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Fleet number L255 (STW 30W)

 

On Wednesday 2 April 2003 I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a couple of hours driving Hedingham Omnibuses Bristol VR3 fleet number L255, registration number STW 30W.  At that time she was based at Hedingham's, Tollesbury, Essex depot. L255 was represented in model form by EFE in March 1998 as model number 20414.

I took a number of photographs of the vehicle and thought they may be of interest rather than just the usual single external shot only. Whilst driving the bus, I wondered where  she had served during her life and therefore when I got home I decided to find out. I am very grateful to Rob Sly of the Bristol Commercial Vehicles Enthusiasts web site for providing the history detailed below for me.

 

The history of Bristol VR3 STW 30W

12/1996 - current Hedingham & District Omnibuses Ltd. L255. Fleet livery, 4/97
12/1996 - 12/1996 Fleetmaster, Horsham (dealer)
10/1991 - 12/1996 Cambus Ltd. 748. Withdrawn 11/96
05/1991 - 10/1991 Kirkintilloch
04/1991 - 05/1991 Lister, Bolton (dealer)
07/1990 - 04/1991 Thamesway Ltd. 3086. Withdrawn ??/91
11/1980 - 07/1990 Eastern National Omnibus Company Ltd.
 
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Nearside view, parked behind is Volvo B10M-62 Plaxton Premiere 350 fleet number L309 (R453 FWT).

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Offside view

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The hot seat!

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Lower deck looking from front to rear

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Upper deck looking from front to rear

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Upper deck looking from rear to front

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Who is that behind the wheel? no prizes for guessing!

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Back in the shed and ready for another school run later in the day. On the left of the picture is ECW Leyland Olympian fleet number L315 (FWL 780Y) and on the right of the photograph Bristol VR3 fleet number L262 (CJH 141V)

 



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