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  AFJ 764T - Bristol VRT/SL3/6LXB - Ex First Southern National 38764  

Accession 429 14/01/04

1979 Bristol VRT/SL3/6LXB with ECW Series 2 H43/31F body.

This bus has a split personality sporting two fleet numbers, its original 1157 and First national number 38764, the latter being affixed after withdrawal! It is currently in the Dorset version of the Southern National livery although finishing its operational life in Somerset where it should have had a cream roof. A special VR - aren't they all - 1157 was delivered to an NBC Engineering Conference at Midland Red on 6 September 1979 and was the first VR to be fitted with the longer window hoppers, and also had experimental seats with a cranked back which were believed to be a one-off. No 1157 was the last standard closed top VR in operation with First Somerset & Avon and was donated to the Trust by them in January 2004 since when it has been restored to original livery. Sponsored by an member of WHOTT.

  © Gerry Tormey  

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