SCT '61 Photo Index
United Counties
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1. NV3146
United Counties 301, NV3146, interior view of ECOC bodywork from 1934.
Photo taken 1934, Lowestoft
2. NV3146
United Counties 301, NV3146, a Tilling-Stevens B39A7 built in 1934 with ECOC B32R bodywork.
Photo taken 1934, Lowestoft
3. GTW982
United Counties 644, GTW982, a Bristol K5G with ECW L27/28R body seen in Biggleswade was new in 1938 as Eastern National 3711 and was acquired by United Counties in May 1952 when the Midland area of Eastern National was transferred together with 247 vehicles.
Photo taken Friday 12 April 1957, High Street, Biggleswade
4. JEV412
Dating from 1940, Bristol K5G JEV412 had been new as Eastern National 3821 and had an E.C.W. L27/28R body. It was transferred to United Counties in May 1952 where it became number 673 and was fitted with a new E.C.W. L27/28R body and a PV2 radiator in 1953 being seen as such in Bedford.
Photo taken Saturday 6 February 1960, Bedford
5. JEV415
Dating from 1940, Bristol K5G JEV415 had been new as Eastern National 3824 and had an E.C.W. L27/28R body. It was transferred to United Counties in May 1952 where it became number 676 and was fitted with a new E.C.W. L27/28R body and a PV2 radiator in 1953 being seen as such in Bedford.
Photo taken Saturday 6 February 1960, Foster Hill Road, Bedford
6. DMJ371
Seen at his garage Mulley, Ixworth 47, DMJ371, was a Guy Arab II with a Weymann L27/28R body acquired from United Counties 516 in November 1955. It had been new to Bartle, Potton in 1945 passing to United Counties in 1953 with thirteen other vehicles when Bartle's business was acquired.
Photo taken Sunday 11 September 1966, Ixworth
7. ETM649
Reliance, Newbury 43, ETM649, a 1946 Guy Arab with a Thurgood B35F body acquired from Lansdowne, London E.11 had been United Counties 142 and is seen at the Wharf in Newbury
Photo taken Saturday 28 June 1958, The Wharf, Newbury
8. ETM650
Reliance, Newbury 42, ETM650, a 1946 Guy Arab with a Thurgood B35F body acquired from Lansdowne, London E.11 had been United Counties 143.
Photo taken Saturday 25 October 1958, The Wharf, Newbury
9. KNO597
New in 1946 as Eastern National 3894, KNO597 was transferred to United Counties in May 1952 with Eastern National's Midland area services. It was a Bristol K5G with E.C.W. L27/28R bodywork and was caught in Bedford.
Photo taken Saturday 6 February 1960, Bedford
10. MPU36
An official ECW shot of Eastern National 3975, MPU36, a Leyland PD1A with ECW L53R body. This was one of the ENOC vehicles that were transferred to United Counties in 1952, becoming their fleet number 583.
Photo taken Wednesday 27 August 1947
11. MPU37
New as Eastern National 3976, MPU37 was transferred to United Counties as number 584 in May 1952. It passed to Cumberland as number 207 in April 1959, being one of twelve such buses acquired that year, It was a Leyland PD1 with an Eastern Coachworks L27/26R body new in September 1947. It was renumbered to 301 in December 1961 and withdrawn in 1964 passing to Swift (dealer), Stairfoot for scrap in November.
Photo taken Thursday 30 July 1959, Whitehaven Bus Station
12. MPU39
Cumberland 209, MPU39, was new as Eastern National 3978, and was transferred to United Counties as number 586 in May 1952. It passed to Cumberland as number 209 in April 1959, being one of twelve such buses acquired that year, It was a Leyland PD1 with an Eastern Coachworks L27/26R body new in September 1947. It was renumbered to 303 in December 1961 and withdrawn in 1963 passing to F. Cowley (dealer), Salford in April 1964 and then to Manchester Corporation Direct Works Department number 45/003 in December. It passed to a dealer in May 1967.
Photo taken Thursday 30 July 1959, Whitehaven Bus Station
13. MPU53
MPU53, Cumberland 217, had been new as Eastern National 3992 and was transferred to United Counties as number 594 in May 1952. It passed to Cumberland as number 217 in April 1959, being the last of twelve such buses acquired that year.
