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VDV 141S | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 1003 (ex 941 'Illustrious')

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Registration: 
VDV 141S
Fleet No.: 
1003
Fleet No.: 
941
Current Status: 
VOR
Currently Parked: 
Troon Outstation
Owner: 
Mel Williams (CBPS)
Date acquired: 
Wed, 01/03/2006
Bristol VR  at Penzance depot
Name: 
Illustrious
Jobs to Do: 
Chassis Issues
Nearside framework replacement
Floor Replacement

This Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. with fleet number 1003Bristol VR with fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) is a 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978 (VDV 141SBristol VR fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978; was originally numbered 941 and named 'Illustrious' VDV 141S | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 1003 (ex 941 'Illustrious') | CBPG) is a 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978. All of this batch were named after famous warships including 1003 which was originally numbered 941 and was named 'Illustrious'. When new, they were all painted in NBC red and whiteNational Bus Company Red and White livery.

Only 943 (VDV 143S) 'Ark Royal' at Falmouth depot and 944 (VDV 144S) 'Vanguard' at Penzance depot were allocated to Western National in Cornwall. Initially, 941 worked in the Torbay area of Devon but when the demand for 'open topped' vehicles in Cornwall increased, she was transferred with sister vehicle, 937 (VDV 137S) 'Victory' to the Newquay depotEast Street, Newquay to operate Newquay - Pentire - Newquay. 

After several years in Newquay, she was transferred to Penzance depot which operated the only 'open topped' service left, Penzance - Lands End - St Ives - Penzance.  941 has carried most liveries adopted by the Company and was re-numbered as 1003 before she was chosen to be painted in brown and cream 'GWR' liveryGreat Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company that linked London ... two-tone "chocolate and cream" livery in 2003 to commemorate 100 years of the Helston to The Lizard service. The Centenary event was held in August on the very date that heralded the start of the service 100 years previously. A very large entry of former Western National buses from all over the south west gathered at Helston School before being led off by 1003 in a cavalcade of some 20 vehicles, the like of which will probably never be seen in Helston or The Lizard ever again. 1003 is now preserved in the GWR colour scheme and has been kept busy each year attending the annual Bus Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information at Penzance in April and also the Kingsbridge Running DayFree vintage bus services on coast and country routes in South Devon usually held in September in September to name but two events. This bus is still very popular with the enthusiasts wherever she goes.

Pictures for VDV 141S | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 1003 (ex 941 'Illustrious')

Saturday, 28 April 2012
VR and Vario in the sun on Trevithick Day

Two vehicles from the CBPSCornwall 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 fleet at Treswithian, Camborne on Trevithick Day 2012.

Sunday, 15 April 2012
'GWR' and 'Badgerline' together - pure nostalgia!

Waiting for duty, two brands from our transport past are represented here by our Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. 1003Bristol VR with fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) is a 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978(VDV 141SBristol VR fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978; was originally numbered 941 and named 'Illustrious' VDV 141S | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 1003 (ex 941 'Illustrious') | CBPG) in 'GWR' livery and the very smartly turned out Volvo B10M 2503(D503 GHY) in 'Badgerline' livery from the Bristol area entered in our Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information by Gary Williams.

Sunday, 17 April 2011
Bristol VR 1003 (VDV 141S) & Guy FBB 1268(YF 714)

50 years after the Guy FBB 1268(YF 714) entered service, convertible 'open topper' Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. 941/1003Bristol VR with fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) is a 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978(VDV 141SBristol VR fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978; was originally numbered 941 and named 'Illustrious' VDV 141S | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 1003 (ex 941 'Illustrious') | CBPG) commenced work in the west country. On the CBPSCornwall 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 Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information, the VR poses briefly alongside Colin Billington's beautfully restored Guy, both in the brown and cream livery of the Great Western Railway which was so important in Cornwall. 

Saturday, 18 September 2010
Bristol VR 1003(VDV 141S) at Kingsbridge  2010

Lee turns into Kingsbridge bus station about to operate service 93 to Slapton

Saturday, 18 September 2010
Bristol VR 1003(VDV 141S) at Kingsbridge 2010

At Kingsbridge bus station having just returned from RAF Bolt Head on service 429

Saturday, 28 August 2010
1003 (VDV 141S) at home

Picture taken by Lee Shephard

Sunday, 25 July 2010
Bristol VR 1003

On Sunday 25 July 2010, our Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. 1003Bristol VR with fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) is a 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978(VDV 141SBristol VR fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978; was originally numbered 941 and named 'Illustrious' VDV 141S | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 1003 (ex 941 'Illustrious') | CBPG) looks good on the Hoe at Plymouth during the Western National Preservation GroupWestern National Preservation Group's Rally. She did a trip out around the City for the enthusiasts. 

Saturday, 19 September 2009
Bristol VR 1003 (VDV 141S) at Kingsbridge

Our Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. 1003Bristol VR with fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) is a 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978(VDV 141SBristol VR fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978; was originally numbered 941 and named 'Illustrious' VDV 141S | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 1003 (ex 941 'Illustrious') | CBPG) - awaiting a 'run' parked outside of Tally Ho's yard in Kingsbridge.

Saturday, 19 September 2009
Bristol VR 1003(VDV 141S) at Kingsbridge

1003Bristol VR with fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) is a 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978 - Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. 1003(VDV 141SBristol VR fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978; was originally numbered 941 and named 'Illustrious' VDV 141S | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 1003 (ex 941 'Illustrious') | CBPG) - on service 429 to Hope Cove flanked by preserved 1961 Bristol SUL 336 EDV and First Devon & Cornwall's Dennis Trident which was in normal service on the day

Saturday, 9 December 2006
Bristol VR 1003(VDV 141S)

The morning was still quite wet when VDV 141SBristol VR fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978; was originally numbered 941 and named 'Illustrious' VDV 141S | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 1003 (ex 941 'Illustrious') | CBPG departed for St Ives on the Running day 2006