An early Bristol MW5G, 2939 (929AHY) is seen on display at SHOWBUS international 2001 at Duxford. The rear design of the bodywork differs from what became the norm on the ECW bodied MWs. This example has been restored in an early example of NBC leaf green livery which had no white band, though the bodywork lacked the waist band to support a white relief stripe. The NBC double-N logo somehow is not quite right!
Bristols or Leylands at SHOWBUS international 2007? With the stronger claim to being a Bristol Olympian is the B45 designated chassis of the fifth Olympian prototype bodied by Northern Counties for GMPTE as 1451 (NJA568W) in the Machester fleet. There was some initial talk of the VR/Atlantean/Fleetline replacement being badged as a Bristol. What became Bristol Omnibus 9552 (A954SAE) has chassis number 945 and was one of the last Olympians to be built at the Brislington plant in Bristol before production was transferred to the erstwhile Leyland National plant in Workington. The bus has acquired a Bristol scroll badge.
Roe bodied Olympian 9549 (A949SAE) was given heritage NBC livery towards the end of its days in First ownership. The bus is seen at the Southsea Spectacular in June 2003.
A Sunday visit to ECW's Lowesfoft factory in early 1978 found many buses finished and awaiting delivery. Dual door Bristol VRTSL3 C5118 (RHT512S) leads a VR line up.
Viewed head on it has been possible to identify most of the buses in the line. The next dual door green bus is Bristol C5117 (RHT511S), but the third one is unidentified. The first red VR is Eastern Counties VR201 (WPW201S) with West Riding 790 (XWU339S) alongside. The next red VR is a dual door bus for City of Oxford 479 (HUD479S). A second Oxford VR is partially visible at the far end beyond an unidentified Bristol LH.
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