This website is for anyone interested in the
products of Bristol Commercial Vehicles, a manufacturer swallowed
up by British Leyland and a tragic victim of the politics of the 1970s
and early 1980s. The specific model we deal with in most detail is the
Rear-engined (VR) double decker although we also cover all surviving
Lodekka half-cab double deckers as well as
single-deck RE and LH survivors. VRs
are now very rare in normal service but current operators of the type are listed
here. By contrast there are now well over 200 VRs recorded in various
states of preservation in the UK with many more
continuing to earn their keep in a multitude of uses overseas. Ever-faithful
Lodekkas continue to earn their keep in all corners
of the World, many of them now well past their fiftieth birthday!
Last Updated : May 22nd 2013 (SVL177W, XFM203, DUP753S, SRU981, GOG653N and VDV135S on eBay, 241SFM, NTT319M, XOI2526 and 833AFM for sale)
This week's interesting non-Bristols on eBay:
Scarborough & District open-top Volvo Citybus 897EYX
UPDATED *** Daimler CVG6 304VHN *** UPDATED
Ex-London Country "B" Series Leyland National YPL448T
Ex-London Transport AEC Routemaster RML2715
Ex-Southend Daimler Fleetline MRJ231W
Leyland Tiger/Duple Laser A811CCD
Leyland PD2/Metro Cammell Weyman 3706VM
AEC Reliance/Plaxton Derwent GUP647H
Ex-LT AEC Routemaster RML892 catering conversion
1933 Daimler COG5 - spares only
Ex-London Transport AEC Regent RT4777
Ex-LT Leyland Olympian D245FYM
AEC Routemaster RML2715
1961 Leyland Tiger Cub RMS714
Ex-Ribble Leyland PD3 TCK841
Ex-Huddersfield AEC Regent/East Lancs HVH233
Ex-Lothian open-top Leyland Atlantean BAS14L
Leyland Atlantean exhibition unit AVK170V
Morecambe AEC Regent KTF591
AEC Routemaster RML2584
Ex-Hull Corporation AEC Regent HAT245
Bristols For Sale
I do not charge any fees for listing Bristol vehicles for sale on this page, but I regret I cannot advertise events due to lack of available time. I do however list Bristols advertised on eBay in the hope of alerting buyers who may otherwise miss the opportunity and have added a few additional links to interesting eBay categories such as those for Photos and Models at various points on the website.
Parts Wanted and Parts for Sale
PartsMart - bowing to popular demand I also now advertise parts for sale and also parts required for specific vehicles. The same principles apply as for the vehicles for sale page - there is no charge for this service but I would be grateful for a small donation towards the upkeep of the website if you make a sale, and do please let me know when I can remove your entry from the page.
The aim of this website is to be the up-to-date reference point for all Bristol VR, Lodekka, RE and LH vehicles. Ultimately it is the intention to have a profile page for every one of these vehicles that were built including photos with every owner in every livery. Obviously this is a lifetime's work and will not be achieved without the help of a great many contributors - these kind folk have already helped to swell the number of photos held for publication to over 21,000, many of which are already in use on the site. With the dramatically reduced activity in the Bristol vehicle world in recent years I now record all major vehicle changes and items of interest on the Recently Recorded Changes Log.
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Operator Focus(May 14th 2013)
Rossendale Transport was one of those Lancashire municipals on Leyland's doorstep which took a liking to Bristol products but had to dress them up in East Lancs clothing to minimise embarrassment to their (once) mighty neighbours. Showing that the East Lancs product displayed absolutely none of the classic lines of the ECW equivalent is their final RE, JDK914P. If you think this looks bad just take a look at the LHs they bought new! They did operate one ECW-bodied LHS but that was very much the black sheep of the family. SND550X passed for preservation in 1998 after withdrawal but has not been heard of since and any news of this one would be much appreciated.
The Operator Focus Archive contains a log of previously featured operators. If you can contribute to fill any gaps or correct any mistakes I'd be delighted to hear from you.
It isn't very often that a VR believed to have been long since scrapped is featured on here, but that is the case with ex-East Midlands 134 (JNU134N) which was last reported withdrawn by Marshall of Baillieston in Scotland in 1996 but which is now happily sunning itself in Spain on the island of Tenerife at the Playa de las Americas. The bus was discovered by Ben Fosker (former proprietor of The Running Footman) and from enquiries it seems the bus may have been used as a playbus in the U.K. prior to shipping to Spain - if anyone has any further details do please let me know. It was unusual in remaining with East Midlands in the early 1980s when all the rest of the batch was cascaded to other NBC fleets (Bristol Omnibus and West Yorkshire).
