SCT '61 Photo Index
Western National &
Southern National
See also the Royal Blue index for coaches owned by Southern National or Western National but operating in the Royal Blue livery.

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1. DR4902
Former Southern National 2489, DR4902, a Leyland TD new in 1929, found among recently purchased 2 albums of Birmingham Tram photographs.
Photo taken the former Museum of British Transport, Clapham
2. FJ8967
Bristol H4B, Western National 137, FJ8967 dates from 1933, converted to Bristol H5G in 1939 and rebodied by Bristol B35R in 1942
Photo taken Saturday 19 September 2009, between Loddiswell and Kingsbridge
3. FJ8967
Western National were well represented at the Kingsbridge Running Day, the oldest of their vehicles present being 1933 Bristol H 137, FJ8967. Its present body is by Bristol and was fitted in 1942 and is painted in the style it would have carried when new, with wartime white markings. It is in Kingsbridge Bus Station ready to leave (despite the indicator showing Frogmore) for California Cross.
Photo taken Saturday 21 September 2013, Kingsbridge Bus Station
4. FJ8967
FJ8967, former Western National 137, a 1933 Bristol H now so beautifully preserved seen here at the West of England Transport Collection at Winkleigh showing just how much work has been done on this fine vehicle.
Photo taken Monday 10 April 1978, WETC, Winkleigh
5. FJ8967
A rear view of FJ8967, a 1933 Bristol H taken at Winkleigh before any restoration work had started.
Photo taken Monday 10 April 1978, WETC. Winkleigh
6. FJ8972
Southern National FJ8972, a Tilling-Stevens B39 new in 1933 as fleet number 53, rebuilt in July 1944 by ECW and given a Gardener 4LW engine and a Bristol radiator shell
Photo taken 1956, probably Weymouth
7. BTA59
BTA59 is a 1934 Dennis Mace with ECOC B26F body. As Southern National 668 it was based in North Devon mainly at Ilfracombe. In 1952 it was sold to the coxswain of the Appledore lifeboat and converted to a mobile caravan. It was then sold to a family in the Midlands who used it for holidays until 1985.
Photo taken Saturday 20 September 2014, Kingsbridge Bus Station
8. YD9533
Dennis built a number of small chassis prior to the second world war, One such was the Ace. Southern National 3660, YD9533, dates from 1934 with a twenty seat body built by the chassis builder .The Aces snout like front gave rise to the nickname "flying pig" for this bus.
Photo taken 1992, Trans-Pennine Rally, Harrogate
9. ADV121
Bristol single decker ADV121 converted to become “The Frying Pan” transport snack bar. The Calor gas cylinder attached to it suggests that it is at its operating location.
Photo taken 1950s
10. ETT956
Preserved ex-Western and Southern National 262, ETT956, a Bristol LL5G from 1938 with a 1955 ECW body.
Photo taken Sunday 18 July 2004, Alton
11. ETT956
Side profile shot of preserved ex-Western and Southern National 262, ETT956, a Bristol LL5G from 1938 with a 1955 ECW body.
Photo taken Sunday 17 July 2005, Alton
12. ETT956
Preserved ex-Western and Southern National 262, ETT956, a Bristol LL5G from 1938 with a 1955 ECW body.
Photo taken Sunday 17 July 2005, Alton
13. ETT956
Preserved ex-Western and Southern National 262, ETT956, a Bristol LL5G with a 1955 ECW B39F body, new as L5G in June 1938. It's seen picking up alongside the "George" on the A350 at Longbridge Deverill during the Wiltshire Vintage Bus Running Day, having run in from further afield.
Photo taken Sunday 28 September 1997, Longbridge Deverill
14. CVF842
Southern National 377, CVF842, ending its days in Padstow, a Bristol L5G built in 1939 with 1955 extended bodywork to B39R. New to Eastern Counties, via Lincolnshire to Southern National.
Photo taken Wednesday 1 May 1974, Padstow
15. DDV38
Fok Lei, Macau, M-10-70, a Bristol L5G built in 1939 with ECW bodywork.
Photo taken July 1981, Macau
16. DOD518
Western National 333, DOD518, is a 1939 Bristol L5G with 1949 Beadle body, now owned by the 333 Bus Group.
Photo taken Saturday 20 June 1987, Highnam, near Gloucester
17. DOD504
New in 1940 as Western National 315, DOD504 was a Bristol K5G with E.C.W. L30/26R body. It was transferred in 1950 to Bristol Tramways L4129 from whom Say, Gloucester acquired it in 1955 and withdrew it in September 1958.
