No. 311 – NBD 311F “Bristol RELL6G with ECW B53F body.”
The Bristol RELL6G was new to Untied Counties Omnibus Company in October 1967 as their fleet number 311 the bus was on of a batch of 8 similar vehicles (Nos 306-13). The Bristol/ECW combination was the standard vehicle specification for buses supplied to the Tilling Group companies – later to become part of the National Bus Company. The bus spent several years operating from Huntingdon garage and later at Stony Stratford garage – hence the green and black fleet number plates it now carries – before ending its service with United Counties at Luton in December 1985. It was transferred to the newly formed Luton and District Transport in January 1986 where it had the distinction of being the only Bristol RE to receive their red and cream livery. It remained in service until March 1988 and then entered preservation and became a staff restoration project. The bus went to a private preservationist in 1996 but, unfortunately, was derelict by 1999. In June 2009 the bus changed hands and was acquired by a Gloucestershire preservationist and underwent a virtual rebuild before being painted in the Tilling Green livery it carried when new. In mid-2013 the bus moved back to Northamptonshire when a local enthusiast brought the vehicle and it was purchased by the current owner for ongoing preservation in July 2017. 311 is also kindly made available to NTH as an associate vehicle by a member.