1989 Eagle Model 20 (Build #90052, Fleet #402)

Rugged good looks backed up with outstanding durability


1989 Eagle Model 20 bus on side of road near Murchison Victoria

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About This Eagle Model 20

This Driver Classics’ Eagle is a Model 20 built in Brownsville, Texas USA and was originally new to Lever Coach Lines, Queanbeyan NSW. In 2000, Lever sold the Eagle to Narooma Bus Lines, NSW and it was later sold to collector Rob Verhagen, Gold Coast, QLD, before being acquired by Driver Classics in 2014. It was the last Eagle delivered in Australia and although it is a Model 20, it was designated as a Model 10LT RH to avoid re-assessment for Australian Design Rule requirements, as it was essentially the same as the Model 10.

This Eagle Model 20 is powered by a GM Detroit Diesel V6 2 stroke diesel, 552ci model 6V92TA, rear mounted in-line, with an Allison HT750 automatic transmission.

Eagle Model 20 bus, 1989 model with no bullbar. Photo taken in Queanbeyan NSW in January 1990.
Lever (Australia) 1989 Eagle Model 20 when 6 months old, without a bull bar, Queanbeyan NSW, January 1990

The Story

The first Eagle was built in 1956 for Continental Trailways USA, as a competitor to Greyhound’s GM PD 4501 Scenicruiser. Transcontinental Bus System (Continental Trailways) had been working with Flxible since 1949 in developing coaches suitable for its use including the Flxible Vista Liner 100. Continental Trailways approached Flxible in 1954 to build a coach to match Greyhound’s Scenicruiser from Continental’s concepts and terms but could not come to an agreement with Flxible. After then approaching US builders Mack and GM without success, Continental shifted its search to Ireland, England, Holland, Belgium and France before going to West Germany. A number of German manufacturers including Neoplan were approached before they found a willing builder; Karl Kassbohrer AG based in New Ulm, West Germany.

GM PD-4103 bus, 1952 model, American Buslines stylized Eagle insignia. Photo Taken in Florida USA in 1984 by Bob Redden.
Bob Redden’s restored 1952 GM PD-4103 highlighting American Buslines stylized Eagle insignia, Florida USA, 1984 (Bob Redden Photo)

In 1954 Continental Trailways acquired American Buslines and with it they inherited American’s stylized Eagle insignia that was used on the side of American’s fleet of primarily ACF-Brills. 'Eagle' was to become the brand name of Continental Trailways' new coach in 1956 and all would feature the stylized Eagle insignia on their sides.

Those early Eagles, dubbed Golden Eagles, owing to their golden aluminium panels, featured a rear viewing lounge, a galley, tables and a rather unusual front end design. They were powered by MAN V8 D1548 MTH diesel engines initially with pre-selector 6 speed ZF transmissions but later models had a 5 speed version.

1956 Golden Eagle bus prototype.
Continental Trailways 1956 Golden Eagle prototype by Kassbohrer, Eagle publicity photos from Bus World, courtesy of Fred Rayman

Next in 1958 was the Silver Eagle, also from Kassbohrer, which was more conventional in its body design and better suited to line haul work. Regular production of the Kassbohrer Eagle was paused in 1959 due to Kassbohrer’s other commitments but four 60-foot articulated Super Golden Eagles were produced. The 1959 Super Golden Eagles were powered by Rolls Royce horizontal diesel engines with ZF 10 speed transmissions. Production records from Kassbohrer that have recently come to light reveal that Kassbohrer Eagle production resumed in 1960 and all Kassbohrer Eagle production concluded in 1961.

