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The Transporthistorisk Forening (Historical Transport Society) is made up of groups and individuals with an interest in the preservation of all kinds of commercial vehicles, not just road transport, but rail and sea as well.

On 19. August 2000, the Rogaland section of the THF organised an exhibition of historical vehicles on the quayside in the centre of Stavanger. Exhibits included buses, fire engines, trucks, tractors, marine engines, agricultural engines, private motorcars and motorcycles, and boats. A round trip from the quayside was laid on for visitors consisting of a bus ride up to the railway station, then continuing by steam train then back to the exhibition by boat. After the miserable summer weather Stavanger folk have experienced this year, the day was unexpectedly blessed with sunshine, which brought out the crowds.

As this website is dedicated to buses I will concentrate on the Rutebilhistorisk Forening's contribution, but for those of you who are interested, on page 2 of this feature you will find pictures of the other non-bus related exhibits.

The Rogaland section of the Rutebilhistorisk Forening (RHF) exhibited four buses. One was on static display, two were ferrying visitors from the exhibition site to the railway station, and one, Pølsebussen (the Hot-Dog bus), was selling hot-dogs of course. On the RHF stand was a pictorial history of bus operations in the Stavanger area, plus literature on the RHF's work restoring buses.

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The RHF stand with the pictorial history of bus operations in the Stavanger area. Behind the pictures is Pølsebussen. The canopy was originally intended to keep off the rain, but as it turned out, it provided some welcome shade from the sun. Due to my nocturnal working habits that particular week I attended the exhibition a little late in the day, when it had started to cloud over. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture L-25664 is a 1964 Scania-Vabis B76-63LV with a 12 metre 43 seat coach body built by the Repstad Brothers. It is powered by a front mounted 190 h.p. diesel engine. It is seen here having just returned from a trip around the town.

A back view of L-24664. This coach started its working life in 1964 in Stavanger and has been locally owned right up to the present day. It was used for coach tours abroad by tour operator Overland. Since 1976 it has been owned by Arne Sunnanå and can still be seen on the roads on the little island of Mosterøy. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture Z-1823 is a 1948 White WB20, a product of the White Motor Corporation in the USA, with a Norwegian built Høka bus body. This bus has featured before in the Stavanger Bus Page, but I'm sure you won't mind seeing a couple more pictures. It too has been carrying visitors to the exhibition.

Z-1823 seen from another angle. It is clad in its original NSB (Norwegian State Railways) livery, and is the result of 10 years of loving restoration by its present owners, Karl Ingve Braut and Ernst Arve Stangeland from Sandnes. Just over the other side of the harbour you can see a Stavanger landmark, the passenger ship Gamle Rogaland. This has also received many years of careful restoration work, having survived a sinking during World War 2. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture Another Stavanger landmark is L-6554, a 1946 Volvo LV-128D, or better known as Pølsebussen (the Hot-Dog bus). Originally operated by NSB as a bus, it has for the past 30 years been a fixture in the evenings on Stavanger's market place selling hot-dogs.

L-1613 was on static display during the exhibition. What you see in the picture is a 1934 Dodge H.44 with an 18 seat bus body, but the story behind this reality is rather unusual. The vehicle is owned by Østerhus Bilruter AS at Tau, a little town not far from Stavanger. Today, Østerhus Bilruter is owned by CGEA, the same company which owns SOT, Stavanger's main bus operator. When the company was started in 1933 by Ola Østerhus (known locally as Ola Buss), he used a Republic which he had bought from Røyksund-Ruta at Haugesund. This first bus was eventually beaten by the rough roads in the district and its fate was to become a hen-house. Its history after that is unknown and the bus disappeared. More recently, a driver with Østerhus Bilruter, Rolf Sæbø, wishing to recreate the company's early history, built the bus you see here on a 1934 Dodge chassis. Working from old photographs of the original bus, it took him 2 years to complete, all done in his garage at home. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture An interior view of the Dodge. The lever mechanism over the dash is for opening and closing the passenger door and was quite common on early buses. The White/Høka bus featured earlier in this article has a similar mechanism. The fire extinguisher is of course modern!

A view under the bonnet on the Dodge. The engine is a Dodge B-13-4673 petrol unit, and is in full working order. Click for a larger picture

Click for a larger picture The end of the day and the homeward journey begins. That someone could think of using it as a hen-house???? Not a second time around hopefully.

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