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United Automobile publicity item United Automobile publicity item United Automobile Bristol RELH/ECW coach NHN144E
Photo copyright: Carl Berry
 United Automobile of Darlington, as part of the Tilling group, was one of the original operators of this type of vehicle. This companies RELHs were used on express work between the North East of England and London. For examples see here.
United was the biggest operator of this type. Most were delivered as RExx following United's traditional numbering method. They were then renumbered into the 12xx series as express coaches. Later on they were renumbered into the 61xx series as they were downgraded to express buses (usually being repainted into NBC Red/White DP at the same time), then to the 43xx series indicating use as local buses. This often coincided with a repaint into NBC Red Bus livery (Which was unique to United on this type).
One of United's RELHs (NHN147E) was the first casualty for the type when it was involved in an accident, and subsequently 'dropped' by the crane that was trying to recover it!
For more information on the history of United see the United Enthusiasts' Club website. The company's former operations are now part of the Arriva group.

For further information about United Automobile, try looking for books on Amazon.


Other information available for United Automobile's Bristol RELH/ECW coaches.
 Photos on the InternetList of photos on the Internet.
 Photos in booksList of photos available in books.
 Fleet ListFleet list of United Automobile's RELHs.
 GaragesList of garages/depots that have operated these coaches.
 Fleet by yearDetails of these vehicles in fleet, broken down by year.
 Photo locationsPlaces that this companies RELHs have been photographed.

Photo in books/magazines

For pictures in books click on the copyright link for more information.
** = Black and white photo, otherwise colour.

   LiveryRegistration Date Location Photo copyright Book link
 NBC Red/White DP 103VHN  Filey Book-BRISTOL RE 40   
 United Cream/Olive Green coach JHN27D  London Book-BRISTOL RE 40   
 United Cream/Olive Green coach
   Rear View 
JHN28D   Book-BRISTOL RE 40   
 United Cream/Olive Green coach JHN838D 8 Aug 1972 Newcastle upon Tyne Book-Heyday of the Bristol RE  Buy Book 
 NBC Red Bus livery NHN142E  Durham Book-BRISTOL RE 40   
 United Cream/Olive Green coach NHN957E   Book-ECW 1965  Buy Book 
 NBC Red/White DP WHN676G Jun 1979 Durham Book-BRISTOL RE 40   
 United Cream/Olive Green coach BHN585H  London Book-Scotland and North East 1970  Buy Book 
**United Cream/Olive Green coach 101VHN   Book-Bristol Story  Buy Book 
**United Cream/Olive Green coach 101VHN Jun 1964 Doncaster Book-Buses Magazine   
**United Cream/Olive Green coach 101VHN Dec 1964 Doncaster Book-Years before National   
**United Cream/Olive Green coach 103VHN Jan 1967 Baldock Book-Ian Allan ABC 10   
**United Cream/Olive Green coach
   ECW Official photograph 
106VHN Apr 1964 Lowerstoft Book-BRISTOL RE 40   
**United Cream/Olive Green coach HHN725D  London Book-Ken Steley   
**United Cream/Olive Green coach JHN27D Apr 1966 Lowerstoft Book-ECW Retrospect  Buy Book 
**United Cream/Olive Green coach JHN334D Sep 1966 London Book-Buses Magazine   
**United Cream/Olive Green coach NHN141E  London Book-Ken Steley   
**NBC Red Bus livery NHN142E  Durham Book-Buses Extra Magazine   
**NBC Red Bus livery NHN143E  Helmsley Book-The Bristol RE  Buy Book 
**United Cream/Olive Green coach
   After accident 
NHN147E  Leeming Book-BRISTOL RE 40   
**United Cream/Olive Green coach NHN953E 1970 Newcastle upon Tyne Book-The Bristol RE  Buy Book 
**United Cream/Olive Green coach SHN766F  London Book-Years before National   
**NBC Express SHN766F Mar 1976  Book-Fleetbook 8   
**NBC Red/White DP WHN679G  Bishop Auckland Book-Buses Extra Magazine   
**United Cream/Olive Green coach BHN582H   Book-Bus Monographs 5  Buy Book 
**United Cream/Olive Green coach BHN583H Dec 1970 Newcastle upon Tyne Book-The Bristol RE  Buy Book 

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