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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Looselion » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:38 pm

Industry wrote:Looselion a Custom Coaches Coach with Derwent Valley in Sorrell Tasmania photo by Geoffrey Foster.

Thought to be an ex Redline Unit


Here's a very bad image of Redline No 38, supplied to me recently by one of Redline's Tassie tour drivers, Brian Cleary.
I thought it worthwhile to post this in order to confirm the original identity of the Derwent Valley coach photographed by Geoffrey Foster
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby system improver » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:20 am

That, and the "Central Australia" desto would seem to provide conclusive proof. Glenn, any info on the purchase of this "one off" bus?
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Looselion » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:12 am

system improver wrote:That, and the "Central Australia" desto would seem to provide conclusive proof. Glenn, any info on the purchase of this "one off" bus?


Rex introduced five standard Bedford SB3's to the fleet over the years, always under a "stop-gap" scenario brought about by the consistent strong growth of the company. In fact No 18 successfully performed more than one Central Australia camping safari....
These were:
No 9: CAC 1956
No 15: Watt Bros 1958
No 18: CCMC 1960
No 19: Hedges 1960
No 38: CCMC 1963 (I believe delivered just prior to change to Custom Coaches)
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby VIKing » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:29 am

I have recorded Redline fleet #38 as (NSW) ISJ909 Bedford SB5 (chassis # 91101S) / CCMC body # 63.79 6/63, new with 33 coach seats (C33F)
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Looselion » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:40 pm

VIKing wrote:I have recorded Redline fleet #38 as (NSW) ISJ909 Bedford SB5 (chassis # 91101S) / CCMC body # 63.79 6/63, new with 33 coach seats (C33F)


Many thanks VIKing...
The coach carried the NSW ISJ-909 plates more or less long enough for the transfer to Tasmanian operations, at which time it was re-plated WMB-607, according to Tasmanian Govt regulation.
Thanks for correcting me as to its diesel power....my oldie memory had me believing it was a petrol unit....
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Looselion » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:33 am

system improver wrote:That, and the "Central Australia" desto would seem to provide conclusive proof. Glenn, any info on the purchase of this "one off" bus?


Yes SI, there would certainly have been very few SB Bedford operators of any era looking to include "Central Australia" on their desto rolls........
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Grumpy » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:08 pm

Hi Rex,
We have been cleaning out the Mother in laws things and found this, the farther in law did a 22 day Safari in 1967 with Redline and they kept the Itinerary.
thought you may be interested in seeing it.
I have seen some pictures of the bus used somewhere in the clean up, if I see them again will post.

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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Looselion » Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:42 pm

Nice piece of history Grumpy, especially as it includes the now rare camp ground prices insert.
I'm hoping you may find some photos of the coach.
Have you found any clues to the driver's name?
Many thanks for posting.
My book includes images of many holiday brochure covers, including this one, as well as the complete 1967 express schedule.
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Grumpy » Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:59 am

Hi Looselion,

Have not found photos yet, not sure who the driver was but have many more boxes yet to look in may find more info then.
Will update after checking them out
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:57 am

I occasionally catch up on this very interesting conversation and believe (which I'll confirm) Redline #38 (CCMC Bedford) went to Seabourne Coaches of Sorell in the purchase of Derwent Valley Coaches. I shall endeavour to track down it's possible disposal location. Seabourne Coaches STILL operate buses nowadays.
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