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The Eastern Counties Omnibus Company operated a mainly Bristol/Eastern Coach Works fleet during the 'Tilling' era, but owing to the amalgamation of the four predecessor companies* which formed Eastern Counties in October of 1931, a relatively modern, but extremely varied fleet was inherited, comprising many different makes and models with an interesting variety of bodywork.  As time progressed, the Company worked towards standardising on a typically 'Tilling' fleet, comprising the rugged, well engineered Bristol chassis combined with the very attractive and durable bodywork by Eastern Coach Works of Lowestoft.  It is worthy of note here to mention again that Eastern Coach Works Ltd was originally wholly owned by the Eastern Counties Omnibus Company, being inherited as part of the merger of the aforesaid predecessor companies.  Between 1931 and 1936 the coach building works was known as Eastern Counties Coach Works Ltd. Eastern Counties adopted a fleet classification system comprising prefix letters followed by suffix numbers. All Bristol manufactured vehicles were classified with the prefix letter L whilst Leyland constructed vehicles were prefixed with the letter A. So for example, Bristol Ks with standard low-bridge bodywork were classified LK with the high-bridge variants being classified LKH. Leyland TD2s were classified A if low-bridge bodied and AH if high-bridge bodied.  So good so far! However, despite what could have been a very simple vehicle classification system for the fleet, it became somewhat complicated as the company moved into the post-war era. Unfortunately, the system failed to follow this pattern when it was applied to subsequent deliveries of later mainly Bristol models.  A good example here, is that there was no distinction made between the three Bristol L variants (L, LL and LWL), which were all classified as LL. To further add to the confusion, all the new Bristol LS and MW stage carriage saloons delivered between the years 1957 and 1959 were also initially classified as LL, despite these new arrivals having totally different chassis and body specifications to Bristol L types!  This ‘error’ was partially corrected in 1960, when all of these vehicles were re-classified as LM, upon conversion to one man operation. Similarly, when the first Bristol Lodekkas arrived, these were classified as LKD, a term which could identify them as low-bridge Bristol Ks with doors perhaps?  This ‘fault’ was never rectified, as all Bristol LD Lodekkas retained their LKD classification prefixes throughout their entire service lives. Common sense returned in 1960 when later delivered Lodekkas of the FS and FLF types were correctly classified as LFS and FLF respectively.  However, the biggest anomaly of all fell upon the coach fleet, where all Bristol manufactured coaches were classified as LS and all dual purpose vehicles were classified as LE, irrespective of their chassis designation!

*Please refer to the Company history page for further details of the predecessor companies and the part they played in the formation of the Eastern Counties Omnibus Company in July of 1931.


Complete Eastern Counties Omnibus Company 'Tilling' era fleet lists

 Numerical by fleet number / Numerical by registration number / Alphabetical by chassis make & type / Chronologically by delivery date 

These fleet lists include all vehicles acquired from the four constituent companies, namely, United Automobile Services LtdEastern Counties Road Car Company Ltd, Ortona Motor Company Ltd and Peterborough Electric Traction Company Ltd, upon formation in July of 1931. Also included are the motor buses inherited from the Norwich Electric Tramways Company Ltd, upon the cessation of that company's trading activities on the 10th of December 1935.

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Vehicles delivered NEW to the Eastern Counties Omnibus Company

Standard Vehicles (ie. those of Bristol and Leyland manufacture)

The A & AH classes                                                            PHOTOS

There were 50 members of the A & AH class. 

Members of this class comprised five Leyland TD1 51 seat Leyland bodied low-bridge double deck buses delivered in 1932; five Leyland TD1 52 seat ECOC bodied low-bridge double deck buses delivered in 1932; twenty-one Leyland TD2 56 seat ECOC bodied low-bridge double deck buses delivered in 1932 and 1933 and ten Leyland TD4 60 seat ECOC bodied high-bridge double deck buses delivered in 1935. These vehicles were primarily used on stage carriage city and county services. Many members of the A & AH class were rebodied and renumbered at various times and many of the low-bridge A class were for some mysterious reason, reclassified as AH during the war years. All were withdrawn from passenger service by the end of 1961. This class also included a further 93 members which were acquired second hand as a result of the merger of the four constituent companies in October of 1931, the acquisition of Norwich Electric Tramways Ltd in 1935 and a further two acquired from Plymouth Corporation Transport. These vehicles are shown under the ‘vehicles acquired second hand’ heading.

Fleet No.  Reg.No.                   Chassis                                    Body        Date In                    Date Out                 2nd No.  3rd No.

A176        NG1911                   Leyland Titan TD1                   L51R       Jan 1932                 1950

A177        NG1912                   Leyland Titan TD1                   L51R       Jan 1932                 1952

A178        NG1913                   Leyland Titan TD1                   L51R       Jan 1932                 1951

A179        NG1914                   Leyland Titan TD1                   L51R       Jan 1932                 1952

A180        NG1915                   Leyland Titan TD1                   L51R       Jan 1932                 1951                        AH180

A181        NG1916                   Leyland Titan TD1                   L52R       Jan 1932                 1950

A182        NG1917                   Leyland Titan TD1                   L52R       Jan 1932                 1950

A183        NG1918                   Leyland Titan TD1                   L52R       Jan 1932                 1950

A184        NG1919                   Leyland Titan TD1                   L52R       Jan 1932                 1950

A185        NG1920                   Leyland Titan TD1                   L52R       Jan 1932                 1950

 

A186        NG2721                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Jul 1932                   1950                        AH186

A187        NG2722                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Jul 1932                   1952                        AH187

A188        NG2723                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Jul 1932                   1961                        A193        A396

A189        NG2724                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Jul 1932                   1950                        AH189

A190        NG2725                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Jul 1932                   1952                        AH190

A191        NG2726                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Jul 1932                   1951                        AH191

A192        NG2727                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Jul 1932                   1950                        AH192

A193        NG2728                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Jul 1932                   1951                        AH193

A194        NG2729                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Jul 1932                   1961                        A8            A397

A195        NG2730                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Jul 1932                   1960                        AH195     AH9

A196        NG2731                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Jul 1932                   1951                        AH196

A197        NG2732                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Jul 1932                   1960                        A10

A198        NG2733                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Jul 1932                   1950

A199        NG2734                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Jul 1932                   1960                        AH199     AH11

A200        NG3861                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Mar 1933                 1958                        AH200     AH12

A201        NG3862                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Mar 1933                 1958                        AH201

A202        NG3863                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Mar 1933                 1959                        AH202     AH13

A203        NG3864                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Mar 1933                 1958                        A14

A204        NG3865                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Mar 1933                 1959                        AH204     AH15

A205        NG3866                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Mar 1933                 1960                        AH205     AH16

A206        NG3867                   Leyland Titan TD2                   L56R       Mar 1933                 1960                        A17

A207        NG3868                   Leyland Titan TD2                   H56R       Apr 1933                 1960                        AH207     A18

A208        NG3869                   Leyland Titan TD2                   H56R       Apr 1933                 1960                        AH208     AH19

A209        NG3870                   Leyland Titan TD2                   H56R       Apr 1933                 1960                        AH209     AH20

A210        NG5401                   Leyland Titan TD2                   H56R       Nov 1933                1958                        AH210     AH21

A211        NG5402                   Leyland Titan TD2                   H56R       Nov 1933                1961                        AH211     A22

A212        NG5403                   Leyland Titan TD2                   H56R       Nov 1933                1960                        AH212     AH23

A213        NG5404                   Leyland Titan TD2                   H56R       Nov 1933                1950                        AH213

A214        NG5405                   Leyland Titan TD2                   H56R       Nov 1933                1957                        AH214

A215        NG5406                   Leyland Titan TD2                   H56R       Nov 1933                1958                        AH215

 

AH232     AAH136                   Leyland Titan TD4                   H60R       Jul 1935                   1951

AH233     AAH137                   Leyland Titan TD4                   H60R       Jul 1935                   1952

AH234     AAH138                   Leyland Titan TD4                   H60R       Jul 1935                   1952

AH235     AAH139                   Leyland Titan TD4                   H60R       Jul 1935                   1952

AH236     AAH140                   Leyland Titan TD4                   H60R       Jul 1935                   1952

AH237     AAH141                   Leyland Titan TD4                   H60R       Jul 1935                   1952

AH238     AAH142                   Leyland Titan TD4                   H60R       Jul 1935                   1952

AH239     AAH143                   Leyland Titan TD4                   H60R       Jul 1935                   1952

AH240     AAH144                   Leyland Titan TD4                   H60R       Jul 1935                   1952

AH241     AAH145                   Leyland Titan TD4                   H60R       Jul 1935                   1952

Unfortunately, there are no known survivors of this class in preservation.  The last known survivor of this class, A210 (later AH210), was noted as being an engineless and derelict store-shed at dealer, Ben Jordan's premises at the Dell, Coltishall, Norfolk in 2014.  Interestingly though, if this vehicle still exists, it is the very last Tilling era Eastern Counties survivor to remain at the late Ben Jordan’s premises!


