Illustrated History for OFC902H

Chassis: VRT/SL2/102 Body: ECW 18208 Series 2 Engine: Gardner 6LX Configuration: H39/31F
Status: Preserved     Last Reported: 4/2022

Last updated : April 24th 2022 (brought up-to-date)

6/1994 - current Dave Clements, Oxford (for preservation). Undergoing a total rebuild as part of its renovation using parts from OFC901H. Kept at Oxford Bus Museum, Long Hanborough until 1/2001
?/19?? - 6/1994 Meredith, Malpas. Withdrawn 9/1990
6/1984 - ?/19?? South Midland Ltd. 302. Renumbered CON3 and used on contract work in burgundy and cream livery, ?/1985. Renumbered 803, 5/1986
4/1970 - 6/1984 City of Oxford Motor Services Ltd. 902. Originally ordered by Southern Vectis and was delivered in Tilling green livery and allocated registration PDL118H. Renumbered 302, ?/1979

By 2001 the bus was coming back together and restoration work has continued steadily since then

Photo : Dave Clements

The restoration work is extensive (as seen in this March 1999 view) and apparently exposed the very clear join effected by ECW during rebuilding after the bus's 1971 accident (see below)

Photo : Rob Sly

Seen at Malpas in 1994 shortly before collection for preservation

Photo : Martyn Sanders

Seen in NBC red livery with Oxford - South Midland fleetnames

Photo : BVRES Collection

In 1971 902 suffered a horrendous accident when it was in collision with an articulated lorry. Remarkably the only injury sustained was to a lady when she broke her leg trying to get off the bus in the aftermath. Despite the damage it was rebuilt and survives to this day

Photo : Grahame Wareham

902 is seen in traditional City of Oxford livery when nearly new in 1970

Photo : Grahame Wareham

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