Illustrated History for JOU160P

Chassis: VRT/SL3/122 Body: ECW 20924 Series 2 Engine: Leyland O501 - Gardner 6LXB Configuration: H43/27D, H43/28F
Status: Preserved     Last Reported: 2/2024

Last updated : February 6th 2024 (brought up-to-date)

Link : YouTube video

10/2014 - current
Cheltenham & Gloucester Omnibus Company Ltd. 201 (preserved). Cheltenham District livery, 11/2019
7/2014 - 10/2014
Cheltenham District Traction Company Ltd. 201 (preserved)
1/2000 - 7/2014 Hampshire Bus Company Ltd. 160. Renumbered 15760 in the Stagecoach national scheme, 12/2002. Withdrawn and transferred to the preserved fleet, 12/2004. Repainted in Stagecoach stripes, 9/2012
8/1993 - 1/2000 Cheltenham District Traction Company Ltd. 5030. Renumbered 201, 7/1994. Stagecoach livery, 8/1995. Loaned to Swindon & District, 15/4/1996 to 24/4/1996. Refurbished between 10/1996 and 13/1/1997
9/1983 - 8/1993 Cheltenham & Gloucester Omnibus Company Ltd. 5030. Re-engined with 6LXB, 1/1984. NBC red livery, 8/1986. Altered to H43/28F, 4/1988. Diamond jubilee livery, 6/1989. Lettering altered for Centenary, 6/1990. Red and ivory fleet livery, 3/1993
3/1980 - 9/1983 Bristol Omnibus Company Ltd. 5030
10/1975 - 3/1980 Cheltenham District Traction Company 5030

JOU160P in 2020

Photo : Richard Sharman

In 2014 it returned to its native Cheltenham depot (on the retirement of the depot manager who hated VRs!). It led a fairly quiet life as the depot pet bus until late 2019 when a poll was conducted to establish which livery it should be repainted into. The very satisfactory outcome was this attractive version of the traditional CDT scheme.
JOU160P in 2002 

Photo : Gerry Tormey

5030 might reasonably have been expected to drift gently into retirement after withdrawal from Cheltenham, but instead it passed with several other VRs to Stagecoach's Hampshire operation as their 160, allocated first to Winchester depot and later moving to Basingstoke. In this 2002 view it has received the "rolling ball" logo and fleetnames and has been renumbered once again, this time to 15760 in Stagecoach's national scheme. For some time it was the group's oldest double decker in regular service.

JOU160P in 2000

Photo : Allan Macfarlane

Western Travel, the holding company that bought Cheltenham District from the NBC, was itself bought by Stagecoach and the fleet received the ubiquitous corporate livery. 5030 has by now been renumbered 201 and was already the oldest VR in the Stagecoach West fleet. It was completely refurbished internally including carpet on the floor and walls and remained in Cheltenham until January 2000 - almost 25 years of unbroken service to the Spa town.

Photo : Allan Macfarlane

By the time this view was taken minibuses reigned almost supreme in Cheltenham, as can be seen behind 5030 in the shape of a Mercedes in Stagecoach livery. This "Starskey & Hutch" red and ivory scheme was the last Cheltenham livery before the Stagecoach stripes arrived and was applied in March 1993.

Photo : Rob Sly

This special livery recalling the Cheltenham Tramways livery was applied in June 1989 under the sponsorship of the Gloucestershire Echo. 5030 was rebuilt to single (front) entrance layout while carrying this livery.

Photo : Rob Sly

Cheltenham reverted to NBC red livery in 1984 and 5030 duly received these colours for the first time, albeit one of the last of the allocation to be treated. Here it still retains its centre exit door but has by now been converted from Leyland to Gardner engine.

Photo : Busspotter

5030 was delivered new in NBC green livery, which it carried until August 1986. It is seen here in September 1981 sporting advertising for Bristol Omnibus's family of farecards.

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