Continental Trailways brochure for the 1959 Super Golden Eagles front
Continental Trailways promotional material for the 1959 Super Golden Eagles
Continental Trailways brochure for the 1959 Super Golden Eagles back
Continental Trailways promotional material for the 1959 Super Golden Eagles
Super Golden Eagle, 1959 model, articualted bus. Photo Taken by Bob Redden.
Continental Trailways 1959 Super Golden Eagle (Bob Redden)
Super Golden Eagle bus, 1959 model, articualted bus without front end panel that looks like a brow or moustache. Photo taken East Templeton MA USA in October 1992 by Bob Reddan.
Wilson Bus Lines restored 1959 Super Golden Eagle with the front end ‘brow’ or ‘moustache’ removed, East Templeton MA USA, October 1992
Continental Trailways advertising featuring a 1965-67 Model 01 Silver Eagle bus and a 1964 Golden Eagle Model 01 bus
Continental Trailways advertising featuring a 1965/67 Model 01 Silver Eagle on the left and a 1964 Golden Eagle Model 01 on the right
Greyhound 1976 Silver Eagle Model 05 bus, front, Caulfield South VIC, Photo taken April 1981.
Greyhound (Australia) 1976 Silver Eagle Model 05 #554 (later #520), Caulfield South VIC, April 1981

Continental Trailways secured an arrangement with La Brugeoise, SA in Brugge, Belgium, where they agreed to build the Silver Eagle while Continental Trailways began construction of their own plant. La Brugeoise, SA introduced the Silver Eagle Model 01 in 1961 with many new and updated features including a more conventional front and rear design. Engines for the La Brugeoise SA built Silver Eagles were from Cummins or Detroit Diesel and were fitted in the USA along with 4 speed Spicer transmissions.

By 1962, Continental Trailways own factory was fully operational in Brugge, Belgium. Continental Trailways called their new venture Bus and Car NV, and it assumed production from La Brugeoise, SA of the Silver Eagle Model 01 but with minor changes including a revised grille arrangement.

Greyhound 1976 Silver Eagle Model 05 bus, Caulfield South VIC, Photo taken April 1981.
Greyhound (Australia) 1976 Silver Eagle Model 05 #554 (later #520), Caulfield South VIC, April 1981
Greyhound 1976 Silver Eagle Model 05 bus, driving on road, Caulfield South VIC, Photo taken April 1981.
Greyhound (Australia) 1976 Silver Eagle Model 05 #554 (later #520), Caulfield South VIC, April 1981
Greyhound 1976 Silver Eagle Model 05 bus, front and doorside, Caulfield South VIC, Photo taken April 1981.
Greyhound (Australia) 1976 Silver Eagle Model 05 #554 (later #520), Caulfield South VIC, April 1981
Silver Eagle Model 05 bus, brochure cover, 1968, from Bus and Car, Belgium
1968 Silver Eagle Model 05 brochure with flip cover from Bus and Car, Brugge Belgium

The Silver Eagle Model 05 commenced production in 1968 at Bus and Car NV, Belgium and was built there until 1976. Early production Silver Eagle Model 05s had a carry-over Model 01 body but adopted the Model 05 axle layout with the drive axle at the rear. The updated squared off look of the Model 05 was unveiled in 1969. In the late 1960s, Continental Trailways sold Bus and Car NV to Western Sales Company which later changed its name to Overseas Inns SA to raise cash for expansion of Trailways services in the USA. Continental Trailways retained exclusive rights to the Silver Eagle design and ownership of the jigs and building equipment and Bus and Car NV was contracted to continue building the Silver Eagle. In 1974, Bus and Car NV set up Eagle International in Brownsville, Texas USA to build the Model 05 in addition to the Belgian plant. The last year that Continental Trailways USA purchased Belgian built Eagles was 1976. As Golden Eagles were last produced in 1971, the Silver Eagle insignia was dropped in 1976 and “Silver Eagle” became known simply as “Eagle”.

Eagle Model 05 buses, 1975 and 1977 models, Nullarbor Plain WA, photo taken late 1970's
Greyhound Australia 1975 Eagle Model 05 #561 and 1977 Eagle Model 05 #566, Nullarbor Plain WA, circa late 1970s
Batterham’s 1976 Eagle Model 05 bus, Circular Quay, Sydney NSW, Photo taken February 1980
Batterham’s (Australia) 1976 Silver Eagle Model 05, Circular Quay, Sydney NSW, February 1980
Eagle Model 05 bus 1976/1977 model brochure cover, from Bus and Car NV stickered over with MOL NV-EAGLE BUS, Brugge, Belgium
1976/77 Eagle Model 05 brochure cover (from Bus and Car NV stickered over with MOL NV-EAGLE BUS, Brugge, Belgium)

In October 1977, Overseas Inns SA sold the Bus and Car NV Belgian plant to MOL NV, a heavy truck and trailer maker from Brugge, Belgium. MOL NV sold the remaining stock of Eagles it inherited from Bus and Car NV, most of which were built for Trailways USA but not taken, over the next 5 years to customers in Europe, Middle East, South Africa and Australia (Greyhound). A small number of around 50 Eagles were completely built by MOL NV.

