Bristol Commercial Vehicles Enthusiasts

Illustrated RE Histories For

Christchurch Transport Board

Last Amended : 16th May 2014 (brought up-to-date)

Links : Tramway Historical Society, Christchurch

Ribble Motor Services - hosted by RELL owner Don Roberts

Recent updates from New Zealand have been extracted from reports by UK correspondents who have travelled there in search of the remaining Bristol REs. Chris Stewart seems to have made New Zealand his second home and has covered many miles searching out some very remote REs, as has Dr Mike Walker, and Allan Macfarlane was also out there earlier in 2008. Even I made the pilgrimage in April 2008, but it was more of a family holiday and I only saw four REs throughout my trip.


Most Recent Photo Fleet Number Registration Number Chassis and Number Body Make and Number Current Owner Date Last Recorded

Notes

Photo : Dr Mike Walker

457 (renumbered 475 before entering service) HA6829 RELL3/1985 ECW Ferrymead Cooperage, Christchurch, New Zealand March 2004 Being fitted out as part of a function centre

458 HA6910 RELL3/1986 ECW Unknown owner in New Zealand November 2001  

Photo : Patrick Dunford

463 HL9405 RELL3/1991 ECW Unknown owner in Waipara, New Zealand December 2013 Converted for use as a static caravan

464 HL9388 RELL3/1992 ECW Unknown owner in Christchurch, New Zealand May 2002 Derelict, with no engine, gearbox or interior fittings, by 5/2002
HC1250 as a camper
Photo : TradeMe
465 HC1250 RELL3/1993 ECW McCormack, Kaiapoi, New Zealand May 2014
Converted for use as a static caravan

466 HC1338 RELL3/1994 ECW North Canterbury Logging, ?, New Zealand March 1992

470 HH9834 RELL3/1998 ECW M Bean, ?, New Zealand (mobile home) March 1992 Used as a caravan

Photo : Steve Lloyd

472 WB7100 (ex-HH9843) RELL3/2000 ECW Steve Simpson, ?, New Zealand (mobile home) October 2003

Photo : Chris Candy

478 DQK434 (ex-HH8179, RO1954) RELL3/2006 ECW Chris Candy, Taradale, Napier, New Zealand October 2013 Undergoing conversion to a caravan

Photo : Cameron Lill

480 HH8305 RELL3/2008 ECW Tramway Historical Society, Christchurch, New Zealand (preserved) January 2013  

481 HO4672 RELL3/2009 ECW P Alexander, ?, New Zealand March 1992

Photo : Martin Perry

483 HH9905 RELL3/2004 ECW Unknown owner in Waimate, New Zealand December 2013 Static home

Photo : Dr Mike Walker

485 RJ9737 (ex-IP4123) RELL3/2201 Hawke Madge Coach Lines, Palmerston North, New Zealand 108 March 2004 Withdrawn by 3/2004

