LVVS Meets the people of Lincolnshire

Boston - Saturday 22 July 2017

Lincolnshire Buses

A selection of Lincolnshire Road Car buses owned by our members will be out and about on Saturday 22 July - bringing the once familiar 'Tillings Green' back to Boston for the day, and will be offering free rides.

Please come and see us and the buses.

We will be at Boston Bus Station (off West Street / St George's Road) and offering short, free, local bus rides from 10.30 am to 3.00 pm

Former Lincolnshire bus workers and their families are most welcome - feel free to bring along any old photographs, memorabilia and memories of the 'Lincolnshire' buses or other local operators.

Our thanks to Boston Borough Council for their assistance in staging this event.

We intend the following buses to be running (there may be one or two late additions) -

SVL830R Lincolnshire 1045 (SVL 830R) - 1977 Bristol LH6L, ECW single deck
New in 1977 as one of Lincolnshire's large fleet of Bristol LH buses for single deck routes which did not justify a 'full size' single decker, No. 1045 served at a number of depots, including a spell in a special 'Newton Rider' livery for Grantham area services. No. 1045 was withdrawn in 1993 and began a second career as a driver training bus with Derby City Transport, passing to Arriva Derby. Withdrawn in 1999, it passed in to preservation, and after some years in 'National green' livery, it currently wears post privatisation green / white / yellow livery.
Owned by Mr M Wilkinson, Lincs
JVL619H

Lincolnshire 1904 (JVL 619H) - 1969 Bristol VR, ECW double deck
Lincolnshire received its first five Bristol VR buses in 1969, with 1904 entering service at Scunthorpe in August. The 1970s brought adaptations for "one man operation" and National green livery. After withdrawal in 1989, it served as a publicity vehicle for 'The Car Shop' (any more information about where this was would be welcomed by the owner.) In 1991, it was sold to Milton Keynes Borough Council, and initially used as the 'Job Search Bus'. In 1996 it was converted to a playbus, with a number of structural alterations made. Acquired for preservation in 2002, an extensive restoration was completed in 2011.
Owned by Mr R Belton, Lincs.

OVL465 Lincolnshire 2245 (OVL 465) - 1960 Bristol MW5G, ECW single deck
In service with Lincolnshire Road Car until 1977, this bus saw seasonal use for farm workers' transport in the York area until 1994, still carrying National Bus green livery. Acquired for preservation, it passed to its current owner in 1995 and was restored to Tillings green.
OVL473 Lincolnshire 2378 (OVL 473) - 1960 Bristol FS5G 'Lodekka', ECW double deck
The 'FS' model was a later version of the 'Lodekka' design, and this is one of many specified by Lincolnshire (and neighbouring company 'Eastern Counties') with 5 cylinder engines. Withdrawn in 1977, 2378 ran for a year in service with J.P.Williamson of Gauldry, Newport-on-Tay before passing into private ownership. An unexpected return to passenger service came in 1986 with Stagecoach of Perth, followed by a spell with Stagecoach subsidiary Magic Bus in Glasgow, latterly as a driver training bus. In 1991 it returned to preservation, and having been based at Boston depot for much of its service life, it has been restored with the Oldrids advertisement it carried in service.

owned by Mr I Rolley, Notts
DFE963D Lincolnshire 2537 (DFE 963D) - 1966 Bristol FS5G 'Lodekka', ECW double deck
No. 2537 was the last Lodekka bought new by Lincolnshire Road Car, and survived to be the company's last rear entrance bus in regular service, and was one of the three buses that operated on the last day of Lodekka operation in regular service at Scunthorpe in October 1982. In preservation (mainly in south west England) since then, 2537 returned to its home county in 2009.
Owned by Messrs Gallagher & Stopper, Lincs.

BUS SERVICE - NOTES

Please be aware that most of our historic vehicles were not designed with modern levels of access in mind, and do not have space for unfolded wheelchairs (or baby buggies / push-chairs), but our conductors will offer what help they can.

We will make every effort to run the vehicles listed, but reserve the right to substitute or withdraw vehicles if circumstances dictate.

map (Google) of Boston here, car parking information (Boston Borough Council) here - St George's Road is nearest car park, or plan a route by public transport with Traveline East Midlands here.

page created 2.7.17