Haugesund with a population of about 30,000, is not a large town even by Norwegian standards. It lies on the mainland in the north of Rogaland fylke (county), about halfway between Stavanger and Bergen.
Haugesund's size belies the great variety of bus types to be seen trafficking its streets. The three main companies operating buses here are; Haugaland Busstrafikk (the bus division of Haugaland Billag), Nettbuss Vest (owned by NSB, the state railway company), and HSD Buss (owned by Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskipsselskap).
During May 2001 I took a couple of trips up to Haugesund from Stavanger with "Kystbussen", which is the express coach service between Stavanger and Bergen. The stretch from Stavanger to Haugesund takes about 2 hours, including 25 minutes on the car-ferry over Boknafjorden. This is a very enjoyable journey, where you can relax and take in the coastal scenery, and if you're travelling alone, it's much cheaper than driving yourself!
This Feature is spread over three pages. Page 1 consists of some pictures from the early days of bus operation in Haugesund and the surrounding district. All are of buses operated by the forerunners of Haugaland Busstrafikk, and were kindly loaned by Olav Svandal who is the representative for the Rutebilhistorisk Forening in north Rogaland. Page 2 has pictures of buses from the present Haugaland Busstrafikk fleet in operation around the town, and Page 3 has pictures of buses from other fleets including the Nettbuss Vest and HSD Buss fleets.
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