Photo taken Sunday 13 July 1958, Gloucester
18. FTA634
Former Western National 345, FTA634, a Bristol K5G with E.C.W. L30/26R body, new in 1941. It was withdrawn in 1960.
Photo taken early 1974, WETC, Winkleigh, Devon
19. FTT704
Former Western National 353, FTT704, a Bristol K5A new in 1945 with a Strachan L27/28R body, rebodied by ECW L27/28R in 1955
Photo taken Sunday 4 June 2006, Aldershot
20. FTT704
Western National 353 is passed whilst at stop. FTT704 is 1945 Bristol K6A originally with Strachan bodywork. In 1954 the bodywork was replaced with a more conventional ECW L27/28R one.
Photo taken Sunday 12 August 2012, Brislington Park & Ride
21. HTT???
An unidentified early post-war Western National Bristol K, one of the first post-war batch of lowbridge K types from the 356, 800-12 batch, HTT970-983, delivered in 1946.
Photo taken c.1955, Buckfast Abbey Car Park
22. HUO698
Western National 545, HUO698, was a Duple C27F bodied Bedford OB dating from 1947 seen at Victoria Coach Station.
Photo taken Saturday 19 July 1958, London Victoria Coach Station
23. JUO939
Western National 1207, JUO939, started life as a Bristol L6B with a Beadle body in 1948. In 1958 it was lengthened to an LL6B and given an ECW FB39F body.
Photo taken 1968, Penzance Bus Station
24. JUO983
JUO983 originally started life in 1948 as a Bristol L6B, Southern National (1218) Royal Blue coach with Beadle C31F body. It was re-bodied and lengthened by ECW in 1958 to LL standard and given full front body FB39F.
Photo taken Sunday 11 August 2013, Brislington Park & Ride
25. HOD75
Mervyns Coaches HOD75, a Bedford OB / Duple Vista from 1949.
Photo taken Friday 1 January 2010, The Broadway, Winchester
26. HOD79
Western National 1400, HOD79, was a Bedford OB with Duple C29F body new in 1949.
Photo taken Sunday 15 June 1958, rear of Hyde Park Road Southdown Garage, Portsmouth
27. KUO966
Western National 953, KUO966, is a Bristol K6B with ECW L55R body of 1949.
Photo taken 1968, Penzance Bus Station
28. KUO982
Western National 969, KUO982, a Bristol K6B with ECW L55R body of 1949.
Photo taken 1968, Dartmouth Depot
29. KUO992
Yuill, Hartlepool based contractor, KUO992, a Bristol K6B of 1949 with Eastern Coach Works L27/28R bodywork.
Photo taken January 1972, Cypress Road building site, Marton, Middlesbrough
30. LTA906
LTA906 is a Southern National Bedford OB, fleet number 1430, of 1949.
Photo taken Sunday 22 September 2013, Kingsbridge
31. LTA909
Southern National 1433, LTA909, a Duple C29F bodied Bedford OB, new in 1949, at Victoria Coach Station.
Photo taken Saturday 19 July 1958, London Victoria Coach Station
32. KUO962
Western National 949, KUO962, was a Bristol K6B with ECW L27/28R body new in 1950.
Photo taken Sunday 30 August 1970, Crich Tramway Museum
33. KUO972
Making its debut following restoration at the Brough & Kirkby Stephen Rally was Western National 959, KUO972, a 1950 Bristol K6B with an ECW L27/28R body seen here parked at Brough.
Photo taken Saturday 19 April 2014, Brough
34. KUP972
The post war ECW was a classic of bus design indeed traces of the upper deck front could still be seen in the VR in the 1970's. Western National 959, KUO972, a 1950 Bristol K6B with ECW L27/28R body shows off its handsome lines at Brough.
Photo taken Sunday 20 April 2014, Brough
35. LTA750
Preserved ex-Southern National 1411 LTA750, a Bedford OB with Duple C27F body, new in 1950.
Photo taken Sunday 26 September 2004, Duxford
36. LTA752
Lodge's Coaches, High Easter, LTA752, aBedford OB built 1950 with Duple Vista bodywork modified by Lincolnshire Road Car. New as Western National 1413.
Photo taken Wednesday 20 November 2013, Middlesbrough
37. LTA813
Specially positioned to recreate his youth, Western National 994, LTA813, a Bristol KS5G with ECW L27/28R bodywork dating from 1950 is on the 274 Roman Road service stop.
Photo taken Sunday 26 July 2009, The Parade, Taunton
38. LTA816
Western National 997, LTA816, was a Bristol KS5G with ECW L55R body of 1950.
Photo taken 1968, Helston Depot
39. LTA816
Western National 997, LTA816, sat in the sun, probably looking at Burgh Island. An ECW bodied L27/28R 1950 Bristol KS5G.