Eagle Model 05 bus, 1983 model with Greyhound livery with Pioneer MCI MC7. Photo taken in Melbourne VIC in June 1984.
Greyhound (Australia) 1983 Eagle Model 05 #527, 38 feet, with Pioneer MCI MC7, Melbourne VIC, June 1984
(38 footers can be identified by a shorter third baggage door and a shorter front passenger side window)
Eagle Model 05 bus brochure page, 1979 model, from Eagle International, Brownsville Texas, USA
1979 Eagle Model 05 brochure page (from Eagle International, Brownsville Texas, USA)

In 1980, the Eagle Model 10 was introduced and by May 1981, New Trails Inc, a Trailways holding company, had taken full ownership of Eagle International back from Overseas Inns SA.. A new plant, Trailways Manufacturing Inc. Harlingen, Texas, which was around 25 miles from Brownsville, was opened in 1982 to meet extra demand but only operated for three years. A 102 inches wide Golden Eagle II (Model 15) was released in 1985 and in 1988, the 96 inches wide Eagle Model 20.

Greyhound 1983 Eagle Model 10 bus, Brisbane QLD, Photo taken September 1984.
Greyhound (Australia) 1983 Eagle Model 10 #1002, Brisbane QLD, September 1984
Greyhound 1983 Eagle Model 10 bus, front, Brisbane QLD, Photo taken September 1984.
Greyhound (Australia) 1983 Eagle Model 10 #1002, Brisbane QLD, September 1984
Greyhound 1983 Eagle Model 10 bus, front and roadside, Melbourne VIC, Photo February 1987
Greyhound (Australia) 1983 Eagle Model 10 #1004, Melbourne VIC, February 1987
Greyhound 1983 Eagle Model 10 bus, side and rear, Brisbane QLD, Photo taken September 1984.
Greyhound (Australia) 1983 Eagle Model 10 #1002, Brisbane QLD, September 1984

In 1987, Greyhound Lines USA became Eagle International’s parent company and Eagle continued with a strong sales performance through 1988 and 1989. But Greyhound Lines was struggling and by 1990, Greyhound Lines had declared bankruptcy, unfortunately bringing Eagle down with it. Eagle was then sold in 1991 to Mexican company, Corporative Empresarial de Mexico, that also operated Moto Diesel Mexicana (the Detroit Diesel licensee for Mexico) and was run under their subsidiary Grupo & Ruvesa S.A. De C.V.
Eagle production resumed under the new name of Eagle Coach Corporation in July 1992 but ceased in January 1998 when Grupo & Ruvesa S.A. De C.V. filed for bankruptcy. In 1998, Maplex purchased Eagle’s trademark and product line and attempted to relaunch Eagle as Eagle Coach intending primarily to focus on manufacturing spare parts. The mid-2000s saw Silver Eagle Bus get started but after producing one Model 25 of their own design, the venture was discontinued.

