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Bristol RE's

From 1966 to 1974 RED&WHITE bought 137 BRISTOL REs. They took most RE chassis types and most Eastern Coach Works body styles (see pictures below). There were:-

  • 31 RESL's (short, low bus) - all with ECW bodywork;
  • 45 RELL's (long, low bus) - all with ECW bodywork;
  • 61 RELH's (long, high coach/DP), 55 with ECW & 6 Plaxton.

RED&WHITE had considerable experience of both Gardner and Leyland engines in their buses and coaches. Their BRISTOL REs therefore had a mix of power units, as follows:-

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Bristol RE logo

There was one style of ECW bus body built on the Bristol RE chassis that RED & WHITE never bought - the larger flat windscreen bus of 1968 and 1969. However, in 1980 National Welsh Omnibus Services (successor of R&W), bought eight of these buses second-hand from Bristol Omnibus Company. They only lasted three years until 1983, as all were scrapped that year.

However, THU 354G (which was never bought by National Welsh) still survives and has now returned to the Bristol area and its original Bristol Omnibus Company Tilling green and cream.

Pictured (right) is THU 355G in Cardiff Bus Station in the early 1980s.
Pictured (below) is Ruby and THU 354G at the MetroCentre Bus Rally (Gateshead) in May 2014. THU 354G at this time was painted in 'United Automobile' red and cream Tilling livery.

Ruby & THUG at MetroCentre May 2014

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