Illustrated History for TUP329R

Chassis: VRT/SL3/496 Body: ECW 22085 Series 2 Engine: Leyland O501 Configuration: H43/31F
Status: Scrapped     Last Reported: 11/2004

   Last Updated : March 21st 2017 (brought up-to-date)

c1/2004 John Purvis, Willington (for further preservation). Almost completely scrapped, 11/2004
by 6/2002 - ?/200? Mark Dolan, Crook (for further preservation)
6/1998 - ?/2002 Steve King, Hetton-le-Hole (for preservation)
??/1990 - 6/1998 Jones, Llanfaethlu. Painted in Jones livery with a reg "Bws Gwynedd" front and a nearside advert for a local nightclub, ??/91. Livery reapplied without the advert, ??/9?. Withdrawn 11/97
10/1976 - ??/1990 The Northern General Transport Company Ltd. 3329. To service at Jarrow in poppy red livery, 10/76. To Consett, 1980. To Sunderland and painted in yellow and white Tyne & Wear PTE livery with a broadside advert for Binns, 1981. Advert removed, 1983. To Chester-le-Street and painted in Go-Ahead Northern red and white livery, 1987. Withdrawn ??/89 and stored at Stanley depot. Sold through ADT Auctions, Manchester
  NB. If anyone can supply the missing photos for 3329's Illustrated History (the yellow and white livery with Binns advert, the red and white Go-Ahead Northern livery and the Jones livery with nearside advert) your editor would be very pleased to hear from you and will pass copies on to Steve King for his records. Many thanks in anticipation.

Restoration proved to be a dream, and instead 3329 is broken for spares to keep other VRs on the road. This view taken in November 2004

Photo : Steve King


Undergoing restoration in 1999

Photo : Steve King

Jones' depot two weeks prior to being purchased for preservation in June 1998

Photo : Steve King


1983, when operating from Park Lane Depot in Sunderland

Photo : David Little

October 20th 1976, when just one week old outside its original depot at Jarrow

Photo : David Little


   If you can correct or enhance the history of the vehicle or claim copyright on an unclaimed photo on this page please email and I will be only too happy to incorporate your comments.  

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