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AdamH
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Bristol VR Question

Post by AdamH » 18:49 Sunday 30th August 2020

I was at Wythall today and there was a very tidy Bristol VR running around in Midland Fox livery. I took a few photographs of it for the website, but now I seem to be having a spot of bother finding it in my records for Midland Fox vehicles.

Vehicle is EAP984V carrying fleet number 684

Can anyone help? Thanks.
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Re: Bristol VR Question

Post by DD12 » 21:03 Sunday 30th August 2020

That's a very interesting photo, thanks Adam !

I would never have thought a Bristol VR could look so good in that livery, but of course it's the leafy green surroundings that make it so !!

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Re: Bristol VR Question

Post by TimBrown » 08:23 Monday 31st August 2020

AdamH wrote:
18:49 Sunday 30th August 2020
I was at Wythall today and there was a very tidy Bristol VR running around in Midland Fox livery. I took a few photographs of it for the website, but now I seem to be having a spot of bother finding it in my records for Midland Fox vehicles.

Vehicle is EAP984V carrying fleet number 684

Can anyone help? Thanks.
It would appear to be painted into Midland Fox livery as a representation of Bristol VR buses operated by that concern; Rob Sly's Bristol Commercial Vehicle Enthusiasts website history for EAP 984V doesn't mention Midland Fox and shows the bus operating in Sussex area for whole of PSV life until purchase for preservation!

Link to Rob Sly's website; http://bcv.robsly.com/eap984v.html

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Re: Bristol VR Question

Post by TimBrown » 08:55 Monday 31st August 2020

I have checked my records and none of the Bristol VRT's operated by Midland Fox seem to have survived as per attached list. Might explain an ex-Southdown bus being painted to represent Midland Fox vehicle!

Bristol VRT/SL3/6LX chassis with Gardner 6LX engine or VRT/SL3/6LXB chassis with Gardner 6LXB engine and Eastern Coachworks double deck body.

Fleet No. Reg. No. Body

1102 PJO 446P EC
City of Oxford Motor Services (446) new 01/76 with VRT/SL3/6LX chassis and H43/31F layout, South Midland (613) 06/84, Brixham Coaches 03/88, Green (d), Weymouth 05/88, Midland Fox (1102) store 05/88, MH 03/89, WS 08/90, WDN 10/92. Crosville Wales (DVG 606) 10/92, WDN 08/95 for scrap.

1105 AUD 461R EC
City of Oxford Motor Services (461) new 01/77 with VRT/SL3/6LXB chassis and H43/31F layout, South Midland (628) 06/84, Midland Fox (1105) store 05/88, MH 08/88, ??, MH 03/89, FF 06/89, MH by 08//89, WS 08/89, MH 09/89, WDN c. 10/89. Fairtax Foxhound (1105) FF 10/89, Midland Fox (1105) 02/90, FS 05/92, WDN 06/92. Delivered in Style 06/92, North (d), Sherburn 02/93, Hedingham & District, Sible Hedingham (L204) 07/93, WDN 09/03, used for spares. Sackers (d), Ipswich 01/04 for scrap.

1106 AUD 462R EC
City of Oxford Motor Services (462) new 01/77 with VRT/SL3/6LXB chassis and H43/31F layout, South Midland (629) 06/84, Midland Fox (1106) store 06/88, MH 08/88, WS 12/88, WDN 08/92. Crosville Wales (DVG605) 08/92, ITG (Northern Bus), Anston 04/95,
scrapped 08/95.

1109 CJO 469R EC
City of Oxford Motor Services (469) new 07/77 with VRT/SL3/6LXB chassis and H43/34F layout, South Midland (636) 06/84, Midland Fox store (1109) 05/88, WS 09/88, MH 09/88, ??, MH 03/89, WS 08/89, MH 09/89, WS 04/91, WDN 07/92, accident damage.
Crosville Wales (DVG609) 08/92, WDN 11/94 for scrap.

1112 VDV 112S EC
Devon General (1112) new 10/77 with VRT/SL3/6LXB chassis and H43/31F layout, Midland Fox (1112) store 12/87, WS 01/88, WDN 08/92. Crosville Wales (DVG612) 08/92, ITG (Northern Bus), Anston (3012) 12/94, Original London Sightseeing (BE112)
03/96, WDN c. 1999 for scrap.

