Chadstone in the 1980s

During the 1980s Chadstone was about half the size it is now. Some buses still stopped on the original drag on the western side of the entrance, with others at a relatively new entrance at the rear (which gradually became the main bus area until 2015), where layover facilities were also provided.

Chadstone was still a very colourful place in terms of buses in those days, but with several buyouts and various route changes, by the end of 1991, there were only three players left – Driver/Waverley Transit, Grenda and Ventura.


Camden had operated Route 627 (formerly 94A) from Elsternwick to Chadstone since 1953, extending the route from Oakleigh to the centre upon its opening in October 1960. On 1/1/1981 they took over Casey Coaches, operator of Route 620 between McKinnon, Gardiner, Caulfield and Chastone. The following year on 28/8/1982 they combined both services as Route 627 Elsternwick – Chadstone – McKinnon.

Camden was taken over by the newly formed Moorabbin Transit (Grenda) on 1/7/1988. Route 627 would then go to Nuline (Coop) on 30/9/1991 before they sold to Driver Bus Lines on 1/5/1992.

Camden Bus Service #4, LRJ 077, Comair Bedford SB5 seen at Chadstone S.C. on a 627 McKinnon service in 1986. Ex Driver B.L. #7 (Peter Kane)

Camden Bus Service #6, AZB 262, Austral Bedford SB5 seen at Chadstone SC on a McKinnon 627 service in 1986. Note the supplementary sign on the dash. (Peter Kane)

Camden Bus Service #17, KHV 552, Comair Bedford SB5, seen on a 627 service at Chadstone SC in 1985 (Peter Kane)

This Comair Bedford SB5, #3, LMK 572 was new to Moreland 5/1973 and acquired by Camden in 11/1981. It was sold to Moorabbin Transit along with the route on 1/7/1988 and lasted about another three years in service: (Paul Kennelly)




















Driver & Waverley Transit:

With the opening of Chadstone in 1960, Driver Bus Lines extended their Glen Iris – Camberwell route (Route 81A later known as 612) to service the centre, later through-routing to Box Hill via Canterbury and Mont Albert North on 29 May 1978 shortly after the takeover of Cullen’s Route 610.

In September 1986 they would become a prominent operator of Chadstone services, taking over Shave’s Routes 622 (Chadstone – Holmesglen – Oakleigh – Chadstone – Caulfield), 623 (Glen Waverley – Chadstone – St Kilda) and 625 (Chadstone – Caufleld – Kew). Due to the poor condition of the fleet, it was decided to operate these routes under a separate entity called Waverley Transit.

The operation would soon become the subject of a landmark court case, after the Labor State Government threatened to hand over the service to Qunice’s as part of open tendering. Waverley Transit won, effectively providing that they owned the routes rather than the state government who subsided them. The Waverley Transit name would be retained for the next decade.

Driver #15, ABP 215 (Bedford SB5, Domino Hedges) seen at Chadstone in 1986 (Peter Kane)



Driver acquired #3, BCZ 049, a Domino CAT ex stock in 12/1979, seen at Chadstone in late 1987 (Paul Kennelly)

Driver #2, BGV105 (Denflex – GM, PMCSA) seen on a Box Hill 612 service at Chadstone in 1986 (Peter Kane)

Driver #7, CAL 321 (Elwood GM, PMCSA)
seen at Chadstone on a 612 service in 1985 (Peter Kane)

Driver #1, CJV 370, a Domino GM-6V71 coach seen at Chadstone on a Route 612 service in 1986 (Peter Kane)





Driver #6, DCG 388 (Elwood HGA – GM, PMCSA) seen at Chadstone in 1986 (Peter Kane)



Heading to Holmesglen in 1987, Waverley Transit #42, KTN 370, (Leyland Leopard, PMCNSW) PMCNSW LEYLAND ex Sinclairs. (Peter Kane)

Waverley Transit #30, BNK 369, a Freighter AEC Swift 505, departs Chadstone in 1987 (Peter Kane)

Waverley Transit #41 DHG 228 (Leyland Panther, Denning) departs on a 625 service to Kew at Chadstone in 1987 (Peter Kane)

Running a Kew 625 service, Waverley Transit #38, DPH 949, a HINO AC140, departs Chadstone in 1989 (Peter Kane)

Seen here shortly after delivery in 1987, Waverley Transit #39, CKZ 637 (Elwood HFA – GM, PMCSA) (Peter Kane)

Waverley Transit #22, a 1986 Volvo B10M Volgren lays over at Chadstone (Driver Bus Lines collection)

In the Chadstone layover area in late 1987, two former Shave vehicles ex DCT Canberra. Facing the camera is a Freighter bodied AEC Swift (BLH 136) new 2/1973 (ex #220). The other vehicle (IXP 429) is a PMC VAM5, new to DCT 26/10/66 (ex #110). (Paul Kennelly)

Running Route 622 at Chadstone in 1987 is Waverley Transit #44, DHG239 (Leyland Panther, Denning) (Peter Kane)

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