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VG5541 is a Bristol GJW6B, new in 1933 to Norwich Electric Tramways and the only remaining Bristol G in bus form. After the war it was converted to open top for use on the Felixstowe sea front service. Sold to the USA in 1960, Roger Burdett repatriated it in 2000, making it the oldest surviving Bristol double decker.
It has been reframed, has new flooring, the stairs are back in place and seats have been restored but not yet fitted. Panelling has started and in the first time for a decade the roof now sits above the lower deck, these being stored as 2 separate parts at the site until recently. The aim is to have it on the road by the end of this year (2013) and take it to Ipswich next year (2014) for the run to Felixstowe. It will have a top speed of 29 mph. Note the chassis number G113 on the frame above the front axle.
We are lucky that Ipswich Transport Museum have pictures in their archive of this vehicle in Easten Counties livery on the Felixstowe sea front service 248 and with fleet number HLG4. These photographs show the advertisements are hand painted / sign written but different ones on offside and nearside. If anyone has more pictures of this vehicle in service please let me know.
Photo taken by Ken Jones, Thursday 31 January 2013, private site in Staffordshire
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