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A visit to Gisborne in April 2008 found two companies prominent in the town on school services. It is believed that Red Bus was involved in route work - it later owned two Optare Excels - and the company had sold out to Waipawa Buses in 2000, but was still trading as Red Bus Service. The other operator was Gisborne Taxis who were providing limited town services in 2008. Ten years on the town service needed two buses and the network was contracted by Gisborne Council to Go Bus, trading as "Gizybus" using Plaxton Primo midibuses.
Red Bus Service Isuzu ECR570 Modern Motor Bodies 82
The 2008 Red Bus Service fleet was a eclectic mix of mostly secondhand coaches like this 1985 Isuzu ECR570 with Modern Motor Bodies coachwork, 82 (MB1357), seen at the town centre depot.

Red Bus Service Isuzu JCR500 CWI Ranger 47
This CWI Ranger bodied Isuzu JCR500, 47 (RS2776) was new to Hanham Buses in Albany in 1989. It is seen in the depot with 82.

Red Bus Service Bedford SB NZMB Commuter2 102
A third bus at the depot was this NZMB Commuter2 bodied Bedford SB, 102 (KO1680), new to Palmerston North Passenger Services in 1982 with several similar buses. It later served briefly with Lewis Hodgson Motor Services of Te Awamutu before settling with Hamilton City Buses for a few years then arriving in Gisborne in 1992. It has ended its days being converted to truck which happened in 2009.

Red Bus Service Ford R1114 NZMB JE5893
A step further back in time with this 1979 NZMB bodied Ford R1114, 6 (JE5893), bought new in 1979. The picture is believed to have been taken in 1992. The Ford R-series was very popular in New Zealand.
Waipawa Hino Blue Ribbon 6
Possibly on loan at the Gisborne depot was Hino Blue Ribbon 6 (ZG1432) from the main Waipawa fleet.

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