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Tau, September 2000.



 
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Just forty minutes from Stavanger city-centre by car-ferry is the small community of Tau. With its ferry connection with Stavanger, Tau is the gateway to Ryfylke, one of the most beautiful areas of mountains, fjords and islands in the whole of Norway.

The bus operator here is Østerhus Buss AS, founded in 1933 by Ola Østerhus as Østerhus Bilruter. The present company was formed in 2000 when the bus operation of the then Østerhus Bilruter was bought by the French company CGEA (now Connex). The large road haulage division was not included in the purchase and still operates under the name of Østerhus Bilruter, and still sharing the same livery as the buses. The Østerhus family remain at the helm of the company in the form of the present general manager Olav Østerhus.

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UA18333 is a Volvo B10B with Vest Liner bodywork. Seen here picking up passengers at the Tau ferry terminal. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture UA19232 is a Volvo B10M with Vest Liner combi bodywork. The combi refers to the vehicle being a combined passenger and goods vehicle. This type of vehicle was once very common in rural Norway. The proportion of passenger to goods space could vary enormously, some vehicles having as few as only a couple of rows of seats behind the driver.

Another view of UA19232, the Volvo B10M with Vest Liner combi bodywork. This picture clearly shows the goods area to the rear of the back axel. The bus is also equipped with a large tail-lift at the rear. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture RH21910 is a Mercedes-Benz O 614 D midi-bus. The newspapers have just come with an early morning ferry from Stavanger and will be taken to distribution points in the district by bus.

SR27964 is a Volvo B10M with Arna bodywork. Despite the destination blind, the bus is on its way to the Tau ferry terminal. There is always a bus to meet the incoming ferries. Behind the white building to the left of the picture is the Østerhus Bilruter bus garage. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture Another picture of UA18333, a Volvo B10B with Vest Liner bodywork. Seen here setting down a passenger on its way into Tau from Jørpeland. In September the shadows are beginning to get very long, even though this shot was taken around midday.

SR37745 is a Volvo B10R with Arna bodywork. It is still clad in the old Østerhus Bilruter livery. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture UA20249 is a Volvo B10M with Vest V25 bodywork. It is seen here behind the Post Office in Tau, having just transfered newspapers over to Post vehicles for further distribution.

Another picture of UA20249, a Volvo B10M with Vest V25 body. Seen here returning to the Østerhus Bilruter depôt in Tau. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture SR27964, a Volvo B10M with Arna bodywork, seen here at the Tau ferry terminal. Although it is older than previously pictured SR37745, this bus has been repainted in the new Østerhus livery.

RE39141 is a 1973 model Volvo B57-55 with Repstad bodywork, seen here parked in the Østerhus Bilruter depôt. This picture clearly shows the old livery. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture An interesting line-up of mainly older buses in the old livery at the Østerhus Bilruter bus garage at Tau. From left to right they are; RE39141 a Volvo/Repstad, SR37745 a Volvo B10R/Arna, PX26018 a Volvo B9M/Repstad, PX24351 a Mercedes-Benz/Repstad, RE90636 a Volvo/Repstad, and UA19523 a Volvo B10M with Vest Liner bodywork in the new livery.


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