Eastern National     Model Fleet Focus
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Originally part of the "National" Eastern National was formed in 1930 serving the areas of Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Acquired by the Tilling group soon after and benefiting from subsequent investment, the company expanded rapidly in both bus and coaching duties. Now part of the FirstBus group, Eastern National continues to serve Essex and the surrounding areas.
Base Toys
Eastern National Leyland Leopard Duple Dominant NBC DP
B009 EASTERN NATIONAL Leyland Leopard Duple Dominant NBC DP
1209 (BNO695T) on route 261 to Brentwood.
Photo courtesy of Model Bus Zone
Issued April 2012
Corgi Original Omnibus Company
Eastern National Dennis Dart
42802 EASTERN NATIONAL Dennis Dart.
826 (N826APU) on route 31 to Maldon via Danbury.
Photo courtesy of Model Bus Zone
Issued April 1997
Eastern National Mercedes 810D Plaxton Beaver 2
43401 EASTERN NATIONAL Mercedes 810D Plaxton Beaver 2.
2703 (P703PWC) on route 31 to Chelmsford.
Photo courtesy of Model Bus Zone
Issued May 1998
EFE
ENOC Lodekka
14002 BRISTOL LODEKKA EASTERN NATIONAL
In NBC green livery with the familiar red and blue arrow logo, this Bristol Lodekka with the "Cave Brown" heating system on its upper decks, is typical of the vehicles which lived through the transition to NBC ownership. Fleet number PG 2849, is on route 251 to Southend.
MARCH 1993 RELEASE.
ENOC Bristol LS bus
16302 BRISTOL LS EASTERN NATIONAL
In the traditional Tilling green livery, the LS is seen here in what was very much a standard livery for many of this type of vehicle. Fleet number SD 415, is on route 19A to Clacton and displays an advert for Butlins at Clacton on its rear.
DECEMBER 1993 RELEASE.
ENOC Bristol VR
20412 BRISTOL VRTSL3 EASTERN NATIONAL
In the modern livery of Eastern National at the time when FirstBus acquired the company, this VR, XHK217X, fleet number 3117, is on route 72B to Chelmsford. This detailed model carries adverts for Fox Kids TV, Radio 5 Live and a local car dealership.
MARCH 1997 RELEASE.
ENOC Dart
20613 PLAXTON POINTER/DENNIS DART EASTERN NATIONAL
Complete with "FirstBus" logo in its nearside window, this Pointer/ Dart makes a perfect partner to the Bristol VR. N827APU, fleet number 2827 is on route 72 to Witham.
MARCH 1997 RELEASE.
Bristol LS dp
16316 BRISTOL LS EASTERN NATIONAL.
In the predominantly cream reversed coaching livery, VNO 870, fleet number PL 373, carries destination boards on its roof sides, the first LS to do so. On the Coach / Air Service to Southend Airport, this model shows Eastern National's involvement in coaching as well as buses.
FEBRUARY 1998 RELEASE.
Eastern National Merc
24801 Mercedes Minibus EASTERN NATIONAL.
Exclusive First Editions are proud to present the Reeve-Burgess bodied Mercedes Benz Minibus in Eastern National livery. Our first model to feature a foreign chassis manufacturer, this vehicle is typical of the type of small bus which helped to spearhead De-Regulation. H601 OVW, fleet number 601 is depicted on route 21 to Deanery Gardens.
JULY 1998 RELEASE.
25003 BRISTOL RELL EASTERN NATIONAL.
25003 BRISTOL RELL EASTERN NATIONAL.
Being one of the larger parts of the Tilling group, Eastern National had a considerable fleet of Bristol vehicles. Our flat fronted RELL typifies the livery and features the black lining edging the cream band. From its depot in Chelmsford, 1516 registered FWC 439H is on route 32 to Ongar.
JUNE 1999 RELEASE.
E13913 Bristol FLF Lodekka EASTERN NATIONAL COACH.
E13913 Bristol FLF Lodekka coach EASTERN NATIONAL.
Since producing our first Lodekka we have been asked constantly to produce an Eastern National coach, so this model should be popular with collectors. Our model registered BVX 668B fleet number 2606, on route X10 to Southend on Sea features enclosed rear lower deck windows and restricted rear upper deck window.
