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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 Plaxton Pointer
42802 EASTERN NATIONAL Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer.
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
Eastern National Bristol Lodekka FLF ECW
14002 EASTERN NATIONAL BRISTOL LODEKKA FLF ECW
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 PG2849, is on route 251 to Southend.
MARCH 1993 RELEASE.
Eastern National Bristol LS ECW bus
16302 EASTERN NATIONAL BRISTOL LS ECW
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 SD415, is on route 19A to Clacton and displays an advert for Butlins at Clacton on its rear.
DECEMBER 1993 RELEASE.
Eastern National Bristol VRTSL3 ECW
20412 EASTERN NATIONAL BRISTOL VRTSL3 ECW
In the modern livery of Eastern National at the time when FirstBus acquired the company, this VR, 3117 (XHK217X), 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.
Eastern National Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer
20613 EASTERN NATIONAL DENNIS DART PLAXTON POINTER
Complete with "FirstBus" logo in its nearside window, this Pointer/Dart makes a perfect partner to the Bristol VR. 2827 (N827APU) is on route 72 to Witham.
MARCH 1997 RELEASE.
Eastern National Bristol LS ECW dual purpose
16316 EASTERN NATIONALBRISTOL LS ECW dual purpose.
In the predominantly cream reversed coaching livery, PL373 (VNO870), 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 Mercedes 709 Reeve Burgess
24801 EASTERN NATIONAL Mercedes Minibus .
This Reeve-Burgess bodied Mercedes Benz Minibus in Eastern National livery is typical of the type of small bus which helped to spearhead De-Regulation. 601 (H601OVW) is depicted on route 21 to Deanery Gardens.
JULY 1998 RELEASE.
25003 EASTERN NATIONAL BRISTOL RELL ECW.
25003 EASTERN NATIONAL BRISTOL RELL ECW.
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 (FWC439H) is on route 32 to Ongar.
JUNE 1999 RELEASE.
E13913 Bristol FLF Lodekka ECW EASTERN NATIONAL COACH.
E13913 EASTERN NATIONAL Bristol FLF Lodekka ECW coach.
2602 (BVX668B) is on route X10 to Southend on Sea and features enclosed rear lower deck windows and restricted rear upper deck window.
JANUARY 2000 RELEASE.
20426 EASTERN NATIONAL Bristol VRTSL3 ECW L.T. SERVICE
20426 EASTERN NATIONAL Bristol VRTSL3 ECW LT SERVICE .
Eastern National was one of the first companies to operate London Transport routes, and modified for these duties 3080 (STV25W) seen on route 193 to Romford Market.
FEBRUARY 2001 RELEASE.
EASTERN NATIONAL Scania Wrights Axcess.
27502 EASTERN NATIONALScania Wrights Axcess .
Scania Wrights Axcess Floline 654 (T654SSF) on the Centurion branded route 65 to Tollgate Sainsburys via Town Centre.
DECEMBER 2000 RELEASE.
First Eastern National BRISTOL VRTSL3 ECW.
20435 FIRST EASTERN NATIONALBRISTOL VRTSL3 ECW.
Eastern National has been serving Essex and surrounding areas since the 1930's, this Bristol VRTSL3 3078 (STW22W) works route 103 to the historic port of Harwich via Manningtree and Ardleigh.
FEBRUARY 2005 RELEASE.
17218 EASTERN NATIONAL Leyland National 11.3m single door.
17218 EASTERN NATIONAL Leyland National 11.3m single door.
The Eastern National fleet has a special interest to many collectors and this Leyland National in the yellow green and blue livery carries adverts for Colchester Zoo: 1850(YEV308S) is working route 78 to Brightlingsea.
AUGUST 2006 RELEASE.
EASTERN NATIONAL CITYBUS Leyland National 11.3m single door.
17224 EASTERN NATIONAL CITYBUS Leyland National 11.3m single door.
This single door Leyland National operates route 206 to Walthamstow Central Station: WW1801 (TJN500R).
SEPTEMBER 2010 RELEASE.
EASTERN NATIONAL CITYBUS Leyland National 11.3m.
17230 EASTERN NATIONAL CITYBUS Leyland National 11.3m single door.
1825 (VAR902S) on route 20 to Debden Station.
JULY 2014 RELEASE.
EASTERN NATIONAL CITYBUS Bristol VRTSL3 ECW.
20448 EASTERN NATIONAL CITYBUS Bristol VRTSL3 ECW.
This Bristol VRTSL3 is seen in Citybus livery, these colours were unique on Eastern National vehicles, 3109 (UAR599W) is operating out of Walthamstow Bus Garageon route 275 to Walthamstow Central Station.
JANUARY 2010 RELEASE.
EASTERN NATIONAL NBC Bristol RELL ECW bus.
25004 EASTERN NATIONAL Bristol RELL ECW bus NBC.
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. 1510 (FVX612H) is in Eastern National NBC livery.
NOVEMBER 2009 RELEASE.
EASTERN NATIONAL Bristol RELH ECW.
33801 EASTERN NATIONAL Bristol RELH ECW
PL408 (YHK725F) was part of the popular Eastern National coach fleet a d can be seen operating a “Day Tour”.
DECEMBER 2007 RELEASE.
EASTERN NATIONAL Leyland Olympian ECW coach.
34903 EASTERN NATIONAL Leyland Olympian ECW Coach .
Working route 102 to Harwich via Manningtree and Great Oakley this Eastern National ECW bodied Leyland Olympian with coach seats, would have been a more comfortable choice of travel with Holidaymakers and Commuters alike. CF409 (C419HJN) works out of Chelmsford depot.
JULY 2009 RELEASE.
Eastern National Bristol VRTSL3 ECW NBC DP.
20451 EASTERN NATIONALBristol VRTSL3 ECW NBC DP
Another Eastern National VRTSL3 - this time in NBC DP livery.
JULY 2011 RELEASE.
Eastern National Bristol VRTSL3 ECW First.
20456 EASTERN NATIONAL Bristol VRTSL3 ECW.
Another livery variant.
OCTOBER 2014 RELEASE.
EASTERN NATIONAL Bristol VRTSL6G ECW.
38103 EASTERN NATIONAL Bristol VRTSL6G ECW.
SD3001 (CPU980G) on route X10 to Kings Cross Station.
AUGUST 2012 RELEASE.
Eastern National Bristol VRTSL6G ECW.
38118 EASTERN NATIONAL Bristol VRTSL6G ECW.
WG3005 (SMS31H) on route 400 to London Victoria. In Alexander (Midland) colours as received from Scotland.
NOVEMBER 2014 RELEASE.