Illustrated History for VEX294X

Chassis: VRT/SL3/3100 Body: ECW Engine: Gardner 6LXB Configuration: H43/31F
Status: Preserved     Last Reported: 12/2020

Last Updated: December 20th 2020 (brought up-to-date)

?/2003 - current Viv Carter, Colchester (for preservation). Undergoing restoration in Ipswich, 1/2005. Replacement engine fitted, 11/2005
c1/2003 - ?/2003 Jordan, Coltishall (dealer)
 11/1998 - ?/2003 First Eastern Counties Buses Ltd. 294
10/1981 - 11/1998 Eastern Counties Omnibus Company Ltd. VR294. Last VR delivered to National Bus Company. Renumbered 294, 1/96

294 emerged from the paintshop in 2013 carrying Carter livery as it will be earning its keep in the operational fleet

Photo : Viv Carter

294's restoration was painstaking and time-consuming. Viv worked on it on and off for five years. Here it is seen in March 2010 almost ready for repaint

Photo : Viv Carter

By the time it was recovered by Viv Carter it had deteriorated quite considerably

Photo : Julian Patterson

294 was withdrawn with a seized engine and then sat outside in Frank Jordan's yard for quite some time with several windows missing

Photo : Julian Patterson

This final livery was inspired by Grampian Regional Transport. Lowestoft Bus Station, 2000.

Photo : Keith Mizen

Still in Lowestoft in 1994 carrying post-deregulation livery

Photo : Mark Smith

VR294 was the last VR style body to leave ECW and was allocated from new to Lowestoft in recognition

Photo : ECW Shrine


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