The AT class                                                         PHOTOS

There were 10 members of the AT class.

All members of this class were Leyland TS4 29 seat ECOC bodied rear entrance coaches delivered in 1933. Having said this, the last of the class (AT136) possibly may have carried Bush & Twiddy bodywork. These vehicles were primarily used on express services, tours, excursions and private hires, before being downgraded to stage carriage work towards the end of their working lives with the Company. The whole class was renumbered during the major fleet renumbering exercise of 1946 and 1947.  All were withdrawn from passenger service by the end of 1950. This class also included a further 37 members which were acquired second hand as a result of the merger of the four constituent companies in October of 1931 and the acquisition of Varsity Coaches Ltd in 1933. These vehicles are shown under the ‘vehicles acquired second hand’ heading.

Fleet No.  Reg.No.                   Chassis                                   Body        Date In                     Date Out                 2nd No.  3rd No.

AT127     NG3871                   Leyland Tiger TS4                  C29R       Apr 1933                 1950                        AT927

AT128     NG3872                   Leyland Tiger TS4                  C29R       Apr 1933                 1950                        AT928

AT129     NG3873                   Leyland Tiger TS4                  C29R       Apr 1933                 1950                        AT929

AT130     NG3874                   Leyland Tiger TS4                  C29R       Apr 1933                 1950                        AT930

AT131     NG3875                   Leyland Tiger TS4                  C29R       Apr 1933                 1950                        AT931

AT132     NG3876                   Leyland Tiger TS4                  C29R       Apr 1933                 1950                        AT932

AT133     NG3877                   Leyland Tiger TS4                  C29R       Apr 1933                 1950                        AT933

AT134     NG3878                   Leyland Tiger TS4                  C29R       Apr 1933                 1950                        AT934

AT135     NG3879                   Leyland Tiger TS4                  C29R       Apr 1933                 1950                        AT935

AT136     NG3880                   Leyland Tiger TS4                  C29R       May 1933                1950                        AT936

Unfortunately, there are no known survivors of the AT class in preservation.


The LD class                                                         PHOTOS

There were 6 members of the LD class. 

All members of this class were Dennis engined, Bristol JO4D 35 seat ECW bodied stage carriage saloons delivered in 1937. These vehicles were primarily used on county services, but were often utilised as express coach relief cars. The entire LD fleet was renumbered as part of the 1946/47 renumbering exercise and all were withdrawn from passenger service by the end of 1954, some falling into the hands of showmen who converted them into living vans with their engines being used to power generators to provide the power for fairground rides!

Fleet No.  Reg.No.                   Chassis                                   Body        Date In                     Date Out                 2nd No.  3rd No.

LD1         BVF 631                   Bristol JO4D                             B35R       Oct 1937                  1954                        LD411

LD2         BVF 632                   Bristol JO4D                             B35R       Oct 1937                  1954                        LD412

LD3         BVF 633                   Bristol JO4D                             B35R       Oct 1937                  1954                        LD413

LD4         BVF 634                   Bristol JO4D                             B35R       Oct 1937                  1954                        LD414

LD5         BVF 635                   Bristol JO4D                             B35R       Oct 1937                  1953                        LD415

LD6         BVF 636                   Bristol JO4D                             B35R       Oct 1937                  1954                        LD416

Sadly, there are no known surviving members of the LD class in preservation.

The LG class                                                         PHOTOS

There were 14 members of the LG class. 

Members of this class comprised ten Bristol GO5G 56 seat ECW bodied double deck buses delivered in 1936 and four Bristol GO5G 54 seat ECW bodied double deck buses delivered in 1937. A further 8 second hand Weymann bodied Bristol GJW, 48 seat double deck buses new in 1933, swelled this class in 1935, following the Company’s acquisition of the Norwich Omnibus Company Ltd. These vehicles carried fleet numbers LG1 to LG8 and are shown under the ‘vehicles acquired second hand heading. These vehicles were primarily used on stage carriage city and county services. The whole LG fleet was reclassified as 'HLG' in 1950 and all were withdrawn from passenger service by the end of 1957, save for two, LG 4 and LG 6, which were converted to 'open top' for use on Felixstowe's sea front service 248. These were withdrawn in 1960 and were replaced with two former Brighton, Hove & District Motor Services Ltd Bristol Ks, namely LKO396/7 (CAP 221 and CAP 229) dating from October of 1940.

Fleet No.  Reg.No.                   Chassis                                   Body        Date In                     Date Out                 2nd No.  3rd No.

LG9         AVF351                   Bristol GO5G                            H56R       Jul 1936                   1956                        HLG9

LG10       AVF352                   Bristol GO5G                            H56R       Jul 1936                   1954                        HLG10

LG11       AVF353                   Bristol GO5G                            H56R       Jul 1936                   1953                        HLG11

LG12       AVF354                   Bristol GO5G                            H56R       Jul 1936                   1954                        HLG12

LG13       AVF355                   Bristol GO5G                            H56R       Jul 1936                   1954                        HLG13

LG14       AVF356                   Bristol GO5G                            H56R       Jul 1936                   1954                        HLG14

LG15       AVF357                   Bristol GO5G                            H56R       Jul 1936                   1955                        HLG15

LG16       AVF358                   Bristol GO5G                            H56R       Jun 1936                 1955                        HLG16

LG17       AVF359                   Bristol GO5G                            H56R       Jun 1936                 1955                        HLG17

LG18       AVF360                   Bristol GO5G                            H56R       Jul 1936                   1955                        HLG18

LG19       BNG 201                  Bristol GO5G                            H54R       Jan 1937                  1957                        HLG19

LG20       BNG 202                  Bristol GO5G                            H54R       Jan 1937                  1957                        HLG20

LG21       BNG 203                  Bristol GO5G                            H54R       Jan 1937                  1957                        HLG21

LG22       BNG 204                  Bristol GO5G                            H54R       Jan 1937                  1956                        HLG22

Fortunately, one of these open topped conversions, former Norwich Omnibus Company LG4 (VG 5541) survives in preservation, having been exported to the USA in 1960 and then repatriated by Roger Burdett, an enthusiast from the West Midlands, some forty years later in 2000!  The vehicle has since been splendidly restored as open topped HLG4 and it made a very welcome return to East Anglia in May of 2018, to attend the Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Road Run, a highly popular annual event, ably organised by the Ipswich Transport Museum Society.


The LJ class                                                             PHOTOS

There were 38 members of the LJ class. 

Members of this class comprised ten Bristol JJW 32 seat ECOC bodied coaches delivered in 1935, twenty-two Bristol JO5G 30 seat ECW bodied coaches delivered in 1936 and 1937 and six Bristol JO6A 28 seat ECW bodied coaches delivered in 1937. These vehicles were originally used on express services throughout the UK and for private hires. The whole LJ fleet was renumbered as part of the 1946/47 renumbering exercise and like most coaches, were downgraded to stage carriage duties towards the end of their working lives in the early to mid 1950s. All bar two were withdrawn from passenger service by the end of 1957, many falling into the hands of showmen who converted them into living vans with their engines being used to power generators to provide the power for fairground rides! 

Fleet No.  Reg.No.                   Chassis                                   Body        Date In                     Date Out                 2nd No.  3rd No.

LJ1          NG9901                   Bristol JJW                               C32R       Jul 1935                   1957                        LJ431       

LJ2          NG9902                   Bristol JJW                               C32R       Jul 1935                   1957                        LJ432       

LJ3          NG9903                   Bristol JJW                               C32R       Jul 1935                   1957                        LJ433

LJ4          NG9904                   Bristol JJW                               C32R       Jul 1935                   1956                        LJ434

LJ5          NG9905                   Bristol JJW                               C32R       Jul 1935                   1956                        LJ435

LJ6          NG9906                   Bristol JJW                               C32R       Jul 1935                   1957                        LJ436

LJ7          NG9907                   Bristol JJW                               C32R       Jul 1935                   1957                        LJ437

LJ8          NG9908                   Bristol JJW                               C32R       Jul 1935                   1956                        LJ438

LJ9          NG9909                   Bristol JJW                               C32R       Jul 1935                   1959                        LJ439      LJ469

LJ10        NG9910                   Bristol JJW                               C32R       Jul 1935                   1959                        LJ440

 

LJ11        AVF361                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1936                   1956                        LJ441

LJ12        AVF362                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1936                   1956                        LJ442

LJ13        AVF363                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1936                   1957                        LJ443

LJ14        AVF364                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1936                   1956                        LJ444

LJ15        AVF365                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1936                   1957                        LJ445

LJ16        AVF366                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1936                   1957                        LJ446

LJ17        AVF367                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1936                   1957                        LJ447

LJ18        AVF368                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Aug 1936                 1956                        LJ448

LJ19        AVF369                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Aug 1936                 1956                        LJ449

LJ20        AVF370                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Aug 1936                 1957                        LJ450

LJ21        BVF 101                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ451

LJ22        BVF 102                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ452

LJ23        BVF 103                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ453

LJ24        BVF 104                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ454

LJ25        BVF 105                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ455

LJ26        BVF 106                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ456

LJ27        BVF 107                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ457

LJ28        BVF 108                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ458

LJ29        BVF 109                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ459 

LJ30        BVF 110                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ460

LJ31        BVF 111                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1937                   1954                        LJ461

LJ32        BVF 112                   Bristol JO5G                             C30F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ462

 

LJ33        BVF 113                   Bristol JO6A                             C28F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ463

LJ34        BVF 114                   Bristol JO6A                             C28F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ464

LJ35        BVF 115                   Bristol JO6A                             C28F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ465

LJ36        BVF 116                   Bristol JO6A                             C28F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ466

LJ37        BVF 117                   Bristol JO6A                             C28F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ467

LJ38        BVF 118                   Bristol JO6A                             C28F       Jul 1937                   1957                        LJ468

Sadly, there are no known surviving LJs in preservation. The last known survivor, namely LJ38, was noted as a derelict hulk at dealer, Ben Jordan's farm premises adjacent to the former WWII and ‘Battle Of Britain’ aerodrome near Coltishall, Norfolk in 1985.