Photo taken 30 August 1965, Bigbury on Sea
40. LTA946
I'm extremely grateful for Colin Billington to allow me to take this picture and share it and providing the information. 1836, LTA946, is the only KS6B that SNOC had which was bought for the Weymouth to Exeter and Weymouth to Bournemouth trunk routes. I am told that its last journey with SN was as a replacement for a broken down FLF on the Bournemouth route.
Photo taken Friday 19 June 2015, Private site near Fifield
41. LTA949
Southern National 1839, LTA949, a Bristol KS5G with ECW L27/28R body, new in 1950.
Photo taken July 1969, St. James Place, Ilfracombe
42. LTA804
Western National 1645, LTA804, was a Bristol LWL5G with ECW B39R body of 1951.
Photo taken 1968, Penzance Bus Station
43. LTA833
Western National 1814, LTA833, was a Bristol KSW6B with an ECW L55R body of 1951.
Photo taken 1968, St. Austell Station
44. LTA958
LTA958 was in service at the BVBG main event at Brislington, but I missed a chance to travel on it. Dating from 1951 when it joined the Southern National fleet, it is a Bristol LL6B with Duple C37F body.
Photo taken Sunday 31 July 2016, Brislington
45. LTA883
Western National 1859, LTA883, was an imposing Bristol KSW/ECW of 1952.
Photo taken 1968, Penzance Bus Station
46. MOD978
Here's a Bristol LS, with roof pod, that doesn't normally see the light of day. Ongoing restoration continues including the first time since 1977 that it has new curved quarter light front windows. MOD978 is a 1952 Bristol LS6G with ECW C41F bodywork which was changed later to C39F. It started life with Southern National / Royal Blue. The rebuilding of the front end is well advanced and I can't wait to see it back on the roads.
Photo taken Thursday 16 April 2015, private site near Bristol
47. NYC328
Western National 3797, NYC328, was a Plaxton Venturer C33F bodied Bedford SB new in January 1952 to Quantock Hauliers, Bagborough who were acquired by Western National in February 1952. It is seen here near Victoria Coach Station.
Photo taken Saturday 28 June 1958, near London Victoria Coach Station
48. LTA897
Former Southern National 1690, LTA987, a Bristol LS5G with ECW B41F body dating from 1953, is seen operating for AB Smith of Newport.
Photo taken Wednesday 1 March 1972, St Bride's Lighthouse, Newport
49. MOD967
A forerunner of Orpington and District, this is North Downs MOD967, a 1953 Bristol LS5G with ECW B45F body, new to Western National as 1676 in July 1953.
Photo taken Spur Road, Orpington
50. OTT42
Western National 1360, OTT42, a Bristol LS6G/ECW C41F new in 1953 seen at Victoria Coach Station.
Photo taken Saturday 18 April 1959, London Victoria Coach Station
51. OTT43
Povey, New Malden OTT43, a Bristol LS6G new as Western National 2200 in August 1953 with an Eastern Coachworks C41F body seen at the Hillingdon Rally.
Photo taken Sunday 24 June 1979, Hillingdon
52. OTT70
Southern National 1361, OTT70, a Bristol LS6G with Eastern Coachworks C41F body new in 1953 seen in Sutherland Street, near Victoria Coach Station.
Photo taken Saturday 28 June 1958, Ebury Bridge, near London Victoria Coach Station
53. OTT73
Dunning, Great Ayton, OTT73 Bristol LS6G built 1953 with ECW C39F bodywork.
Photo taken December 1971, Great Ayton
54. OTT85
OTT85 is an immaculate restored, inside and outside, Southern National Bristol LS6G which only came back onto the road this year. Seen at the start of day 2 of the Royal Blue Run it was there replacing LTA729 which retired after gear problems on day one. It dates from 1953
Photo taken Saturday 21 June 2014, Queens Road Coach Park, Bournemouth
55. OTT85
Preserved Southern National 1376, OTT85 and Royal Blue 2372, OTA632G seen parked in the oddly named Marsh and Ham car park in Blandford Forum on day two of the Royal Blue Run 2014 with some of the other participants in the run behind these two fine coaches.
Photo taken Saturday 21 June 2014, Marsh and Ham public car park, Blandford Forum
56. OTT2
Western National 1863, OTT2, was one of six pre-production Bristol Lodekkas built in 1954.
Photo taken 1968, Helston Depot
57. OTT57
Southern National Bristol LS5G 1703, OTT57.
Photo taken August 1956, Weymouth Bus Station
58. OTT59
Awaiting duties beside its owner's office and Royal Blue agency in Yeovil is Bristol LS5G / ECW B45F new in March 1954, Southern National 1705, OTT59 in downseated form B41F.
