SCT '61 Photo Index
Westcliff Motor Services
Buses taken over from the City Coach Company in 1952 (including those on order which were delivered after the takeover) are not included here - see the City Coach Company index for these.
The pictures will also be in the Eastern National index if they were photographed in Eastern National livery.

Click on any thumbnail for a full size photo
1. ML1582
Westcliff ML1582 a Dennis E type single decker, new c.1926, bought from the London General Omnibus Co.
Photo taken Southend Pier
2. HX2980
Westcliff HX2980, originally a 1931 AEC demonstrator with Short bodywork, but later rebodied by ECW, and converted to open top in 1950
Photo taken August 1951, Southend Pier
3. JN961
Westcliff JN961 at the service 5 stop in Victoria Avenue just south of the station, some time in the late 1940s. One of three Dennis Lances delivered in 1931, in this photo obviously still the original body, but somewhat modified (different opening windows, most mouldings removed, front completely rebuilt) and the bus is now disguised as an AEC by fitting of an AEC radiator.
Photo taken late 1940s, Victoria Circus, Southend
4. JN962
The earliest vehicles in the Westcliff fleet when Brian first became familiar with it just after the war were two double deckers JN961/2. There were originally three, JN960/1/2, delivered in 1931, and this photo of JN962 when new shows them to have been Dennis Lances with highbridge bodies typical of the period.
Photo taken early 1930s
5. JN962
JN962 outside Fairfax Drive depot on contract work, probably in the late 1940s (the vehicle partly visible on the left is one of the JN27xx highbridge Regents of 1933). Disguised as an AEC, but now with a completely different lowbridge body of the type fitted to later Westcliff Regents. By a process of elimination, this was almost certainly the body originally fitted to JN4745, which had been given a new ECW body.
Photo taken late 1940s, outside Fairfax Drive Depot, Southend
6. MV842
Westcliff tow truck MV842 was a familiar sight in Southend throughout the 1950s. It had originally been a demonstrator with a Brush H20/26R body, new in 1931 and acquired by Westcliff in 1932/3. It is seen her rescuing Beadle bodied Regent JN3229 at the Wilson Road terminus of route 9 in about 1951/2.
Photo taken 1951/2, Wilson Road, Southend
7. NJ5979
Westcliff acquired a batch of 6 Dennis Lances from Brighton Hove & District, five for use on works contracts, the sixth open top for sea front use. Here is a not brilliant shot of NJ5979 outside Fairfax Drive depot after working a contract journey to the MEC site at Shellhaven.
Photo taken c. 1951, Fairfax Drive Depot, Southend
8. WN4761
WN4761 was an AEC Regent with utility NCB body obtained by Canvey and Benfleet from South Wales Transport. It is seen here after takeover by Westcliff, but still in full Canvey light green and cream livery.
Photo taken June 1951, Fairfax Drive Depot, Southend
9. JN2796
Westcliff JN2796, one of a 1933 batch of five AEC Regents with Park Royal bodies, in Fairfax Drive yard in June 1951.
Photo taken June 1951, Fairfax Drive Depot, Southend
10. JN3229
JN3229, a 1933 AEC Regent originally similar to JN4747, but seen here in Fairfax Drive yard on 16th July 1955 after being rebuilt in the late 1940s by Beadle. Although nominally rebuilds, these bodies differed so much from the original that they were probably virtually new bodies. By this time the bus would have been in green livery and carries its Eastern National fleet number 1163.
Photo taken Saturday 16 July 1955, Fairfax Drive Depot, Southend
11. JN3230
An official photo of Westcliff AEC Regent JN3230. The Weymann body was rebuilt by ECW in 1943; it is believed to have been on loan to Eastern Counties from 1940 to 1945. It was sold before the Eastern National takeover in early 1955.
12. JN3230
Westcliff AEC Regent JN3230 at the end of its life awaiting sale at Fairfax Drive Depot in April 1952.