The LN class                                                        PHOTOS

There were 10 members of the LN class. 

All members of this class were Bristol JNW 36 seat ECOC bodied stage carriage saloons delivered in 1935. These vehicles were primarily used on county services, but were often utilised as express coach reliefs. The entire LN fleet was petrol engined from new, but Gardner 4LW power units were fitted in June of 1938 and all were renumbered as part of the 1946/47 renumbering exercise. All were withdrawn from passenger service by the end of 1958, some falling into the hands of showmen who converted them into living vans with their engines being used to power generators to provide the power for fairground rides!

Fleet No.  Reg.No.                   Chassis                                   Body        Date In                     Date Out                 2nd No.  3rd No.

LN1         NG9911                   Bristol JNW                              B36R       Jul 1935                   1958                        LN421

LN2         NG9912                   Bristol JNW                              B36R       Jul 1935                   1958                        LN422

LN3         NG9913                   Bristol JNW                              B36R       Jul 1935                   1957                        LN423

LN4         NG9914                   Bristol JNW                              B36R       Jul 1935                   1958                        LN424

LN5         NG9915                   Bristol JNW                              B36R       Jul 1935                   1958                        LN425

LN6         NG9916                   Bristol JNW                              B36R       Jul 1935                   1956                        LN426

LN7         NG9917                   Bristol JNW                              B36R       Jul 1935                   1956                        LN427

LN8         NG9918                   Bristol JNW                              B36R       Jul 1935                   1958                        LN428

LN9         NG9919                   Bristol JNW                              B36R       Jul 1935                   1957                        LN429

LN10       NG9920                   Bristol JNW                              B36R       Jul 1935                   1957                        LN430

Sadly, there are no known surviving members of the LN class in preservation.

The LK class                                                          PHOTOS

There were 81 members of the LK class.

Members of this class consisted of twelve Bristol K6A 55 seat Strachan's bodied double deck buses delivered between 1944 and 1946; twenty-nine Bristol K5G 55 seat ECW bodied double deck buses delivered between 1946 and 1950; fourteen Bristol K6B 55 seat ECW bodied double deck buses delivered between 1947 and 1950; twenty-one Bristol KS5G 55 seat ECW bodied double deck buses delivered between 1950 and 1951 and five Bristol KSW6B 55 seat ECW bodied double deck buses delivered in 1951. All of these vehicles were of 'low-bridge' design, featuring an upper deck sunken gangway on the offside, giving access to rows of four seats strung together on the nearside and a very low roof. They were mainly employed on county routes and were a familiar sight from the mid 1940s until the mid 1960s, the new fangled 'Lodekkas' bringing about their eventual demise. The last members of the class were finally withdrawn from passenger service in 1969. This class grew by a further 2 members when a couple of low-bridge Bristol K types were acquired second hand from West Yorkshire Road Car Company Ltd. These vehicles are shown under the ‘vehicles acquired second hand’ heading.

Fleet No.  Reg.No.                   Chassis                                   Body        Date In                     Date Out                 2nd No.   3rd No.

LK1          FAH 107                 Bristol K6A                                L55R       Nov 1944                1967                        LK31       LK240

LK2          FAH 108                 Bristol K6A                                L55R       Jan 1945                 1968                       LK32       LKH241

LK3          FAH 109                 Bristol K6A                                L55R       Aug 1945                1967                       LK33        LK242

LK4          FNG141                  Bristol K6A                               L55R       Oct 1945                  1967                      LK34        LK243

LK5          FNG142                  Bristol K6A                               L55R       Oct 1945                  1967                      LK35        LK244

LK6          FNG143                  Bristol K6A                               L55R       Nov 1945                 1967                      LK36        LKH245 

LK7          FNG144                  Bristol K6A                               L55R       Nov 1945                 1967                      LK37        LK246

LK8          FNG145                  Bristol K6A                               L55R       Nov 1945                 1969                      LK38        LKH247

LK9          FNG146                  Bristol K6A                               L55R       Nov 1945                 1968                      LK39        LKH248

LK10        FNG398                  Bristol K6A                               L55R       Dec 1945                 1968                      LK40        LKH249

LK11        FNG399                  Bristol K6A                               L51R       Jan 1946                 1967                       LK41       LK143

LK12        FNG400                  Bristol K6A                               L51R       Jan 1946                 1967                       LK42       LK144

 

LK13        FNG810                  Bristol K5G                               L51R       Mar 1946                1961                       LK43

LK14        FNG811                  Bristol K5G                               L51R       Mar 1946                1962                        LK44

LK15        FNG812                  Bristol K5G                               L51R       Apr 1946                 1962                        LK45

LK16        FNG813                  Bristol K5G                               L51R       Apr 1946                 1963                        LK46

LK17        FNG814                  Bristol K5G                               L51R       May 1946                1963                        LK47        LK151

LK18        FNG815                  Bristol K5G                               L51R       Aug 1946                1963                        LK48

LK19        FNG816                  Bristol K5G                               L51R       Aug 1946                1961                        LK49

LK50        FNG817                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Jun 1947                 1963                        LK165

 

LK30        HAH230                  Bristol K6B                               L55R       Jul 1947                   1963                        LK239

LK366      KNG366                  Bristol K6B                               L55R       Sep 1949                 1966

LK367      KNG367                  Bristol K6B                               L55R       Oct 1949                  1964 

LK368      KNG368                  Bristol K6B                               L55R       Oct 1949                  1965

 

LK369      KNG369                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Oct 1949                  1966

LK370      KNG370                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Oct 1949                  1965

 

LK371      KNG371                  Bristol K6B                               L55R       Oct 1949                  1965

LK372      KNG372                  Bristol K6B                               L55R       Oct 1949                  1966

LK373      KNG373                  Bristol K6B                               L55R       Dec 1949                 1965

LK374      KNG374                  Bristol K6B                               L55R       Dec 1949                 1965

LK375      KNG375                  Bristol K6B                               L55R       Dec 1949                 1965

 

LK376      KNG376                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Dec 1949                 1964

LK377      KNG377                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Dec 1949                 1966

 

LK378      KNG378                  Bristol K6B                               L55R       Dec 1949                 1964

LK379      KNG379                  Bristol K6B                               L55R       Dec 1949                 1965

 

LK380      KNG380                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Jan 1950                 1966

LK381      KNG381                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Jan 1950                 1965

LK382      KNG382                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Jan 1950                 1966

LK383      KNG383                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Jan 1950                 1965

LK384      KNG384                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Feb 1950                 1965

LK385      KNG385                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Feb 1950                 1966

LK386      KNG386                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Mar 1950                 1965

LK387      KNG387                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Mar 1950                 1965

LK388      KNG388                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Mar 1950                 1965

LK389      KNG389                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Mar 1950                 1966

LK390      KNG390                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Mar 1950                 1965

LK391      KNG391                 Bristol K5G                               L55R       Mar 1950                 1966

LK392      KNG392                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Mar 1950                 1965

LK393      KNG393                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Mar 1950                 1966

LK394      KNG394                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Mar 1950                 1966

LK395      KNG395                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       May 1950                1966

LK 276     LNG276                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Aug 1950                 1966

LK 277     LNG277                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Aug 1950                 1966

LK 278     LNG278                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Aug 1950                 1966

LK 279     LNG279                  Bristol K5G                               L55R       Aug 1950                 1966

 

LK 280     LNG280                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Sep 1950                 1966

LK 281     LNG281                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Sep 1950                 1966

LK 282     LNG282                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Oct 1950                  1966

LK 283     LNG283                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Oct 1950                  1966

LK 284     LNG284                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Oct 1950                  1966

LK 285     LNG285                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Oct 1950                  1966

LK 286     LNG286                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Oct 1950                  1966

LK 287     LNG287                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Oct 1950                  1966

LK 288     LNG288                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Dec 1950                 1966

LK 289     LNG289                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Dec 1950                 1967

LK 290     LNG290                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Dec 1950                 1966

LK 291     LNG291                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Dec 1950                 1966

LK 292     LNG292                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Jan 1951                 1966

LK 293     LNG293                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Jan 1951                 1966

LK 294     LNG294                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Dec 1950                 1966

LK 295     LNG295                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Feb 1951                 1967

LK 296     LNG296                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Feb 1951                 1966

LK 297     LNG297                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Mar 1951                 1966

LK 298     LNG298                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Feb 1951                 1967

LK 299     LNG299                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Mar 1951                 1967

LK 300     LNG300                   Bristol KS5G                            L55R       Mar 1951                 1967

 

LK 301     MAH301                  Bristol KSW5G                         L55R       Nov 1951                1968

LK 302     MAH302                  Bristol KSW5G                         L55R       Nov 1951                1968

LK 303     MAH303                  Bristol KSW5G                         L55R       Nov 1951                1968

LK 304     MAH304                  Bristol KSW5G                         L55R       Nov 1951                1968

LK 305     MAH305                  Bristol KSW5G                         L55R       Nov 1951                1968

Fortunately, one example, LK374, survives in preservation and has been beautifully restored by the Ipswich Transport Museum Society, being completed in late 2007. 