Photo taken Saturday 17 April 1971, Middle Street, Yeovil
59. OTT63
Silcox Motor Coach Co Ltd 104, OTT63, a 1954 Bristol LS5G with ECW B41F bodywork purchased from Western National (1709) via Martin's of Weaverham (dealer) in November 1971.
Photo taken Monday 31 July 1978, Silcox Depot, Pembroke Dock
60. OTT63
OTT63 was a Bristol LS5G with ECW B45F body, new to Southern National, no. 1709, in March 1954. In 1960 it was converted for OMO and reseated to B41F and in November 1969 it was transferred to the Western National fleet. Withdrawn in September 1971 it passed, via Martin, dealer, Weaverham, to Silcox, Pembroke Dock, in November 1971 as no. 104, and gained their red and cream livery as seen here, taken at an unknown location in South West Wales.
Photo taken 1970s, location unknown
61. OTT89
Ipswich Coach Company OTT89, ex-Western National S1380, Bristol LS / ECW C39F, new in 1954.
Photo taken August 1972, St. Helen's Street/Upper Orwell Street, Ipswich
62. OTT90
Southern National 1381 was originally registered OTT90 when it first entered service in January 1954. It was withdrawn by Western National in 1970 and sold to a number of users. Finally it was preserved in 1993 and re-registered SVS904.
Photo taken 2000, Keighley
63. RTT953
Western National LS 1743, RTT953 alongside LD 1943, VDV760
Photo taken Summer 1977, Dartmouth Depot yard
64. RTT971
Western National 1752, RTT971, a Bristol LS5G with ECW B45F body, new in 1954, at Woolacombe on route 303 (used to be Southern National 103) Ilfracombe to Woolacombe via Mullacot Cross, after it had turned round ready for the journey back to the depot.
Photo taken August 1970, Woolacombe
65. RTT985
Unfortunately the original slide has suffered a little, but nevertheless this is a delightful period shot of Western National 1766, RTT985, a 1955 Bristol LS, en route for Wadebridge.
Photo taken Tintagel
66. TUO497
Seen at several events this year has been Bristol LS TUO497, Southern National 1781 still missing side decals. Dating from February 1956 and converted to B41F OMO in 1963.
Photo taken Sunday 25 October 2015, Flowers Hill, Brislington
67. TUO502
Two Southern National ECW-bodied Bristols: On the left 726, MUO338F, an LH6L with B41F body, new in 1968; on the right 1901, TUO502, a Lodekka LD6B with H33/27RD body new in 1956.
Photo taken July 1969, Watersmeet Hotel, The Esplanade, between Woolacombe and Mortehoe
68. VDV752
Originally built in 1957 for Western National but by 1976 operating in open top form for Devon General in Torbay is Bristol Lodekka LDL6G 1935, VDV752, named Admiral Boscawen.
Photo taken Monday 2 August 1976, Paignton
69. VDV752
Ex-Western National Bristol LDL open topper VDV752 as Eastern Counties OT1 on route 769 at Sheringham. It carries signwriting for this route.
Photo taken Sheringham
70. VDV752
Ex-Western National Bristol LDL open topper VDV752 as Eastern Counties OT1 on its way to the Derby.
71. VDV753
Eastern Counties OT2, VDV753, Bristol LDL6G / ECW open top. Ex-Western National 1936, new in December 1957.
Photo taken Summer 1981, Felixstowe
72. VDV753
Western National 1936, VDV753, is seen in Penzance whilst operating the open-top service between Newlyn Bridge and Marazion. It is a Bristol LDL6G which was delivered in December 1957 with ECW H37/33RD bodywork. It was coverted to open-top in May 1973 and named Sir Humphry Davy.
Photo taken mid 1970s, Penzance Bus Station
73. VDV753
Ex-Western National Bristol LDL open topper VDV753 as Eastern Counties OT2 at a Southend bus rally. It carries signwriting for the Felixstowe Seafront Special and a side route board advertising open top evening tours.
Photo taken Southend
74. VDV753
Braving the very wet weather is Western National 1936, VDV753 and is seen at the BVBG spring!! running day. It was sold by Quantock Motors at end of 2014 to a member of the BVBG and this is probably it's first pubic appearance since then. It may even have had a repaint or intensive clean up because it's devoid of it's name "Sir Humphry Davy" etc. The sister vehicle is likely to be sold during 2015.
Photo taken Sunday 29 March 2015, Brislington
75. VDV778
Southern National 1944, VDV778, a Bristol Lodekka LD6G with ECW H33/27RD body, new in 1957. The driver appears to have twisted the wiper blade up onto the cream band to stop it parking across the windscreen in his field of vision, being a very hot and dry day.
