Newton’s Bus Services – 50 Years In The Making

Founded by James (Jim) and Isabel Newton in 1952, Newton’s Bus Service, as it was originally known, commenced with only one school bus.

By 1970, it was evident that a more extensive passenger service for the Echuca/Moama townships was required. This service originally commenced with one bus. Today 11 buses operate these services.

By 1973, the demand for a charter vehicle in the area was apparent; Jim and Isabel purchased their first charter vehicle. The fleet now operates with several multi-purpose charter vehicles in various sizes.

In 1977, after the sudden death of Jim’s wife Isabel, their youngest daughter, Roslyn and her husband Fred, returned to help Jim manage the business. Fred and Roslyn purchased the business in 1979 and renamed it James Newton’s Bus Service. Jim retired in 1979 due to ill health.

After Jim’s passing in 1982, Fred and Roslyn continued to expand the business. Due to the lack of public transport in Rochester, Fred and Roslyn in conjunction with V-Line commenced the Rochester town service that operated on Tuesday and Thursday in between school runs. In later years, this service was reduced to operate only on Thursday. This service still continues today.

Providing expert personalised service to our customers.

As the fleet expanded, the operational and maintenance demands also increased. In 1992, Fred and Roslyn’s son David commenced his Heavy Vehicle Apprenticeship. Upon the completion of his apprenticeship, David was awarded the Komatsu Award presented by Alan Moffat. This was for outstanding workmanship. David became the head mechanic, whilst further developing his knowledge of the business and the industry. As a result of this change in role, additional support in the workshop was required. Another family member, Craig Coghill, commenced driving and working one day per week in the workshop. More recently, Fred, Roslyn and David have further expanded the maintenance division employing an additional full time mechanic/driver.

Over the years James Newton’s Bus Service/Echuca Moama Transit has provided numerous services to Rochester and the surrounding area. These include Country School Bus Services, Town Route Services, Temporary V-Line service from Lockington to Rochester, Day Trips, School Camps and Excursions, Replacement V-Line Coaches, and Self-Drive Services.

Supporting our local communities is important. During the Rochester Flood Crisis of 2011, we assisted with the safe evacuation of the Rochester community and Rochester and District Health Service. In addition, we allocate funds to support local schools and community organisations through donations of services or monetary donations when requests are made.

Today the business continues to flourish, helping serve our community with safe, reliable and modern transport. James Newton’s Bus service prides itself on being a family owned and operated business that provides personalised services to all our clients.