The LKH class                                                         PHOTOS

There were 177 members of the LKH class. 

Members of the class consisted of six Bristol K6A 56 seat Park Royal bodied double deck buses delivered between 1944 and 1945; ninety Bristol K5G 56 seat ECW bodied double deck buses delivered between 1946 and 1950; twenty-one Bristol K6B 56 seat ECW bodied double deck buses delivered between 1947 and 1949; five Bristol KS6B 60 seat ECW bodied double deck buses delivered in 1951; fifty-two Bristol KSW5G 60 seat ECW bodied double deck buses delivered between 1951 and 1953 and three Bristol KSW6B 60 seat ECW bodied double deck buses delivered in 1952. All of these vehicles were of standard high-bridge design, featuring an upper deck two-a-side seating layout accessed by a central gangway. They were mainly employed on town and city routes and were a very familiar sight on the streets of  Norwich , Cambridge and Peterborough from the mid 1940s until the late 1960s, eventually being ousted by the ever increasing fleet of new fangled 'Lodekkas'. The last of the class were finally withdrawn from passenger service in 1971. This class grew by a further 3 members when a trio of high-bridge Bristol K types were acquired second hand from Bristol Omnibus Company Ltd. These vehicles are shown under the ‘vehicles acquired second hand’ heading.

Fleet No.  Reg.No.                   Chassis                                    Body        Date In                     Date Out                 2nd No.   3rd No.

LKH1       FAH 101                  Bristol K6A                               H56R       Nov 1944                1967                        LKH51     LK145

LKH2       FAH 102                  Bristol K6A                               H56R       Nov 1944                1967                        LK52        LK146

LKH3       FAH 103                  Bristol K6A                               H56R       Nov 1944                1967                        LK53        LK147

LKH4       FAH 104                  Bristol K6A                               H56R       Mar 1945                1967                        LK54        LK148

LKH5       FAH 105                  Bristol K6A                               H56R       Mar 1945                1967                        LK55        LK149

LKH6       FAH 106                  Bristol K6A                               H56R       Mar 1945                 1969                        LKH56     LKH150

 

LKH7       FNG819                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Aug 1946                 1962                        LKH57

LKH8       FNG820                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Aug 1946                 1963                        LKH58

LKH9       FNG821                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Aug 1946                 1963                        LKH59

 

LKH60     FNG822                  Bristol K6B                               H56R       Jan 1947                 1963                        LKH344

LKH61     FNG823                  Bristol K6B                               H56R       Mar 1947                 1964                        LKH345

LKH62     FNG824                  Bristol K6B                               H56R       Mar 1947                 1964                        LKH218

LKH63     FNG825                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1947                1964                        LKH219

LKH64     FNG826                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1947                1964                        LKH220

LKH65     GVF65                     Bristol K5G                               H56R       Oct 1947                  1965                        LKH221

LKH66     GVF66                     Bristol K5G                               H56R       Sep 1947                 1964                        LKH222

LKH67     GVF67                     Bristol K5G                               H56R       Dec 1947                 1965                        LKH223

 

LKH68     GVF68                     Bristol K6B                               H56R       Feb 1948                 1964                        LKH224

LKH69     GVF69                     Bristol K6B                               H56R       May 1948                1964                        LKH255

LKH70     GVF70                     Bristol K6B                               H56R       Jun 1948                 1966                        LKH226

LKH71     GVF71                     Bristol K6B                               H56R       Jun 1948                 1965                        LKH238

LKH72     GVF72                     Bristol K6B                               H56R       May 1948                1965                        LKH343

LKH73     GVF73                     Bristol K6B                               H56R       Jun 1948                 1967                        LKH398

LKH74     GVF74                     Bristol K6B                               H56R       Jun 1948                 1963 

 

LKH75     HPW75                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Oct 1948                  1966                        LKH399

LKH76     HPW76                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Oct 1948                  1966                        LKH346

LKH77     HPW77                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Oct 1948                  1967                        LKH347

LKH78     HPW78                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Oct 1948                  1965                        LKH349

LKH79     HPW79                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Oct 1948                  1965                        LKH356

LKH80     HPW80                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Oct 1948                  1967                        LKH358

LKH81     HPW81                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Oct 1948                  1967                        LKH151

LKH82     HPW82                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Oct 1948                  1967                        LKH220

LKH83     HPW83                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Oct 1948                  1967                        LKH239

LKH84     HPW84                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Oct 1948                  1967                        LKH271

LKH85     HPW85                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Nov 1948                1965                        LKH344

LKH86     HPW86                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Nov 1948                1966                        LKH400

LKH87     HPW87                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Nov 1948                1966                        LKH165

LKH88     HPW88                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Nov 1948                1967                        LKH401

LKH89     HPW89                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Nov 1948                1967                        LKH402

LKH90     HPW90                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Nov 1948                1967                        LKH403

LKH91     HPW91                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Dec 1948                 1966                        LKH404

LKH92     HPW92                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Dec 1948                 1967                        LKH405

LKH93     HPW93                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Nov 1948                1967                        LKH406

LKH94     HPW94                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jan 1949                 1967                        LKH407

LKH95     HPW95                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jan 1949                 1967                        LKH408

LKH96     HPW96                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jan 1949                 1967                        LKH409

LKH97     HPW97                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jan 1949                 1968                        LKH410

LKH98     HPW98                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jan 1949                 1967                        LKH411

LKH99     HPW99                    Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jan 1949                 1967                        LKH412

 

LKH100   HPW100                  Bristol K6B                               H56R       Jun 1949                 1968                        LKH413

LKH101   HPW101                  Bristol K6B                               H56R       Jun 1949                 1967                        LKH414

LKH102   HPW102                  Bristol K6B                               H56R       Aug 1949                 1967                        LKH415

LKH103   HPW103                  Bristol K6B                               H56R       Aug 1949                 1969                        LKH416

LKH104   HPW104                  Bristol K6B                               H56R       Sep 1949                 1969                        LKH417

LKH105   HPW105                  Bristol K6B                               H56R       Sep 1949                 1969                        LKH418

LKH106   HPW106                  Bristol K6B                               H56R       Sep 1949                 1969                        LKH419

 

LKH107   HPW107                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jan 1949                 1967                        LKH420

LKH108   HPW108                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jan 1949                 1968                        LKH421

LKH109   HPW109                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jan 1949                 1969                        LKH422

LKH110   HPW110                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jan 1949                 1968                        LKH423

LKH111   HPW111                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jan 1949                 1969                        LKH424

LKH112   HPW112                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jan 1949                 1969                        LKH425

LKH113   HPW113                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jan 1949                 1968                        LKH426

LKH114   HPW114                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jan 1949                 1968                        LKH427

LKH115   HPW115                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Feb 1949                 1969                        LKH428

LKH116   HPW116                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Feb 1949                 1968                        LKH429

LKH117   HPW117                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Feb 1949                 1967                        LKH430

LKH118   HPW118                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Feb 1949                 1968                        LKH431

LKH119   HPW119                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Feb 1949                 1967                        LKH432

LKH120   HPW120                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Feb 1949                 1968                        LKH433

LKH121   HPW121                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Feb 1949                 1968                        LKH434

LKH122   HPW122                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Feb 1949                 1968                        LKH435

LKH123   HPW123                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Feb 1949                 1969                        LKH436

LKH124   HPW124                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1949                1967                        LKH437

LKH125   HPW125                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1949                1969                        LKH438

LKH126   HPW126                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1949                1966                        LKH439

LKH127   HPW127                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1949                1967

LKH128   HPW128                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1949                1968

LKH129   HPW129                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1949                1968       

LKH130   HPW130                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1949                1969

LKH131   HPW131                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1949                1969 

LKH132   HPW132                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1949                1968

LKH133   HPW133                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1949                1969

LKH134   HPW134                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1949                1968

LKH135   HPW135                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1949                1970

LKH136   HPW136                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1949                1970

LKH137   HPW137                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1949                1969

LKH138   HPW138                 Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1949                 1969

 

LKH139   HPW139                  Bristol K6B                               H56R       Sep 1949                 1969