Photo taken April 1952, Fairfax Drive Depot, Southend
13. JN4294
A slightly faded shot of Eastern National 1166, JN4294, an AEC Regent 5LW new to the Westcliff fleet in 1933/4 and rebodied by ECW in 1949, passing to Eastern National in 1955.
Photo taken EN Depot/Bus Station, London Road, Southend
14. JN4294
The other Westcliff Regent to receive a new ECW body, JN4294, in Central Station Approach late in its life (it was withdrawn in 1961), as Eastern National 1166
Photo taken c. April or May 1960, Southend Central Station
15. JN4745
Eastern National 1169, JN4745, an A.E.C. 661 Regent with a 1949 Eastern Coachworks L27/28R body was seen at Southend Victoria Station. The chassis was new to Westcliff-on-Sea in 1934 when it carried a Weymann body, being numbered into the new Eastern National scheme in 1954.
Photo taken Saturday 29 August 1959, Southend Victoria Station forecourt
16. JN4745
Westcliff JN4745 with its later ECW body leaves Leigh Station on its way to Rayleigh on route 24 in September 1955 and now carries its Eastern National fleet number 1169 and will be in green livery. However, it still has a Westcliff blind of the type used on most of the postwar double deckers, with the route number in a square and comprehensive via points.
Photo taken Friday 23 September 1955, Leigh-on-Sea Station
17. GJ2004
GJ2004, one of two AECs recorded as acquired by Westcliff in 1950 from Brighton & Hove, at the Kursaal terminus on route 19 in August 1951.
Photo taken August 1951, Kursaal, Southend
18. JN8566
The third batch of Bristol single deckers were intended for use (together with three contemporary open top double deckers) on the Sea Front services, had different opening windows and were in cream livery. Prewar (and possibly for a short time afterwards) they carried side route boards reading "Sea Front Service". JN8566 is seen here opposite the Kursaal on Sea Front service 19, probably in 1951.
Photo taken c. 1951, Kursaal, Southend
19. JN6883
Westcliff did not obtain any new single deckers from 1931, when a large batch of Dennis EVs were purchased, up to 1936 when the first Bristols arrived. These were JO5Gs with Eastern Counties (later ECW) bodywork, one of the first batch being JN6883, with bus body, photographed in Fairfax Drive yard on 10th July 1955.
Photo taken Sunday 10 July 1955, Fairfax Drive Depot, Southend
20. JN6896
Westcliff's first Bristols arrived in 1936 and were GO5Gs with lowbridge Brush bodies. After the war all were rebuilt, some with Beadle bodies similar to JN3229, the rest with standard postwar ECW bodies. JN6896 was one of the latter, seen here late in its life as Eastern National 1229 outside Harwich Town Hall on 12th August 1957.
Photo taken Monday 12 August 1957, Harwich Town Hall
21. JN7501
Several of the Bristol single deckers were to DP standard, with coach seats, slightly more ornate mouldings and, at least at first, in coach livery. JN7501 is from the second batch, also delivered in 1936, and photographed at the Wilson Road terminus of route 9 (about 100 yards from the photographer's house), probably in 1951.
Photo taken c. 1951, Wilson Road, Southend
22. JN8566
Westcliff Motor Services JN8566, a Bristol JO5G new in 1937
Photo taken mid to late 1940s?, West of Southend Pier
23. JN8567
Eastern National JN8567, a Bristol JO5G with Eastern Counties B35R body, new in 1937, seen here in Broadway Market, Southend about to leave on route 12 to Creeksea. JN8567 was new to Westcliff-on-Sea Motor Services and like the rest of the fleet, it passed to Eastern National in 1955, gaining the fleet number 248 and lasting until around 1958/9.
Photo taken 1953, Broadway Market, Victoria Circus, Southend
24. JN8570
Westcliff open topper JN8570 away from the seafront, a Bristol GO5G with ECW bodywork from 1937.
