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Bristol RE ORP 273 F

ORP273F was delivered as United Counties's 273 during May 1968.

It had 47 coach seats in it's Eastern Coachworks body, number 17093.
When built it was fitted with a 2 piece bus (raised) destination panel and a bus type door. (Illustrations)
Its chassis (number RELH-4-179) was powered by a Gardner engine.

This vehicle is now preserved.
United Counties Bristol RELH/ECW coach ORP273F
Photo copyright: Carl Berry 
 

Photographs

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
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273 Aug 1969 London Rick2E Click Here 
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273  Rushden Tom Click Here 
 NBC Express United Counties 273  Cheltenham Book-Classic Bus magazine   
 NBC Express United Counties 273 27 Aug 1974 London Alistair Holt/Keith Holt Click Here 
**NBC Green/White DP United Counties 273      
 NBC Express United Counties 273 Jun 1982 London Martin Addison Click Here 
 NBC Express United Counties 273 1984 Wellingborough FF17285 Click Here 
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273
   Preserved 
20 Aug 1987 Rushden Mister C's Click Here 
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273
   Preserved 
24 Sep 1989 Woburn Abbey Richard Stubbings Click Here 
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273
   Preserved 
8 Oct 1989 Kidderminster Carl Berry Click here for photograph of ORP273F 
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273
   Preserved 
  Richard Haughey Click Here 
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273
   Preserved 
  ijr65 Click Here 
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273      
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273
   Preserved 
  Alan Farrow Click Here 
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273
   Preserved 
 Alton Richard Stubbings Click Here 
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273
   Preserved 
Oct 1994 Kidderminster Goochie Click Here 
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273
   Preserved 
1999 Skegness Lincs and EY TR Click Here 
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273  Sandtoft    
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273
   Preserved 
Jun 2003 Rushden leyland bus Click Here 
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273
   Preserved 
2005  Rob Sly's site Click Here 
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273
   Preserved 
31 May 2011 Rushden Andrew Tucker Click Here 
 United Counties Cream/Green coach United Counties 273
   Preserved 
11 Feb 2014 Rushden Tom Click Here 


Diary for ORP273F

Date Event Owner Number Allocation Details Livery
May 1968 Built for:United Counties 273   United Counties Cream/Green coach 
Nov 1975   Northampton   
Mar 1979 Repaint    NBC Green/White DP 
Dec 1979   Luton   
Jun 1980 Transfer  Luton   
Jul 1980 Repaint    NBC Express 
Jul 1980 Transfer  Northampton   
Nov 1980 Transfer  Kettering   
1 Sep 1981   Northampton   
Dec 1982 Withdrawn by:United Counties    
By Nov 1985 Sold to:Rushden Historical Transport Society ISBN 0 9078 3411 6  Preserved Vehicle Handbook  
 Current Rushden Historical Transport Society  Rob Sly's site United Counties Cream/Green coach 

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



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