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VR378 OCK988K BRISTOL VRTSL2/ECW H39/31F

 
    VEHICLE DETAILS
    VR378 front off photo copyright A Wright
  • OCK988K

  • 1971 Bristol VRTSL6LX

  • Bodywork - ECW H39/31F

  • Body number - 18852

  • Chassis number - VRT/SL2/237

  • Engine - Gardner 6LX




VR378 nsf at Showbus, photo by A Wright
New to Ribble in 1971 as fleet number 1988, the vehicle spent its early years in Carlisle and Preston before moving to Burnley prior to disposal. Passing to Eastern Counties in 1985 it became VR378 (later VR318), being allocated to many locations. It is the most modern double-decker bus owned by the Collection, passing from J. Patterson in May 2005. In 1992 it was fitted with Auto-steer air-assisted steering at the King's Lynn depot, which was later removed by D. Potter. It retained Ribble moquette seats until at least 10/92 but these had been replaced with green vinyl by 12/94.
VR378 nsf at Norwich Bus Rally, photo by A Wright





    ALLOCATION HISTORY
  • 24.11.71 Delivered to Ribble ex-ECW fleet number 1988

  • 1.2.72 First licenced

  • 1.2.72 Carlisle

  • 7.10.79 Preston

  • 4.11.84 De-licensed

  • 37.1.85 Burnley

  • 21.4.85 De-licensed for disposal

  • 6.85 Sold to ECOC

  • 7.85 Becomes ECOC VR378

  • 8.85 Norwich

  • 8.85 Lowestoft

  • 6.89 De-licensed

  • 8.89 Ipswich

  • 12.90 De-licensed

  • 2.91 Lowestoft

  • 10.91 King's Lynn

  • 3.92 Bury St Edmunds

  • 4.92 King's Lynn

  • 10.92 Ipswich

  • 2.93 De-licensed

  • 6.93 Gt Yarmouth

  • 12.93 Lowestoft

  • 11.94 Norwich

  • 12.94 King's Lynn

  • 3.95 Bury St Edmunds

  • 4.95 King's Lynn (Rosemary Coaches)

  • 8.95 Gt Yarmouth

  • 1.96 Ipswich

  • 28.1.96 Renumbered VR318

  • 3.96 Bury St Edmunds

  • 5.96 Ipswich

  • 6.96 Sold to D. Potter, Gt Yarmouth

  • by 12.99 Sold to R. Harding, Luton

  • 8.04 Sold to J. Patterson, Snettisham

  • 16.5.05 Purchased by Eastern Transport Collection

Author: Richard Dixon

 

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