06/02/2013

Looking back... The early years of Cambus - part 1

In this two part Looking back... photo special we are focusing on the early years of Cambus...

Cambus was formed in September 1984 when the Eastern Counties Omnibus Company was split in preparation for privatisation.

It took over Eastern Counties' bus and National Express coach operations from garages in Cambridgeshire as well as Newmarket and Haverhill in Suffolk.

All of the photographs included in this two part special were kindly supplied by our regular correspondant David Bell.

Early years of Cambus (c) David Bell
© David Bell
Our first photographs shows a trio of Cambus Bristol VR's parked in Hunstanton whilst working on an excursion, from left to right are DEX 231T which was new to Eastern Counties in 1979, this bus was later (by 2004) exported to Brittany in France where it was converted to be used as a static resturant. Still in red YNG 208S which was new to Eastern Counties in 1978 and lastly VAH 279X which was new to Eastern Counties in 1981.

Early years of Cambus (c) David Bell
© David Bell
Pictured at Cambridge railway station, Bristol VR RKO 819M, this bus was new to Maidstone & District before passing to Cambus, it later became a non PCV when it was sold and converted into a playbus by the Ely & District Playbus Association.

Early years of Cambus (c) David Bell
© David Bell
Pictured in Drummer Street, Cambridge, Bristol VR VEX 295X, this bus was new to Eastern Counties in 1981 and is pictured with Cambus wearing local coach livery.

Early years of Cambus (c) David Bell
© David Bell
Pictured at Cambridge railway station, Bristol RE GCL 342N, this bus which is pictured wearing white 'National' livery was new to Eastern Counties in 1974.

Look out for the second part of this two part special including more photographs and more on the history of Cambus - coming soon!