Sunday, 18 September 2016

Eastern Counties In Gorleston!

On Thursday last I was contacted by 'Reg Vardy' offering me a place on the Ipswich Transport Museum's bus to the North Norfolk Railway's 1940s weekend. Whilst the Saturday definitely wouldn't be a goer for me, the Sunday might be ok - until a family commitment put paid to that!

LL407 (KAH407) running a little late on Crab Lane in Gorleston
However, I was provided with a timing so that I could get a photo opportunity of an Eastern Counties LL travelling through Gorleston on a Sunday morning.  KAH407, a 1949 example of a Bristol L chassis with Eastern Coach Works 35 seater bodywork, was running a little late though.

The rear of the Bristol LL heading east on Crab Lane on its way to Holt
The rear entrance bus carried fleetnumber LL407 until becoming LL907 in 1964. It was withdrawn a year later and passed to dealer Ben Jordan of Coltishall. It then moved on to Drewery of Chigwell, and then Winlon Autos of Harrow before being purchased for preservation by the West of England Transport Museum, Winkleigh in October 1969.

It was acquired by Ipswich Transport Museum in January 1977 after ownership by two different Northampton based preservationists. After a full restoration KAH407 returned to service in 2001.

My thanks to Reg for the invite and updates and also to the Ipswich Transport Society for the history of LL407


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