Redline Coaches

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Redline Coaches
ParentLarissey family
FoundedJuly 1963
Service areaTasmania
Service typeCoach services
Fleet74 (September 2013)
Chief executiveMichael Larissey

Tasmania's Own Redline Coaches is Tasmania's largest coach operator. It operates both route and charter services.


Redline Coaches was formed in July 1963 when Frank Larissey purchased Sutton's Motor Service, Launceston with four buses and renamed it Redline Coaches.[1][2]

In January 1965 Redline Coaches began operating ten-day tours of Tasmania connecting with the Empress of Australia at Bell Bay under contract to the Tasmanian Government Travel Bureau. Through a number of takeovers, Redline developed a network of services in north-east Tasmania. In 1975 the business of Young's Coaches was purchased and a contract picked up from Gippsland Educational Tours saw it conduct tours throughout mainland Australia. By this stage the fleet consisted of 19 vehicles. Further expansion came with it being appointed as a sub-contractor for AAT Kings, Ansett Pioneer and Australian Pacific Tours.[2]

In May 1980 Redline purchased the business of Tasmanian Coach Lines who operated stage services throughout the state. The sale included 17 vehicles. The combined operation was renamed Tasmanian Redline Coaches. In the next few years many other long distance operators would be taken over with the fleet growing to 110 by 1992. Following the withdrawal of services by Ansett and TAA in 1982, Tasmanian Redline commenced airport services in Hobart and Launceston.[1][3]

Tasmanian Redline also operated a freight business using a combination of luggage space on its coach services and dedicated vans. In September 1990 the long distance market was deregulated and Hobart Coaches began competing on some of Tasmanian Redline's more profitable routes.[3]

In 2009 Redline acquired the business of Smith's City to Surf Coaches servicing the Dodges Ferry region.


As at September 2013 the fleet consisted of 74 buses and coaches.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Tasmanian Redline Coaches Bus Australia
  2. ^ a b "Tasmanian Redline Coaches" Australian Bus Panorama 7/9 June 1992 pages 5-7
  3. ^ a b "Tasmanian Redline Coaches - Part 2" Australian Bus Panorama 8/1 August 1992 pages 4-6
  • CLARIDGE, ALICE (3 September 2013). "Redline takes conservation message to the masses as devil bus hits the road". Mercury. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  • "Bus company ordered to meet disability needs". ABC News Australia. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  • "Student bus subsidies given thumbs-up". ABC News Australia. 22 May 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2016.

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