25/01/2013

Looking back... Ben Jordan's bus scrapyard in 1983 - part 3

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.

More Ben Jordan's scrapyard, Coltishall 1983 (c) Colin Apps
© Colin Apps
A non Eastern Counties bus to start with, 1800 VF - Yeates bodied AEC Reliance was new in 1960 and was operated by Red Car, Norwich.

More Ben Jordan's scrapyard, Coltishall 1983 (c) Colin Apps
© Colin Apps
Another non Eastern Counties bus, GJE342 - this bus was new to Fox, Manea, finishing with Canham, Whittlesey, curious how it ended up at Coltishall.

More Ben Jordan's scrapyard, Coltishall 1983 (c) Colin Apps
© Colin Apps
Back to Eastern Counties now, KNG 715 - ECW bodied Bristol L new in 1950.

More Ben Jordan's scrapyard, Coltishall 1983 (c) Colin Apps
© Colin Apps
LFS 294F - ECW bodied Bristol VR, this bus was new to Eastern Scottish in 1968, it passed to Eastern Counties on an unknown date before being withdrawn and passing to Jordan's in 1981, it remained there for 19 years before being acquired for preservation in 2000 - it is now back in Scotland at Lathalmond.

Vehicle history for LFS294F sourced from Rob Sly's wonderful Bristol Commercial Vehicles Enthusiasts website.

Thats it for our fascinating three part special looking back at the lost scenes of Ben Jordan's scrapyard in Coltishall, hope you enjoyed them - if you missed the first two parts click here to see part 1 or click here to see part 2

Look out for more Looking back... photo specials - coming soon!