Photo taken Thursday 30 July 1959, Workington
14. EBD235
Thames Valley 72, EBD235, was a Bristol L6B with an Eastern Coachworks B35R body which had been new to United Counties in 1948 as DP31R. It was acquired in May 1952 and fitted with seats from a Newbury & District wartime Guy in May 1957.
Photo taken Saturday 28 June 1958, Newbury
15. MPU18
United Counties 734, MPU18, a Bristol K5G new in 1948 and withdrawn a couple of months after this photograph was taken.
Photo taken 1965, Wendover Drive, Bedford
16. NNO101
Bristol K5G NNO101 was delivered straight to London Transport in October 1948, one of a large number of Tilling group K types diverted to alleviate post War vehicle shortages in the capital. It worked from Camberwell (Q) garage until November 1949, when it was released to Eastern National.
Photo taken Kingsbury Square, Aylesbury
17. ERP605
United Counties 785, ERP605, was a Bristol K5G with an ECW L27/28R body dating from 1949 while to the right, is 406, CNH850, a Bristol LWL6B with an ECW B39R body dating from 1951.
Photo taken circa 1964, Kettering Bus Station
18. GMJ268
Graham, Paisley 44, GMJ268, was a Guy Arab III with a Weymann L27/26R body acquired from Charlton, Fourstones in June 1959 and sold in 1963.
Photo taken Wednesday 19 June 1963, Gauze Street, Paisley Cross
19. EBD236
South Midland 73, EBD236, seen at Victoria Coach Station was an E.C.W. FC31F bodied Bristol L6B, new in 1950, acquired from United Counties in May 1952.
Photo taken Saturday 19 July 1958, London Victoria Coach Station
20. FRP692
Preserved United Counties 838, FRP692, a Bristol KS5G with ECW L55R body, new in 1950
Photo taken Sunday 2 April 2006, Wisley Aerodrome
21. CNH850
United Counties 785, ERP605, was a Bristol K5G with an ECW L27/28R body dating from 1949 while to the right, is 406, CNH850, a Bristol LWL6B with an ECW B39R body dating from 1951.
Photo taken circa 1964, Kettering Bus Station
22. FRP839
A rear view of South Midland 824, FRP839, seen on one of the loading bays at Victoria Coach Station. This was a Bristol LL6B with an Eastern Coachworks FC37F body new to United Counties in 1951.
Photo taken Saturday 15 October 1960, Victoria Coach Station
23. FRP842
United Counties 377, FRP842, an E.C.W. FC37F bodied Bristol LL6B new in 1951 as 842, and later renumbered, seen at Ascot.
Photo taken Saturday 19 July 1958, Ascot
24. CNH861
Preserved United Counties 861, CNH861, a Bristol LWL5G new in 1952 and withdrawn in Nov 1968. Seen here in preserved state at a "reunion" of former UCOC buses.
Photo taken Spring 1981, Bedford Garage
25. CNH862
Preserved United Counties 862, CNH862, a Bristol LWL with ECW DP33R body, new in April 1952. At some stage was converted to B39R but restored in it's original DP form.
Photo taken Sunday 18 September 2011, Duxford
26. TNO677
Transferred to United Counties in May 1952 where it became number 882, TNO677 had started life as Eastern National 4152 in 1951. The E.C.W. L27/28R bodied Bristol KSW5G is seen in Bedford.
Photo taken Saturday 6 February 1960, Bedford
27. HBD633
United Counties 451, HBD633, was one of ten Bristol LS5Gs with Eastern Coachworks DP39D bodies new in 1953. It was reseated to DP41F in 1957.
Photo taken Wednesday 20 August 1958, Gloucester Green, Oxford
28. HBD639
United Counties 461, HBD639, seen at Ascot was a Bristol LS5G new in 1953 with an Eastern Coachworks DP39D body. It was rebuilt to DP41F in 1957.
Photo taken Saturday 21 June 1958, Ascot
29. WVX442
United Counties Bristol LS5G WVX442 (Corby depot) in the snow at Kettering Bus Station in the late 1960s. Ex Eastern National in July 1965, it was numbered 477 and withdrawn in September 1969.
