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Bristol RE GVW 978 H

GVW978H was delivered as Eastern National's 1608 during Apr 1970.

It had 47 coach seats in it's Eastern Coachworks body, number 18145.
When built it was fitted with a 2 piece bus (raised) destination panel and a bus type door. (Illustrations)
Its chassis (number RELH-4-276) was powered by a Gardner engine.

This vehicle no longer exists, it was last recorded in May 1987.


All links to photos shown below are to other Internet sites, all photos will be the copyright of their respective owners.
Where no copyright details are shown the photo is known to exist, but is not freely available.
There may be other photos on the Internet that I cannot show the links for. See 'Useful sites for finding pictures' on the links page.
For pictures in books click on the copyright link for more information.
** = Black and white photo, otherwise colour.

   Livery Owner Date Location Photo copyright Photo link
 NBC Green/White DP Eastern National 1608 11 Nov 1972 Southend SCT'61 Website Click Here 
**NBC Green/White DP Eastern National 1608 29 Jul 1973 Southend SCT'61 Website Click Here 
 NBC Green Bus livery Eastern National 1608      
 NBC Green Bus livery Eastern National 1608   southlancs Click Here 
 NBC Green Bus livery Eastern National 1608 21 Nov 1981 Chelmsford Jonathan Greenwood Click Here 
     Jonathan Greenwood Click Here 
**Blue/White Mount Pleasant Tornadoes Jazz Band    wactonbus Click Here 
 Blue/White Mount Pleasant Tornadoes Jazz Band   Cwmbran    
 Blue/White Mount Pleasant Tornadoes Jazz Band  21 Dec 1983 Cwmbran Peter Horrex Click Here 
**Blue/White Walton   Bromyard wactonbus Click Here 

Diary for GVW978H

Date Event Owner Number Allocation Details Livery
Apr 1970 Built for:Eastern National 1608   Eastern National Cream/Green coach 
By Dec 1970   Clacton  Eastern National Cream/Green coach 
By Oct 1972 Repaint   SCT'61 Website NBC Green/White DP 
11 Nov 1972   Wood Green SCT'61 Website  
May 1973  Eastern National 1608  Converted to DP45F
SCT'61 Website 
Oct 1975   Southend, Prittlewell   
Jun 1980   Clacton   
Nov 1981 Withdrawn by:Eastern National  SCT'61 Website  
Jan 1982 Sold to:Gwent After Care Probationary service    
1 Apr 1987 Last recorded by DVLA  Base colour: Green 
May 1987 Sold to:Walton    

Owners shown above in Green are preservationists, Red are dealers, Blue for PSV use and brown for None-PSV.

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