This is the latest photo in a regular feature intended to showcase the work of some of the very kind contributors to this website to whom we are very much indebted.
For a few years now I have been adding Illustrated Fleet Histories for operators who have run VRs, REs, LHs and/or Lodekkas at some point, ranging from large groups to tiny one-vehicle operations. Those added so far are listed by county on the Operator Cross Reference page (including an indication as to whether or not the list yet contains all the details and photos in my possession), but I now plan to showcase operators as I work on them. The purpose of highlighting them on here is both as a means of promoting the pages but also as a request for viewers to send in any photos that fill in the gaps in the Photo Archive sections on each page. The aim is to illustrate every vehicle in every livery with every operator and I want to thank all the very many kind individuals who have already made such contributions to this website.
Histories Log page details those vehicles that have already been
processed. More are added each week. If you can help to complete any with either additional
information or photos I would be delighted to hear from you, either through the
submission of photos or slides for scanning, or through the email of digital
images. You will find my Contact Information at the foot
of this page.
SURVIVORS LISTS All current VRs operated around the UK. Playbuses, exhibition units, caravans, etc. They're
all here. Over one hundred and eighty VRs are already in preservation. Keep up
with their progress here. Lists by original owner of all RE survivors from
around the World Lists by original owner of all Lodekka survivors from
around the World Lists by original owner of all LH survivors from
around the World COMPLETE TYPE LISTS Here you will find all VRs that were manufactured, listed by original owner.
The lists show the current location of all survivors, all others
being marked as scrapped. Although we do not cover the Bristol SU, you will find very
comprehensive comprehensive coverage on Gerry Tormey's website using the
above link Gerry Tormey has also now completed a superb site devoted to the
Bristol MW. Follow the link above. Further offerings from Gerry Tormey now include this site for the
Bristol SC.... ...and this one for the integral Bristol LS model. Here
are Gerry's two latest websites, dedicated to these grand old Bristol
single deck models.
ILLUSTRATED CURRENT SURVIVORS LISTS
All current VRs operated around the UK.
Playbuses, exhibition units, caravans, etc. They're all here.
Over one hundred and eighty VRs are already in preservation. Keep up with their progress here.
Lists by original owner of all RE survivors from around the World
Lists by original owner of all Lodekka survivors from around the World
Lists by original owner of all LH survivors from around the World
COMPLETE TYPE LISTS
Here you will find all VRs that were manufactured, listed by original owner. The lists show the current location of all survivors, all others being marked as scrapped.
Although we do not cover the Bristol SU, you will find very comprehensive comprehensive coverage on Gerry Tormey's website using the above link
Gerry Tormey has also now completed a superb site devoted to the Bristol MW. Follow the link above.
Further offerings from Gerry Tormey now include this site for the Bristol SC....
...and this one for the integral Bristol LS model.
Here are Gerry's two latest websites, dedicated to these grand old Bristol single deck models.
Your webmaster would be delighted to hear from you about anything Bristol/ECW-related. His email address is email@example.com.
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Bristols on Video
Following the use of JOU161P on free services in and around Cheltenham on Saturday 12th September 2009 a video of it appeared on YouTube, thanks to the prolific camera of Simon "Video47". This has prompted me to add a new page to this website where I will add links to videos of Bristol VRs, REs, LHs and Lodekkas across the Internet. If you find any more do please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will build up this library of material.
I thought it might be nice to have a forum whereby readers could easily comment on and raise issues about the website, chat with me and with each other and help with information and photos for use on the website. I have therefore added a page on Facebook where I will periodically post photos and information that might not normally make it onto this website. I have started off with four photos of Bristol Lodekkas which I hope we might be able to identify and thereby add to the historical record on here. Do please become a fan of this website - you can even receive updates on Twitter - I look forward to seeing you there!
The Doctor Who story has been moved here
Special Feature - a Bristol VR at the 2010 World Cup
Morocco Special Bulletin
Fantastic news is that after 22 years "missing in action" Series 1 flat-front VR BYG851H, former West Yorkshire VR44, has been spotted in good condition in Morocco. It was parked just off the main road heading back into Tangier from Cap Spartel and the "Caves of Hercules". Unfortunately Clive Williams (whose quick thinking provided enough of the registration to check its identity on this website) was on a tour coach at the time so it was impossible to get a photo. My request to readers is for anyone who finds themselves heading out to Morocco to keep their eyes peeled for this one (and to carry a camera with them!!).