LVVS comes to Grantham

Saturday 14 September 2019

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Lincolnshire's 'Tillings' green buses were back on the streets of Grantham on Saturday 14 September on display at Grantham Bus Station thanks to the generosity of Centrebus and operating a regular service on route 1 from Grantham Bus Station to Barkston via Syston, returning via Belton.

Our thanks of course to the vehicle owners and volunteers and everyone who came to see us, and also to South Kesteven District Council / Invest SK for their support for and co-operation with the event.

LVVS at Grantham
LVVS at Grantham
LVVS at Grantham
LVVS at Grantham

The following buses were 'in service' for the day -

B503FFW

Lincolnshire Road Car LO 603 / 1503 (B503 FFW) 1985 Leyland Olympian, ECW double deck
New as fleet no. 1503, in 'venetian blind' livery and with coach seats for limited stop services across the Humber Bridge, this was the last of a batch of 3 Olympians bought in 1985, which proved to be the last ECW bodied buses, and the last double deck buses bought new by Lincolnshire Road Car in NBC days. Later re-seated with bus seats, and having been re-numbered 603, it received its current livery (based on 1930s Lincolnshire Road Car colours) and 1930s style fleet class letters in 2003 to mark the Company's 75th anniversary. After withdrawal in 2008, the bus passed to Johnsons of Hodthorpe for school bus work, and continued to wear this livery. It joined the LVVS collection in December 2014.

YVL837S Lincolnshire 1063 (YVL 837S) - 1978 Bristol LH6L, ECW single deck
One of Lincolnshire Road Car's large fleet of Bristol LH buses, and carried a semi advertising livery for some time in the National Bus Company years. In 1987 it was hired to Maun of Mansfield. After being withdrawn in 1989, it moved to the north-east, and saw further service with the Tyne & Wear Omnibus Company then Blue Bus Services. From 1994 it became a driver training bus. The new century saw this bus return to Lincolnshire in preservation, and it has recently been returned to running order in National Bus green livery.
FW5698 Lincolnshire 1411 (FW 5698) - 1935 Leyland 'Tiger' TS7, Burlingham single deck
From the same batch of buses as 1409, this bus was new as fleet number LT 368, and similarly received a new Burlingham body in 1949, and the bus was renumbered 1411 in 1953. After withdrawal in 1959 it was acquired by the Society’s founder member, the late Vincent LeTall, for preservation, and passed along with the rest of his vehicles to the Society.
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.

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.
LFW326 Lincolnshire 2318 (LFW 326) - 1955 Bristol LD6B 'Lodekka', ECW double deck
An early example of the 'Lodekka' design that allowed adequate headroom in both decks, within a 13'6" height. This bus worked mainly from the Boston and Skegness depots until withdrawal in 1973, prior to being acquired for preservation by Vincent LeTall, one of the LVVS's founder members.
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.

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.

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