LKH140   HPW140                  Bristol K6B                               H56R       Sep 1949                 1969

LKH141   HPW141                  Bristol K6B                               H56R       Sep 1949                 1969

LKH142   HPW142                  Bristol K6B                               H56R       Sep 1949                 1969 

 

LKH152   KNG152                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Nov 1949                1968

LKH153   KNG153                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Nov 1949                1968

LKH154   KNG154                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Nov 1949                1968

LKH155   KNG155                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Nov 1949                1969

LKH156   KNG156                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Nov 1949                1969

LKH157   KNG157                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Feb 1950                 1969

LKH158   KNG158                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jan 1950                 1969

LKH159   KNG159                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Feb 1950                 1968

LKH160   KNG160                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Feb 1950                 1969 

LKH161   KNG161                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Feb 1950                 1968

LKH162   KNG162                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Mar 1950                 1968

LKH163   KNG163                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Feb 1950                 1968

LKH164   KNG164                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Mar 1950                 1969

LKH165   KNG165                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Mar 1950                 1962 

LKH250   KNG250                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Mar 1950                 1969

LKH251   KNG251                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Mar 1950                 1969

LKH252   KNG252                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       May 1950                1969

LKH253   KNG253                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jun 1950                 1969

LKH254   KNG254                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jun 1950                 1969

LKH255   KNG255                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jun 1950                 1970

LKH256   KNG256                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jun 1950                 1969

LKH257   KNG257                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jul 1950                   1969

LKH258   KNG258                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jul 1950                   1969

LKH259   KNG259                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jul 1950                   1969

LKH260   KNG260                  Bristol K5G                               H56R       Jul 1950                   1968

LKH261   LNG261                   Bristol KS5G                            H60R       Jan 1951                 1968

LKH262   LNG262                   Bristol KS5G                            H60R       Jan 1951                 1967

LKH263   LNG263                   Bristol KS5G                            H60R       Jan 1951                 1969

LKH264   LNG264                   Bristol KS5G                            H60R       Mar 1951                 1969

LKH265   LNG265                   Bristol KS5G                            H60R       Mar 1951                 1970

 

LKH266   LNG266                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Nov 1951                1970

LKH267   LNG267                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Nov 1951                1970

LKH268   LNG268                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Nov 1951                1970

LKH269   LNG269                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Nov 1951                1971

LKH270   LNG270                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Nov 1951                1970

LKH271   LNG271                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Dec 1951                 1963

LKH272   LNG272                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Jan 1952                 1970

LKH273   LNG273                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Dec 1951                 1970

LKH274   LNG274                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Jan 1952                 1970

LKH275   LNG275                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Feb 1952                 1970

LKH306   MAH306                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Feb 1952                 1970

LKH307   MAH307                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Feb 1952                 1970

LKH308   MAH308                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Feb 1952                 1970

LKH309   MAH309                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Feb 1952                 1970

LKH310   MAH310                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Feb 1952                 1970

LKH311   MAH311                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Feb 1952                 1970

LKH312   MAH312                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Feb 1952                 1970

LKH313   MAH313                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Mar 1952                 1971

LKH314   MAH314                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Mar 1952                 1971 

LKH315   MAH315                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Mar 1952                 1971

LKH316   MAH316                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Mar 1952                 1969

LKH317   MAH317                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Mar 1952                 1971

LKH318   MAH318                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Mar 1952                 1971

LKH319   MAH319                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Mar 1952                 1971

LKH320   MAH320                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Mar 1952                 1971

LKH321   MAH321                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Mar 1952                 1970

LKH322   MAH322                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Mar 1952                 1970

LKH323   MAH323                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       May 1952                1970

LKH324   MAH324                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       May 1952                1971

LKH325   MAH325                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       May 1952                1971

LKH326   MAH326                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       May 1952                1970

LKH327   MAH327                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       May 1952                1971

LKH328   MAH328                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Jun 1952                 1970

LKH329   MAH329                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Jun 1952                 1971

LKH330   MAH330                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Jun 1952                 1970

LKH331   MAH331                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Jun 1952                 1971

LKH332   MAH332                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Jun 1952                 1970

LKH333   NAH933                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Jul 1952                   1971

LKH334   NAH934                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Jul 1952                   1970

LKH335   NAH935                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Jul 1952                   1971

LKH336   NAH936                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Aug 1952                 1971

LKH337   NAH937                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Aug 1952                 1970

LKH338   NAH938                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Aug 1952                 1970

LKH339   NAH939                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Aug 1952                 1971

LKH340   NAH940                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Aug 1952                 1971

LKH341   NAH941                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Aug 1952                 1971

LKH342   NAH942                  Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Oct 1952                  1969 

LKH166   OVF166                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Aug 1953                 1965

LKH167   OVF167                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Jul 1953                   1970

LKH168   OVF168                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Oct 1953                  1970

LKH169   OVF169                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Oct 1953                  1970

LKH170   OVF170                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Oct 1953                  1970

LKH171   OVF171                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Oct 1953                  1971

LKH172   OVF172                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Oct 1953                  1971

LKH173   OVF173                   Bristol KSW5G                         H60R       Feb 1954                 1970

Fortunately, three examples of this once extensive class, namely LKH108, LKH133 and LKH341 survive in preservation. LKH133 is fully restored and currently privately owned by Patrick Burnside and Michael Kingston. LKH341 is currently owned and undergoing restoration by the Eastern Transport Collection Society of Norwich.  LKH108 was once owned by the Eastern Counties Omnibus Society, but was sold on for further preservation and is presently housed in a semi restored state in a farmer's barn near Raunds in Northants, under private ownership.


The LL class                                                         PHOTOS

There were 242 members of the LL class. 

Members of this, the most populous class by far, consisted of Bristol L4G, L5G, LL5G and LWL5G, ECW bodied 32, 35 and 39 seat stage carriage and dual purpose saloons and one solitary prototype Bristol LS4G ECW bodied 42 seat saloon delivered between 1938 and 1952. Having said this, there were also four Bristol LS5G and twenty-seven Bristol MW5G stage carriage saloons in this class for a brief period, which for some mysterious reason, were originally classified as LL, but as all of these vehicles were reclassified as LM by 1960, for reasons of clarity, these vehicles are listed under the LM class subheading.  Used largely on county services, LL class saloons were the main-stay of the single deck stage carriage fleet throughout the 1940s, 1950s and the early 1960s, the last members surviving right up until 1968, when the remainder of the class were finally retired from passenger service.

Fleet No.  Reg.No.                   Chassis                                    Body        Date In                     Date Out                 2nd No.   3rd No.

LL1          CNG201                  Bristol L4G                               DP32R    Mar 1938                 1950                        LL501

LL2          CNG202                  Bristol L4G                               DP32R    Mar 1938                 1952                        LL502

LL3          CNG203                  Bristol L4G                               DP32R    Mar 1938                 1952                        LL503

LL4          CNG204                  Bristol L4G                               DP32R    Mar 1938                 1951                        LL504

LL5          CNG205                  Bristol L4G                               DP32R    Mar 1938                 1952                        LL505

LL6          CNG206                  Bristol L4G                               DP32R    May 1938                1951                        LL506

LL7          CNG207                  Bristol L4G                               DP32R    May 1938                1952                        LL507

LL8          CNG208                  Bristol L4G                               DP32R    May 1938                1952                        LL508

LL9          CNG209                  Bristol L4G                               DP32R    May 1938                1952                        LL509

LL10        CNG210                  Bristol L4G                               DP32R    May 1938                1952                        LL510

LL11        CNG211                  Bristol L4G                               DP32R    May 1938                1953                        LL511

LL12        CNG212                  Bristol L4G                               DP32R    May 1938                1951                        LL512

LL13        CNG213                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       Mar 1938                 1952                        LL513

LL14        CNG214                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       Mar 1938                 1952                        LL514

LL15        CNG215                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       Mar 1938                 1952                        LL515

LL16        CNG216                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       Mar 1938                 1952                        LL516

LL17        CNG217                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       Mar 1938                 1952                        LL517

LL18        CNG218                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       Mar 1938                 1952                        LL518

LL19        CNG219                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       Mar 1938                 1952                        LL519

LL20        CNG220                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       Apr 1938                  1952                        LL520

LL21        CNG221                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       Apr 1938                  1952                        LL521

LL22        CNG222                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       May 1938                1952                        LL522

LL23        CNG223                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       May 1938                1952                        LL523

LL24        CNG224                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       May 1938                1952                        LL524

LL25        CNG225                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       May 1938                1952                        LL525

LL26        CNG226                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       May 1938                1956                        LL526

LL27        CNG227                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       May 1938                1952                        LL527

LL28        CNG228                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       May 1938                1952                        LL528

LL29        CNG229                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       May 1938                1952                        LL529

LL30        CNG230                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       May 1938                1952                        LL530

LL31        CNG231                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       May 1938                1952                        LL531

LL32        CNG232                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       May 1938                1952                        LL532

LL33        CNG233                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       May 1938                1952                        LL533