Photo taken Thursday 30 June 1955, Chalkwell Station, Southend
25. JN8570
In 1937 new modern vehicles were provided for the sea front service. There were three open top double deckers, Bristol GO5Gs with ECW bodywork, JN8570/1/2.
Photo taken 1945/6, Victoria Circus, Southend
26. AHJ404
FBY799 seen in Malta, originally Westcliff-on-Sea AHJ404, an AEC Regal with Duple C32F body new in 1938, exported to Malta and rebodied locally by Schembri. Believed scrapped a few years after this photo was taken, the registration has been allocated to a new vehicle.
Photo taken 2001, Malta
27. AJN825
Preserved pre-war ex-Westcliff K5G AJN825 on an Eastern National Enthusiasts Group tour in January 1985 to commemorate 30 years of the Southend Corporation and Eastern National joint co-ordination agreement.
Photo taken Saturday 12 January 1985, Southend
28. AJN825
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the formation of The Westcliff-on-Sea Motor Char-A-Banc Company Ltd in April 1914, First Essex have repainted this Dennis Trident in Westcliff colours. It is posed alongside AJN825, the Bristol K5G which is itself 75 years old and survives in original condition (save for now having a fixed roof, not roll back canvas section).
Photo taken Friday 16 May 2014, First Essex Depot (ex Benfleet & District & Westcliff), Hafleigh
29. AJN825
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the formation of The Westcliff-on-Sea Motor Char-A-Banc Company Ltd in April 1914, First Essex have repainted this Dennis Trident in Westcliff colours. It is posed alongside AJN825, the Bristol K5G which is itself 75 years old and survives in original condition (save for now having a fixed roof, not roll back canvas section).
Photo taken Friday 16 May 2014, Bournes Green, Southend
30. AJN825
Preserved Westcliff Bristol K AJN825 on a trip covering the former Westcliff routes to Romford and Grays.
Photo taken Sunday 12 April 2015, passing Upminster station
31. AJN825
Third shot of preserved Westcliff Bristol K AJN825 on a trip covering the former Westcliff routes to Romford and Grays. The spire of Hornchurch Church is on the left.
Photo taken Sunday 12 April 2015, approaching Hacton Lane on its way out of Romford
32. AJN825
From 1937, Westcliff double deckers were standard Tilling Group Bristol Ks with lowbridge ECW bodies, four batches arriving up to 1939. AJN825, one of the third batch, was photographed parked in Victoria Station yard on 8th February 1957. By this time it would have been in green livery and carries its Eastern National fleet number 1269.
Photo taken Friday 8 February 1957, Victoria Station, Southend
33. AJN825
Ex-Westcliff pre-war K5G, AJN825 seen here just after return from repainting in January 2002. Following the near-terminal fire at Walton in December 1996, painstaking individual efforts by a group of First employees finally got her back on the road.
Photo taken January 2002
34. AJN826
Another photo taken in Leigh Beck garage, ex ENOC/WMS/Canvey and District, of Eastern National (or possibly Westcliff) 277, AJN826, a Bristol L5G with ECW B35R body, new in 1939 to Westcliff Motor Services.
Photo taken mid 1950s, Leigh Beck Garage, Canvey Island
35. BHJ532
Eastern National 1272, BHJ532, a Bristol K5G with ECW L55R body, new in 1939 to Westcliff
Photo taken Leigh Beck Garage, Canvey Island
36. JN7985
Another Leyland Cub, JN7985, photographed after sale by Westcliff when parked in Rochford Road, near Warners Bridge, in March or April 1955.
Photo taken March/April 1955, Rochford Road, Southend
37. JN7986
Westcliff's coaches up to the late 1930s were a very varied lot, consisting of normal control Leyland Cubs and AEC Rangers and three AEC Qs (these last being requisitioned during the war). One of the Leyland Cubs, JN7986, is shown here in Fairfax Drive yard in April 1952 with its fleetnames painted out ready for disposal.