Photo taken July 1969, Croyde
76. VDV760
Western National 1943, VDV760, a 1958 Bristol LD6G with ECW H33/27RD body.
Photo taken Sunday 27 May 2012, Heath Common, Wakefield
77. 514BTA
Western National 1962, 514BTA, a Bristol LD6G with ECW H33/27RD bodywork waits outside Redruth Railway Station prior to operating a short-working on service 546 to Illogan (Churchtown).
Photo taken mid 1970s, Redruth Station
78. 314PFM
314PFM, seen here in use by Western National for driver training, started life in 1960 with Crosville, fleet number DFG33, a Bristol FS6B with ECW H33/27RD body . It was withdrawn by Crosville in 1979.
Photo taken 1988, Camborne Depot
79. 338EDV
Preserved ex-Western and Southern National 624, 338EDV, a Bristol SUL4A with ECW B36F body, new in October 1960
Photo taken Sunday 19 July 2009, Alton
80. 338EDV
Preserved ex-Western and Southern National 624, 338EDV, a Bristol SUL4A with ECW body new as B36F in October 1960. It's seen at Maiden Bradley during the Warminster Vintage Bus Running Day on a day off from its role as PSV with Weaver of Weymouth.
Photo taken Sunday 28 September 1997, Maiden Bradley, Wilts
81. 468FTT
Preserved 468FTT, a Bristol FLF6G with ECW H68F body new in 1960 as Western National 1969
Photo taken Sunday 6 October 2013, Winkleigh
82. 471FTT
Western National 1972, 471FTT, a Bristol FLF with ECW bodywork new in 1960, providing a service for the Spithead Fleet Review
Photo taken 1977, South Parade, Southsea
83. 533HKJ
Western National 997, 533HKJ, a Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 with Metro-Cammell H44/31F bodywork was new in May 1960 to Maidstone & District as their DH533 (later 5533). It was one of a number of Atlanteans transferred between 1975 and 1977.
Photo taken 1976, Redruth Station
84. 620DDV
Southern National 2253, 620DDV, a 1960 Bristol MW6G with a 39 seat ECW coach body seen in Weymouth after downgrading to bus duties and carrying Western National fleetnames. Alongside is an early Leyland National.
Photo taken 1979, Weymouth
85. 672COD
Time to reveal my all time favourite bus - the wonderful Bristol SUS4A with ECW B30F. This one is Western National 600 although it had been allocated fleet number 2620 but was changed to 600 before entering service in the SW including allocated to Penzance for the trips to Mousehole. Registration number is 672COD. No jokes about is this what the cod war was about, or how many elastic bands do you need to carry as spare - I've heard all these before and we know small is beautiful.
Photo taken Friday 17 September 2010, Loddiswell Butts in sunny Devon
86. 672COD
Western National 600, 672COD, is a Bristol SUS4A with an ECW B30F body dating from 1960.
Photo taken August 1968, Penzance Bus Station
87. 673COD
Western National 601, 673COD, a Bristol SUS4A with ECW B30F body, was one of a batch of midi-buses introduced in 1960 to negotiate the narrow streets and lanes of Devon and Cornwall.
Photo taken 1968, Mousehole
88. 675COD
Western National 603, 675COD, a Bristol SUS4A with ECW B30F body, new in 1960
Photo taken Sunday 11 August 2013, Brislington Park & Ride
89. 142HUO
Double Two Shirts of Wakefield 142HUO, a Bristol Lodekka FLF6B with ECW H38/32F body, new in 1961 as Southern National 1979.
Photo taken Thursday 2 June 1983, near Crofton
90. 143HUO
Western National 1980, 143HUO, a Bristol Lodekka FLF6B built 1961 with ECW H38/32F bodywork.
Photo taken June 1977, Weymouth
91. 323EDV
Southern National 621, 323EDV, was a Bristol SUL4A with an ECW B36F body dating from 1961. On its left is 1775, TUO491, a Bristol LS5G with an ECW B45F body dating from 1955 while oOn the right is 1217, a Bristol LL6B with an ECW FB39F body dating from 1958.
Photo taken 1968, Padstow former railway station yard
92. 325EDV
Southern National 623, 325EDV, was a Bristol SUL4A with an ECW B36F body dating from 1961. Its 4-cyclinder engine would be under great strain as it operated this hilly and circuitous route.
Photo taken 1968, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
93. 348EDV
At North's, the dealer, Sherburn-in-Elmet with in the centre former Western National 634, 348EDV, a Bristol SUL4A with ECW B36F body, new in 1961. Withdrawn in 1972 it passed to North's who quickly sold it on to Garforth Comprehensive School (whose name is actually marked on the windscreen here).
