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Postby Linto63 » Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:28 pm

Back in the early 90s, Coachtrans was the dominant coach operator on the Gold Coast with a large fleet of Austral, Denning and MCA coaches as well as Toyota Coaster midis all registered on xxxCTA plates. I presume the opening of the Gold Coast and Brisbane Airport lines knocked them around, but they seemed to disappear without fanfare. Was there a collapse?
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Re: Coachtrans

Postby boronia » Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:00 am

IIRC, Sita took them over and rebranded the coaches?

I don't know if they are still there.
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Re: Coachtrans

Postby CCCC » Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:04 am

They had a lot of old stuff up there.
They liked their spider rims on the older dennings. or would that be hubs.
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Re: Coachtrans

Postby Fleet Lists » Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:20 pm

A search for Coachtrans in the photo gallery will bring up a few photos of their coaches
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Re: Coachtrans

Postby boronia » Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:54 pm

When Murrays started up in the GC in the late 1980s, they got a lot of Coachtrans' inbound charter work.
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Re: Coachtrans

Postby Linto63 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:04 pm

CCCC wrote:They had a lot of old stuff up there. They liked their spider rims on the older dennings. or would that be hubs.
Had a fair bit of new stuff too, plenty of Landseers and Tourmasters. Thought the spider wheels were on the Internationals run by Skennars.
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Re: Coachtrans

Postby Maladjusted » Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:07 am

If I recall correctly Coachtrans Depot was at Coomera behind the Northbound Weighbridge.
They started up after the Skennars sell off doing Clarries run to the coast and ended up with a mix of Skennars and Greyhound fleet. They did have at least 2 of the GBW Inters with spiders.
Yes I believe Sita was the next in line.
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Re: Coachtrans

Postby CCCC » Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:28 am

Linto63 wrote:
CCCC wrote:They had a lot of old stuff up there. They liked their spider rims on the older dennings. or would that be hubs.
Had a fair bit of new stuff too, plenty of Landseers and Tourmasters. Thought the spider wheels were on the Internationals run by Skennars.


George re sold a lot of non tourmasters up there trying to keep his fleet full of tourmasters he loved so much.
Terra Australis bought one Denning Hiscreen off him which was in Coachtrans livery for many years and George wanted Terra to sell him their ex Deluxe tourmaster.
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Re: Coachtrans

Postby Linto63 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:27 am

Noticed in the Surfside disposals list they had about 20 ex Coachtrans coaches (mainly MCAs), so perhaps perhaps part of the business was sold to them. Maybe the Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle business or the theme park express services?
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Re: Coachtrans

Postby burrumbus » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:25 am

Correct Linto63.Coachtrans under Sita family ownership sold the theme park express services and the Coomera area school services to Surfside.Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle was another separate business that Surfside purchased.
That left Coachtrans with the rump of the Brisbane-Tweed Heads route services,Airport services from the Gold Coast to Coolangatta and Brisbane Airports and a small coach business.The train basically killed the Brisbane-Tweed Heads services.
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Re: Coachtrans

Postby Linto63 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:23 pm

To answer my own question, found this article stating that Coachtrans was sold to Con-X-ion in November 2011 with 18 vehicles, so a lot smaller than in its heyday. https://www.busnews.com.au/industry-new ... coachtrans
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