Bristol RE Buses and Coaches (Amberley)

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An album of colour photographs illustrating classic Bristol RE bus and coach vehicles in service from the 1970s to the mid-1990s.

In 1961 the maximum permitted length of single-deck buses was increased to 36 feet. Bristol Commercial Vehicles and Eastern Coach Works responded to the new regulation by designing their first rear-engined single-decker to take advantage of this new length. This gave rise to the familiar Bristol RE design that soon became a familiar sight on many of Britain’s roads.

Two prototypes were built and tested in service in 1962. United Automobile Services took the RELL version with a low chassis frame for bus work and South Midland took the RELH version with a high frame for coach work.

Series production began in 1963, with Eastern Coach Works-bodied buses and coaches ordered by the nationalised Tilling Group of companies, plus some Alexander-bodied coaches ordered by the nationalised Scottish Motor Traction Group companies.

Bristol RE Buses and Coaches contains a representative selection of images featuring bus and coach vehicles working around England and in North Wales. Includes vehicles operated by Tilling Group companies, National Bus Company subsidiaries, municipal operators and independents, including some of the new companies created following bus deregulation and privatisation in 1986.

The introduction to the book provides a brief history of the RE, followed by 180 photographs presented in two-per page format. Includes a handful of early black & white photographs, plus a few more recent images of RE vehicles in preservation. 96 pages.

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