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Western National – Bristol MW6G – 253 KTA – 2270

Western National - Bristol MW6G - 253 KTA - 2270
Copyright Ken Jones

Western National Omnibus Co Ltd 
Bristol MW6G

This is a Bristol MW6G from 1962 with second style MW ECW C39F body, and was hired from Western National to London Country Bus Services Limited in 1975 to 1977. In 2000 it was in service with Memory Lane Vintage Omnibus Services. It has been owned by Bob & Philip White since 2008 and is seen at many rallies and often participates in the annual Royal Blue run. It is preserved as Western National 2270, and was photographed leaving Simonsbath in Somerset on 3/7/10 during that years Royal Blue event. The picture was taken from the proceeding vehicle EDV 502D – a Bristol MW6G with the third style C39F ECW bodywork.

The 2013 Royal Blue run will take place on Friday 21st June to Sunday 23rd June and include Margate to Bournemouth. More details are on line at www.tvagwot.org.uk/events.htm

Photograph and Copy contributed by Ken Jones

A full list of Bristol codes can be seen here.

22/02/13 – 06:28

You never fail to Excel. Another excellent capture.

Alan Coulson

23/02/13 – 13:42

Well up to standard, Ken. Keep going!

Pete Davies

04/03/13 – 07:57

I used to drive 2270 on service out of Royal Blue depot in Portsmouth. Didn’t like her to drive. Also operated a daily service from Portsmouth to Ilfracombe in the 70,s which to us through Simonsbath and over Exmoor but we always had a MW ideal for the bends at Watersmeet which was further on.

Jim Stapleton

06/03/13 – 10:27

WN 2270 also recorded as on loan to Alder Valley during June and July 1975.

Mac Head

21/04/13 – 07:52

Just been catching up on the ITV programme "Endeavour" from 14th April and found this vehicle in it plus Hants and Dorset FEL 951C plus Oxford City Double Decker – very good

Ken Jones

27/04/13 – 07:48

Initial invites and details about the 2013 Royal Blue run have just been released from the organisers as follows.

"This year we are heading east. The South Coast Express from Margate to Bournemouth was jointly operated by Royal Blue, East Kent and Southdown. Royal Blue also operated joint services between Bournemouth and Kent with Maidstone & District and therefore we would like invite owners of vehicles from these companies to join us in this year’s run. In the heyday of the South Coast Express through services from Margate to Bournemouth took around 12 hours for the complete journey. In today’s traffic conditions this would take significantly longer and therefore the plan is as follows:

Day 1 (Friday 21 June) Victoria Coach Station (we have permission to be in VCS from about 10.30 to 11.00 when there will also be an unveiling of a Transport Trust ‘Red Wheel’) – Peckham – Lewisham – Sidcup – Maidstone – Canterbury – Margate – Ramsgate

Day 2 (Saturday 22 June) Ramsgate – Sandwich – Deal – Dover – Folkestone – Rye – Hastings – Bexhill – Eastbourne – Brighton – Worthing – Arundel – Chichester – Portsmouth

Day 3 (Sunday 23 June) Portsmouth – Southampton – Salisbury – Marlborough – Swindon – Cheltenham

Entrants will be welcome from Royal Blue, Southdown, East Kent, Maidstone & District and Associated Motorways companies and any vehicles which might have run ‘on-hire’ to the main operators. Entrants can join in for any part or all of the run over the three days."

Ken Jones

21/05/13 – 15:20

Well Jim, you and me both! According to my "lists"(!) I drove her a few times out of Bournemouth (Rutland Road) on Associated Motorways work. Not as nice to drive as the later RELHs!

Andy McClelland

22/06/13 – 07:52

Yes Andy 2270 was not so nice to drive but I’m sure it was because it didn’t like me! And trying to change the blind with your T key was something else!!. At least when it was hot one could drive with the door open.

Jim Stapleton


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