Photo taken April 1952, Fairfax Drive Depot, Southend
38. MVW971
MVW971 was one of three AEC Regents, this time with Weymann bodies, obtained by Benfleet from Sheffield (their number 100). The others were MVW972 (Sheffield 104) and NPU170 (Sheffield 226). They were reregistered before entering service, hence the relatively late Essex registrations. It is photographed inside Fairfax Drive depot on 8th February 1957, probably in green livery but with Westcliff fleetname and carrying its Eastern National fleet number 1172.
Photo taken Friday 8 February 1957, Fairfax Drive Depot, Southend
39. HF7435
HF 7435 was yet another AEC Regent with utility NCB body, obtained from Wallasey (their no.63), photographed leaving Fairfax Drive depot on 16th July 1955. By this time it was probably in green livery but with Westcliff fleetname, although it does not appear to be carrying its 1954 Eastern National fleet number 1156.
Photo taken Saturday 16 July 1955, Fairfax Drive Depot, Southend
40. FOP364
FOP364 and sister vehicle FOP431 (Birmingham 1431) after sale by Eastern National, photographed in the yard of dealer A.M.C.C. near Stratford in January 1956. Both will by now be in green livery and carry their Eastern National fleet numbers 1197 and 1200. The vehicle on the left (HHA59) is an ex-Midland Red Guy.
Photo taken January 1956, London Stratford
41. FOP364
Not long before the takeover by Westcliff, Canvey/Benfleet had purchased a large number of utility bodied Daimlers from Birmingham Corporation, some of which had long careers with Westcliff, Eastern National and finally Southend. FOP364 (Birmingham 1364) was one of these, with Duple body, photographed in the yard of Fairfax Drive depot on 13th February 1955. It is probably in green livery, but with Westcliff fleetname and carries its Eastern National fleet number 1197.
Photo taken Sunday 13 February 1955, Fairfax Drive Depot, Southend
42. JVW480
One of the Canvey/Benfleet Duple bodied utility Daimlers bought new, JVW480, after sale. It was photographed in October 1955 in use at Bush Hill Park as a site hut with builder Fitzpatrick.
Photo taken Monday 3 October 1955, Bush Hill Park, London Enfield
43. KHK864
The majority of the Canvey/Benfleet fleet at the time of the takeover by Westcliff in 1951 were utility bodied Daimler double deckers. KHK864, with Brush body, is one of those delivered new to Canvey, photographed outside Fairfax Drive depot in February 1955.
Photo taken Tuesday 22 February 1955, Fairfax Drive Depot, Southend
44. CJN323
Eastern National 1308, CJN323, a Bristol K6B with ECW L27/28R body, new in 1949 to Westcliff-on-Sea. Renumbered in 1964 as 2236.
Photo taken Victoria Station, Southend
45. DHJ610
Eastern National 1325, DHJ610, a Bristol K6B with ECW L27/28R body, new in 1949 to Westcliff-on-Sea.
Photo taken Victoria Circus, Southend
46. DHJ612
DHJ612, 1326/2254, a Bristol K6B with ECW L55R body, originally in the Westcliff-on-Sea fleet was bought from ENOC in 1966 by Carl Rogers' father who with some friends, all employees at ENOC Hadleigh Depot, converted the bus and toured Europe, "Cliff Richards Summer Holiday Style", the following year with a lot of publicity from local and national papers.
Photo taken May 1967, Spain
47. LHY949
A second nearside shot of the prototype Bristol Lodekka LHY949 under trial with Westcliff
Photo taken April 1951, Victoria Circus, Southend
48. DHJ610
Eastern National SD 1325, DHJ610, a Bristol K6B with ECW L55R body, originally part of the Westcliff-on-Sea fleet. Later renumbered 2253.