Eagle Model 05 bus, 1982 model with Greyhound livery. Photo taken at Canberra Terminal ACT inFebruary 1984.
Greyhound (Australia) 1982 Eagle Model 05 #525, Canberra Terminal ACT, February 1984

Eagles in Australia

Eagle Model 05 bus, 1976 model with Lever livery. Photo taken in Queanbeyan NSW in February 1984.
Lever (Australia) 1976 Silver Eagle Model 05 #502, ex Batterham’s, Queanbeyan NSW, February 1984
Greyhound (Greyhound Australia) express bus timetable from 1982, featuring Eagle Model 05 bus.
Greyhound (Australia) Express timetable from 1982

Greyhound was the prime user of Eagles in Australia with the first Eagle Model 05s arriving in late 1973 and early 1974. Greyhound was established in Toowoomba, QLD Australia in 1928 by A.R. Penfold. It was A.R. Penfold’s son Russell that had the initiative to bring the Eagle coaches into Australia. All told, 40 Model 05s and 13 Model 10s were operated by Greyhound, a Model 05 for Batterham’s, a Model 15 (Europe number; plated as a Model 05 in Australia) for Trailer Tours and a Model 10 and a Model 20 (plated as a Model 10LT in Australia) for Lever Coachlines. Lever later acquired Batterham’s Model 05. An overall total of 57 Eagles operated in Australia and the first withdrawl from service of the Model 05s commenced in February 1990.

Both Greyhound’s Eagles and Pioneer’s MCIs were the flagship coaches for interstate express during the 70s and 80s in Australia, with both companies having routes that criss-crossed the country. Every long distance driver seemed to have an opinion on which coach they favoured, Eagle or MCI. One thing never disputed was the handling of the Eagle. The Eagle’s ‘torsilastic’ torsion bar suspension prevented the coach from leaning in corners and provided outstanding handling and ride. The downside was that unless the shock absorbers were in top condition the Eagles were sometimes known to have a bucking motion in their ride.


The different Eagle models

Photos of inside Bus and Car plant/factory in Brugge Belgium in 1968. Shows the production of Continental Trailways Silver Eagle Model 01s and a Model 04.
Eagle Model 05 brochure page showing production of Silver Eagle Model 01s and two Model 04s, Bus and Car plant, Brugge Belgium, 1968

The most prolific and well known Eagle models were the Model 01, 05, 10 and 15 but Eagle built many other models over the years with some specific to particular markets and regions. Following is a list of all Eagle models with some basic notes.

Eagle M12 bus brochure page, 1977
1977 Eagle M12 brochure page (from MOL-Eagle Bus, Brugge Belgium)



Golden Eagle 1956-61 Model Setra-S, prototype plus 50 built, MAN V8 engine, luxury amenities including galley and rear observation lounge, gold siding
Academy Express 1956/57 Kassbohrer body, Henschel articulated chassis, Cummins engine, no A/C, 2 built for Continental Rocky Mountain Lines, USA
Silver Eagle 1958-61 Model Setra-S, 126 built, MAN V8 engine, standard line haul features, silver siding
Super Golden Eagle 1959 Kassbohrer articulated, Rolls Royce horizontal engine, 4 built for Denver-Colorado Springs-Pueblo route in Colorado, USA
Model 01 1961-68 DD 8V71 engine, high volume model built primarily for Continental Trailways, USA
Model 02 1964 one only, 40’ long, 102” wide, 2 axle (it is unclear if this is a Model 02 or 03)
Model 03 1967 transit bus, low volume (it is unclear if this is a Model 03 or 02)
Model 04 1966-70 Sightseer, Europe, UK and Morocco, DD 6V53 engine, some found their way to the USA
Model 05 1968-80 high volume model, DD 8V71 engine, sold in global markets but primarily Trailways USA
Model 06 Not built, this model number was possibly intended to be an articulated transit bus
Model 07 1969-70 45 built, 102” wide body but with standard 96” width axles
Model 09 1971 20 built for South Africa in RHD, 38’ approx length, 98.5” wide
Model 10 1980-87 2217 built for global markets inc Australia & Taiwan but primarily for Trailways USA, 2 or 3 axle
Model M12 1972-77 Europe and Thailand, 2 axle, 11.3 metres (37’), DD 6V71 engine
Model 14 1974 40 built, transit bus for Belgium, Mercedes engine
Model M15 (EU) 1977 offered different lengths, windscreen heights and axle positions.
Model 15 (US) 1985-98 102” wide, USA and Mexico, 35’, 40’ and 45’ lengths
Model 16 1976 15 built, transit bus for Belgium, Caterpillar engine
Model M17 1979 Transit bus, Europe, Israel and Sth Africa, DD 6V71 engine
Model 20 1988-90 US, Mexico and Australia, 96” width, 35’, 40’ and 45’ lengths
Model 20C 1977-78 M20 Touring, MOL-Eagle chassis, Irizar body
Model 20A 1993 Eagle ‘Commuter 1’ body, Mexico, Mercedes Benz 1417 chassis
Model M28 1979 3 built for Belguim, MOL-Eagle chassis, Cummins engine, Jonckherre body
Model M31 1981-82 25 built for Ghent, Belguim, MOL-Eagle chassis, Mercedes engine, Jonckherre body
Eagle M15 and M17 bus brochure page, 1977
1977 Eagle M15 and M17 brochure page (from MOL-Eagle Bus, Brugge Belgium)

