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XHK234X was the last new Bristol VR purchased by Eastern National in 1981 as fleet number 3129, and was also one of the last VRs built. It is now the latest acquisition in the Paul Harrison fleet for preservation, joining the last ENOC Lodekka AVX975G and the first ENOC VR CPU979G. Passing to Thamesway upon formation, it was withdrawn in October 1991, moving to United Welsh Coaches in January 1992, then to Brewers in August 1992, the South Wales Transport Company in April 1998, and finally to First Cymru in March 1999.
Mad man Harrison pestered First Cymru for XHK for over a year, until it was withdrawn from service in May 2000 and laid to rest in the yard in Swansea, from where PH and colleague Colin Sanders collected her on a sunny Saturday at the end of July. XHK trundled happily up the M4 - stopping occasionally for a change of driver - and is seen here at Membury Services en route back to Essex, with the "support" Ford Galaxy alongside. A fuel tank strap decided to break somewhere along the way, but otherwise it was a highly enjoyable drive "home". Looking rather tatty, and in need of some TLC, XHK is now tucked away and will be repaired and repainted into the livery it wore "as new" - NBC green and white. By the way, dear readers, if you have any ENOC destination blinds for a VR that you would like to sell me - just drop me an email!
Photo taken by Paul Harrison, July 2000, Membury Service Station, M4
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