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LFJ 873W | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 38873 (ex 1226)

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Registration: 
LFJ 873W
Fleet No.: 
1226
Fleet No.: 
38873
Current Status: 
VOR
Currently Parked: 
Loddiswell Outstation
Owner: 
Cornwall Bus Preservation Society
Date acquired: 
Sun, 01/11/2009
1226/38873(LFJ 873W) at Brislington event at Bristol 2007
Jobs to Do: 
Exhaust replacement
MOT prep

In November 2009, the CBPGCornwall Bus Preservation Society - formed by a group of bus and coach enthusiasts who are involved in maintaining, restoring and preserving a number of buses which saw operational service in Cornwall that have been bought, donated or even loaned to members of the group took over ownership of Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. 38873(LFJ 873WNovember 2009, CBPG took over ownership of Bristol VR 38873(LFJ 873W) from Western National Preservation Group. Originally numbered 1226, she was the last new Bristol VR bought by Western National in 1981 LFJ 873W | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 38873 (ex 1226)) from the Western National Preservation GroupWestern National Preservation Group. Originally numbered 1226November 2009, CBPG took over ownership of Bristol VR 38873(LFJ 873W) from Western National Preservation Group. Originally numbered 1226, she was the last new Bristol VR bought by Western National in 1981 LFJ 873W | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 38873 (ex 1226), she was the last new Bristol VR bought by Western National in 1981 (later vehicles 1227 to 1238 went to Devon General). Based at the St Austell depot initially, she was one of only 4 new vehicles allocated to west Cornwall (1220(LFJ 867W) Truro, 1224(LFJ 871W) Newquay and 1225(LFJ 872W) Penzance) with the rest of the batch going to Torpoint and the Plymouth area. These later VR's had slight cosmetic changes to their outward appearance in the form of larger reshaped front and rear side light/indicator clusters and slightly deeper opening drop down windows.1226 was renumbered 38873 and has worn the majority of the different liveries used by Western National and has spent time at most of the Cornwall depots and even had a spell in the Plymouth area before eventually moving to Camborne from where, in a very run down and shabby state, she was retired. A number of VR's from this batch have been preserved but 1226's three 'sisters', 1220/24/25, have not been so lucky.  

Due mainly to the efforts of our chairman, 1226/38873 was competely refurbished by First in 2006 into the current 'BarbieA corporate white, pink and blue livery livery' just in time for the Western National Rally in July on the Hoe in Plymouth. She later attended the final closed top Bristol VR Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information on 9th December 2006 and several other events the following year. These included the Brislington event at Bristol where, just briefly, she thought she was back home working service 18 in west Cornwall! Since we acquired 38873, she has been stored as there is a problem with the exhaust system which is suffering badly from 'metal rot'. 

Pictures for LFJ 873W | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 38873 (ex 1226)

Sunday, 12 August 2007
Bristol VR 1226/38873(LFJ 873W) at Brislington

Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. 1226November 2009, CBPG took over ownership of Bristol VR 38873(LFJ 873W) from Western National Preservation Group. Originally numbered 1226, she was the last new Bristol VR bought by Western National in 1981 LFJ 873W | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 38873 (ex 1226)/38873 is pictured at Brislington, Bristol at the Bristol Vintage Bus Group's rally in August 2007. To reflect on her last home depot, she is working on Service 18 to Camborne. 

Wednesday, 4 October 2006
Bristol VR's 38749 (AFJ 749T) and 38873 (LFJ 873W) at St Austell depot

Looking very smart at St Austell depotSt Austell after being repainted, these vehicles formed part of First Devon & Cornwall's 'Heritage Fleet'