486 IP4232 RELL3/2203 Hawke Banks Peninsular Tours, ?, New Zealand May 1992

Photo : Dr Mike Walker

487 IP4231 RELL3/2204 Hawke Madge Coach Lines, Palmerston North, New Zealand 407 June 2004 Withdrawn by 3/2004

Photo : Hugh McMillan

488 IP4252 RELL3/2206 Hawke Party Bus, Auckland, New Zealand November 2000

Photo : Martin Perry

489 RZ5760 (ex-IP4251) RELL3/2205 Hawke Peter Fletcher, Clinton, New Zealand October 2010 Used as a caravan

Photo : Iain Stewart

492 RE2551 (ex-IP4359) RELL3/2209 Hawke Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 48 December 2009  

Photo : Hugh McMillan

493 IP4409 RELL3/2210 Hawke Party Bus, Auckland, New Zealand February 2004

Photo : Dr Mike Walker

495 IP4433 RELL3/2212 Hawke Good Time Tours, Christchurch, New Zealand July 2004 Used as a party bus

Photo : From the Internet

497 IU9061 RELL3/2214 Hawke Private owner in Stoke, New Zealand January 2008

Photo : Chris Stewart

499 IP4455 RELL3/2216 Hawke Unknown dealer, Twizel, New Zealand October 2007

Photo : Don Roberts

500 IU9062 RELL3/2220 Hawke Invercargill Passenger Transport, Invercargill, New Zealand 26 January 2004

Photo : Chris Stewart

501 RC6826 (ex-IU9060) RELL3/2221 Hawke Country Life Motel, Blenheim, New Zealand October 2007 Used as a caravan

502 SA8339 (ex-IQ6551) RELL3/2223 Hawke Roger Knapp, ?, New Zealand June 2003

504 IU9160 RELL3/2226 Hawke Bilton, ?, New Zealand May 1992 For conversion to a mobile bothy

Photo : Dr Mike Walker

505 IU9162 RELL3/2219 Hawke Good Time Tours, Christchurch, New Zealand July 2004 Converted for use as a party bus

507 IU9254 RELL3/2218 Hawke Corbett, Amberley, New Zealand May 1992 Converted for use as an immobile bothy

Photo : Graeme Inwood

508 ARJ986 (ex-IU9253) RELL3/2224 Hawke Evans Bay Yacht & Motorboat Club, Wellington, New Zealand August 2002

Photo : Dr Mike Walker

509 RE2552 (ex-IU9502) RELL3/2228 Hawke Unknown owner in New Zealand May 2004 Used as a motorhome

Photo : Cameron Lill

510 RF2119 (ex-IX3809) RELL3/2222 Hawke Tramway Historical Society, Christchurch, New Zealand (preserved) December 2013 On long term private contract hire, 3/2008

Photo : Steve Lloyd

511 RE2555 (ex-IU9501) RELL3/2227 Hawke Western Cab Society, Auckland, New Zealand January 2003

Photo : Dr Mike Walker

512 SE5094 (ex-IU9940) RELL3/2294 Hawke Unknown owner in Waimate, New Zealand (immobile camper) December 2013  

Photo : Don Roberts

515 SA8326 (ex-JD3226) RELL3/2291 Hess Shelina Polkinghorne, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand July 2010 For conversion to a mobile home

Photo : Iain Stewart

516 JD3224 RELL3/2293 Hess Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 36 October 2007  

Photo : From the Internet

518 JD3227 RELL3/2296 Hess Good Time Tours, Christchurch, New Zealand October 2009

Photo : Dr Mike Walker

519 SD4645 (ex-JD3228) RELL3/2295 Hess Tour Charter, Greymouth, New Zealand March 2004

Photo : Don Roberts

520 JD3588 RELL3/2298 Hess Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 39 May 2004

Photo : Iain Stewart

523 JD4901 RELL3/2299 Hess Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 32 December 2008

Photo : Iain Stewart

524 JD4902 RELL3/2302 Hess Tony & Adele Lloyd, Wellington, New Zealand (mobile home) April 2010

Photo : Ian Wylie

525 JD4948 RELL3/2301 Hess Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 46 December 2008

Photo : Ian Wylie

526 JD4949 RELL3/2303 Hess Murphy, Thames, New Zealand October 2008

Photo : Lee & Calli Morgan

527 JD4950 RELL3/2304 Hess Lee & Calli Morgan, North Island, New Zealand September 2009 Used as a motor home

Photo : From the Internet

529 SD4642 (ex-JD4952) RELL3/2306 Hess Unknown owner in Cambridge, New Zealand May 2010 Used as a motor home

Photo : Ian Chancellor

531 XOU396T (ex-JD4954) RELL3/2308 Hess Dr Mike Walker, Wells, United Kingdom (preserved) August 2011 Shipped to the UK for preservation, 1/2011

