Illustrated History for OTA645G

Chassis: RELH4/205 Body: ECW 17498 Series 2 Engine: Gardner 6HLX Configuration: C45F
Status: Preserved     Last Reported: 10/2020

Last updated : October 14th 2020 (brought up-to-date)

10/2020 - current
Dai Pye, Worthen (for preservation)
12/2016 - 10/2020
Catterall, Southam
11/2014 - 12/2016
Kevin Hogan, Studley (for further preservation)
12/2001 - 11/2014
Preservabus, Nuneaton (for preservation). Repainted in Midland Red coach livery, 12/2004
11/1998 - 12/2001 Handy (60-60), Merthyr Tydfil
5/1998 - 11/1998 Price (Heritage Motor Services), Aberfan
by 5/1995 - 5/1998 Everett, Lincoln (for further preservation)
by 11/1994 - ?/1995 BaMMOT, Wythall (for preservation)
4/1992 - ?/199? Browell & Wakelin, Nuneaton (Coaching at Wheels). Numbered 4645, by 11/1993. Withdrawn 9/1994
?/1989 - 4/1992 Morris, Bromyard. Retained in Royal Blue livery
5/1986 - ?/1989 Kirton (Simmonds Coaches), Hayes
3/1985 - 5/1986 Watson, Rayleigh (for preservation). Restored in Royal Blue livery
by 6/1982 - 3/1985
Dean, Leatherhead (for preservation)
10/1981 - ?/198?
Green, Weymouth (dealer)
4/1969 - 10/1981 Western National Omnibus Company Ltd. (Royal Blue) 2385. Damaged in the Bournemouth Bus Station fire, 25/7/1976. Rebuilt with non-standard "Bristol dome" destination equipment

Photo : David Holton

Rear view of this splendid coach taken in October 2008.

Photo : Preservabus

And here's the outcome.... fully renovated and painted in (inauthentic but attractive) Midland Red coaching livery in September 2005.

Photo : Ian Chancellor

Seen in Bristol during August 2004, awaiting attention to return this worthy coach to show condition

Photo : Ashley Wakelin

2385 was the very first RE (of many) with Wheels and this is the livery it carried throughout its time with this operator until the company's demise in September 1994

Photo : Keith Till

Restored to Royal Blue livery by Watson in the early 1980s, 2385 remained taxed as a PCV. It retained this livery right through until Wheels ownership

Photo : Kelvin Amos

Carrying the ubiquitous National coaching livery during the 1970s.

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