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Bristol RE GVW 979 H

GVW979H was delivered as Eastern National's 1609 during 12 Feb 1970.

It had 47 coach seats in it's Eastern Coachworks body, number 18146.
When built it was fitted with a 2 piece bus (raised) destination panel and a bus type door. (Illustrations)
Its chassis (number RELH-4-277) was powered by a Gardner engine.

This vehicle no longer exists, it was last recorded in May 1993.


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.
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** = Black and white photo, otherwise colour.

   Livery Owner Date Location Photo copyright Photo link
**Eastern National Cream/Green coach Eastern National 1609
   Rear View 
  Book-BRISTOL RE 40   
 Eastern National Cream/Green coach Eastern National 1609   Book-ECW 1965  Buy Book 
**NBC Green/White DP Eastern National 1609   Book-Buses Extra Magazine   
 NBC Green/White DP Eastern National 1609 6 May 1979 Brighton Graham Walker Click Here 
 NBC Green/White DP Eastern National 1609 13 Jul 1980 Crawley Andrew Colebourne Click Here 

Diary for GVW979H

Date Event Owner Number Allocation Details Livery
12 Feb 1970 Built for:Eastern National 1609   Eastern National Cream/Green coach 
Oct 1975   Canvey Island   
Jun 1980   Colchester   
By Jul 1981 Withdrawn by:Eastern National    
Aug 1981 Sold to:Gwent After Care Probationary service    
1 Mar 1983 Last recorded by DVLA  Base colour: Green 
By May 1993 Sold to:Mills  Reliable Bristol, 3rd Edition  

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

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