Eastern National
'Sold On' FLFs and VRs

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ENOC's first Bristol VRT, 3000, CPU979G, was exhibited as a chassis at the 1968 Earls Court Commercial Motor Show as it was the first production Bristol VRT chassis. It was then bodied by ECW to become ENOC 3000, entering service early in 1969, and serving as a bus, then as a trainer until the late 1980s.
It was sold on for preservation but only briefly, ending up with Northern Bus in Anston near Sheffield who defaced the front 'T' scroll box and used the bus on school contracts. They sold it in February 1997 to Paul Harrison for preservation and it is seen here at the 1997 Southend Bus Rally, still in Northern Bus livery. The bus is housed at Castle Point Transport Museum, alongside Paul's FLF, AVX975G. That means PH has the last new ENOC halfcab, the last Lodekka chassis (numerically) AND the first new ENOC rear engined bus, and numerically the first VRT. This has been described as similar to owning a brace of dualling pistols - one day both will be restored to original glory!

Photo taken by Paul Harrison, June 1997, Southend

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