Cel­e­brat­ing our rich his­tory

With all the pol­i­tics and de­bate over ne­go­ti­ated ver­sus ten­dered bus con­tracts, it’s good to see the in­dus­try still makes time to cel­e­brate its suc­cesses, writes Ran­dall John­ston

ABC (Australia) - - AT THE HELM -

For­mer Denning em­ployee of 12 years and 40-year bus in­dus­try vet­eran Dick White came up with the idea for the Denning 60-year re­union com­mem­o­ra­tive event, which was held in Bris­bane last month.

ABC was lucky enough to be in­vited along. Cor­re­spon­dent Greg Keane was blown away by the pas­sion and rev­er­ence with which the Denning brand is held, and his re­port goes a long way to­wards il­lus­trat­ing the rea­sons why this is so.

White says the rea­son why many people iden­tify so strongly with – and are so fond of – Denning buses in Aus­tralia is sim­ple.

“It comes down to the qual­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity of the prod­uct,” White says. “Denning has spanned decades now, driven by a won­der­ful team of en­thu­si­as­tic em­ploy­ees who made the prod­uct what it is. That is the main rea­son why the prod­uct is held in such high re­gard through­out Aus­tralia.”

While White finds it a real chal­lenge to pick one, his per­sonal favourite is the Den-Air model - with full air bag sus­pen­sion.

“The Den-Air was a signi cant cat­a­lyst for the Denning prod­uct, hav­ing moved on from tra­di­tional leaf spring sus­pen­sion.”

There was no short­age of strik­ing ex­am­ples of clas­sic Denning buses on show at the event, with ve­hi­cles rang­ing from the Mono, De­nair and Den ex through to the later Land­seer and dou­ble- decker mod­els. Couldn’t make it along? No sweat, you can read all about this event on page 20.

Tech­nol­ogy, pri­vati­sa­tion and re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tion were some of the hot top­ics as in­dus­try gures con­verged on South Aus­tralia for the 2017 Bus SA an­nual con­fer­ence ( p.24). There was also a spe­cial Coach Con­nec­tions sum­mit – you can read about this in the next edi­tion of ABC.

As con­tract re­newals fast ap­proach, the 2017 TasBus an­nual con­fer­ence was packed with op­er­a­tors seek­ing the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on how they will be af­fected ( p. 30).

Else­where, tech­ni­cal writer Paul Aldridge headed to Ac­cred­ited Heavy Ve­hi­cle Train­ing (AHVT) in Syd­ney to sit his HR un­re­stricted li­cence and see how good his driv­ing skills ac­tu­ally are ( p. 32).

Mean­while, fourth-gen­er­a­tion owner Trevor Heise con­tin­ues to drive re­gional New South Wales school and char­ter op­er­a­tion Cooma Coaches to­wards growth ( p.54).

In a busy month for Paul, he also took a unique Coach De­sign/Mercedes­Benz Euro 6 lux­ury coach for a spin cour­tesy of Crowthers Coaches (p.56).

So that’s it: a healthy mix of hard and hu­man in­ter­est in­dus­try news to keep you pow­er­ing on into July.

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