Photo taken June 1972, Premises of Norths, the dealer, Sherburn-in-Elmet
94. 351EDV
351EDV, a former Western National 1961 Bristol SUL4A was snapped at Waterhall, near Brighton in June 2003. It was in amazingly original condition apart from the lack of seats, right down to its interior light fittings & operative bell cord. The cab was also in as withdrawn condition right down to a bracket to mount a Setright machine. The owner still had the bus in 2012 in running order.
Photo taken Wednesday 18 June 2003, Waterhall, near Brighton
95. 351EDV
A recent view of former Western National 351EDV, a 1961 Bristol SUL4A
Photo taken Saturday 13 July 2013, near Shoreham
96. 462FTT
Western National 1974, 462FTT, a Bristol FLF6G with ECW bodywork new to Southern National in May 1961.
Photo taken Saturday 6 July 1974, Weymouth Quay
97. 720JHY
701-732JHY comprised a batch of Bristol FSF6G/FSF6B with ECW H34/26F bodies new to Bristol Omnibus and subsidiaries in 1960/61. When BOC needed diverted FLFs in 1967, twenty of this shorter model went to Western and Southern National, though at least five returned with Trowbridge depot in January 1970. 1019, 720JHY was the final one numerically on moving to Southern National, a Gardner engined example new as Bristol 6021 in February 1961.
Photo taken Sunday 23 May 1971, Weymouth Quay
98. 731LHY
Western National 1007, 731JHY, a Bristol Lodekka FSF6G built in 1961 with ECW H34/26F bodywork.
Photo taken September 1976, Totnes
99. 270KTA
Western National 420, 270KTA, following by Western National 425, 275KTA. 420 was converted to dual purpose, whereas 425 remained as a coach. Both are Bristol SUL4A from 1962. Owned by David Sheppard junior and senior respectively.
Photo taken Saturday 30 June 2012, Teignmouth
100. 274KTA
Preserved former Western National 274KTA, a Bristol SUL4A with ECW C33F body. It entered service in July 1962 with fleet number 424, converted to DP33F in April 1968, renumbered as 1224 in June 1971 and finally withdrawn in November 1979.
Photo taken Sunday 20 July 2003, Alton
101. 275KTA
Channel Coachways 275KTA, former Western National 425, a Bristol SUL4A with ECW C33F body new in July 1962.
Photo taken Southend Airport
102. 275KTA
Former Western National 425, 275KTA, a Bristol SUL4A with ECW C33F body new in July 1962.
Photo taken Sunday 4 May 2003, Madeira Drive, Brighton
103. 276KTA
276KTA, Western National 426 was a Bristol SUL4A with ECW C33F body new in 1962 and is seen at Victoria Coach Station early in 1963 with the remains of a snowfall evident.
Photo taken early 1963, London Victoria Coach Station
104. 286KTA
286KTA is a 1962 Bristol SUL4A/ECW DP33F new to Western National as their 434. In 1971 it was renumbered 1234 and sold in December 1979. It was refurbished and saw service in Guernsey with Guernsey Motor Co. later Guernseybus, as 154 and registered 31916.
Photo taken Saturday 20 September 2014, Kingsbridge
105. 804KDV
Bristol Lodekka 804KDV, a FLF6B built in 1962 with ECW H38/30F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1982, Warrenby, near Redcar
106. 824KDV
824KDV is a 1963 Bristol FLF6G / ECW H38/30F Lodekka which was new to Western National as 2019 and was based in South Devon.
Photo taken Friday 19 September 2014, Private location in Devon
107. ATA126B
Western National 2045, ATA126B, a Bristol FLF6B with ECW H38/30F body of 1964 with alongside, Bristol SUL4A 621, 323EDV from 1960.
Photo taken 1969, Newquay Bus Station
108. AUO523B
Early evening in Perranporth and a trio of Western National buses stand ready for departure. On the left is 1940, VDV757, a Bristol LD6G with ECW H33/27RD bodywork, which was new in January 1958 whilst on the right is 2053, AUO523B, a Bristol FLF6B with ECW H38/32F bodywork, which was new in December 1964 to Southern National; it passed to Western National in November 1969 when the Southern National name was abandoned.
Photo taken mid 1970s, Beach Road, Perranporth
109. BDV249C
Western National 668, BDV249C, a Bristol SUL4A / ECW new in 1965.
Photo taken Tuesday 22 July 1969, Riverside Road, Lynmouth
110. BDV252C
Specially opened up for some SU fans, this two road shed contains BDV252C, a Bristol SUL4A with ECW B36F body acquired in January this year by David Sheppard Junior to go with his SUL coach 270KTA.