Information referenced for this story was from Modern Intercity Coaches by Larry Plachno, Bus World’s Eagle Special and Eagles International by Joe Richards, Motorcoach Milestones by Robert L Smith, Daniel Lenz from Phoenix Coach Global and Bob Redden (Dec).




Complete Australian Eagle Fleet List
– COMPILED OCTOBER 21 2021 - UPDATED AUGUST 14 2023

Greyhound 1975 Eagle Model 05 bus, Canberra Terminal, Hotel Civic ACT. Photo taken January 1983.
Greyhound (Australia) 1975 Eagle Model 05 #551 (#517), Canberra Terminal (Hotel Civic), January 1983

This list, based on a hand written fleet table of unknown origin, was compiled by Gary Driver with assistance from Paul Wright, Russell Penfold, Norton Weir, Ian Lynas, Ralf Boetker, Daniel Lenz (USA) and Robert Smith (USA).

Unless noted otherwise, all Eagle Model 05s were powered by Detroit Diesel 8V71 engines with 4 speed Spicer transmissions, were 40 feet long and 98.5 inches wide.

Eagle Model 10s were powered by Detroit Diesel 6V92TA engines with Allison automatic transmissions, were 40 feet long and 96 inches wide.


 
Eagle Model 05
BUILD # MODEL BUILDER FLEET # DATE BUILT REG # OPERATOR & NOTES
9276 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 501 10/73 RMJ-501 Greyhound - Penfold
9277 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 502 10/73 RMJ-502 Greyhound - Penfold
9278 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 503 10/73 RMJ-503 Greyhound - Penfold
9279 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 504 10/73 RMJ-504 Greyhound - Penfold
9280 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 505 10/73 SAC-505
OKA-505
Greyhound - Penfold
9281 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 506 11/73 SAC-506
OKA-506
Greyhound - Penfold
9282 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 507 11/73 OHH-507 Greyhound - Penfold
9358 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 508 1/74 OJM-508 Greyhound - Penfold
9391 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 509 4/74 OJM-509 Greyhound - Penfold
9392 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 510 4/74 OLM-510 Greyhound - Penfold
9659 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 551/517* 12/75 OQU-551
AQW-271
517-OOK
UZK-727
Greyhound - Sinclair Northern
9660 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 552/518* 12/75 OQU-552
AQW-272
518-OOK
UZK-728
Greyhound - Sinclair Northern
9661 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 553/519* 12/75 ORW-896
ASU-883
519-OOK
519-PVL
UZK-729
Greyhound - Sinclair Northern
9669 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 561 12/75 SRN-214 Greyhound - Stateliner
9721 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 562 6/76 SFR-118 Greyhound - Stateliner
9722 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 563 6/76 SFR-119 Greyhound - Stateliner
9723 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 564 1/77 SRR-532 Greyhound - Stateliner
9724 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 565 1/77 SRR-533 Greyhound - Stateliner
9725 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 554/520* 6/76 OUA-587
AVE-595
520-OOK
