Bristol Commercial Vehicles Enthusiasts

VRs By Original Owner

Last Updated : March 2017 (Under construction)

Welcome to the VR section of the website. I have been keeping records of the whereabouts of VR double-decker survivors for more than twenty-five years now, and you will find below a list of companies who bought VRs from new and for each company there is a separate list of known survivors with details of when they were last reported. Please feel free to contact me to update any information, contribute a photo (recent or otherwise) or to add a new survivor to the list.

While several well-known sources are acknowledged as contributors to data in this website, this is a personal list which I have been compiling from very widely-spread contacts over a long period and it is those people who I particularly thank for their kindness. Specific acknowledgements should go to The PSV Circle for the wonderful work they do to record vehicle movements in the UK and around the world, Buses magazine for the excellent UK coverage in Fleet News over many decades and the Bristol Interest Circle run by my friend Allan Macfarlane who have documented the slow demise of the VR over a period of thirty years.

For a list of all operators of VRs, both new and secondhand, visit the Bristol Operator Cross-Reference page.


Original Owners List


Original owners/Models - - > VRTSL6G
(Series 1)
VRTSL6G
(Series 2)
VRT/SL3/6LXB
(Series 3)
VRT/SL3/501
(Series 3)
VRT/SL3/680
(Series 3)
VRTLL
(all series)
VRTLH
(all series)
VRL
(all series)
TOTAL
Alder Valley (33 Survivors)

11
98
2




111
Alexander (Midland) (1 Survivor)
15







15
Atomic Energy Research Establishment (4 Survivors)


7





7
Bristol Commercial Vehicles (No survivors)
1






4
5
Bristol Omnibus (44 Survivors)

32
127
18
19



196
Burnley & Pendle (3 Survivors)


24





24
Central S.M.T. (2 Survivors)
20







20
Cheltenham District (5 Survivors)


5
2




7
City of Cardiff (8 Survivors)

20
97





117
City of Oxford (25 Survivors)

26
71





97
Cleveland Transit (3 Survivors)


15





15
Crosville (39 Survivors)

12
89
142




243
Cumberland (19 Survivors)

6
22
10




38
Department of Transport (1 Survivor)

1






1
East Kent (29 Survivors)


70





70
East Midlands (18 Survivors)

30
71
13




114
East Yorkshire (10 Survivors)

18
17
44




79
Eastern Counties (34 Survivors)
15
61
137
7




220
Eastern National (22 Survivors)
5
26
63
15




109
Gelligaer (No known survivors)

3






3
Great Yarmouth (2 Survivors)


16





16
Haagsche Courant (1 Survivor)



1




1
Hants & Dorset (42 Survivors)

28
103
19




150
Hutchings & Cornelius (No survivors)
1






1
Johannesburg (No known survivors)







14
14
Lincoln (4 Survivors)


14


7


21
Lincolnshire (17 Survivors)
5
13
52





70
London Country (2 Survivors)



15




15
Models - - >VRTSL6G
(Series 1)
VRTSL6G
(Series 2)
VRT/SL3/6LXB
(Series 3)
VRT/SL3/501
(Series 3)
VRT/SL3/680
(Series 3)
VRTLL
(all series)
VRTLH
(all series)
VRL
(all series)
TOTAL
Maidstone & District (29 Survivors)

61
85
10




156
Mansfield District (No known survivors)

13






13
Mayne, Manchester (1 Survivor)


5





5
Merseyside P.T.E. (1 Survivor)

50




60

110
Midland General (5 Survivors)
6
7
5
6




24
National Welsh (8 Survivors)



46




46
Northampton (4 Survivors)


42





42
Northern General (3 Survivors)

4
1
111




116
Potteries (10 Survivors)

31

100




131
Pretoria (No known survivors)






11
11
Reading (3 Survivors)





50


50
Red & White (No known survivors)



4




4
Rhymney Valley (No survivors)


3





3
Ribble (15 Survivors)

23
11
49




83
Scottish Omnibuses (8 Survivors)
10




25


35
S.E.L.N.E.C. (1 Survivor)

25






25
Sheffield (1 Survivor)

18






18
South Wales (18 Survivors)



91




91
Southdown (60 Survivors)
10
70
137
6
11



234
Southern Vectis (26 Survivors)
2
26
42





70
Standerwick (5 Survivors)







30
30
Stevensons of Uttoxeter (No known survivors)


2





2
Stockport (No survivors)
9







9
Tayside (2 Survivors)





25


25
Thames Valley (1 Survivor)
13
6






19
Trent (18 Survivors)

22
34
28




84
United Automobile (27 Survivors)
20
28
156





204
United Counties (34 Survivors)
8
78
116
16




218
West Midlands P.T.E. (6 Survivors)

200






200
West Riding (24 Survivors)

19
109





128
West Yorkshire (33 Survivors)
49
19
99
3




170
Western National (67 Survivors)
10
45
183
6




244
Western S.M.T. (2 Survivors)
39







39
Western Welsh (No known survivors)



6




6
Yorkshire Traction (21 Survivors)

33
7
66




106
TOTAL (801 survivors)
237
1069
2135
836
30
107
60
59
4533
Models - - > VRTSL6G
(Series 1)
VRTSL6G
(Series 2)
VRT/SL3/6LXB
(Series 3)
VRT/SL3/501
(Series 3)
VRT/SL3/680
(Series 3)
VRTLL
(all series)
VRTLH
(all series)
VRL
(all series)
TOTAL

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