Photo : Ian Wylie

533 SD4644 (ex-JI6822) RELL3/2310 Hess Murphy, Thames,  New Zealand M33 October 2007
 

Photo : Keith Rapley

535 JI6823 RELL3/2312 Hess Unknown owner in New Zealand October 2005 Last operated by Cambridge Travel Lines

Photo : Ivan Prince

536 JI7034 RELL3/2313 Hess Murphy, Thames, New Zealand November 2008

Photo : Steve Lloyd

538 JI8745 RELL3/2367 Hess Tramway Historical Society, Christchurch, New Zealand (preserved) January 2013  

Photo : Ian Wylie

539 JI9338 RELL3/2368 Hess Ralph O'Hara & Anita Vandenberghe, Waipapa, New Zealand April 2011  

Photo : Graeme Inwood

540 JI9340 RELL3/2369 Hess Palmerston North Coach Lines, Palmerston North, New Zealand 412 June 2004  

Photo : Dr Mike Walker

541 JI9339 RELL3/2370 Hess Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 35 May 2004

Photo : Ian Wylie 

543 JI9584 RELL3/2372 Hess Leonard Haynes, Auckland, New Zealand June 2003  

Photo : Chris Stewart

545 JI9586 RELL3/2374 Hess Murphy, Thames, New Zealand October 2008

Photo : Martin Perry

548 JJ5459 RELL3/2375 Hess Unknown owner in Greymouth, New Zealand February 2011 Used as a site hut

Photo : Dr Mike Walker

549 RC6833 (ex-JJ5460) RELL3/2378 Hess Madge Coachlines, Palmerston North, New Zealand 629 January 2007 For sale, 1/2007

Photo : Ian Wylie

551 SA8302 (ex-JJ5462) RELL3/2381 Hess Unknown owner in Waimangaroa, New Zealand November 2011  

Photo : Keith Rapley

552 JJ5463 RELL3/2382 Hess Tour & Charter, Greymouth, New Zealand March 2004

Photo : From the Internet

553 IY6809 RELL3/2383 Hess Hukerenui Tavern, Northland, New Zealand December 2011 Motor home

Photo : Mark Hibbs

554 IY6810 RELL3/2384 Hess Mark Hibbs, Otago, New Zealand March 2006 For conversion to a motorhome

Photo : Glen McConchie

556 IY6812 RELL3/2386 Hess Glen McConchie, Ikamatua, New Zealand October 2006 Used as a motorhome
  557 IY6813 RELL3/2387 Hess Pete Mitchell, Tauranga, New Zealand August 2012 For conversion to a motorhome

Photo : Dr Mike Walker

558 SH1166 (ex-IY6814) RELL3/2388 Hess Madge Coachlines, Palmerston North, New Zealand 627 June 2004

Photo : Dr Mike Walker

559 SA8303 (ex-JM1978) RELL3/2379 Hess Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 16 November 2009

Photo : From the Internet

560 JM1976 RELL3/2389 Hess Party Bus in Waiuku, New Zealand April 2011

Photo : Dr Mike Walker

561 JM1977 RELL3/2501 Hess Invercargill Passenger Transport, Dunedin, New Zealand March 2004  

Photo : Chris Stewart

562 UU7220 (ex-JM1979) RELL3/2502 Hess Associated Coach Sales, Palmerston North, New Zealand (dealer) October 2008  

Photo : Don Roberts

563 JN8805 RELL3/2503 Hess Blue Worth, Hamilton, New Zealand November 2008

Photo : Dr Mike Walker

564 JN8829 RELL3/2504 Hess Wyldes Coachlines, Greymouth, New Zealand March 2004

Photo : Steve Lloyd

565 JN8833 RELL3/2505 Hess Strongman Coaches, Coromandel Town, New Zealand June 2004

Photo : Steve Lloyd

567 JN8835 RELL3/2507 Hess Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 33 December 2008

Photo : Chris Stewart

568 JN9199 RELL3/2508 Hess Murphy Coachlines, Thames, New Zealand October 2007

Photo : Ian Wylie

570 JN9200 RELL3/2510 Hess Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 20 December 2008
  571 JN9197 RELL3/2511 Hess Unknown owner in New Zealand May 2004  

Photo : Iain Stewart

572 JJ7229 RELL3/2512 Hess Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 37 December 2008

Photo : Iain Stewart

573 JJ7227 RELL3/2513 Hess Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 25 December 2008
 

Photo : Steve Lloyd

574 JJ7228 RELL3/2514 Hess Invercargill Passenger Transport, Invercargill, New Zealand 21 March 2004  

Photo : Graeme Inwood

575 UU7219 (ex-JN9624) RELL3/2515 Hess Madge Coachlines, Palmerston North, New Zealand 624 June 2004  

Photo : Don Roberts

576 RU2521 (ex-JN9625) RELL3/2516 Hess Madge Coachlines, Palmerston North, New Zealand June 2004

Photo : Don Roberts

577 JP6324 RELL3/2554 Hess Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 28 December 2008
  578 JW1314 RELL3/2555 Hess Unknown owner in New Zealand May 2004

