Langley’s Coaches Fleet Profile – 2015 Scania K320IB/Higer A30 TV8892

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A review of the Great Whites 220mm 18 diode round LED driving lights

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Great Whites 220mm 18 diode round LED driving lights in action…. Denning Decker TV5580

I recently had the opportunity to see a set of Great Whites 220mm round 18 diode LED driving lights in action – to say I’m really impressed is an absolutely true understatement! I truly like how quick these lights start up – almost instantaneously unlike a HID light which takes time to start…. another plus with these is that they use relatively little power on the circuit so they will not flatten your battery/ies if your alternator decides to cark it!

The light emitted from these is a crisp, white light which virtually mimics daylight – this allows you to see a wider view of any animals on the side of the road and can take appropriate action where possible as evidenced on this trip…

I would highly recommend these lights as they are the best! They may not be cheap (at $660 including GST per light – see Great Whites 18 LED Wide Angle Round Light for more info) but the extra initial expense gives you added safety!

Blogosphere help required!

Hi blogosphere!

I need your help in this – my friends and one of their coach captains (another friend of mine) at Langley’s Coaches in Dubbo, NSW, Australia have been nominated in Dubbo’s biggest night of the year, the Rhino Awards. I need you to vote in these categories:

Service With A Smile:
Nominee to vote for: Adam Millington – Langley’s Coaches
Website: 2016 Rhino Awards – Service With A Smile

Dubbo’s Most Popular Business:
Nominee to vote for: Langley’s Coaches
Website: 2016 Rhino Awards – Dubbo’s Most Popular Business

All you need to do is click on the blue link next to Website for both categories and vote for the named nominees…. I have specifically nominated them as they don’t get the recognition they deserve….

Thanks a million,
Joe

Langley’s Coaches Fleet Profile: 1988 Austral HRP2 Minimaster TV8354

Today, I have a very special vehicle profile for you – this little Austral is the subject….

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Austral HRP2 Minimaster TV8354 – 3/4 LHS front

Originally owned by Deluxe Coachlines of Wangaratta, Victoria, wearing fleet number 203, it then went through to Hopkinson’s of Sydney as TV533, then Australia Coach in Cairns, Queensland as 578IDY then to Coach Australia (Red and White Coaches) as 578IDY then COA30 before coming to Dubbo, NSW and joining the Langley’s Coaches fleet as TV8354.

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Austral HRP2 Minimaster TV8354 – front view complete with original Deluxe destination box roll

Phil Langley was one of Deluxe’s employees and had an idea to repaint the Minimaster into their colours as they purchased all five Minimaster units that were built – Austral made coaches to what their customers required. This particular example was the third to come off the production line.

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Austral HRP2 Minimaster TV8354 – 3/4 RHS
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Austral HRP2 Minimaster TV8354 – RHS
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Austral HRP2 Minimaster TV8354 – rear
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Austral HRP2 Minimaster TV8354 – driver’s station
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Austral HRP2 Minimaster TV8354 – saloon area

This particular coach is very, very smooth in it’s ride – being that it is 10.6m long helps in that smoothness. My mother and I were very fortunate to be taken out by Phil for a pretty long ride – the big 6V92 combined with the 6 speed Spicer crash box made for a smooth ride as well….

Thanks must go to Phil as I would not have had this opportunity if he wasn’t there….

Upcoming Photo Alert!

I have a photo shoot coming up next week – friends of mine have just completed a project on one of their coaches and I will be profiling it in a very special vehicle profile on here! So excited….. bring it on! As a teaser, here is a photo of said coach:

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1988 Austral HRP2 MiniMaster TV8354. Photo courtesy of Michael Langley

The Austral MiniMaster is a very rare coach in that there were only 5 made and all of them ended up going to Deluxe Coachlines in Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia. This is ex-Deluxe #203 and has been put back into their colours by the Langley family of Dubbo, NSW, Australia. The patriarch of the Langley family, Phil Langley, used to work for them so it was fitting to put this lovely little coach back into their colours

Tamworth Country Music Festival

At the moment, the largest festival dedicated to country music in the southern hemisphere is happening. The Tamworth Country Music Festival is held in January every year and attracts visitors from across the world….

The Big Golden Guitar – January 2012

The highlight of the festival is the Country Music Cavalcade – the Cavalcade is a parade showcasing singers who are singing songs from the artist who is being featured. In 2014, the Cavalcade featured the late Slim Dusty….

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Adam Harvey – brand ambassador for the Volkswagen Amarok. 2014 Country Music Cavalcade
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The most amazing Dianne Lindsay – Dianne is the daughter of the late Reg Lindsay and Heather McKean (the sister of Slim Dusty’s wife, Joy). Country Music Cavalcade 2014
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Doug McIntyre – 2014 Country Music Cavalcade

I will be in Tamworth on Saturday – stay tuned for a new blog entry for this year!

As a closer, I will be featuring this song from Adam Harvey – this is the latest single from Adam’s latest album, Harvey’s Bar… The Backyard Sessions. This song is called Harvey’s
Backyard Bar:

Langley’s Coaches Fleet Profile – Scania K320IB/Higer A30 TV7681

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Langley’s Coaches Scania K320IB/Higer A30 TV7681

Today I want to feature the largest 2 axle coach in the Langley’s fleet. This Scania K320IB is a 57 seat charter coach – featuring a Chinese built Higer A30 body, this is a fairly versatile vehicle for all small-medium charters and any local work.