22/01/2013

Looking back... Ben Jordan's bus scrapyard in 1983 - part 2

In this three part Looking back... photo special we are focusing on the well known Norfolk bus scrapyard - Ben Jordan's in Coltishall.

Once home to hundreds of scrapped buses (the vast majority from Eastern Counties) the scrapyard was a valuable source of spare parts for bus preservationists over the years, all of the photographs in this three part special were kindly supplied by Colin Apps who took them in 1983 - thirty years on the site has been cleared.

We start this part with an interesting photo of some Bristol RE bodies...

More Ben Jordans scrapyard, Coltishall 1983 © Colin Apps
© Colin Apps
ECOC commenced a rebodying programme on the newest ECW bodied REs (894-898). Four had the bodies stripped, and 894 (at least) was refurbished. However, the project was abandoned and the Willowbrook Leopards (792-800) arrived instead. Curiously, RE896 was never started, and is now the only (native) ex ECOC ECW / RE in preservation. - thanks to Colin for that interesting information.

More Ben Jordans scrapyard, Coltishall 1983 © Colin Apps
© Colin Apps
SVF 895G - ECW bodied Bristol RE coach, new to Eastern Counties in 1969.

More Ben Jordans scrapyard, Coltishall 1983 © Colin Apps
© Colin Apps
KTB 672 - Burlingham bodied Crossley SD42/7, new in 1949, operated with Rix, Foulsham, it is now recorded with Emerton, Nantwich for preservation.

More Ben Jordans scrapyard, Coltishall 1983 © Colin Apps
© Colin Apps
823 BNG - ECW bodied Bristol MW, new to Eastern Counties in 1962.

More Ben Jordans scrapyard, Coltishall 1983 © Colin Apps
© Colin Apps
HPW 82 - ECW bodied Bristol K, new to Eastern Counties in 1948.

Look out for the third part of our Ben Jordan's photo special - coming soon!