On the road to new life
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.
WORK TO DO: The 1948 REO bus that Paul Oakley is restoring.