Photo taken Sunday 18 September 2016, private site in Devon
111. BDV252C
Former Western National 671, BDV252C, a Bristol SUL4A with ECW B36F body, new in 1965, but seen here at the premises of Cadman's of Thorne whilst owned by the Northfield Middle School, who had acquired it from North's, the dealer, in 1978.
Photo taken October 1982, Cadman's premises, Thorne Moorends, nr. Doncaster
112. BDV264C
Ex-Western National Bristol FLF/ECW BDV264C, now Hedingham & District L92, arrives at Hedingham school ready to take up a school working. This carries the red and cream livery as it was normally applied to double deckers.
Photo taken Hedingham School
113. BDV267C
Bus meets train, Western National 2059, BDV267C, a Bristol FLF6G with ECW bodywork new to Southern National in May 1965
Photo taken Saturday 6 July 1974, near Town Station, Commercial Road, Weymouth
114. BOD35C
Western National 2093, BOD35C, a Bristol FLF6G with ECW H38/32F bodywork, stands in the evening sunshine at Portreath.
Photo taken mid 1970s, Portreath Beach
115. BUO201B
Western National 2076, BUO201B, a Bristol FLF6G with ECW H38/32F bodywork which was new in January 1965, rests in the small bus station in St Just.
Photo taken 1976, St Just Bus Station
116. EDV503D
Western National 1421, EDV503D, a Bristol MW6G with ECW C39F body which was converted to dual purpose in it's life and ended up in a field in Cornwall. Rescued a few years ago it is now under shelter on private land in Devon
Photo taken Saturday 30 June 2012, Devon
117. EDV510D
Former Western National 1428, EDV510D, seen here in service with Silver Star, Caernarfon. Originally new in June 1966, it was a Bristol MW6G with ECW C39F body.
Photo taken c. 1981, Caernarfon Square
118. EDV552D
Guernsey Bus was formed from the old Guernsey Railways and Guernsey Motors fleet and was for a time owned by Trafalgar House who used a variety of small Bristol chassis bought second hand from the UK mainland. Many of the early example were Bristol SU chassis with ECW bodywork. Seen at L'Ancresse is 129, 31902, a 1966 Bristol SU4A with ECW bus body which was new to Southern National as their 689, EDV552D, and was withdrawn by Western National in 1979.
Photo taken Sunday 21 July 1985, L'Ancresse, Guernsey
119. HDV639C
HDV639E, a Bristol MW6G with ECW C39F body was Western National 1434. When the long distance coach services were de-regulated in 1980, several companies began competing with existing operators. Ann Gloag with her brother Brian Souter and her ex-husband David started services under the name of Gloagtrotter, using a variety of vehicles.
Photo taken Wednesday 4 February 1981, Parliamentary Road, Glasgow
120. HDV641E
Seen at the Keighley Festival of Transport is this 1967 Bristol MW6G with ECW coach body, wearing West Yorkshire Road Car livery as their CUG49. However the bus was new to Western National as their 1436, HDV641E, and never ran for West Yorkshire. The fleet number carries the number series on from the highest numbered genuine West Yorkshire MW coach
Photo taken Sunday 7 July 2013, Dalton Lane, Keighley
121. KDV131F
Western National received 12 ECW bodied Bedford VAM5 with ECW B41F bodies. Fleet numbers 700-711 KDV130-141F being delivered in autumn 1967. 701, KDV131F, is seen here at Dartmouth where an outstation existed on a car park not far from the Kingswear ferry terminal.
Photo taken Wednesday 4 August 1976, Dartmouth Outstation
122. MUO320F
Seen when working for Black Prince in the days after de-regulation, this 1968 Bristol RELL6G was originally 2716, MUO320F, in the Western National fleet
Photo taken 1986, Vicar Lane, Leeds
123. LDV461F
Western National 2710, LDV461F, a Bristol RELL6G built in 1968 with ECW B53F bodywork.
Photo taken October 1973, The Square, Lyme Regis
124. OTA290G
OTA290G is a Bristol VRT/SL6G/ECW H39/31F new in 1969 to Western National as their 1056. It was one of the first batch of VRs that WN put into service. It remained in Devon mainly based at Plymouth.
Photo taken Friday 19 September 2014, private site in Devon
125. OTA630G
Ward Green Grenadiers JJB OTA630G, a Bristol RELH6G built in 1969 with ECW C45F bodywork.
Photo taken June 1984, Cleethorpes?
126. POD809H
Western National Bristol LH 750, POD809H , heading for Kingsbridge passing local coach operators who have brought passengers in for the market from surrounding villages. Springtime in Plymouth!
