McHarry's Buslines

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Mills-Tui bodied Mercedes Benz OH1830 in October 2010
Founded 1932
Headquarters Breakwater
Service area Geelong & region
Service type Bus & coach operator
Routes 12
Fleet 185 (October 2015)
Website www.mcharrys.com.au

McHarry's Buslines is a family-owned bus company in Geelong, Victoria, dating back to 1932. It operates public transport bus routes in Geelong, and on the Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast, as well as school bus and charter services. The company's main depot is in Breakwater, and there are smaller depots in Torquay, Ocean Grove, Queenscliff and Drysdale. There used to be a depot in Portarlington but it has been replaced by the one at Drysdale.

History[edit]

The origins of McHarry's Buslines date back to 1932, when John McHarry was employed at Ford's Geelong plant as a coach-builder. He transported his own employees to the plant in his truck, and it wasn't long before he was inundated with requests from other Ford workers for a ride to work. The current managing director of the company, also called John McHarry, is the grandson of the original owner. His son, Ashley McHarry, is the company's general manager.[1]

Livery[edit]

Following the inauguration of the Geelong Transit System (GTS) in the early 1980s, McHarry's public transport buses were obliged to be painted in the GTS livery. After 2000, however, the company's contract with the Victorian Government no longer required its GTS buses to wear the system livery, and so buses were progressively re-painted with McHarry's own new livery.

Livery Livery Summary
Geelong Transit System Overall white, with two blue horizontal stripes and the letters "GTS" written in the middle, as seen here. This livery has been phased out and all buses have been repainted in the corporate livery.
Corporate Overall white, with a red, yellow and black stripe, incorporating a stylised arrow head, as seen here.

Fleet[edit]

As at December 2015 the company's fleet consisted of 190 buses and coaches.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The McHarry's Story". McHarry's Buslines. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  2. ^ "McHarry's Buslines, Geelong". busaustralia.com. Retrieved 2014-09-28.