LL34        CNG234                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       May 1938                1952                        LL534

LL35        CNG235                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       May 1938                1952                        LL535

LL36        CNG236                  Bristol L4G                               B35R       May 1938                1952                        LL536 

 

LL37        CVF837                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       May 1939                1952                        LL537

LL38        CVF838                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun1939                  1953                        LL538

LL39        CVF839                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun1939                  1953                        LL539

LL40        CVF840                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun1939                  1954                        LL540

LL41        CVF841                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun1939                  1954                        LL541

LL42        CVF842                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun1939                  1954                        LL542

LL43        CVF843                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun1939                  1954                        LL543

LL44        CVF844                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun1939                  1954                        LL544

LL45        CVF845                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun1939                  1954                        LL545

LL46        CVF846                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun1939                  1954                        LL546

LL47        CVF847                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun1939                  1954                        LL547

LL48        CVF848                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1954                        LL548

LL49        CVF849                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun 1939                 1954                        LL549

LL50        CVF850                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun 1939                 1954                        LL550

LL51        CVF851                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1959                        LL551      LL1

LL52        CVF852                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1954                        LL552

LL53        CVF853                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1954                        LL553

LL54        CVF854                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1954                        LL554

LL55        CVF855                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1954                        LL555

LL56        CVF856                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun 1939                 1954                        LL556

LL57        CVF857                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1954                        LL557

LL58        CVF858                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1956                        LL558

LL59        CVF859                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1956                        LL559

LL60        CVF860                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1956                        LL560

LL61        CVF861                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1957                        LL561

LL62        CVF862                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1954                        LL562

LL63        CVF863                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1957                        LL563

LL64        CVF864                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1956                        LL564

LL65        CVF865                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1957                        LL565

LL66        CVF866                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1956                        LL566

LL67        CVF867                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1956                        LL567

LL68        CVF868                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1957                        LL568

LL69        CVF869                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1958                        LL569

LL70        CVF870                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1957                        LL570

LL71        CVF871                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1956                        LL571

LL72        CVF872                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1939                   1956                        LL572

LL73        CVF873                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Aug 1939                 1954                        LL573

LL74        CVF874                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Aug 1939                 1957                        LL574

LL75        CVF875                   Bristol L5G                               DP32R    Jul 1939                   1954                        LL575

LL76        CVF876                   Bristol L5G                               DP32R    Jul 1939                   1954                        LL576

LL77        CVF877                   Bristol L5G                               DP32R    Jul 1939                   1954                        LL577

LL78        CVF878                   Bristol L5G                               DP32R    Jul 1939                   1954                        LL578

LL79        CVF879                   Bristol L5G                               DP32R    Jul 1939                   1954                        LL579

LL80        CVF880                   Bristol L5G                               DP32R    Jul 1939                   1954                        LL580

LL81        CVF881                   Bristol L5G                               DP32R    Jul 1939                   1954                        LL581

LL82        CVF882                   Bristol L5G                               DP32R    Jul 1939                   1954                        LL582

LL83        CVF883                   Bristol L5G                               DP32R    Jul 1939                   1954                        LL583

LL84        CVF884                   Bristol L5G                               DP32R    Aug 1939                 1954                        LL584

LL85        EAH685                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun 1941                 1959                        LL585

LL86        EAH686                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Aug 1941                 1959                        LL586

LL87        EAH787                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Sep 1941                 1956                        LL587

LL88        EAH788                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Nov 1941                1956                        LL588

LL89        EAH789                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Oct 1941                  1956                        LL589

LL90        EAH890                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jan 1942                 1959                        LL590

LL91        EAH891                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jan 1942                 1959                        LL591

LL92        EAH892                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1942                 1958                        LL592

LL93        EAH893                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1942                 1957                        LL593

LL94        EAH894                   Bristol L5G                               B35R       Apr 1942                  1957                        LL594

LL95        ENG345                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Apr 1942                   1959                        LL595

LL96        ENG346                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Apr 1942                   1957                        LL596

LL97        ENG347                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       May 1942                 1959                        LL597

LL98        ENG348                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun 1942                  1958                        LL598

LL99        ENG349                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1942                    1958                        LL599

LL100      ENG640                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1942                   1959                        LL600

LL101      ENG641                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1942                   1958                        LL601

LL102      ENG642                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1942                   1958                        LL602

LL103      ENG643                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1942                   1958                        LL603

LL104      ENG644                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Aug 1942                 1956                        LL604

LL105      ENG705                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Aug 1942                 1957                        LL605

LL106      ENG706                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Sep 1942                 1959                        LL606 

LL107      ENG707                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Oct 1942                  1959                        LL607

LL108      ENG708                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Dec 1942                 1959                        LL608

LL109      ENG709                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Dec 1942                 1957                        LL609

LL110      ENG220                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jan 1942                 1958                        LL610

LL111      ENG221                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jan 1942                 1957                        LL611

LL112      ENG222                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Feb 1942                 1958                        LL612

LL113      ENG223                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1942                 1959                        LL613

LL114      ENG224                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1942                 1959                        LL614

LL115      ENG355                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1942                 1959                        LL615

LL116      ENG356                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       May 1942                1957                        LL616

LL117      ENG357                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       May 1942                1958                        LL617

LL118      ENG358                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Aug 1942                 1959                        LL618

LL119      ENG359                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Aug 1942                 1958                        LL619

LL120      ENG720                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Aug 1942                 1958                        LL620

LL121      ENG721                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Sep 1942                 1958                        LL621

LL122      ENG722                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Sep 1942                 1959                        LL622

LL123      ENG723                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Sep 1942                 1958                        LL623

LL124      ENG724                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Oct 1942                  1958                        LL624

LL125      ENG725                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Dec 1942                 1958                        LL625

LL126      ENG726                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Dec 1942                 1957                        LL626

LL127      ENG727                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Dec 1942                 1957                        LL627

LL128      ENG728                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Dec 1942                 1958                        LL628

LL129      ENG729                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Dec 1942                 1958                        LL629

LL130      FPW501                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Sep 1946                 1961                        LL630

LL131      FPW502                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Aug 1946                 1962                        LL631

LL132      FPW503                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Oct 1946                  1961                        LL632

LL133      FPW504                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Dec 1946                 1962                        LL633

LL134      FPW505                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Dec 1946                 1962                        LL634

LL135      FPW506                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Dec 1946                 1962                        LL635

LL136      FPW507                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jan 1947                 1963                        LL636

LL137      FPW508                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jan 1947                 1963                        LL637

LL638      FPW509                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1947                 1963

LL639      FPW510                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1947                 1963

LL640      FPW511                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1947                 1963

LL641      FPW512                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       May 1947                1963

LL642      FPW513                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       May 1947                1962

LL643      FPW514                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       May 1947                1962

LL644      FPW515                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       May 1947                1963

LL645      FPW516                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun 1947                 1963

LL646      FPW517                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun 1947                 1962

LL647      FPW518                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun 1947                 1963 

LL648      FPW519                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun 1947                 1963

LL649      FPW520                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1947                   1963

LL650      FPW521                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1947                   1963

LL651      FPW522                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1947                   1963

LL652      FPW523                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1947                   1963

LL653      FPW524                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1947                   1963

LL654      FPW525                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1947                   1964

LL655      FPW526                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1947                   1964

LL656      FPW527                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1947                   1964

LL657      GPW657                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Nov 1947                1964

LL658      GPW658                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jan 1948                 1964

LL659      GPW659                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Dec 1947                 1964

LL660      GPW660                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Dec 1947                 1964

LL661      GPW661                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jan 1948                 1964

LL662      GPW662                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jan 1948                 1964

LL663      GPW663                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jan 1948                 1963

LL664      GPW664                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Feb 1948                 1965

LL665      GPW665                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Feb 1948                 1963

LL666      GPW666                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Feb 1948                 1965

LL667      GPW667                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Feb 1948                 1963

LL668      GPW668                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Feb 1948                 1963

LL669      GPW669                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Feb 1948                 1964

LL670      GPW670                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Feb 1948                 1964

LL671      GPW671                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1948                 1964

LL672      GPW672                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1948                 1964

LL673      GPW673                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1948                 1965

LL674      GPW674                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1948                 1965

LL675      GPW675                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1948                 1965

LL676      GPW676                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1948                 1964

LL677      GPW677                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1948                 1964

LL678      GPW678                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1948                 1965

LL679      GPW679                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1948                 1965

LL680      GPW680                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1948                 1965 

LL681      GPW681                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1948                 1965

LL682      GPW682                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Mar 1948                 1964

LL683      GPW683                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Apr 1948                  1965

LL684      GPW684                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Apr 1948                 1965

LL685      GPW685                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun 1948                 1965

LL686      GPW686                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun 1948                 1965

LL687      GPW687                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun 1948                 1965

LL688      GPW688                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jun 1948                 1965

LL689      GPW689                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1948                   1965

LL690      GPW690                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1948                   1966

LL691      GPW691                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1948                   1966

LL692      GPW692                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Aug 1948                 1965

LL693      GPW693                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Aug 1948                 1966