Photo taken late 1960s, Kettering Bus Station
30. JBD963
JBD963 was an early Lodekka with the full depth radiator and was new in 1954 as United Counties 958. An E.C.W. H33/25RD body was carried by the Bristol LD6B chassis and it is seen in Bedford.
Photo taken Saturday 6 February 1960, Bedford
31. JBD965
A Bristol K a long way from home pictured near the town of Cherokee in North Carolina - the bus appears to belong to "Santa's Land" which is a local theme park. JBD965 was originally United Counties 928, a Bristol KSW6B with ECW L55R body new in 1954.
Photo taken Saturday 18 September 2004, nr. Cherokee, North Carolina, USA
32. JBD996
United Counties 491, JBD996, was a Bristol LS6B with an Eastern Coachworks B43D body new in October 1954. In April 1956 the rear door was removed and it was reseated to B45F.
Photo taken Sunday 13 August 1967, Stamford Bus Station
33. JBD998
New in 1954, JBD998 was an E.C.W. B43D bodied Bristol LS6B and was numbered 493 in the United Counties fleet. It was rebuilt to B41F in 1956 and is seen here in Bedford.
Photo taken Saturday 6 February 1960, Bedford
34. KNV337
New to United Counties in 1954, this Bristol KSW6B carries a lowbridge ECW body with staggered seating on the upper deck. It was 964 KNV337 in the United Counties fleet.
Photo taken Sunday 8 October 2017, Skipton Bus Station
35. KNV337
The ECW bodied Bristol K was one of the all time classic buses. This example dates from 1954 and is a Bristol KSW6B with ECW lowbridge body which entered service with United Counties at Northampton and later became a driver training vehicle prior to preservation. 964, KNV337, is seen at Keighley Bus Museum.
Photo taken Sunday 8 June 2014, Keighley Bus Museum
36. NBD907
NBD907 was new as United Counties 508 in 1956 and the Bristol LD5G chassis carried E.C.W. H33/27RD bodywork. It is seen here in Bedford about to depart for Hitchin.
Photo taken Saturday 6 February 1960, Bedford
37. NBD621
United Counties 522, NBD921, a Bristol LD5G with ECW H33/27RD body new in February 1957, seen at Bletchley Station on route 160 to Bedford.
Photo taken Thursday 9 December 1971, Bletchley Station
38. NBD923
United Counties 524, NBD923, a 1957 Bristol LD6B with ECW 60 seat body. How we took these for granted! The blinds show a service operated jointly with Luton Corporation.
Photo taken October 1960, Luton Garage
39. OBD903
United Counties 116, OBD903, was a Bristol LS6G new in 1957 with an Eastern Coachworks C39F body seen at Ascot.
Photo taken Saturday 21 June 1958, Ascot
40. ONV430
Monk, contractor, V1888 ONV430, a Bristol SC4LK from 1957 with ECW B35F bodywork.
Photo taken March 1973
41. PNV219
PNV219, a 1957 Bristol LS5G/ECW DP41F formerly United Counties 119 then 440.
Photo taken Saturday 23 April 1977, Castle Farm Lane, Mile End, Stockport
42. SBD549
United Counties 549, SBD549, a Bristol LD6B with ECW H33/27RD body, new in December 1958.
Photo taken May 1959, Rushden Station
43. SBD554
SBD554 was new to United Counties as number 554 in 1959 and was an E.C.W. H33/27RD bodied Bristol LD6B which is seen here in Bedford.
Photo taken Saturday 6 February 1960, Bedford
44. WBD145
United Counties 145, WBD145, a Bristol MW6G with ECW DP41F body, new in 1960.
Photo taken Thursday 21 May 1964, London Victoria Coach Station
45. YBD201
Preserved United Counties 201, YBD201, a Bristol MW6G with ECW C34F body, new in June 1961.
Photo taken Sunday 18 September 2011, Duxford
46. YNV622
A study in radiators, United Counties 622, YNV622, Bristol FLF6B new in 1961 with 999 a 1956 LD6B MNV116 flanked by KSW6Bs 965/969 KNV338/342 of 1954 vintage.
Photo taken 1965, Bedford Bus Station
47. 155BRP
East Midland L417, BNN417C, a Leyland Leopard PSU3/3R with Willowbrook DP53F body, new in 1965, and United Counties 155, 155BRP, a Bristol MW6G with E.C.W. DP41F body new in 1962.
