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AFJ 749T | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 38749 (ex 1147)

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Registration: 
AFJ 749T
Fleet No.: 
38749
Fleet No.: 
1147
Current Status: 
VOR
Currently Parked: 
Cornhill
Owner: 
Cornwall Bus Preservation Society
Date acquired: 
Wed, 01/08/2007
AFJ 749T Fleet No. 38749 (originally 1147)
Jobs to Do: 
Engine Repair

At the moment preserved in First Group's livery, Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. 38749(AFJ 749TBristol VR AFJ 749T 1147) was one of 10 new ‘double deckers’ delivered to Western National in Cornwall in 1979 in standard NBC green. Originally she had fleet number 1147Bristol VR AFJ 749T 1147 and was allocated to the Truro depot, then situated on Lemon Quay, along with 'sisters' 1142(AFJ 744T) and 1144(AFJ 746T).

She has been painted in nearly all the liveries used and has been based at most of the depots in Cornwall and even for a short time, was stationed at both Dartmouth and Plymouth. Eventually she was re-numbered 38749 by First before being retired in June 2006 at which time she was looking in desperate need of attention (see picture below at Camborne). However, she was re-painted into 'BarbieA corporate white, pink and blue livery' livery to attend with others, the Final 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 held at Penzance in December 2006 as part of what was known as 'The Heritage Fleet'. In 2007, First donated the bus to what is now the Cornwall Bus Preservation GroupCornwall 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 so that she could remain in the County she has served so well.

After several years stored 'off the road', we managed to replace the upper deck seats with those in Autumn Gold trim during 2012. The aim then was to get 38749 ready for an MOTMinistry of Transport test and this was achieved just before the 2013 Running Day at Penzance where she was very popular again with the enthusiasts. Sadly, her period of storage did not do her well and the engine is mis-behaving. Although she still runs, investigation work needs to be carried out.

Pictures for AFJ 749T | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 38749 (ex 1147)

Sunday, 27 April 2008
Bristol VR's at Penzance

Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline.'s 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) and 1147Bristol VR AFJ 749T 1147/38749(AFJ 749TBristol VR AFJ 749T 1147) looking good at Penzance in the sunshine.

Saturday, 9 December 2006
Bristol VR 38749(AFJ 749T)

At running day 2006 in 'BarbieA corporate white, pink and blue livery' livery

Saturday, 9 December 2006
Bristol VR AFJ 749T

Departing from the bus station at Penzance is AFJ 749TBristol VR AFJ 749T 1147 heading for Helston 

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' 

Thursday, 2 March 2006
AFJ 749T at Camborne Depot

Looking in need of a repaint, AFJ 749TBristol VR AFJ 749T 1147 at Camborne depotUnion Street - First Devon & Cornwall Cornwall operations office - engineering workshops.