Bus Fest Gaydon 19 August 2018 four

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TimBrown
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Bus Fest Gaydon 19 August 2018 four

Post by TimBrown » 19:28 Tuesday 21st August 2018

Bristol L5G LHY 994 with ECW Bodywork (thought to be B35R originally, but reduced to B20R now) new 11/49 as Bristol Tramways 2447.
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A trio of Bristol/ECW coaches;
Bristol RELH6G CVL 850D with ECW C47F bodywork new 05/66 to Lincolnshire Roadcar as 1431.
Bristol MW6G 253 KTA with ECW C39F bodywork new 04/62 to Western National as 2270.
Bristol MW6G FEL 751D with ECW C39F bodywork new 02/66 to Hants and Dorset as 904.
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Bristol RELH6L OAX 9F with ECW C41F bodywork new 02/68 to Red & White as RC968.
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Bristol RELL6G NBD 311F with ECW B53F bodywork new 01/68 to United Counties as 311.
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Bristol RELL6G EPW 516K with ECW B53F bodywork new 04/72 to Eastern Counties as RL516
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Bristol VRT/SL3/6LXB with ECW C43/31F bodywork new 11/77 to Western National as 934.
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Bedford OB JUE 869 with Duple C29F new 03/50 to Webb, Armscote who recently re-acquired this coach after a major restoration programme, as it was the first new vehicle they purchased.
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Bedford YRQ PNM 757M with Plaxton C45F bodywork new 03/74 to Eayrs, Goldington.
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Bedford J2SZ10 NTJ 943G with Plaxton C20F bodywork new 12/68 to Battersby, Morecambe.
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Ford R1014 OVV 59R with Duple B43F bodywork new 09/76 to United Counties as 59.
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MattW
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Re: Bus Fest Gaydon 19 August 2018 four

Post by MattW » 21:23 Tuesday 21st August 2018

Always love a VR ;)

DD12
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Re: Bus Fest Gaydon 19 August 2018 four

Post by DD12 » 13:40 Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Another very enjoyable selection of photos, thanks Tim.

I like the photo of the trio of Bristol ECW coaches from the 1960s, and although I've never been a fan of the styling or "execution" of the body styling, I guess that the build quality was, and is, very good.

Recently, when I saw our Midland Red liveried double decker on the X50 to Evesham, it gave me a nice nostalgic flashback to the days of the long-lived Oxford/ South Midland coach service 50 between Oxford and Worcester, although
I mainly associate that with Bristol ECW coaches in "Tilling group" cream
(as in your photo) and with red relief, ( - never double-deckers) --
-- has anyone got any photos of coaches on this service please ?

I like the idea of FMRs current X50 being extended to Chipping Norton, - one day per week, allowing a ride on the "regular" double - decker service to Oxford [no car parking hassle], and at least four hours in Oxford ......
-- fat chance of that now !!"

TimBrown
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Re: Bus Fest Gaydon 19 August 2018 four

Post by TimBrown » 09:38 Thursday 23rd August 2018

DD12 wrote:
13:40 Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Another very enjoyable selection of photos, thanks Tim.

I like the photo of the trio of Bristol ECW coaches from the 1960s, and although I've never been a fan of the styling or "execution" of the body styling, I guess that the build quality was, and is, very good.

Recently, when I saw our Midland Red liveried double decker on the X50 to Evesham, it gave me a nice nostalgic flashback to the days of the long-lived Oxford/ South Midland coach service 50 between Oxford and Worcester, although
I mainly associate that with Bristol ECW coaches in "Tilling group" cream
(as in your photo) and with red relief, ( - never double-deckers) --
-- has anyone got any photos of coaches on this service please ?

I like the idea of FMRs current X50 being extended to Chipping Norton, - one day per week, allowing a ride on the "regular" double - decker service to Oxford [no car parking hassle], and at least four hours in Oxford ......
-- fat chance of that now !!"

There was a good selection of Bristol single deckers, but not one half cab Bristol double decker, which was a little disappointing; we were treated to a wealth of other half cab deckers with exposed radiators so this old one was happy with that!

As for the X50, it would be good to have a limited stop service over the Cotswolds to Oxford, but I reckon that GWR hold the monopoly on the London route despite the recent problems with the Class 800 Hitachi IET's and delayed driver training programme. I have an issue with First bus as the services past the Norton Parkway station project will be heavily cut from 17 September 2018, a few months before the Parkway opens - so the politicians idea of co-ordinated public transport takes another hit. Why don't the rail and bus sectors of the First empire talk to each other, it might just be financially beneficial?

TimBrown
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Re: Bus Fest Gaydon 19 August 2018 four

Post by TimBrown » 09:50 Thursday 23rd August 2018

MattW wrote:
21:23 Tuesday 21st August 2018
Always love a VR ;)
Never had much to do with VRTs but that particular bus looks stunning in mainly cream with green relief - it really stood out.

My favourite was the beautifully turned out Bedford OB of Webbs, Armscote. About 65 years ago as a pupil at Claines School we would be taken evrey now and then to Droitwich Lido on Downes' red and cream Bedford OB (kept in the yard beside the Swan Inn in Barbourne) and I remember my friend putting his ear close to the radiator saying you can't hear it ticking over and the only way to tell it was running was listening for the water gurgling through the radiator! Was he pulling my leg?

Anyway, I believe restored OB's sell for upwards of £50K these days

MattW
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Re: Bus Fest Gaydon 19 August 2018 four

Post by MattW » 18:00 Thursday 23rd August 2018

I can see why, what a beauty :)

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