IT isn’t easy to choose the most memorable moments from a 25-year bus-driving career but for just-retired Terry Williams a recent and not so uncommon event came up first.
Twelve months ago he had just finished a run in Portland after picking school children up in Lithgow to discover he still had a passenger.
The young girl who lived in Lithgow had got on the wrong bus but didn’t say anything during the journey.
A few radio calls, a trip back to Lithgow and things were sorted out for the then missing child.
His last run on September 14 was out to the same area — first stop to pick children up from Wallerawang Public School.
As the children noisily moved onto the bus, his final trip wasn’t lost on them with some students presenting him with a gift for his service.
For 20 years Mr Williams has been doing school runs in the area.
“I have seen a lot of kids grow up and now I am carting their kids,” Mr Williams said.
For more than 25 years Terry Williams has been driving buses in the Lithgow area.
First for Jones Bros. then for Lithgow Buslines.
“I have really enjoyed it all the way through,” Mr Williams said.
He has done plenty of town runs and even a trip to Adelaide.
Around 1997 he recalls there was a train derailment out west and the Indian Pacific couldn’t get through.
“We took them by coach from Lithgow via Broken Hill, stopping at all the stations in between.”
Mr Williams said they didn’t do too badly considering the roads don’t run next to the railway line, they only ran an hour and a half late.
With his last run finished he is more than ready for retirement with his wife Yvonne in the Snowy Mountains town of Adaminaby.
“I bought a boat six years ago and now I am going to go wear it out,” he said.
Students from Wallerawang Public School get on board the final bus run for driver Terry Williams
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