On the road to new life

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - HE­LEN KEMPTON

THERE will be no stop­ping this old bus now that Paul Oak­ley has bought it.

He has big plans for the 1948 REO bus, which has been lan­guish­ing at Wil­low Court for years and be­fore that at Lach­lan. For the full story, see Page 2.

IN a cou­ple of years a funky old bus which has spent re­cent years at New Nor­folk’s Wil­low Court could be trans­port­ing tourists around south­ern Tas­ma­nia now it is new hands.

Paul Oak­ley has bought the 1948 model REO bus and plans to re­store it to its orig­i­nal state.

“I plan to re­store it to a pe­riod bus, which I reckon will take me a cou­ple of years, and then do some­thing with it within the tourism in­dus­try,” Mr Oak­ley said. “Per­haps that could be win­ery tours, per­haps some­thing else but it will be great to get it on the road again.”

He hopes some­one might be able to shed some more light on the his­tory of the US-built ve­hi­cle.

“I know the bus was owned by a com­pany in Burnie called Tat­lows un­til 1975,” Mr Oak­ley said. “It then came down south and took a lo­cal fam­ily to Queens­land.

“It then sat in a pad­dock at Lach­lan and was then ac­quired by Wil­low Court.”

Any­one who can pro­vide more in­for­ma­tion on the ve­hi­cle’s his­tory can con­tact Mr Oak­ley on 0418 913 964.

Pic­ture: SAM ROSEWARNE

Pic­tures: SAM ROSEWARNE

WORK TO DO: The 1948 REO bus that Paul Oak­ley is restor­ing.

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