Photo taken Saturday 19 September 1970, Drummond Road Parking, Skegness
48. 157BRP
United Counties 157, 157BRP, a 1962 Bristol MW6G with dual purpose seating.
Photo taken 1994, Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum
49. 643EBD
United Counties FS6B 643, 643EBD. Delivered in Sept 1963 it was one of six FS6Bs (641-6 EBD) that plied routes 100 & 101 between Putnoe and Kempston in Bedford. It was withdrawn in Mar 1978.
Photo taken 1965, Goldington Church
50. WLT980
United Counties 711, WLT980, a 1963 Routemaster seemed to do the rounds of the early Stagecoach companies, I assume as a demonstrator to establish in what circumstances Routemasters were suitable. Here on hire to East Midland (or "Frontrunner" as they were briefly titled) it made for an interesting run from Chesterfield via Slack Hill.
Photo taken Saturday 22 April 1989, Causeway Lane, Matlock
51. 250FRP
United Counties UC250, 250FRP, the first 36 foot vehicle in the fleet, a Bristol RELH6G/ECW DP47F, new in 1964 and bought specially for the express routes into London Victoria Coach Station.
Photo taken Thursday 21 May 1964, London Victoria Coach Station
52. 250FRP
United Counties 250, 250FRP, a 1964 Bristol RELH6G with ECW C47F body, their first RE coach dumped in the Wellingborough "graveyard" amongst other scrap vehicles
Photo taken Saturday 19 July 1980, United Counties Depot, St. John's Street, Wellingborough
53. ABD252B
United Counties 252, ABD252B, a 1964 Bristol RELH6G with ECW coach body seating 47. When delivered the bus was in cream and green coach livery. The bus was later painted into service bus livery as seen here.
Photo taken 1995, Huddersfield
54. GRP698D
United Counties FS6Bs 645EBD & GRP698D with FLF6B LRP738E, all withdrawn, at the rear of Wellingborough garage in Dec 1978.
Photo taken December 1978, Wellingborough Garage
55. KBD712D
Preserved United Counties Bristol FS6G 712, KBD712D.
Photo taken Sunday 3 July 2011, North Weald
56. KBD712D
Preserved United Counties Bristol FS6G 712, KBD712D.
Photo taken Sunday 1 July 2012, North Weald
57. KRP269E
In complete contrast to the UCOC Lodekka 549, 269, KRP269E, a Bristol RELH6G with ECW C47F coachwork passes Cliftonville Lido effectively showing the three destinations for this summertime service.
Photo taken Saturday 24 July 1971, Ethelbert Terrace, Margate
58. NBD312F
United Counties Bristol RELL6G 312, NBD312F (Biggleswade depot). It was new in 1967 and withdrawn just a few months after this photograph was taken.
Photo taken Oct/Nov 1981, near Shefford
59. ORP272F
United Counties 272, ORP272F, a 1968 Bristol RELH6G with ECW body.
Photo taken Monday 14 July 1980, Charles Street Depot, Stockport
60. RBD329G
United Counties Bristol RELL6G RBD329G and Bristol VRT/SL6L OVV850R at front of Huntingdon garage in early 1982.
Photo taken early 1982, Huntingdon Depot
61. RBD329G
Looking very sorry for itself is Crosville SRG203, RBD329G, which was new to United Counties in 1969.
Photo taken late 1980s, Northwich
62. TBD277G
United Counties Bristol RELH6G 277, TBD277G. Delivered in May 1969, it was withdrawn just a few months after this photograph was taken in August 1982.
Photo taken August 1982, Huntingdon
63. TBD278G
Express Motors, Bontnewydd, TBD278G, a Bristol RELH6G built in 1969 with ECW DP49F bodywork. This had been new as United Counties 278 and is seen at Caernarfon amongst a group of secondhand acquisitions.
Photo taken August 1987, Caernarfon
64. YNV205J
Delta Coaches, Middlesbrough, YNV205J, a Bristol RELH6G built in 1971 with ECW DP49F bodywork. Still appearing to be in full Cumbrae Coaches livery, this had been new as United Counties 205. Delta built up quite a large Bristol RE fleet in the latter 1980s.
Photo taken July 1988, Newport Road, Middlesbrough