Leylands and two Albions. No mention made that one of the Albions had a rear end dent or a maximum speed of just 32 mph, only that it was the cheapest. The asking price was a thousand dollars; the deal was settled in good spirit at four hundred!

No 2004 had been operating the 393 Circular Quay to La Perouse service but with Sydney's Albions already being withdrawn, when a car drove into the back of 2004 its La Perouse days were finally over.

Albert was collected from the Chullora bus works on Wednesday 15th May 1968 on the morning after a blustering "southerly buster", the weather still being windy and wet for the drive to the North Shore. Thus it was learned that Sydney buses are far from weather-proof!

No 2004 at Chullora on the day of collection

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