LL694      GPW694                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1948                   1966

LL695      GPW695                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Aug 1948                 1965

LL696      GPW696                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Sep 1948                 1966

 

LL401      KAH401                   Bristol L4G                               B35R       Jul 1949                   1965                        LL901

LL402      KAH402                   Bristol L4G                               B35R       Jul 1949                   1965                        LL902

LL403      KAH403                   Bristol L4G                               B35R       Jul 1949                   1965                        LL903

LL404      KAH404                   Bristol L4G                               B35R       Jul 1949                   1965                        LL904

LL405      KAH405                   Bristol L4G                               B35R       Jul 1949                   1965                        LL905

LL406      KAH406                   Bristol L4G                               B35R       Sep 1949                 1965                        LL906

LL407      KAH407                   Bristol L4G                               B35R       Aug 1949                 1965                        LL907

LL408      KAH408                   Bristol L4G                               B35R       Sep 1949                 1965                        LL908

LL409      KAH409                   Bristol L4G                               B35R       Aug 1949                 1965                        LL909

LL410      KAH410                   Bristol L4G                               B35R       Aug 1949                 1965                        LL910  

 

LL709      KNG709                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1950                   1966

LL710      KNG710                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1950                   1966

LL711      KNG711                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1950                   1968

LL712      KNG712                  Bristol L5G                               B35R       Jul 1950                   1967

 

LL713      KNG713                  Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Sep 1950                 1967

LL714      KNG714                  Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Sep 1950                 1966

LL715      KNG715                  Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Sep 1950                 1967

LL716      KNG716                  Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Sep 1950                 1968

LL717      KNG717                  Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Oct 1950                  1967

LL718      KNG718                  Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Oct 1950                  1967

LL719      KNG719                  Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Oct 1950                  1966

LL720      KNG720                  Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Oct 1950                  1967

LL721      KNG721                  Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Nov 1950                1967

LL722      KNG722                  Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Nov 1950                1968

LL723      KNG723                  Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Nov 1950                1967

LL724      LNG724                   Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Nov 1950                1967

LL725      LNG725                   Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Jan 1951                 1967

LL726      LNG726                   Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Jan 1951                 1967

LL727      LNG727                   Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Jan 1951                 1967

LL728      LNG728                   Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Jan 1951                 1967

LL729      LNG729                   Bristol LL5G                             B39R       May 1951                1968

LL730      LNG730                   Bristol LL5G                             B39R       May 1951                1967

LL731      LNG731                   Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Jun 1951                 1967

LL732      LNG732                   Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Sep 1951                 1967

LL733      LNG733                   Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Sep 1951                 1968

LL734      LNG734                   Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Sep 1951                 1967

LL735      LNG735                   Bristol LL5G                             B39R       Oct 1951                  1968  

 

LL736      LNG736                   Bristol LWL5G                          B39R       Oct 1951                  1967

LL737      LNG737                   Bristol LWL5G                          B39R       Oct 1951                  1968

LL738      LNG738                   Bristol LWL5G                          B39R       Oct 1951                  1968       

LL739      LNG739                   Bristol LWL5G                          B39R       Oct 1951                  1968

LL740      LNG740                   Bristol LWL5G                          B39R       Nov 1951                1968

LL741      LNG741                   Bristol LWL5G                          B39R       Nov 1951                1968

LL742      LNG742                   Bristol LWL5G                          B39R       Dec 1951                 1968

LL743      LNG743                   Bristol LWL5G                          B39R       Nov 1951                1968

 

LL744      MAH744                  Bristol LSX4G                           B42F       Jul 1951                   1972

Fortunately, there are seven known surviving members of the LL class in preservation. Of these, four are fully restored, namely, LL407, LL711,  LL718 and LL744 and are in the hands of the Ipswich Transport Museum Society (LL407 & LL744), Patrick Burnside (LL711) and the Eastern Transport Collection Society (LL718). Other currently un-restored survivors include LL408 (owned by the East Anglia Transport Museum, Lowestoft) and LL666 (recently exported to Belgium) and LL679 (in the hands of a private preservationist in Essex).  Interesting to note here is that LL651 survived undisturbed in a rural scrap yard near North Walsham , Norfolk for an amazing 44 years before finally being rescued for spares by the Eastern Transport Collection Society in June of 2013, when the scrap yard owner passed away and his yard was cleared!


The AP class                                                         PHOTOS

There were 20 members of the AP class. 

All members of this class were Leyland PD1A 53 seat Eastern Coach Works bodied low-bridge double deck buses delivered in 1947 and 1948. These vehicles were primarily used on stage carriage city and county services, with many being out-stationed. Bungay out-station was known to be a particular stronghold. All were withdrawn from passenger service by the end of 1964.

Fleet No.  Reg.No.                   Chassis                                    Body        Date In                     Date Out                 2nd No.   3rd No.

AP346     GPW346                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Sep 1947                 1963

AP347     GPW347                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Sep 1947                 1963

AP348     GPW348                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Sep 1947                 1964

AP349     GPW349                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Sep 1947                 1963

AP350     GPW350                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Sep 1947                 1964

AP351     GPW351                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Oct 1947                  1964

AP352     GPW352                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Oct 1947                  1963

AP353     GPW353                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Oct 1947                  1964

AP354     GPW354                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Oct 1947                  1964 

AP355     GPW355                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Nov 1947                1964

AP356     GPW356                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Nov 1947                1964

AP357     GPW357                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Nov 1947                1964

AP358     GPW358                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Nov 1947                1963

AP359     GPW359                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Nov 1947                1964

AP360     GPW360                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Nov 1947                1964

AP361     GPW361                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Jan 1948                 1964

AP362     GPW362                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Jan 1948                 1964

AP363     GPW363                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Jan 1948                 1964

AP364     GPW364                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Jan 1948                 1964

AP365     GPW365                  Leyland PD1A                         L53R       Jan 1948                 1964

Unfortunately, there are no known survivors of this class in preservation, the last known examples being noted languishing in Ben Jordan's farm field premises adjacent to Coltishall Aerodrome in the mid 1980s. Two derelict survivors of this class were subsequently discovered with local independent operator, Goldsmith's Coaches of Sicklesmere, Suffolk , but sadly their remains had been sent to a breaker by 2000.


The LS class                                                         PHOTOS

There were 93 members of the LS class. 

Members of this class were a very mixed bunch indeed and the designation LS simply indicated that the vehicle had a Bristol chassis and was in the coach fleet.  The class comprised two Bristol L5G 26 seat ECW bodied coaches delivered in 1939; three Bristol L6B 28 seat Beadle bodied coaches delivered in 1949; five Bristol LWL6B 31 and 35 seat ECW bodied  'Queen Mary' style coaches delivered in 1951; three Bristol LS6B 39 seat ECW bodied coaches delivered in 1953; twenty-three Bristol LS5G 39 seat ECW bodied coaches delivered between 1954 and 1957; twenty-two Bristol MW5G 39 seat ECW bodied coaches delivered between 1958 and 1961; six Bristol MW6G 32 seat ECW bodied coaches delivered between 1961 and 1962 and twenty-nine Bristol MW6G 39 seat ECW bodied coaches delivered between 1961 and 1964. All of these vehicles were widely used on scheduled express services, private hires and excursions with the vast majority being downgraded to stage carriage work towards the end of their service lives. Thirteen of the 1953 to 1956 intake were reclassified as LE in 1970. This class was swelled slightly during the late 1960s and early 1970s when 5 second hand Bristol LS coaches, which had been down-graded for stage carriage use, were added to the fleet to offset vehicle shortages, as a result of the expansion of one man operation. These new additions, which were acquired from Mansfield District Traction Company Ltd and United Counties Omnibus Company Ltd, are shown under the ‘vehicles acquired second handheading.

Fleet No.  Reg.No.                   Chassis                                    Body        Date In                     Date Out                 2nd No.   3rd No.

