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Bristol ‘K5G’

GHT127 (992) is an open-top Bristol K5G new in 1941 and owned by First Group but on long-term loan to BVBG.

This bus was new in wartime to Bristol Tramways and Carriage Co. Ltd. and entered service in March 1941 from (we believe) Lawrence Hill depot. Its body was given a major overhaul by Bristol Tramways & Carriage Co. Ltd. in 1951 and it was sold out of service by the end of 1954, when it passed with several others to Brighton Hove & District. They converted it to open top, and subsequently repainted it in a cream and black livery.

It later passed to Thomas Bros. Port Talbot, South Wales and received a blue and cream livery. It then passed back to Bristol Omnibus Co. It has since been painted in Tilling green and cream (1975), original Bristol blue & white livery, cream and green Bath open-top livery (1985) and in Guide Friday's version of its livery.

During 2004 the Group restored it an repainted it in 1955 Brighton, Hove and District Livery.

Technical stuff:

Manufacturer:  Bristol Tramways & Carriage Co

Type:  K5G

Chassis No:  53.001

Registration No: GHT127

Date of first registration: March 1941

Fleet No: C3315 (BT&CC)

                  5992 (Brighton, Hove & District)

                  992 (Brighton, Hove and District)

                  “Sandfields Belle” (Thomas Bros)

                  8583 (Bristol Omnibus)

Engine: Gardner 5 cylinder

Body manufacturer: Eastern Coachworks

Body Number: 6529 series 1

Seating (originally): O33/26R

Original operator: Bristol Tramways

Withdrawn: December 1954

Subsequent owners:  

Livery:  Brighton, Hove and District

On a misty January day, 2006

Hawkesbury Upton village show, August 2006

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