17/04/2013

Looking back... local bus & coach operators at the 1985 Milk Cup Final - part 2

This the second in our four part Looking back... photo special in which we are bringing you a selection of photographs showing local operators who provided coaches and buses to transport Norwich City FC fans to the 1985 Milk Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

The series will be spread out during this month with individual posts covering different operators/topics, this part covers Eastern Counties who sent a variety of Bristol VR's to the event.

All of the photographs in this four part special are kindly supplied by and are © Colin Apps.

Milk Cup Final 1985, Wembley - part 2 (Eastern Counties VR's) (c) Colin Apps
VEX 285X, one of the coach seated VR's which was usually used on the 794 (Peterborough - Norwich) service.

Milk Cup Final 1985, Wembley - part 2 (Eastern Counties VR's) (c) Colin Apps
VEX 297X, one of three Eastern Counties VR's which wore National Holidays livery, the other two (298/9) passed to Cambus at Cambridge & Peterborough.

Milk Cup Final 1985, Wembley - part 2 (Eastern Counties VR's) (c) Colin Apps
XNG 205S, seen with an overall advert for Eastern Counties "Anywhere" bus tickets.

Milk Cup Final 1985, Wembley - part 2 (Eastern Counties VR's) (c) Colin Apps
PCL 251W, seen wearing an overall advert for Radio Breckland.

Milk Cup Final 1985, Wembley - part 2 (Eastern Counties VR's) (c) Colin Apps
PCL 252W, seen with an overall advert for RUYMP Builders Merchants.

Milk Cup Final 1985, