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HHW920L

Bristol ‘RELL6L’

HHW920L (C1307) is a Bristol RE with a Leyland engine delivered to Bristol Omnibus in 1972

HHW920L was new to the Bristol Omnibus Company in December 1972.  Its chassis was built by Bristol Commercial Vehicles and it then went to Eastern Coachworks in Lowestoft to have its body fitted, returning on a miserable December day to Lawrence Hill depot, where our Chairman, Dave Withers happened to be taking snaps that day (see right).


It was given the fleet number C1307.  At the time the company painted one-person buses in a different livery, in which the cream colour was much more dominant.  It remained with the company until it was withdrawn from service in 1986.


It then spent a little over a year with Cumberland Motor Services before moving on again to CityBus in Belfast until 1991.  After that it spent three years with the Northern Bus Company before entering preservation in 1994.  In 1997 it was sold to Bristol operator ABus, who used it once more in service in its home city until late 2000.  It then returned to preservation in the care of Ian Hudd who undertook major works to the engine and repainted it into its original colours.  After a brief return to ABus, it is has been part of the BVBG fleet since 7th April 2013.


Technical stuff:


Manufacturer:  Bristol Commercial Vehicles

Type:  RELL6L

Registration No: HHW920L

Date of first registration: December 1972

Body manufacturer: Eastern Coachworks

Engine: Leyland  

Original operator: Bristol Omnibus

Fleet number: C1307

Livery: Bristol Omnibus one-person operation livery

Withdrawn: 1986

Subsequent owners:

On delivery in 1972, at Lawrence Hill depot.  Photo: Dave Withers

April 2013