#46 - 1988 Volvo B10M
The Society's latest addition was generously donated by Robert & Fruncine Sainty from Launceston in April 2020. The Sainty name has been associated with the Tasmanian public transport scene for well over 50 years, operating services mainly across the north & north-east of the state.
This particular coach started it's life with Westbus in NSW before then heading to Coachlink in QLD. In 2000 (after the 2000 Olympic), Rob's father George Sainty, purchased the coach to operate tours and charters around Tasmania.
In 2005, Robert & Fruncine bought the company from their father and initially operated the coach on the NE Coast Bridport service, along with continuing it's use on tours and charters around Tassie. It has served them well for 15yrs, but is now due for replacement.
As with everything, the age was becoming the coach's biggest enemy, what with DDA compliance with all service vehicles across the country. It was decided in 2020, rather than see the coach sold and transformed into a motorhome, it would be best spent showcasing the Sainty history through the efforts of the Tasmanian Bus & Coach Society, where it would be preserved and displayed around the state for the public to see another piece of Tasmania's rich public transport history.
The Tasmanian Bus & Coach Society were extremely surprised at the offer and feel proud to be chosen to preserve the Sainty name and a part of their company history.
Photo credits: Westbus/Coachlink © Hayden Ramsdale + Westbus © Jason Taylor
Chassis: Volvo B10M
Engine: Volvo THD101 (turbocharged)
Cylinders: 6 in line
Output: 307 bhp
Displacement: 9.6 litre
Mounting: Inline, mid-mount
Transmission: Volvo 12 spd manual
Built by Custom Coaches
Capacity: 55 seat-belted recliners