Photo : Dave Hatcher

579 JW1904 RELL3/2556 Hess Unknown owner in New Zealand August 2010

580 JW1905 RELL3/2557 Hess Taveners, Pukekohe, New Zealand August 2006

Photo : Iain Stewart

581 JW1906 RELL3/2558 Hess Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 21 November 2009

Photo : Iain Stewart

582 AWG913 (ex-JW1907) RELL3/2559 Hess Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 22 November 2009  

Photo : Stuart Turner

584 MM1740 (ex-JW1910, SA8302) RELL3/2561 Hess Unknown owner in Waimangaroa, New Zealand November 2011

Photo : Dr Mike Walker

585 EATOUT (ex-JW1914) RELL3/2562 Hess Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 27 November 2009  

Photo : Steve Lloyd

586 XW6670 (ex-JW1915) RELL3/2563 Hess Otago Road Services, Otago, New Zealand 17 December 2013 Withdrawn on site

Photo : Don Roberts

587 AWG429 (ex-JW1916) RELL3/2564 Hess Trevor & Susan Boakes, Feilding, New Zealand September 2011 Undergoing conversion to a motor home, 9/2011
  588 JW1918 RELL3/2565 Hess Unknown owner in New Zealand May 2013 Undergoing conversion to a motor home, 11/2007

589 JW1919 RELL3/2566 Hess Taveners, Pukekohe, New Zealand August 2006

Photo : Dr Mike Walker

590 JW1920 RELL3/2567 Hess Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 30 November 2009

591 JW1921 RELL3/2568 Hess Taveners, Pukekohe, New Zealand January 2007 For sale, 1/2007
  592 JW1922 RELL3/2570 Hess Unknown owner in New Zealand May 2004

593 JW1926 RELL3/2572 Hess Unknown owner in New Zealand May 2004

Photo : Don Roberts

594 KB1875 RELL3/2569 Hess Unknown owner in Hamilton, New Zealand August 2011 Converted for use as a mobile home

595 KB3801 RELL3/2571 Hess Unknown owner in New Zealand May 2004

Photo : Iain Stewart

598 KB3804 RELL3/2575 Hess Charlie Nicholson, ?, New Zealand November 2010 For conversion to a mobile home

Photo : Brian Papworth

600 RC6829 (ex-JP6325) RELL3/2553 Hess Unknown owner in New Zealand April 2012

Photo : Don Roberts

601 RG7168 (ex-JP6326) RELL3/2524 Hess Madge Coachlines, Palmerston North, New Zealand 626 July 2004
 

Photo : Cameron Lill

602 JP6327 RELL3/2523 Hess ?, Christchurch, New Zealand February 2002 Converted for use as a children's health care clinic

Photo : From the Internet

603 JP5905 RELL3/2522 Hess Unknown owner in New Zealand January 2011 Converted for use as a motor home

Photo : Paul (Bus Stop Café)

604 RC6834 (ex-JP5906) RELL3/2521 Hess The Bus Stop Café, Riwaka, Motueka, New Zealand March 2012 The Bus Stop Cafe was closed in 6/2011 and advertised for sale, 3/2012

Photo : Chris Stewart

605 RC6832 (ex-JP5907) RELL3/2520 Hess Unknown owner in New Zealand April 2009 Undergoing conversion as a mobile home. For sale, 4/2009

Photo : Graham Inwood

606 RC6828 (ex-JP5908) RELL3/2519 Hess Madge Coachlines, Palmerston North, New Zealand 634 June 2004

Photo : Steve Lloyd

607 JN9627 RELL3/2518 Hess Bayline, Tauranga, New Zealand 41 November 2009

Photo : Chris Stewart

608 JN9626 RELL3/2517 Hess Kapiti 4 Seasons, Te Horo, New Zealand December 2013

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