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WHITE WC16 - 4070

This single-deck bus began its career as a normal-control (bonneted) truck. Sydney bus proprietor, Arthur Marrin of Lakemba, purchased the truck and had the chassis extended to allow a bus body to be fitted. The body is constructed from a timber frame, built by Syd Wood of Bankstown and completed on October 12, 1951. Featuring 41 seats, the vehicle was registered as M/O 4070 in April, 1952, for use on Route 35, operating from Belmore to Lakemba.

In February, 1963, Eddy Hayman purchased the Route 35 and 4070 subsequently came into his ownership. Two months later, 4070 changed hands again, being sold to another bus proprietor, Mr Hayward. Katen and Heath purchased the bus in early 1964, for use on their Fairfield area services. Following an overhaul, 4070 was reregistered as M/O 4698 on April 4, 1964. In October, 1973, the bus was sold to Mr Currie of Glen Innes for the local town service. Once again reregistered in Glen Innes, 4070 then became  M/O 5923. Sold to another operator for the final time in 1982, 4070 was taken to Arandale. In March, 1982, 4070 was finally withdrawn from service and purchased by a group of preservationists.

Three members of the Museum purchased 4070, and the exhibit underwent a full restoration. Completed in March, 1987, 4070 has been returned to its condition when running for Arthur Marrin as M/O 4070. 

Currently this exhibit is non-operational.

Specifications:

Engine: White 6-cylinder side valve petrol, bore 3.825", stroke 4.5", 318 C.I.D., 114 B.H.P. @ 2,800 R.PM.

Transmission: Four-speed 'crash' constant-mesh gearbox to a crown wheel and pinion differential. 

Brakes: Vacuum assisted hydraulic footbrake and a transmission park brake.

4070 operating on the Route 35 for an enthusiasts' tour at the terminus in Redman Parade, Belmore. March 29, 1987. John Ward, SBM Archives.

4070 operating on the Route 35 for an enthusiasts' tour at the terminus in Redman Parade, Belmore. March 29, 1987. John Ward, SBM Archives.

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