Conmac Stage Lines

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Conmac Silver Eagle (ex PSL) .

Conmac Stage Lines was based in Sidney, BC.

History

  • Partners Wayne MacArthur and Gerry Conrod applied in 1978 for Motor Carrier license to operate charter and sightseeing service in the Greater Victoria area, prior to the reorganization of Government owned bus services. The license application was rejected. Conmac appealed the decision to cabinet in 1979, and both purchased ex PSL coaches and imported Double Deckers from the UK anticipating a successful appeal. [1]
  • BC cabinet approved charter license only in 1979; a new application to the MCC was made for the sightseeing license, which was again rejected. This decision was also appealed to Cabinet, who awarded the license in July 1980. [2]
  • Gray Line of Victoria appealed to the BC Supreme Court to have the July 1980 cabinet decision overturned, which the court did. Cabinet subsequently reissued the license. No further challenges were made. [3]
  • Fleet grew to ten highway coaches and 6 Double Deckers; major provider of Charter services, also operated shuttle bus to Sandowne Race Track on race days, and for a time weekly day trips to Cloverdale Rack track via BC Ferries.
  • in 1981-1982 operated the double Deckers as part of the CASTA coach pool, along with rival companies Margeurite Tours and Victoria Tours.
  • By 1983 Conrod and MacArthur were part of a group of six investors who bought the Gray Line of Victoria operation from Gray Line of Seattle. Conmac's Double Deckers operated directly by GLOV from this point.
  • January 30, 1984 Conmac bus 6607 crashed after losing brakes coming down Mt Washington Ski Hill road, killing three passengers. Main article: Conmac Bus Crash[4]
  • Inquest into accident held by BC Coronor in May 1984
  • BC Motor Carrier Commision held "Show Cause" hearing regarding Conmac's operating license in July 1984, and on August 15, 1984 canceled said license. [5]
  • remaining fleet either sold or transferred to Golden West Coach Lines MCC license, also held by Conrod and MacArthur.
  • Multiple tickets for Motor Vehicle and Motor Carrier Act infractions were issued to the company and its Driver/ Mechanic Kerry Griffith who not only regularly maintained the bus, but was the driver at the time of the crash. On Jan. 15, 1985 Provincial Court in courtenay BC found Griffith and Conmac guilty on 4 of the 10 charges. Fines levied totally $3150 to each party [6]
  • Conmac ordered to pay $12,500 toward costs of MCC show cause hearing [7]

Facilities

Office

  • Address: 2280 Beacon Ave., Sidney, BC V8L 1X1
  • Phone: 604-656-3331

Fleet Roster

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
308 Conmac Stage Lines 308 and 6350-a.jpg 1959 MCI MC-1 Detroit Diesel 4/71 4 speed manual transmission
500 1954 GMC PD-4104 Detroit Diesel 6/71 4 speed manual transmission
1582 1982 Prevost LeMirage
6350 1960 MCI MC-2
6501-6502
6506-6507
Conmac Stage Lines 6501 and 6502-a.jpg 1965 Bus & Car Model 01
6606 1964 Prevost P-41 Panoramique
6607 Conmac Stage Lines 6607-a.jpg 1964 Prevost P-41 Panoramique
  • Ex Pacific Stage Lines 6607
  • Totalled in fatal accident on Mt. Washington in January 1984 (verified from Times Colonist accounts of coroner's inquest and MCC show cause hearing).. Some rosters and databases list 6606 as the bus in crash.

Double Decker Fleet Roster

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
135
142
1962 Daimler/Roe CVG6
  • Ex-Derby.YRC 135 and YRC 142 serials 18898 and 19905
  • Leased in 1979 to Gray Line of Victoria.
  • To scrap in July 1985 for parts.
159-160 1964 Daimler/Roe CVG6
  • Ex-Derby. BCH159B and BCH160B serials 20077 and 20078
  • Leased in 1979 to Gray Line of Victoria.
  • To scrap in July 1985 for parts.
25
35
1966 Leyland/Weyman Atlantean

References

  • “Bus Ride Directory” 1986 edition.
  • article in Vancouver Province, Aug 5, 1984
  • article in Vancouver Province, Aug 5, 1984
  • article in Vancouver Province, Aug 5, 1984
  • Times Colonist article, Jan. 31/84
  • article in Vancouver Sunm Aug 15, 1984
  • article in Vancouver Sun, Jan 16, 1985
  • article in Vancouver Sun Jan. 28, 1985