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Nuline Charter / Bayside Coaches – 25th Anniversary Tour

April 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST

$10 – $20

The Bus & Coach Society of Victoria is planning to visit the three depots of Nuline Charter and Bayside Coaches in Moorabbin, Clayton and Spotswood on Sunday 23 April as part of an all-day tour, open to both BCSV members and guests.

The day will include rides on a variety of vehicles in the predominantly Volvo fleet. The availability of the low floor rail fleet for rides and photos will be subject to Metro Trains “Big Build” occupations occurring on the day of our visit.

This tour will mark the 25 year anniversary of Nuline Charter under the sterling leadership of Geoff Vickers & Andrew Czarnecki, growing the business to over 120 vehicles today.

On 9 February 1998 Geoff Vickers & Andrew Czarnecki of Bayside Coaches purchased 21 vehicles from Craig Coop of Nuline Bus Services and renamed the operation as Nuline Charter.

A highlight of the day will be sampling #111, a 1997 Scania K93 Austral Pacific ‘XL” (see event cover photo by Jason Lipszyc) recently repainted back to original colours. This is the only original vehicle purchased by Craig Coop (Nuline Bus Service) still with the Nuline Charter fleet and remains in ad-hoc use. This bus was renumbered from #100 after being semi-withdrawn during the many COVID-19 lockdowns, before being called back into action as charter demand returned. #100 was also its original number at Nuline Bus Service.



The tour cost will be $10 for members (u/18 half fare) and $20 for non-members (u/18 half fare). This will include a BBQ lunch and a special commemorative CD.



Annual adult membership is currently just $50 & a concession rate of $40 for pensioners and students under 25.

We are offering a special “Welcome Bonus” membership rate for the 2023/2024 financial year to anyone joining us between now and June 30 2023.

This will include the discounted members’ fare on the Nuline 25th anniversary tour on Sunday 23 April plus a copy of the May 2023 Australian Bus Panorama magazine…a saving of up to $19! 

Payment can be made online in advance or alternatively cash payments on the day.



Pick-up locations are as follows:
* 8:00am – Nuline Clayton depot at 36-44 Whiteside Road (please park all cars in drivers’ carpark, entering off Whiteside Rd, please do not walk around depot)
* 8:05am – Clayton Station (rail replacement bus stop on Carnish Rd)
* 8:30am – Caulfield Station (North Side Route 900 bus stop on Sir John Monash Dr)
* 9:00am – Southern Cross Station (Route 216 bus stop outside Coles, near Lonsdale St)

Alternatively, meet outside the Nuline Spotswood depot (176 Hall St) opposite Spotswood Station by 9:20am. (Please wait outside for our arrival). Note the transfer coach does not return in the afternoon, see below.

Afternoon drop-offs:
* 4pm tour conclusion at Nuline Clayton depot
* 4:05pm – Clayton Station
* 4:30pm – Caulfield Station

Those returning back to Southern Cross or Spotswood will need to catch a train from Caulfield (every 10 mins). 24 mins to Southern Cross & 38 mins to Spotswood.



Please advise your attendance on the day by email to secretary@bcsv.org.au to aid in catering & demand for a second transfer vehicle. Any special dietary requirements should also be advised.



As usual, hi-vis vests / shirts will be required to be worn within depots. Pick one up for about $10 from Kmart, Bunnings, Lowes, discount shops etc.




The Nuline brand has been synonymous with Melbourne’s south-east since 1949 when a business syndicate, headed by Charlie Spence, acquired two routes in the Caulfield area from Mr Lee, who had purchased the routes from Eastern Suburbs Omnibus Service (ESOS) 6 months earlier.

The business has gone through multiple owners in the decades since including Joe Bellofiori & Ray Higginson (Moonee Valley Bus Lines) in March 1972 and Craig Coop in January 1987.

Under Craig Coop Nuline acquired 7 buses and the Centre Rd depot from the Bentleigh Charter 14 August 1988, previously operated by the Suhr family. Bentleigh Bus Lines’ route services had previously been sold to Ventura effective 27 April 1987.

Nuline continued to run local routes focused on Moorabbin & Brighton until 30 September 1991 when they transferred these across to Grenda’s/Moorabbin Transit. In exchange they took over the former Camden 627 Elsternwick – Chadstone – East Brighton route from Moorabbin Transit. Craig Coop soon sold the route to Driver Bus Lines on 1 May 1992.

The most recent ownership chapter began on 9 February 1998 when Geoff Vickers & Andrew Czarnecki of Bayside Coaches purchased 21 vehicles from Craig Coop of Nuline Bus Services and renamed the operation as Nuline Charter. The focus in the years since has been school and general charter along with a rapidly expanding fleet of rail replacement buses.

Nuline Bus Services remained as a trading name for Craig Coop (mostly for school charter work) until the majority of his vehicles were sold to Diamond Coaches in Melbourne’s north-east in September 2018.

Andrew and Geoff had previously acquired two vehicles from Craig Coop on September 23 1995 to form Czarvic Pty Ltd, trading as Bayside Coaches. Bayside Coaches continues as a premium brand alongside Nuline Charter.

In mid 2021 Nuline absorbed Victorian Touring Coaches from Bill Armstrong via liquidators; another long-standing operation also dating back from 1949 which sadly fell victim to the rolling COVID-19 lockdowns in Victoria.

Most recently effective 1 February 2023 they have purchased the Jay Tee Coaches business from John Trenfield, but not the vehicles.


April 23
9:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST
$10 – $20
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