Bristol VRT 628

Members’ Vehicle  

–  owned by R.Newman, L. Roberts & M.Birkin


Bristol Commercial Vehicles produced its rear engined VR (Verticle Rear) large capacity double-decker, capable of being operated ‘one-man’ in the late 1960’s. Originally only single deckers could be operated without a conductor and 628 displays the ‘stair gate’ that could be slotted across to prevent access to the upper deck before double deck OMO was legalised.

Bristol VRT – 628 – SDL 638J

Current status:
Fully restored and operational

Bristol VRT 628 (SDL 638J)
Bristol VRT 628 (SDL 638J)
vehicle details

Bristol VRT

Vehicle Details/Specification:
  • Bristol VR, Chassis No. VRT/SL2/175
  • Body: ECW No. 18920
Key dates:
  • New, in Tilling green & cream  – March 1971
  • Repainted into NBC leaf green & white  – September 1974
  • Refurbished and repainted into Tilling green & cream  – March 1987
  • Received replacement gearbox (from RFB615S)  – October 1990
  • Withdrawn – March 1995
  • Leased to Westbrook Travel, named Zaphenath Panea (the Egyptian name for Joseph) – April 1995
  • Withdrawn – September 1998
  • Sold to Newbus, T/A Westbrook Travel – July 1999
  • Sold for preservation to R. Newman. L. Roberts & M.Birkin  – November 2002
  • Restored to Southern Vectis condition as 628, completed – 2008
  • Repainted into Tilling green & cream livery (by Brijan) – April 2008
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