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Make/Model: Bodywork: Year: Chassis: Seating: New to: Current Owner: Current Status:
BRISTOL RE EASTERN COACHWORKS 09/1970 Bl RELL6L RELL-3-1120 B46D HARTLEPOOL TRANSPORT Nick Larkin Operational - Restored
LEF60H is an Eastern Coach Works, dual door bodied Bristol RELL new to Hartlepool Transport in September 1970. 58 Bristol RE’s were delivered to Hartlepool Transport many of which would have service lives of between 20 & 25 years, including No.60.
Hartlepool Transport fell to Stagecoach in December 1994 and a modernisation plan was soon to follow, meaning the impending withdrawal of the Bristol RE’s. In 1996 Stagecoach announced the sale of the RE’s and Nick Larkin was desperate to save No.60 and took out a bank loan to buy it which was slightly fraudulent in that when asked the reason for requiring funds he said “to go towards a conservatory”. To be fair, an RE is a subject with much glass! Thus £1,500 (including tyres and after a slight row, VAT), was handed over and No.60 was driven south via the Darlington Test centre. Sadly it failed but was later MoT’d by Northern Bus who had already acquired the only other RE to be sold from Hartlepool so far, GEF191N. 60 went on to attend Luton festival of transport, and Showbus. However, 60 & 28 (BEF28C) wold go on to spend the next 25 years stored in a shed at Fowler’s Travel near Spalding, Lincs.
In February 2020 both 28 & 60 were bought out of hibernation and driven to our new main base at Guyhirn, Cambs. Both vehicles are now undergoing maintenance and are due an imminent return to the road!