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Colchester Corporation Busses
From: Chris Hazlehurst (--@--.--) Wed 9 Feb 2011 20:31
 
As a non expert could any experts advise if any other Colchester Corporation busses are preserved. As a child in Colchester in the 1950/60 period I was very familiar with the fleet and was amazed to find that OHK 432 had survived, beautifully. I knew of roumers of another in a barn in Oxfordshire but it was all very vague. My interest also extends to other local operators of the time including Eastern Counties and Eastern National, etc. Many thanks.
Colchester Corporation Busses
From: Jonathan (--@--.--) Wed 9 Feb 2011 21:42
 
Chris,

I have a faint recollection of a Colchester PD2 - think it was a St Helens front version - being shown in the "preservation prospects" (i.e. in need of a good home and quite a bit of attention) page of "Bus & Coach Preservation" some while ago. I haven't heard more since.

This site - http://www.aspects.net/~markcol/colbus/ seems to have more on Colchester than anywhere else, and mentions PD2 CVX 143D (which went to OK in the north east after leaving Colchester) as being potentially up for sale - this would match the St Helens front, but not sure if this is the same one.

From a later era, Atlantean 90 (RVW 90W) is in active preservation (and restored to CCT livery) with Talisman Coaches. I think one or two other Atlanteans survive in open top form.

I will ask my colleagues who own No. 4 if they know any more.

Just in case you're not aware of them, I'd suggest a visit to http://www.easterntransportcollection.org.uk/ and http://www.sct61.org.uk/ - the forums on the latter are quite Essex based, and may be of interest.

Jonathan
Colchester Corporation Busses
From: Jonathan (--@--.--) Wed 9 Feb 2011 22:42
 
I have also just noticed that the post before yours refers to a Colchester Bristol RE under restoration.

No. 4 will probably be 'in service' at our Easter and November Open Day events this year, by the way, if you would like to come and have a ride - while nothing involving 60 year old buses can be 100% guaranteed, we do list the buses expected in service on the web site in the weeks leading up to each event.
Colchester Corporation Busses
From: Chris Hazlehurst (--@--.--) Thu 14 Apr 2011 13:10
 
Thanks very much for the information in these postings. Yes, I`m very keen to see the Colchester bus and hope to enjoy the day with it on Easter Sunday. My Easter is being organised around it although I do understand that it is subject to the usual conditions. Fingers crossed!
Colchester Corporation Busses
From: Helen Sat 16 Apr 2011 15:46
 
You mention Eastern National - have you visited Castle Point Transport Museum[/url] on Canvey Island, Essex? Their website is at http://www.castlepointtransportmuseum.co.uk/

They're open the first and third Sundays of each month from now until October and have a wide range of exhibits, including Eastern National vehicles and ephemera of all kinds. The natives are friendly and it's a good afternoon out if you're in travelling distance.

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