Illustrated History for GGM431D (VRL Prototype)

Chassis: VRX-1 Body: ECW Engine: Gardner 6LX Configuration: H--/-F
Status: Scrapped     Last Reported: 3/1991

Last updated : September 10th 2016 (brought up-to-date)

3/1991  PVS, Carlton (dealer for scrap)
11/1990 - 3/1991 Jones, Rotherham. Not used in service
11/1989 - 11/1990 Northern Bus Company, North Anston 545. Not used in service
12/1986 - 11/1989 Carter, Colchester. Not used in service
09/1973 - 12/1986 Osborne & Sons, Tollesbury 29
09/1973 - 09/1973 Ensign, Grays (dealer)
09/1973 - 09/1973 Norths, Sherburn in Elmet (dealer)
05/1970 - 09/1973 Bristol Omnibus Company 5000. To service 9/70. Withdrawn 9/73
06/1966 - 05/1970 Bristol Commercial Vehicles. Prototype Bristol VRT. Exhibited at 1966 Commercial Motor Show. Loaned to Central S.M.T. Company Ltd. BN331, 1/67 to ?/70

Languishing in the yard of PVS, Carlton in 1991 awaiting the final blow of the hammer. Strenuous attempts had been made by its last few owners at preservation but unique parts were missing and the end was inevitable. 

Now carrying a similar colour to scheme to when new, GGM is now seen in Osborne's yard in March 1980. It did not see a great deal of service in the thirteen years it spent there (Stephen Dowle)

Possibly with the green areas of its Bristol livery repainted red here we see GGM with Osborne & Sons, Tollesbury  (Peter Horrex Collection)

In Bristol's one-man-operated livery of green and cream. GGM spent more time in the garage than in service during its unhappy period here. (Gareth Crowther)

In Central Scottish red and cream livery, as carried at the 1966 Commercial Motor Show. Seen in Glasgow soon after entering service (BVRES Collection)


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