YHY592J – 1971 Bristol RE
|Original Operator||Bristol Omnibus Company|
|Joined our collection||March 2010|
New to Bristol Omnibus Company in 1971, YHY592J was delivered to Bath Garage in attractive green and cream “one man operated bus” livery with gold Bristol scroll fleetnames. This was just before the advent of the leaf-green National Bus Company identity – to which the bus succumbed during the 1970’s.
With the impending deregulation and privatisation of the bus industry looming in 1985, the large Bristol operating company was split into “Badgerline” and “City Line” and in one night all the Badgerline vehicles were fitted with new reflective fleetnames on their existing green liveries – it is in this condition that YHY592J is now preserved.
The bus was later painted into the bright Badgerline yellow and green livery but was sold shortly after to Hastings & District. It remained in the South East, although not used for the last 12 years, before returning to Bristol in 2010 when purchased as a spare bus for the North Somerset Coaches heritage fleet.
It arrived with us in red and white “London Transport” livery and became a frequent sight on school and local bus services around Nailsea and Bristol. It was repainted into leaf green in 2012 but it took until 2015 to finally obtain correct reflective Badger vinyls – just in time for the Badgerline 30th anniversary celebrations.