JANUARY 2000 RELEASE.
20426 Bristol VRTSL3 EASTERN NATIONAL L.T. SERVICE
20426 Bristol VRTSL3 L.T. SERVICE EASTERN NATIONAL.
Eastern National was one of the first companies to operate London Transport routes, and modified for these duties fleet number 3080 registered STV25W is on route 193 to Romford Market.
FEBRUARY 2001 RELEASE.
27502 Wrights Scania Axcess EASTERN NATIONAL.
27502 Wrights Scania Axcess EASTERN NATIONAL.
The first standard release of our new Wrights Scania Axcess Floline features the fleet number 654, registered T654SSF on the Centurion branded route 65 to Tollgate Sainsburys via Town Centre.
DECEMBER 2000 RELEASE.
20435 BRISTOL VRTSL3 First Eastern National.
20435 BRISTOL VRTSL3 FIRST EASTERN NATIONAL.
Eastern National has been serving Essex and surrounding areas since the 1930's. Registered STW22W, this Bristol VRTSL3 fleet number 3078 works route 103 to the historic port of Harwich via Manningtree and Ardleigh.
FEBRUARY 2005 RELEASE.
17218 Leyland National 11.3m single door EASTERN NATIONAL.
17218 Leyland National 11.3m single door EASTERN NATIONAL.
The Eastern National fleet has a special interest to many collectors and our Leyland National in the yellow green and blue livery carries adverts for Colchester Zoo. Fleet number 1850, registered YEV308S is working route 78 to Brightlingsea.
AUGUST 2006 RELEASE.
17224 Leyland National 11.3m single door EASTERN NATIONAL CITYBUS.
17224 Leyland National 11.3m single door CITYBUS EASTERN NATIONAL.
Following the success of our Bristol VRTSL3 in Eastern National Citybus livery, our 1 door Leyland National operates route 206 to Walthamstow Central Station. Registered TJN500R, fleet number WW1801 should prove an equally popular model to collect.
SEPTEMBER 2010 RELEASE.
17230 Leyland National MkI Long EASTERN NATIONAL CITYBUS.
17230 Leyland National 11.3m single door EASTERN NATIONAL.
JULY 2014 RELEASE.
20448 Bristol VRTSL3 EASTERN NATIONAL CITYBUS.
20448 Bristol VRTSL3 CITYBUS EASTERN NATIONAL.
Our Bristol VRTSL3 is seen in City Bus livery, these colours were unique on Eastern National vehicles. Registered UAR599W, operating out of Walthamstow Bus Garage, fleet number 3109 operates route 275 to Walthamstow Central Station.
JANUARY 2010 RELEASE.
25004 Bristol RELL Bus EASTERN NATIONAL NBC.
25004 Bristol RELL Bus NBC EASTERN NATIONAL.
Working the extremely long route 19 from Clacton via Colchester and Maldon to Southend, passengers on this flat fronted Bristol RELL bus would have passed through some beautiful countryside. Registered FVX612H, 1510 is in Eastern National NBC livery.
NOVEMBER 2009 RELEASE.
33801 Bristol RELH EASTERN NATIONAL.
33801 Bristol RELH EASTERN NATIONAL
A new combination of roof box and entrance door makes this Bristol RELH Coach a first. Registered YHK 725F this vehicle was part of the popular Eastern National coach fleet, fleet number PL 408 can be seen operating a “Day Tour”.
DECEMBER 2007 RELEASE.
34903 Leyland Olympian Coach EASTERN NATIONAL.
34903 Leyland Olympian Coach EASTERN NATIONAL.
Working route 102 to Harwich via Manningtree and Great Oakley this Eastern National Leyland Olympian with coach seats, would have been a more comfortable choice of travel with Holidaymakers and Commuters alike. Registration number C419 HJN carries fleet number CF (Chelmsford) 409.
JULY 2009 RELEASE.
Eastern National Bristol VRTSL3 NBC DP.
20451 Bristol VRTSL3 NBC DP EASTERN NATIONAL
Another Eastern National VRTSL3 - this time in NBC DP livery.
JULY 2011 RELEASE.
Eastern National Bristol VRTSL3 First.
20456 EASTERN NATIONAL Bristol VRTSL3 ECW.
Another livery variant.
OCTOBER 2014 RELEASE.