LS1          DAH161                  Bristol L5G                               C26F       Jun 1939                 1957                        LS491

LS2          DAH162                  Bristol L5G                               C26F       Jun 1939                 1957                        LS492  

 

LS493      GPW493                  Bristol L6B                               C28F       Jun 1949                 1959

LS494      GPW494                  Bristol L6B                               C28F       Jun 1949                 1958

LS495      GPW495                  Bristol L6B                               C28F       Jun 1949                 1958

 

LS704      KNG704                  Bristol LWL6B                          FC31F     Mar 1951                 1966

LS705      KNG705                  Bristol LWL6B                          FC35F     May 1951                1966

LS706      KNG706                  Bristol LWL6B                          FC35F     Jun 1951                 1966 

LS707      KNG707                  Bristol LWL6B                          FC35F     Jun 1951                 1966

LS708      KNG708                  Bristol LWL6B                          FC35F     Jun 1951                 1966

 

LS750      OAH750                  Bristol LS6B                             C39F       Aug 1953                 1972                        LE750

LS751      OAH751                  Bristol LS6B                             C39F       Aug 1953                 1972                        LE751

LS752      OAH752                  Bristol LS6B                             C39F       Jul 1953                   1972                        LE752  

LS753      OAH753                  Bristol LS5G                             C39F       Apr 1954                 1972                        LE753

LS754      OAH754                  Bristol LS5G                             C39F       Jun 1954                 1972                        LE754

LS755      OAH755                  Bristol LS5G                             C39F       Apr 1954                 1972                        LE755

LS756      OAH756                  Bristol LS5G                             C39F       May 1954                1972                        LE756

LS757      PVF757                   Bristol LS5G                             C39F       Jun 1954                 1972                        LE757

LS758      PVF758                   Bristol LS5G                             C39F       Jun 1954                 1972                        LE758

LS759      PVF759                   Bristol LS5G                             C39F       Jun 1954                 1972                        LE759

LS760      PVF760                   Bristol LS5G                             C39F       Jun 1954                 1972                        LE760

LS764      SNG764                  Bristol LS5G                             C32F       May 1955                1969

LS765      SNG765                  Bristol LS5G                             C32F       Apr 1955                  1969

LS766      UNG766                  Bristol LS5G                             C32F       Apr 1956                 1969

LS767      VVF767                   Bristol LS5G                             C39F       May 1957                1974

LS768      VVF768                   Bristol LS5G                             C39F       May 1957                1976

LS769      VVF769                   Bristol LS5G                             C39F       May 1957                1976

LS770      VVF770                   Bristol LS5G                             C39F       May 1957                1975

LS771      VVF771                   Bristol LS5G                             C39F       Jun 1957                 1974

LS772      VVF772                   Bristol LS5G                             C39F       May 1957                1974

LS773      VVF773                   Bristol LS5G                             C39F       May 1957                1975

LS774      VVF774                   Bristol LS5G                             C39F       Jun 1957                 1973

LS775      VVF775                   Bristol LS5G                             C39F       Jun 1957                 1975

LS776      VVF776                   Bristol LS5G                             C39F       May 1957                1975

LS777      VVF777                   Bristol LS5G                             C39F       Jun 1957                 1974

LS778      VVF778                   Bristol LS5G                             C39F       Jun 1957                 1975  

 

LS779      YNG779                  Bristol MW5G                           C39F       Jun 1958                 1976

LS780      YNG780                  Bristol MW5G                           C39F       Jun 1958                 1974

LS781      YNG781                  Bristol MW5G                           C39F       Jun 1958                 1974

LS782      YNG782                  Bristol MW5G                           C39F       Jun 1958                 1974

LS783      YNG783                  Bristol MW5G                           C39F       Jun 1958                 1976

LS784      YNG784                  Bristol MW5G                           C39F       Jun 1958                 1977

LS785      YNG785                  Bristol MW5G                           C39F       Jul 1958                   1975

LS786      YNG786                  Bristol MW5G                           C39F       Jul 1958                   1974

LS787      YNG787                  Bristol MW5G                           C39F       Jul 1958                   1976

LS788      5788AH                   Bristol MW5G                           C39F       May 1959                1975

LS789      5789AH                   Bristol MW5G                           C39F       May 1959                1976

LS790      5790AH                   Bristol MW5G                           C32F       May 1959                1975

LS791      5791AH                   Bristol MW5G                           C32F       Jun 1959                 1976

LS792      7792NG                   Bristol MW5G                           C39F       May 1960                1974

LS793      7793NG                   Bristol MW5G                           C39F       May 1960                1977

LS794      7794NG                   Bristol MW5G                           C39F       May 1960                1976

LS795      4821VF                   Bristol MW5G                           C39F       May1961                 1974

LS796      4822VF                   Bristol MW5G                           C39F       May1961                 1976

LS797      4823VF                   Bristol MW5G                           C39F       May1961                 1975

LS798      4824VF                   Bristol MW5G                           C39F       May1961                 1974

LS799      4825VF                   Bristol MW5G                           C39F       May1961                 1976

LS800      4826VF                   Bristol MW5G                           C39F       May1961                 1975  

 

LS801      4827VF                   Bristol MW6G                           C32F       Jun 1961                 1977

LS802      4828VF                   Bristol MW6G                           C32F       Jun 1961                 1976

LS803      4829VF                   Bristol MW6G                           C32F       Jun 1961                 1977

LS804      3804PW                   Bristol MW6G                           C32F       Jun 1962                 1977

LS805      3805PW                   Bristol MW6G                           C32F       May 1962                1976

LS806      3806PW                   Bristol MW6G                           C32F       Jun 1962                 1976

LS807      3807PW                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Apr 1962                 1976

LS808      3808PW                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Apr 1962                 1977

LS809      3809PW                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Jun 1962                 1978

LS810      3810PW                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Mar 1962                 1976

LS811      3811PW                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Jun 1962                 1978

LS812      3812PW                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Jun 1962                 1976

LS813      3813PW                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Jun 1962                 1978

LS814      3814PW                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Jun 1962                 1978

LS815      3815PW                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Jun 1962                 1977

LS816      816 BNG                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Dec 1962                 1978

LS817      817 BNG                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Dec 1962                 1978

LS818      818 BNG                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Dec 1962                 1978

LS819      819 BNG                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Dec 1962                 1978

LS820      820 BNG                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Dec 1962                 1978

LS821      821 BNG                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Dec 1962                 1978

LS822      822 BNG                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Dec 1962                 1978

LS823      823 BNG                   Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Dec 1962                 1978

LS824      APW 824B                Bristol MW6G                           C39F       May 1964                1977

LS825      APW 825B                Bristol MW6G                           C39F       May 1964                1978

LS826      APW 826B                Bristol MW6G                           C39F       May 1964                1979

LS827      APW 827B                Bristol MW6G                           C39F       May 1964                1979

LS828      APW 828B                Bristol MW6G                           C39F       May 1964                1978

LS829      APW 829B                Bristol MW6G                           C39F       May 1964                1979 

LS830      APW 830B                Bristol MW6G                           C39F       May 1964                1978

LS831      APW 831B                Bristol MW6G                           C39F       May 1964                1978

LS832      APW 832B                Bristol MW6G                           C39F       May 1964                1978

LS833      APW 833B                Bristol MW6G                           C39F       May 1964                1980

LS834      APW 834B                Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Jun 1964                 1980

LS835      APW 835B                Bristol MW6G                           C39F       Jun 1964                 1980

There are three surviving members of the LS class in preservation, namely, LS789 with the Eastern Transport Collection Society, LS809 with Ian Mahoney of Brentwood, Essex and LS829 with the Ipswich Transport Museum  Society.  Of these, LS789 and LS829 have been fully restored by their respective owners in full Tilling maroon and cream coach livery, whilst LS809 is still undergoing restoration.


The LE class                                                         PHOTOS

There were 28 members of the LE class (15 members originally). 

Members of this class comprised seven Bristol L5G 31 seat ECOC bodied semi-coaches delivered in 1949 and 1950, five Bristol LS4G 39 seat ECW bodied semi-coaches delivered in 1952 and 1953; three former LS class Bristol LS6B 39 seat ECW bodied coaches delivered in 1953; eight former LS class Bristol LS5G 39 seat ECW bodied coaches delivered in 1954; three Bristol LS5G 39 seat ECW bodied semi-coaches delivered in 1955 and two former LS class Bristol LS5G 32 seat ECW bodied coaches delivered in 1955 and 1956. LE class vehicles were originally used on express services to London , private hires and excursions. Many of the class consisted of downgraded LS class coaches which were reclassified as LE in 1970, but only the fifteen vehicles originally classified as LE are recorded here.  All members of this class were further downgraded to stage carriage duties towards the end of their working lives in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Further members of this class were acquired second hand from other operators to offset vehicle shortages and an unusual second hand acquisition in the shape of an experimental Bristol bodied 32 seat Bristol L6G saloon from the Bristol Tramways And Carriage Company Ltd was classified as LE as early as 1942 becoming LE1. All of these vehicles are shown under the ‘vehicles acquired second hand’ heading.

Fleet No.  Reg.No.                   Chassis                                    Body        Date In                     Date Out                 2nd No.   3rd No.

LE697      KNG697                  Bristol L5G                               DP31R    Aug 1949                 1964

LE698      KNG698                  Bristol L5G                               DP31R    Aug 1949                 1964

LE699      KNG699                  Bristol L5G                               DP31R    Jul 1950                   1964

LE700      KNG700                  Bristol L5G                               DP31R    Jul 1950                   1964

LE701      KNG701                  Bristol L5G                               DP31R    Jul 1950                   1964

LE702      KNG702                  Bristol L5G                               DP31R    Apr 1950                  1964

LE703      KNG703                  Bristol L5G                               DP31R    Apr 1950                   1964  

 

LE745      MAH745                  Bristol LS4G                             DP41F     Dec 1952                 1969

LE746      MAH746                  Bristol LS4G                             DP41F     Dec 1952                 1970

LE747      MAH747                  Bristol LS4G                             DP41F     May 1953                1971

LE748      MAH748                  Bristol LS4G                             DP41F     May 1953                1971

LE749      MAH749                  Bristol LS4G                             DP41F     May 1953                1971  

 

LE761      SNG761                  Bristol