1113 VDV 113S EC
Devon General (1113) new 11/77 with VRT/SL3/6LXB chassis and H43/31F layout, Midland Fox (1113) store 12/87, WS 03/88, WDN 08/92. Crosville Wales (DVG613) 08/92, ITG (Northern Bus), Anston (3013) 12/94, WDN 10/96 for scrap.

1122 TPE 152S EC
South Wales (996) new 01/78 with VRT/SL3/6LXB chassis and H43/31F layout, Midland Fox (1122) store 02/88, WS 03/88, WDN 08/92. Crosville Wales (DVG652) 08/92, WDN 11/94 for scrap.

1123 TPE 153S EC
South Wales (997) new 01/78 with VRT/SL3/6LXB chassis and H43/31F layout, Midland Fox (1123) store 02/88, WS 03/88, WDN 11/92. Crosville Wales (DVG653) 11/92, WDN 11/96 for scrap.

1126 YBW 601R EC
City of Oxford Motor Services (454) new 11/76 with VRT/SL3/6LXB chassis and CH43/31F layout, South Midland (621) 06/84, Midland Fox (1126) store 10/88, entered service CE 12/88, WS 01/89, WDN by 01/92 and sold for scrap.

1127 YBW 603R EC
City of Oxford Motor Services (456) new 11/76 with VRT/SL3/6LXB chassis and CH43/31F layout, South Midland (623) 06/84, Midland Fox (1127) store 10/88, entered service County Travel 12/88, WS 01/89, WDN 07/92. Crosville Wales (DVG603) 08/92.
ITG (Northern Bus), Anston (3023) 07/95, WDN c. 1998 for scrap.

1128 YBW 604R EC
City of Oxford Motor Services (457) new 11/76 with VRT/SL3/6LXB chassis and CH43/31F layout, South Midland (624) 06/84, Midland Fox (9809) then given (1128) store 10/88, entered service County Travel 12/88, WS 01/89, WDN 08/92. Crosville Wales (DVG604) 08/92, ITG (Northern Bus), Anston (3024) 07/95, PVS (d), Carlton 11/98 for scrap.

1129 YBW 605R EC
City of Oxford Motor Services (458) new 11/76 with VRT/SL3/6LXB chassis and CH43/31F layout, South Midland (625) 06/84, Midland Fox (9810) then given (1129) store 10/88, entered service County Travel 12/88, WS 01/89, WDN 02/92, stripped for sparesat WS garage.

1135 CPT 735S EC
United Automobile (735) new 02/78 with VRT/SL3/6LXB chassis and H42/31F layout, Northumbria (735) 08/86, Midland Fox (1135) FS 04/92, Wreake Valley WV 05/92, WDN 06/92. Delivered in Style, Syston (1135) 06/92, WDN 02/93. North East Bus, Darlington
04/93 for spares, North (d), Sherburn by 08/96.

1149 UVT 49X EC
Stevensons, Uttoxeter (49) new 10/81 with VRT/SL3/6LXB chassis and CH41/29F layout, SW by 10/87, Midland Fox (1149) store 09/88, SS 11/88, WS 12/88, WDN 08/92. Crosville Wales (EVG49) 08/92, Northern Bus, North Anston (0049) (P) 11/97, ITG (Integrated Transport Group), North Anston (0049) (P) 05/98, Roberts, Sheffield (P) by 06/06, stolen c. 09/13, presumed scrapped.

1150 PFA 50W EC
Stevensons, Uttoxeter (50) new 11/80 with VRT/SL3/6LXB chassis and CH41/29F layout, Midland Fox (1140) store 09/88, renumbered (1150) 11/88, SS 11/88, WS by 02/89, WDN 10/92. Crosville Wales (EVG50) 10/92, Arriva, Cymru (EVG50) 04/98, Lister (d), Bolton 06/98, Gatwick Flyer, Romford 09/98, Stephenson (d), Rochford by 07/99, Roomes (Avian Coaches), East Tilbury 10/99, WDN 08/01. Scrapped by 01/05.

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