Photo taken Tuesday 23 March 1976, Bretonside, Plymouth
127. POD825H
Devon General 2726, POD825H, a Bristol RELL6G built in 1969 with ECW B53F bodywork, new to Western National.
Photo taken October 1983, Exeter Bus & Coach Station
128. POD830H
Preserved Bristol RELL POD830H, new to Southern National in 1969.
Photo taken Saturday 18 July 2015, Paper Mill Lane, Alton
129. PTA759G
Southern National 729, PTA759G, a Bristol LH6L with ECW B45F body, new in 1969.
Photo taken July 1969, Ilfracombe Bus Station
130. PTA762G
Western National 734, PTA762G, was a Bristol LH with ECW B43F body, new in 1969.
Photo taken 1969, Newquay Bus Station
131. POD813H
Hooks POD813H, Bristol LH6L / ECW B45F, in DFDS Seaways Livery. Ex-Western National, new to them in February 1970, number 754.
Photo taken June 1982, Southend
132. RDV419H
Pioneer, Rochdale RDV419H, ex-Western National 1468, a 1970 Bristol RELH6G with ECW C45F body.
Photo taken Tuesday 30 April 1996, Corporation St, Manchester
133. RDV419H
Preserved Western National 1468, a 1970 Bristol RELH6G with ECW C45F body.
Photo taken Sunday 31 July 2016, Sandtoft
134. RDV433H
RDV433H is a Bristol RELH 4/290 with ECW C45F body new to Western National in 1970 as their 1483 in Royal Blue livery. It was withdrawn in 1981 and has spent most of the time since then in the West Midlands. Now the vehicle has been bought by Roger Burdett and is seen here being secured on the low loader for its trip to his base in Coventry.
Photo taken Thursday 11 December 2014, Rugeley
135. STT731H
The new order in August 1970 was crew-operated Bristol RELLs. Western National 2733, STT731H, is seen here on Barnstaple Bridge having worked in from Ilfracombe.
Photo taken August 1970, Barnstaple Bridge
136. TUO256J
Western National 2744, TUO256J, was a Bristol RELL6G with ECW B53F bodywork, which was new in November 1970. Despite the destination it is loading for its return journey to Falmouth.
Photo taken 1976, Helford Passage
137. TUO263J
New to Western National as their 2751, TUO263J, in 1971, this Bristol RELL6G is seen working for Independent of Horsforth.
Photo taken 1992, Britannia House, Morley, Leeds
138. VUH377J
Western National Alexander bodied Atlantean 1020, VUH377J, in the yard at Callington, Cornwall.
Photo taken 1983?, Callington, Cornwall
139. VOD122K
Western National 1252, VOD122K, one of a batch of six Bristol LHS6Ls with Marshall B33F bodywork new in 1972, approaching the harbour at Mousehole from Penzance and showing why the operators on the route had to use short vehicles!
Photo taken c. 1973, Mousehole, Cornwall
140. VOD123K
Western National VOD123K at Penzance in April 1973
Photo taken April 1973, Penzance Bus Station
141. VOD123K
Western National 1253, VOD123K, was one of the unusual Marshall B33F-bodied Bristol LHS6Ls which were purchased in February 1972 in order to cope with the narrow Cornish lanes. It is seen here outside Land's End outstation. Service 501 between Penzance and Land's End, whilst including the steep descent to Sennen Cove, reversal and back up, didn't require such a small vehicle and was sometimes worked by full-size 'deckers.
Photo taken mid 1970s, Land's End Hotel
142. VOD125K
Western National 1255, VOD125K, a Bristol LHS6L built in 1972 with Marshall B33F bodywork.
Photo taken June 1974, Parade Hill, Mousehole
143. VOD254K
Western National bought a number of Marshall bodied Bristol LHs in the early seventies. Dating from 1972, 1254, VOD254K, is now preserved and shows what the buses looked like when new
Photo taken mid 1990s, off Charlestown Road, Halifax
144. VOD90K
New to Western National in 1972 as their 90, VOD90K, this Bristol LHS6L with unusual Marshall bodywork is seen in Exeter working a Devon General route to Newton Abbott.
Photo taken Thursday 21 June 1984, Exeter
145. BFJ176L
Western National 1076, BFJ176L, a Bristol VRTSL6G new in July 1973 with ECW H43/34F bodywork, awaits departure time outside the outstation at Land's End.
Photo taken mid 1970s, Land's End Hotel
146. PTT605M
Western National 1605, PTT605M, a Bristol LH6L with ECW B43F body new in May 1974.
Photo taken 1980, Wool Station, Dorset