Photo taken Monday 6 April 1964, Prittlewell Hill, Southend
49. DJN554
Eastern National BN2300, DJN554, a Bristol KS5G with ECW L27/28R body, originally delivered in 1950 to Westcliff-on-Sea
Photo taken October 1965, Basildon Bus Station
50. DJN559
Eastern National SD2304, DJN559, a Bristol KS6B with ECW L27/28R body, originally delivered in 1950 to Westcliff-on-Sea. Originally numbered 1347.
Photo taken Friday 26 March 1965, Bradley Street, Southend
51. DJN559
Eastern National SD1347, DJN559, a Bristol KS6B with ECW L27/28R body, originally delivered in 1950 to Westcliff-on-Sea. Later renumbered 2304.
Photo taken Saturday 9 May 1964, Prittlewell Hill, Southend
52. EJN627
Eastern National SD1361, EJN627, a Bristol KSW5G with ECW L27/28R body, new to Westcliff-on-Sea in 1951
Photo taken Victoria Circus, Southend
53. EJN637
A pair of Eastern National LS6G coaches, on the left 320, 613JPU, new in 1957 and on the right 301, EJN637, new in 1952 to Westcliff-on-Sea, showing the two styles of ECW bodywork for the LS.
Photo taken Brentwood Depot
54. EJN638
Former Eastern National coach 302, EJN638, a Bristol LS6G with ECW C39F body, new to Westcliff in 1952
Photo taken Sunday 24 June 1979, Cardiff
55. FJN156
Eastern National HH1386, FJN156, a Bristol KSW5G with ECW L55R body, which entered service in 1952 with Westcliff-on-Sea
Photo taken Victoria Circus, Southend
56. EJN640
Former Eastern National 304 and originally with Westcliff-on-Sea, EJN640, was a Bristol LS6G built 1952/3 with ECW C39F bodywork.
Photo taken April 1973, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough
57. FJN160
Eastern National 2361, FJN160, a Bristol KSW5G with ECW L27/28R body, new in 1953 and originally in the Westcliff fleet.
Photo taken July 1970, Basildon Depot
58. FJN162
Eastern National 378, FJN162, a Bristol LS5G with ECW B41D body new to Westcliff in 1953. Seen here on route 251 but later used on the coach/air service.
Photo taken London Wood Green Depot
59. FJN163
Eastern National 379, FJN163, a Bristol LS5G with ECW B41D body. It was one of a pair new in 1953 to Westcliff and in this picture it still has the Westcliff-on-Sea fleetname but it has gained the Eastern National fleet number.
Photo taken Tylers Avenue, Southend
60. FJN165
Former Westcliff-on-Sea and Eastern National LS6G coach FJN165 with ECW C39F body, new in 1953, seen here in use as a contractor's vehicle in Frome with a Redland logo on the front.
Photo taken Frome
61. FJN169
Eastern National LS6G coach BN376, FJN169, originally with Westcliff-on-Sea, new in 1953.
Photo taken London Euston Coach Terminal
62. WNO475
Former ENOC open topper 2379, WNO475, seen here with Prins Classic Transport of Holland. It was new in 1953 to Westcliff-on-Sea, passed to Eastern National in 1955, was converted to open-top in the mid 1960s.
Photo taken Tuesday 22 October 2002, Holland
63. WNO478
Eastern National SD1423, WNO478, a Bristol KSW5G with ECW L27/28R body. Delivered in 1953, originally part of the Westcliff-on-Sea fleet, it is seen here at Thorpe Bay Corner having arrived on route 25A and now changed to 25 for the journey back to Leigh.
Photo taken Friday 26 July 1963, Thorpe Bay Corner, Southend
64. YEV307S
What might have been! Steven Hughes' preserved ex Eastern National Leyland National YEV307S, presented in Westcliff livery, Tilling Group style.
Photo taken Sunday 26 June 2011, East Anglia Transport Museum, Carlton Colville