£20,000 appeal to bring Bristol to Lincoln

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LVVS is hoping to raise £20,000 to buy this 1950 new to Lincolnshire Road Car Bristol L5G. LVVS

A museum has launched a £20,000 appeal to bring a 1950 Lincolnshire Road Car Company single-decker back to its ‘home’ area. The aim is to buy the Bristol L-Type for the Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum Collection, based at North Hykeham, Lincoln.

Steve Milner, chairman of the Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society (LVVS), which owns the museum, said: “We have a unique opportunity to acquire this fully restored Lincolnshire Road Car bus. The current owner has offered the Bristol to the LVVS at a discounted price of £20,000 so it could be in preservation in its native county.”

Added Steve: “We would love to have this bus for the collection and use at future local heritage events but the museum needs to conserve funds to ensure its future well-being in these financially difficult times. We therefore invite people to make donations towards the purchase of this bus.”

Registration FFW 830 and fleet number 2020, the bus has a 35-seat Eastern Coach Works body and five-cylinder Gardner engine. It worked at Louth and Goole depots during its 14 years with Lincolnshire Road Car before passing via dealer S Twell to a contractor, Briggs, in 1964.


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LVVS founder member Vincent LeTall acquired the bus for preservation in 1971 and it passed through various hands, including operator Chris Bulmer of North Stainley, near Ripon, North Yorkshire, from 1989. Chris kept it until the present owner bought it in September 2017. Since then the bus has had work carried out including a repaint.

Anyone interested in supporting the appeal is asked to contact Steve Milner on 07984 872994 or email [email protected] by 25 October.

Open Day

Bristol L FFW 830 is set to appear at the museum’s Open Day on Sunday 22 October, which takes place at its Whisby Road, North Hykeham, Lincoln premises, where a major collection of buses, cars and commercial vehicles awaits.

Traffic problems means the museum is no longer able to stage a major running day but there will be several vehicles giving free rides with a tribute to Lincolnshire Road Car and United Automobile Services. Set to take part are vehicles including the museum’s 1940 United ECW bodied Bristol L5G FHN 833, along with two Lincolnshire Road Car vehicles, 1955 Bristol Lodekka LD6B LFW 326 and 1980 Lincolnshire Road Car Bristol VRT PFE 542V. Another star visitor will be newly restored 1959 Bristol MW5G 519 FHN.

The Lincolnshire museum’s super 1940 ex-United Bristol is set to give free rides to visitors at its open day. LVVS
The newly restored 1959 Bristol MW5G is scheduled as another star open day visitor. LVVS