Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Bachmann Exclusive: 38118 - Bristol VRT - Eastern National

We have been asked by Bachmann Europe Plc to produce another exclusive model, which will be available solely from Bachmann Stockists. 

There was a mixed reception to the rear-engined Bristol VRT when it was first introduced. Midland Scottish had purchased a number of the early vehicles but found them troublesome. They returned these buses to Bristol for improvements but they were still not happy with them, so in 1971 they arranged to swap 15 of these 'troublesome' VRT's, with Eastern National for a similar amount of Lodekka’s.

Once in service at their new Essex home, they became reliable and popular vehicles. Many of them were to retain the blue and cream colours of Midland Alexander (including the Scottish quirk of having cream panels where adverts would ordinarily be) which made them a distinctive and attractive addition to the Eastern National fleet.

E38118 - Bristol VRT - Eastern National
Our model depicts SMS 31H, which operated out of the Wood Green (WG) garage and ran on fleet number 3005. This vehicle is shown operating on the popular limited stop route 400, which ran between the Essex seaside town of Southend and London Victoria.

This model is priced £32.75 and is available to pre-order now!