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Offline Steven Knight Media

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Bristol FLF set for service 505 outing
« on: August 19, 2019, 08:02:11 AM »
The company has confirmed this morning that its open top Bristol FLF 19952, which was new in 1966 will operate a King's Lynn to Spalding journey as a duplicate to the normal low-floor bus on Wednesday 21st August 2019.
The vintage bus will work the 505 service from King's Lynn at 10:15. On arrival at Spalding it will then depart at 11:57 operating as far as Springfields. This will give local people in Spalding the chance to make a journey on the bus.

Offline John Wakefield

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Re: Bristol FLF set for service 505 outing
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2019, 12:37:14 PM »
Lets hope the weather is fine, if so it will be nice trip. The last long distance open top trip I did was some years ago in 1994 on the 631 service from Ipswich to Lowestoft and back on Eastern National open top Bristol KSW (WNO479). It was part of the Sunday east anglian bus network that ran at the time. WNO479 is still very much active on the preservation scene, now owned by John Day of Pebmarsh it was giving rides at the Haverhill HCVS Rally in July this year.
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and Lowestoft
« Last Edit: August 19, 2019, 05:33:38 PM by John Wakefield »

Offline Steven Knight Media

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Re: Bristol FLF set for service 505 outing
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2019, 01:59:08 PM »
Nice pics John.

Does anyone know when the last time an FLF was likely to have been used on the 505

Thanks,

Steve

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Re: Bristol FLF set for service 505 outing
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2019, 04:06:38 AM »
Anyone know why they are running it for, also will it be repeated

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Re: Bristol FLF set for service 505 outing
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2019, 04:50:25 PM »
Nice pics John.

Does anyone know when the last time an FLF was likely to have been used on the 505

Thanks,

Steve
Steve, buses for the 505 in Lincolnshire Roadcar Days were mostly based at Holbeach. I can remember going there several times & only ever noting just  Bristol FS, SC or MWs . They only had an allocation of 6 which were from Boston parent Depot. After FS deckers were withdrawn, I can only remember flat-screened VRs replacing them on the 505. I never ever saw a FLF sub-allocated there ! But, I stand to be corrected if anybody else knows different ?? BTW,  From my files etc, I note that the depot closed in August 1989, with it & the 505 passing to Fowlers.

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Re: Bristol FLF set for service 505 outing
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2019, 07:06:25 PM »
Steve, buses for the 505 in Lincolnshire Roadcar Days were mostly based at Holbeach. I can remember going there several times & only ever noting just  Bristol FS, SC or MWs . They only had an allocation of 6 which were from Boston parent Depot. After FS deckers were withdrawn, I can only remember flat-screened VRs replacing them on the 505. I never ever saw a FLF sub-allocated there ! But, I stand to be corrected if anybody else knows different ?? BTW,  From my files etc, I note that the depot closed in August 1989, with it & the 505 passing to Fowlers.

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Re: Bristol FLF set for service 505 outing
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2019, 07:11:41 PM »
I was just wondering, given Stagecoach East‘s new Managing Director, Michelle Hargreaves’ penchant  for slightly daffy names for buses – take a look at the Skegness Seasiders – will we see the FLF named “Fluffy“? Will there be a unique fluffy clouds delivery?  And, maybe, inbuilt loudspeakers playing Little Fluffy Clouds by the Orb?
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Re: Bristol FLF set for service 505 outing
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2019, 11:09:38 PM »
The 505 replaced service 65 when the Fenlander MAP network was introduced in March 1980. I wondered myself whether FLF operation survived the change but here's proof that it did. HAE 275D is seen at King's Lynn in July 1981.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ridgway/6549870901