Originally ordered for Southdown, XHK228X (3123) was diverted to Eastern National and was new to Silver End depot in October 1981 for use predominately on Service 53, Chelmsford - Witham - Colchester. It is worth noting that although diverted, the rear number box as specified by Southdown remained but was never fitted. XHK228X was later transferred to Walthamstow depot in April 1986. However in practice the vehicle ran out of Enfield on school day only service 145A (Chingford-Goodmayes) until Walthamstow opened on 24/5/86 to take on service 275 (Walthamstow Central - Barkingside). At this point the vehicle was operated on the London City Bus network in a variation of the privatised Eastern National livery.
In 1990 the vehicle was transferred to Thamesdown and withdrawn, and sold to fellow Badgerline company Western National in the spring of 1992. Re-numbered 1242, the vehicle first received the blue/cream/blue livery but was later repainted into badger and flags. The vehicle was predominantly based in West Cornwall and rarely ventured East of Truro. 1242 was renumbered 38928 in 2004 and was one of the last closed top VRs to be withdrawn in Cornwall, that being in August 2006. 1242 was quite noticeable from other VRs due to the front indicators being fitted vertically. Furthermore, during the vehicles time in Essex an attack alarm was fitted besides the destination box which was never fully removed.
XHK228X was initially sold to the West of England Historic Omnibus Transport Trust but was subsequently sold to Chris Brown in 2007 and stored at Bath Bus Companys’ depot until 2020. Chris has made the decision to move the bus on and the current owner was contacted in August 2020 about the sale of the vehicle and the vehicle was sold in October 2020. Removed from Bath, 1242 now resides in Devon awaiting an assessment to determine what work will be required to return her to the road. It must be noted however that an initial assessment when purchasing the vehicle was very promising.