Greyhound - Sinclair Northern
9726 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 555/521* 6/76 OUA-588
AVE-596
521-OOK
Greyhound - Sinclair Northern
9736 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 566 1977 SFV-267 Greyhound - Stateliner
9737 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 567 1977 SFV-266 Greyhound - Stateliner
9741 Eagle Model 05E Bus and Car   11/76 TV-588
MO-5814
Batterhams NSW to Lever #502 in 1983
9742 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 568 1977 SSA-428 Greyhound - Stateliner
9747 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 511 1977 OWX-511 Greyhound - Penfold
9748 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 569 1977 SSA-427 Greyhound - Stateliner
9749 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 512 3/77 OYC-512 Greyhound - Penfold
9750 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 514 3/77 OYC-514 Greyhound - Penfold
9751 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 556/522* 7/77 116-NAO
522-OOK
Greyhound - Sinclair Northern
9752 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 557/523* 7/77 557-NAV
AVT-237
523-OOK
Greyhound - Sinclair Northern
9753 Eagle Model 05 Bus and Car 515 2/77 515-NAV Greyhound - Penfold
9754*** Eagle Model 05 MOL NV **
(Bus and Car)
516 2/77 516-NDA Greyhound - Penfold
9754***
(7087)
Eagle Model 15
(Plated Model 05 for Australia 2/1984)
MOL NV
Eagle Bus
 1977TV-535Trailer Tours - Parramatta Ryde NSW, ex Cronin’s/Funtrek #98, County Cork, Ireland
9755 Eagle Model 05 MOL NV **
(Bus and Car)
570 1977 SHS-778 Greyhound - Stateliner
9756 Eagle Model 05
(To Australia 12/1982)
MOL NV **
(Bus and Car)
524 1977 524-OOH Greyhound - Penfold
9757 Eagle Model 05
(To Australia 12/1982)
MOL NV **
(Bus and Car)
525 1977 525-OOH Greyhound - Penfold
9758 Eagle Model 05
(To Australia 12/1982)
MOL NV **
(Bus and Car)
526 1977 526-OOH Greyhound - Penfold
9759 Eagle Model 15
(Plated Model 05 for Australia in 11/1983)
MOL NV **
(Bus and Car)
527 1977 527-OVE 96 inches wide, 38 feet long, ZF 6 speed, allocated by MOL to Sima Tours, Belgium in 1980 but not delivered, then sold new to Greyhound-Penfold in 1983
9760 Eagle Model 15
(Plated Model 05 for Australia in 11/1983)
MOL NV **
(Bus and Car)
528 1977 528-OVE 96 inches wide, 38 feet long, ZF 6 speed, allocated by MOL to Sima Tours, Belgium in 1980 but not delivered, then sold new to Greyhound-Penfold in 1983
9761 Eagle Model 15
(Plated Model 05 for Australia in 1984)
MOL NV **
(Bus and Car)
529 1977 529-PAA 96 inches wide, ZF 6 speed, allocated by MOL to Centroturist, Belgrado Yugoslavia in 1981 but not delivered, then sold new to Greyhound-Penfold in 1984
9762 Eagle Model 15
(Plated Model 05 for Australia in 1984)
MOL NV **
(Bus and Car)
530 1977 530-PAA 96 inches wide, ZF 6 speed, allocated by MOL to Centroturist, Belgrado Yugoslavia in 1981 but not delivered, then sold new to Greyhound-Penfold in 1984
9763 Eagle Model 15
(Plated Model 05 for Australia in 1984)
MOL NV **
(Bus and Car)
531 1977 531-PAA 96 inches wide, ZF 6 speed, allocated by MOL to Centroturist, Belgrado Yugoslavia in 1981 but not delivered, then sold new to Greyhound-Penfold in 1984
 
