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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Industry » Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:17 am

Redline Fix for the day.

In 1957 Redline even had hostesses on board, husband and wife team on the Brisbane Bus Walkers Tour.

Note; Even have red and yellow cups for Redline??
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Looselion » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:05 am

Industry wrote:Redline Fix for the day.

In 1957 Redline even had hostesses on board, husband and wife team on the Brisbane Bus Walkers Tour.

Note; Even have red and yellow cups for Redline??


Nice shot of Redline's driver "Big Jim" Flanagan, and his wife Ethel who everybody called "Flan." She became quite a personality in the Centre after Jim passed away, and spent many years as the cook and all-round housekeeper at the Redline Motel at The Rock.
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Industry » Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:10 am

It's not often that you see a rear end shot and here is 11 on the 1957 Brisbane Bushwalkers Tour it must have been lunch under the trees
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby REIDm8 » Thu Oct 20, 2016 2:09 pm

Another rear end shot. Posted on Facebook by Barry Brook. Pic taken by his grandfather in 1957.
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Industry » Fri Oct 21, 2016 9:13 am

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Tour Brochure just sold on Ebay for $25.00 need to clear the garage and might make some money on some of my collection.
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Looselion » Fri Oct 21, 2016 12:33 pm

This was a fairly rare issue, and unfortunately like a number of Redline tour brochure publications, was not dated.
It seems to be in pretty good condition which no doubt also helped its value.
Maybe I should go through my own collection as well....!
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Industry » Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:59 am

Found an inside shot of the brochure, prices have gone up a bit now
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Centralian » Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:00 pm

Some pre-warning on here would certainly be appreciated of any Redline timetables or other material coming up for sale through eBay or elsewhere. I'm sure there are many followers on here that would be interested and are following this very interesting post.
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby captainch » Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:31 pm

Don't forget max Holman had hostess on his express gold coast senic clippers to!
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Industry » Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:09 am

No sure if this combination would be legal today, found this photo on the internet and not sure of the story here.
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby CCCC » Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:29 am

Industry wrote:No sure if this combination would be legal today, found this photo on the internet and not sure of the story here.


Height , weight, bald tyres , no rego . maybe.
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Looselion » Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:15 am

Centralian wrote:Some pre-warning on here would certainly be appreciated of any Redline timetables or other material coming up for sale through eBay or elsewhere. I'm sure there are many followers on here that would be interested and are following this very interesting post.

Re tour brochures, I'm not sure I'd want to part with my collection. Here's the cover of a Central Australia Inclusive Tour brochure, which reflects the quality of the artwork that applied to many of the company's marketing publications.
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Looselion » Tue Oct 25, 2016 2:36 pm

Industry wrote:No sure if this combination would be legal today, found this photo on the internet and not sure of the story here.


This was No 56, back of beyond.
I'm trying to track down the story behind the photo.
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Mr Scania » Wed Oct 26, 2016 5:57 am

I took that photo of a photo on the wall of the Drivers room at the Kulgera Roadhouse.
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Industry » Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:04 am

I have just another one of these badges to my collection, bought at a garage sale on the weekend for $2.00 a bargain.
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Looselion » Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:12 pm

Nice little deal Industry......
It's in good nick too....
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Industry » Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:03 am

Does anyone know if the remains of this early redline Coach is still on the side of the old highway south of Alice Springs.

Did not have the time to research the number this week.
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Looselion » Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:42 am

Industry wrote:Does anyone know if the remains of this early redline Coach is still on the side of the old highway south of Alice Springs.

Did not have the time to research the number this week.


This is the Watt Bros Commer, ex No 21....burnt out due to a pressure pack explosion in the rear baggage hold during a Centre Camping tour on the morning of 8 August 1964.
The remains are still there to this day, between Mt Eba and Erldunda, hidden some distance away from the later sealed Lasseter Highway alignment.
Here's a shot of the wreck taken a quarter of a century later in 1988.
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Industry » Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:26 am

It interesting the difference in the sign writing on these two coaches at Coober Pedy.
I wonder if the driver of Landliner got into trouble for not using the additional wooden step to let the passengesr off.
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Looselion » Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:58 pm

Industry wrote:It interesting the difference in the sign writing on these two coaches at Coober Pedy.
I wonder if the driver of Landliner got into trouble for not using the additional wooden step to let the passengesr off.


Here were Nos 53 (left) and 72 (right) in front of Brewsters Roadhouse and Motel.
During the intervening period between the introduction of each of these units into service Rex and I had discussed and agreed on the advantages of giving the company name much more prominence. The more stylized font (as seen on the front of No 72 in this photo) was selected for the sides and the block font (as seen in my avatar) for front and back. These unfortunately were often mis-applied, as in the photo, much to the grinding of my gears.
I have no record as to when the first delivery carrying the new livery occurred, but it was certainly between August 1965 and April 1966, the respective delivery dates of the above units.
We instituted a program to have the entire fleet done of course, which certainly hadn't ensnared No 53 by the time this photo was taken!
And yes Industry, no brownie points for 53's driver...step-box wize...!!
(It could be he drove away and left it sitting on the ground at his previous stop....this wasn't unheard of to be honest.)
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Industry » Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:54 am

Over the years I done that myself, I think I lost 5 portable steps
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby CCCC » Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:01 pm

Industry wrote:Over the years I done that myself, I think I lost 5 portable steps


Thankfully my era was the mono with the pull up slide around and out then fold down step, better than any box or lowering front airbags which some could take for ever.
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Looselion » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:30 am

Looselion wrote:
Industry wrote:No sure if this combination would be legal today, found this photo on the internet and not sure of the story here.


This was No 56, back of beyond.
I'm trying to track down the story behind the photo.


No 56 was one of the coaches allocated to Centre express services and was fitted with a single extra night-driving light, as were one or more of the other units on Centre and Nullarbor express operations.
I can't trace the exact circumstances so am assuming this was the result of a severe mechanical issue, possibly brought about by the 401 motor's dislike of any marginal cooling effect.
I'm also assuming the coach was pictured while being transported to Redline's Alice Springs depot for mechanical repairs.
Here's the only shot I have of the Alice depot:
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Industry » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:13 pm

I'm sure that the building is still being used in Alice Springs and cannot remember whom was in their a couple of years ago, maybe Genman could remember. It could have been Wayside Bus.
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Re: Rex Law's Redline Coaches

Postby Industry » Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:41 pm

I believe this is a Redline Coach on one of the first trips between Brisbane and Sydney
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