Thursday, 31 May 2012

Lucky Last L263

D367JJD following her MOT  © Neil Chilvers
The 16th and 17th of June sees the East Anglia Transport Museum holding their Eastern Coach Works 2012 Event at Carlton Colville

It is twenty five years since the last bus was built at the Eastern Coach Works factory in Lowestoft and the museum is celebrating the anniversary of the closure of the local bus bodybuilder.

In readiness for the event Neil Chilvers and Tim Major from the museum travelled to Blackpool last weekend to bring back an exhibit for the celebrations.

It was L263 (Leyland Olympian D367JJD) which was the very last of a long line of Lowestoft built buses and is now back in its birthplace following its MOT

Last night Neil Chilvers opened the electrical flap of L263 and unearthed (excuse the pun!) a message  inside!
God Bless All....      © Neil Chilvers. 

This will not be the first time that L263 has been at the East Anglia Transport Museum.

She was also present at the 1988 ECW event where she was exhibited in Selkent Travel colours with cherished registration VLT 9.

Richard Algar was on hand to record the event and his photograph is reproduced below.

The culmination of the ECW event, this time around, will be a cavalcade 
© Richard Algar

through Lowestoft on the Saturday night to the site of the former Eastern Coach Works - since long gone.

For further information about the ECW 2012 Event please visit the special events page on the East Anglia Transport Museum's website.

My appreciation goes to Neil Chilvers for the report and photographs

Hopefully a report of the event will appear on this blog.

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