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OAX 9F - a 1968 Bristol RELH chassis, with Leyland O.600 engine & Eastern Coach Works body

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Bristol RE chassis 1966

This picture shows how the BRISTOL RELH chassis was driven the 267 miles from the Bristol Commercial Vehicles factory (in Bristol) to the EASTERN COACH WORKS factory (in Lowestoft).

Note what little protection the driver has. Most chassis deliveries were made overnight and the drivers would wear about 6 layers of clothing to stay warm.
Apparently, they did used to enjoy a very hearty full English breakfast in the ECW canteen on arrival at Lowestoft!

During the first week of January 1968 the chassis of our coach had been moved into the coachworks factory and work had begun on building her body. The process of building a coach body took about 6 weeks in those days, as virtually all of the coachwork was hand-made. The teams of highly skilled craftsmen, included: sheet metal workers, carpenters, upholsterers, electricians, painters and finishers.

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