GHT 127

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This bus was new in wartime to Bristol Tramways and Carriage Co. Ltd. and entered service in March 1941 from (we believe) Lawrence Hill depot. Its body was given a major overhaul by Bristol Tramways & Carriage Co. Ltd. in 1951 and it was sold out of service by the end of 1954, when it passed with several others to Brighton Hove & District. They converted it to open top, and subsequently repainted it in a cream and black livery.

It later passed to Thomas Bros. Port Talbot, South Wales and received a blue and cream livery. It then passed back to Bristol Omnibus Co. It has since been painted in Tilling green and cream (1975), original Bristol blue & white livery, cream and green Bath open-top livery (1985) and in Guide Friday’s version of its livery.

During 2004 the Group restored it an repainted it in 1955 Brighton, Hove and District Livery.

Technical stuff:

Manufacturer:  Bristol Tramways & Carriage Co

Type:  K5G

Chassis No:  53.001

Registration No: GHT127

Date of first registration: March 1941

Fleet No: C3315 (BT&CC)

                  5992 (Brighton, Hove & District)

                  992 (Brighton, Hove and District)

                  “Sandfields Belle” (Thomas Bros)

                  8583 (Bristol Omnibus)

Engine: Gardner 5 cylinder

Body manufacturer: Eastern Coachworks

Body Number: 6529 series 1

Seating (originally): O33/26R

Original operator: Bristol Tramways

Withdrawn: December 1954

Subsequent owners:  

  • Brighton, Hove & District Jan 1955.  Withdrawn September 1964
  • North, Leeds (dealer) September 1954
  • Thomas Bros, Port Talbot March 1965 to August 1969
  • Bristol Omnibus Co. December 1969.  Withdrawn August 1976.  Reinstated March 1978, withdrawn September 1979.
  • Bristol Omnibus Preservation Society, October 1979
  • Badgerline, December 1985
  • Bristol Vintage Bus Group August 2003.

Livery:  Brighton, Hove and District

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