Eagle Model 10
BUILD # MODEL BUILDER FLEET # DATE BUILT REG # OPERATOR & NOTES
60000 Eagle Model 10R Trailways Manufacturing Harlingen TX 1052 10/83 UGD-681 Greyhound - Stateliner
60001 Eagle Model 10R Trailways Manufacturing Harlingen TX 1001 10/83 TEN-01 Greyhound - Penfold
60002 Eagle Model 10R Trailways Manufacturing Harlingen TX 1002 12/83 TEN-02 Greyhound - Penfold
60003 Eagle Model 10R Trailways Manufacturing Harlingen TX 1003 10/83 TEN-03 Greyhound - Penfold
60004 Eagle Model 10R Trailways Manufacturing Harlingen TX 1004 10/83 TEN-04 Greyhound - Penfold
60005 Eagle Model 10R Eagle Int’l Brownsville TX 1051 10/83 UGD-679 Greyhound - Stateliner
60006 Eagle Model 10R Trailways Manufacturing Harlingen TX 1053 10/83 UMD-638 Greyhound - Stateliner
60007 Eagle Model 10R Trailways Manufacturing Harlingen TX 1054 11/83 UBD-994 Greyhound - Stateliner
60008 Eagle Model 10R Trailways Manufacturing Harlingen TX 1055 11/83 UBD-995 Greyhound - Stateliner
60009 Eagle Model 10R Trailways Manufacturing Harlingen TX 1005 10/83 TEN-05 Greyhound - Penfold
60010 Eagle Model 10R Trailways Manufacturing Harlingen TX 1001 7/84 MO-1 Lever NSW to Fallon VIC, Simms TAS
60011 Eagle Model 10R Eagle Int’l Brownsville TX 1006 12/84 TEN-06 Greyhound - Penfold
60012 Eagle Model 10R Eagle Int’l Brownsville TX 1007 10/84 TEN-07 Greyhound - Penfold
60013 Eagle Model 10R Eagle Int’l Brownsville TX 1008 10/84 TEN-08 Greyhound - Penfold
 
Eagle Model 20
BUILD # MODEL BUILDER FLEET # DATE BUILT REG # OPERATOR & NOTES
90052 Eagle Model 20
(Plated Model 10LT RH for Australia)
Eagle Int’l Brownsville TX4026/89MO-3Lever NSW to Symons NSW, Verhagen QLD, Driver Classics VIC



NOTES:

The original hand written Australian fleet list shows another Model 05 from 1977, build # 9764, fleet #532, but its existence is unable to be substantiated so it has been omitted.



*The Eagle Model 05s that were new to Greyhound - Sinclair Northern in Victoria were numbered 551 through to 557 but were renumbered 517 through to 523 in 1982 when ownership passed to Greyhound - Penfold in Queensland.



**MOL NV (Bus and Car) Eagle Model 05s were built in 1977 by Bus and Car NV and were sold new by MOL NV to Greyhound Australia in 1982 after they converted them to Right Hand Drive (RHD).

Other Bus and Car NV built 1977 Eagle Model 05s and Model 15s were sold by MOL NV between 1977 and 1984 to European operators and some were later acquired by Greyhound Australia new from MOL NV and again converted to RHD by MOL NV before arriving in Australia plated as Model 05s. According to Eagle production records, build numbers 9759 and 9760 were allocated to Sima Tours, Belgium in 1980 but delivered new to Greyhound in 1983. Both of these Eagles have been visually noted in Australia with French writing inside.

Eagle production records identify build numbers 9761-63 were allocated to Centroturist, Belgrado Yugoslavia in 1981. Also listed alongside Centroturist is Flying Eagle, Cairo Egypt. It remains unclear why two companies were shown.

It is believed the only Eagle completely built by MOL NV on this list is Trailer Tours/Parramatta Ryde Bus Service 1977 Eagle Model 05, which arrived in Australia second hand from Ireland as a Model 15 in 1984 and then plated in Australia as a Model 05.



***According to Eagle production lists the same build number, 9754, was used by Bus and Car for Greyhound fleet #516, a 1977 Eagle Model 05 and later by MOL for Trailer Tours 1977 Model 15, later to be plated as an Eagle Model 05 for Australia. A different build number, 7087 has been visually noted on this Eagle in Australia, but that number was allocated to a Bus and Car built 1966 Eagle Model 01.

Eagle Model 05 bus, 1977 model with Trailer Tours livery. Photo taken in August 1984.
Trailer Tours - Parramatta Ryde (Australia) 1977 Eagle Model 05, August 1984 (BCSV photo)
(Built as a Model 15 but plated as a Model 05 in Australia. Note lazy axle is at the rear and it has higher windscreens with no destination sign)