A brief history of Shepparton Transit.
1945 Stan Monty started operating 4 school buses around Shepparton. During the day he would run till box fare buses out through the orchards of Orrvale and Shepp East to bring the women into town to shop.
1952 Monty sold the operation to Pat Doyle. Doyle continued the services increasing the school buses to 5 and introduced the first town service to Shepparton. This was also a till box service and operated on a limited hourly service, one route north, one route south. There was also a special run at 11.30am from the RSL to Terminus Hotel, again at 1.30pm the opposite way and then again at 4.30pm RSL to Terminus and Terminus to take them all home.
In 1988 after the death of Pat, Bernadette and Lloyd Ohlin ran the company for 2 years whilst trying to get the services under Government contract.
In 1990 the Government put all the runs under contract and Bernadette and Lloyd together with Jim and Doris Baberton purchased the company. There were now 6 runs – 8 buses and the company name was changed from Doyles to Shepparton Transit. The buses were painted blue and yellow which were the city’s colours at the time.
During the next 13 years the company grew to have 4 town buses operating from 7.45 to 5.40pm and 2 buses on a Saturday from 8.30am till 1.00pm. 9 school buses, 5 coaches – travelled all over Australia on tours and day charters and 2 mini buses.
In 2003 the Ohlin’s and Baberton’s sold the company to Larry and Jan Fallon. On September 1st 2014 Shepparton Transit purchased Thomson’s Cobram and have branded the business Fallons Cobram. Today the company has continued to grow. Currently there are 6 town buses running from 7.00am till 7.30pm 5 days a week and 3 town buses running on a Saturday from 8.00am till 4.30pm. The town service in Cobram runs 2 days per week. Shepparton Transit operates 23 school bus runs, 2 Vline buses between Moama, Seymour and Shepparton 7 days per week, 6 coaches travelling around Australia and 10 mini buses for hire drive or charter.
The staff has grown from 22 in 2003 to 62 today with nearly all our maintenance done in house – we have our own mechanics, spray painter, auto electrician and air conditioning technician.