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Haugesund


A Look at its Buses, past and present.



 
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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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Haugesund bus station, circa 1952.(Picture loaned by Olav Svandal) Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture Pictured in Haugesund is this 1936 Dodge with bodywork built by Haugesund Karosseri. It was operated by one John Hove Holm on the Førde to Haugesund route. The vehicle was later acquired by the Haugesund Tittelsnes Billag.(Picture loaned by Olav Svandal)

Haugesund Turistbil operated this 1947 Dodge touring coach. The bodywork is again built by the Haugesund Karosseri Fabrikk. The logo on the side of the coach represents 3 seagulls, which also appear on Haugesund Kommune's coat of arms.(Picture loaned by Olav Svandal) Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture This young lady is posing infront of a 1947 Volvo. Again, the bodywork is built by Haugesund Karosseri Fabrikk. Originally owned by Laastad of Haugesund, it later passed to Nedstrands Ruta, and finally ended its days with Haugaland Billag.(Picture loaned by Olav Svandal)

From the early 1960's is this Volvo with bodywork by Haugesund Karosseri Fabrikk. It was operated by Sakaria Nesheim from Vats.(Picture loaned by Olav Svandal) Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture Seen on a grey, wet, wind swept day in the early the 1970's is this Repstad bodied Scania in the fleet of Haugaland Billag.(Picture loaned by Olav Svandal)

This 1952 Dodge was in the Haugesund Rutebil fleet. It is now the next restoration project for the Rutebilhistorisk Forening in Haugesund. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture Seen in May 2001 is a view of Haugesund's Flotmyr bus station. Flotmyr is used by buses serving Haugesund's surrounding towns and district and by inter-city coaches. The design of the bus station canopy has attracted many and varied comments, but in my opinion it is a masterpiece. I don't know if it is just coincidence that it looks like a flying seagull, Haugesund's coat of arms consisting of 3 seagulls in flight. The canopy covers the bus-bays, but to the right and off-picture is a low-rise building housing waiting and refreshment rooms and a hotel.

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