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MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716

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Registration: 
MUO 328F
Fleet No.: 
716
Current Status: 
VOR
Currently Parked: 
Loddiswell Outstation
Owner: 
Colin Billington/Mel Williams (CBPS)
Date acquired: 
Sat, 31/10/2009
CBPS's Bristol LH at Penzance running day
Jobs to Do: 
Repaint

This Bristol LHBristol Commercial Vehicles Light Horizontal engined single-decker bus chassis LH at 30' (9.1m); nearly 2,000 were built between 1967 and 1982 6L with 45 seat ECWEastern Coach Works Ltd was a bus and railbus body building company based in Lowestoft, England. ECW closed in 1987 bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 with 5 going to Southern National. Built by Bristol Commercial VehiclesBristol Commercial Vehicles Ltd was a manufacturer of buses and trucks based in Bristol, England. Closed 1983. (BCV), the light weight LH was the replacement for the earlier MW and SU models which had similar mid-mounted, horizontal, underfloor engines. The engine was a LeylandLeyland Bus was a British bus manufacturer. It emerged from the Rover Group (formerly British Leyland) as a management buyout of the bus business. It was subsequently acquired by Volvo Buses in 1988 and the name finally disappeared in 1993 400 fitted to a manual 5 speed gearbox and the Girling air brake system was adopted.  

The records show that 716Bristol LH 6L with 45 seat ECW bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716 | CBPG(MUO 328FBristol LH 6L with 45 seat ECW bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716 | CBPG) was delivered new to WN's WherrytownWherrytown depot, Penzance no longer exists (where LIDL is now) depot at Penzance painted in standard Tilling green livery and fitted with the non-standard 'T' shaped destination box arrangement. The main routes worked by 716 out of Penzance were to Porthcurno (504), Paul (505) and Madron (511). After formation of the National Bus Company in 1969, vehicles were re-painted in leaf green with white lettering and the double N logo was applied. By 1973, 716 had been repainted into the 'national' colour scheme and later in the decade, she received a complete front end modifcation. This involved the complete removal of the front end to be replaced by a kit produced by ECW following complaints from taller drivers that visibility was severely restricted through the shallow depth front windscreen. This modifcation was carried out on all the first batch of LH's and was later adopted as standard. With the increased windscreen size came the conventional side by side numeral and destination blind arrangement. Apart from 3 months towards the end of 1976 when 716 'was on tour' to other depots, she remained at Penzance until early in 1981 when she was withdrawn from service. After a brief spell stored at the St Austell depotSt Austell, 716 was sold to Continental Pioneeer of Richmond and painted into their blue livery. After several other homes, 716 eventually ended up at Winkleigh with Colin Shears to enter preservation and was acquired by Colin Billington of Maidenhead in June 2008. Working with Colin during 2009 and early 2010, our Cornish LH was prepared for her MOTMinistry of Transport test which was successfully acquired in time to drive 716 back to Cornwall for 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. We managed to keep 716 on the road during 2011 and she attended the Kingsbridge Running DayFree vintage bus services on coast and country routes in South Devon usually held in September in September. However, after winter storage, water pump problems and some electrical issues were identified. We managed to sort these but on returning to her 'home', the clutch said 'enough'. This necessitated a drawbar tow by a local recovery firm which I must say was an experience I would not want repeat again soon! New clutch plates have been sourced so this is now the next job. After a long lay up, 716 was moved to Devon in January 2015 for major refurbishment including new window rubbers and a repaint. This job has almost been completed and it is very much hoped that 716 will make an appearance at the Penzance Running Day on Easter Sunday in 2019.

Pictures for MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716

Saturday, 17 September 2011
Ready for the Kingsbridge Running Day 2011

Our VarioMercedes-Benz Vario (model designation W670) is a heavy van manufactured by Mercedes-Benz 52529529 became 52529 in national numbering system, fitted with 27 seats and soon received her current livery; S529 RWP | Mercedes Vario | Fleet No. 52529 | CBPG(S529 RWP), 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) and Bristol LHBristol Commercial Vehicles Light Horizontal engined single-decker bus chassis LH at 30' (9.1m); nearly 2,000 were built between 1967 and 1982 716Bristol LH 6L with 45 seat ECW bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716 | CBPG(MUO 328FBristol LH 6L with 45 seat ECW bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716 | CBPG) at Tally Ho's yard on the Kingsbridge Running DayFree vintage bus services on coast and country routes in South Devon usually held in September 2011.

Saturday, 17 September 2011
'Loddiswell Station' on Kingsbridge Running Day 2011

The LHBristol Commercial Vehicles Light Horizontal engined single-decker bus chassis LH at 30' (9.1m); nearly 2,000 were built between 1967 and 1982 pauses at 'Loddiswell Station' on service 103 - Kingsbridge to California Cross on the Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information 2011.

Friday, 16 September 2011
Bristol LH 716(MUO 328F) & Bristol SU 420(270 KTA) ready for Kingsbridge 2011

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's 1968 Bristol LH and David Sheppard's 1962 Bristol SUL are ready for the 2011 Kingsbridge Running DayFree vintage bus services on coast and country routes in South Devon usually held in September.

Sunday, 17 April 2011
Bristol LH 716 (MUO 328F) leads the cavalcade

As in previous years, the Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information commences with the cavalcade of vehicles making their way through the streets of Penzance. Here our chairman, Mel is at the wheel of 1968 Bristol LHBristol Commercial Vehicles Light Horizontal engined single-decker bus chassis LH at 30' (9.1m); nearly 2,000 were built between 1967 and 1982 716Bristol LH 6L with 45 seat ECW bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716 | CBPG(MUO 328FBristol LH 6L with 45 seat ECW bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716 | CBPG) followed by one of the two LeylandLeyland Bus was a British bus manufacturer. It emerged from the Rover Group (formerly British Leyland) as a management buyout of the bus business. It was subsequently acquired by Volvo Buses in 1988 and the name finally disappeared in 1993 National's that took part.

Sunday, 25 July 2010
Bristol LH 716(MUO 328F)

The sun shines on our Bristol LHBristol Commercial Vehicles Light Horizontal engined single-decker bus chassis LH at 30' (9.1m); nearly 2,000 were built between 1967 and 1982 716Bristol LH 6L with 45 seat ECW bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716 | CBPG(MUO 328FBristol LH 6L with 45 seat ECW bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716 | CBPG) at the Western National Preservation GroupWestern National Preservation Group's rally held at Plymouth Hoe on Sunday 25 July 2010. I am pleased to say she won two 'best in class' trophies.    

Sunday, 25 July 2010
WNPG Rally Plymouth Hoe 25 July 2010

Having just been awarded 2 Class wins for our Bristol LHBristol Commercial Vehicles Light Horizontal engined single-decker bus chassis LH at 30' (9.1m); nearly 2,000 were built between 1967 and 1982, MUO 328FBristol LH 6L with 45 seat ECW bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716 | CBPG, Nigel and his daughter proudly show off the trophies on the Hoe.

Sunday, 18 April 2010
Bristol LH MUO 328F

Mel Williams proudly driving our Bristol LHBristol Commercial Vehicles Light Horizontal engined single-decker bus chassis LH at 30' (9.1m); nearly 2,000 were built between 1967 and 1982 (MUO 328FBristol LH 6L with 45 seat ECW bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716 | CBPG) out of Marizion on his way to Perranuthnoe during the Penzance Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information. (picture by Angela O'Connor)