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Bristol Omnibus publicity item Bristol Omnibus publicity item Bristol Omnibus Bristol RELH/ECW coach NHW310F
Photo copyright: Carl Berry
 Bristol Omnibus of Bristol, as part of the Tilling group, was one of the original operators of this type of vehicle and took delivery of the first 'production' chassis in 1963.
Bristol was the only company to buy RELHs with 'T' piece destinations, even for a batch of its Greyhound coaches. All Bristol vehicles have a full allocation and repaint history thanks to information from the Gloucestershire's Buses website.

Bristol allocated vehicles to certain number ranges depending on their intended use. The 21xx series vehicles were express coaches, all carrying the 'Bristol Greyhound' livery when they were introduced. Their intended use was on the services to London, examples here, as well as Bristol's contribution to the Associated Motorways network and day tours. The 20xx series was for dual purpose vehicles that were used on the longer distance bus services. Some RELHs were built for this, and several of the express coaches were downgraded in later years. Some of these vehicles were subsequently downgraded to buses and renumbered into the 24xx series in their later years.
The first 20 vehicles of this type that Bristol bought had manual gearboxes and 'coach' type doors which made them unpopular on bus services when they were downgraded. Because of this the whole batch were sold to Western National who then repainted them back into Express livery to get several more years use out of them.
Several RELHs were repainted into NBC Green/White DP because of NBC rules about the age of coaches used on express services, only to be repainted back into NBC Express because they continued to appear on Express services and NBC wasn’t happy about people getting the impression that they were buses! 2 of these (at Swindon) managed to retain NBC Express livery until 1983 to provide cover for breakdowns on the M4, these two then joined the Cheltenham and Gloucester Omnibus fleet for a short time when part of this companies operations were split off.

This operator is now part of First Group.

For further information about Bristol Omnibus, try looking for books on Amazon.

Specific Books about this operator:
   Bristol Omnibus Services: The Green Years
   Bristol - A Century on the Road
   A Pictorial Tribute to the Bristol Omnibus Company 1936-1983


Other information available for Bristol Omnibus'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 Bristol Omnibus'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
 Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red 866UAE Apr 1966 London Book-BRISTOL RE 40   
 NBC CAG White/Magenta 866UAE  Marlborough Book-South West 1970  Buy Book 
 Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red 974WAE  London Book-South West 1970  Buy Book 
 NBC CAG White/Magenta 974WAE Apr 1973 London Book-NBC Early Years  Buy Book 
 Bristol Green/Cream DP KHW310E Aug 1967 London Book-The Green Years  Buy Book 
 Bristol Green/Cream DP NHW307F  Swindon Book-South West 1970  Buy Book 
 Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red NHW308F Mar 1972 London Book-Classic Bus magazine   
 Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red NHW312F 10 May 1968 Bristol Book-The Green Years  Buy Book 
 NBC Express NHW312F   Book-BRISTOL RE 40   
 Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red NHW313F   Book-BRISTOL RE 40   
 Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red
AFM103G 15 Jul 2007 Alton Book-Crosville Enthusiasts Club   
 Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red
AFM103G 1 Mar 2009 Christchurch Book-Classic Bus magazine   
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red
   ECW Official photograph 
861UAE Nov 1963 Lowerstoft Book-BRISTOL RE 40   
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red 861UAE   Book-Bristol Story  Buy Book 
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red 861UAE Apr 1966 Bath Book-Bus Monographs 5  Buy Book 
**NBC CAG White/Magenta 862UAE Mar 1973 London Book-PSV Circle Fleet History   
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red 863UAE  London Book-Ken Steley   
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red 864UAE Nov 1970 Bristol Book-Bristol - 100 years  Buy Book 
**NBC Green/White DP 864UAE  Bath Book-Tribute to BOCL  Buy Book 
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red 865UAE  London Book-The Green Years  Buy Book 
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red 868UAE   Book-NBC Formation  Buy Book 
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red 870UAE 1970 Marlborough Book-Tribute to BOCL  Buy Book 
**NBC Green/White DP 972WAE  Warminster Book-Bristol - 100 years  Buy Book 
**NBC Green/White DP 972WAE 1973 London Book-The Green Years  Buy Book 
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red 973WAE  Marlborough Book-The Peoples Carriage   
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red 975WAE Mar 1966 Bath Book-Ian Allan ABC 13   
**NBC Express 978WAE Mar 1974 Bristol Book-The Green Years  Buy Book 
**Bristol Green/Cream DP KHW310E  London Book-Ken Steley   
**Bristol Green/Cream DP
   ECW Official photograph 
KHW311E Jun 1967 Lowerstoft Book-BRISTOL RE 40   
**Bristol Green/Cream DP KHW311E  Cambridge Book-Ken Steley   
**NBC Green Bus livery KHW312E  Bath Book-BOCL Fleet List   
**NBC Green/White DP KHW313E Aug 1975 Dursley Book-The Green Years  Buy Book 
**Bristol Green/Cream DP KHW314E  Hereford Book-Ken Steley   
**Bristol Green/Cream DP KHW314E   Book-BRISTOL RE 40   
**NBC Green Bus livery KHW314E 12 Aug 1980 Bristol Book-The Bristol RE  Buy Book 
**Bristol Green/Cream DP KHW315E  Bristol Book-Bus Monographs 5  Buy Book 
**NBC Green Bus livery KHW316E  Bristol Book-Buses Annual 1982   
**Bristol Green/Cream DP NHW304F   Book-Tribute to BOCL  Buy Book 
**NBC Green/White DP NHW304F Jun 1979 Tewkesbury Book-BBusC SW England   
**Bristol Green/Cream DP NHW305F Sep 1971 Gloucester Book-Buses in Camera SW   
**Bristol Green/Cream DP NHW307F  Marlborough Book-BOCL Fleet List   
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red
   Rear View 
NHW308F  Bristol Book-Bus Monographs 5  Buy Book 
**NBC Green/White DP NHW308F  Bath Book-Tribute to BOCL  Buy Book 
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red NHW309F   Book-PSV Circle Fleet History   
**NBC Express NHW309F  Bristol Book-Tribute to BOCL  Buy Book 
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red
   ECW Official photograph 
NHW311F May 1968 Lowerstoft Book-BRISTOL RE 40   
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red NHW311F 23 May 1968 Bath Book-Buses of Bath  Buy Book 
**NBC CAG White/Magenta NHW311F Mar 1971 Bristol Book-Bristol - 100 years  Buy Book 
**NBC Green/White DP NHW311F Mar 1977 Trowbridge Book-Fleetbook 12   
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red NHW312F  Lowerstoft Book-ECW 1965  Buy Book 
**NBC Green/White DP NHW312F 1981 Malmesbury Book-Tribute to NBC  Buy Book 
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red NHW313F Dec 1968 Cheltenham Book-South West 1970  Buy Book 
**NBC CAG White/Magenta NHW313F 20 Mar 1971 London Book-The Bristol RE  Buy Book 
**Bristol Greyhound Cream/Red
AFM103G 17 Jun 2007 Weymouth Book-100 years of Bristols   

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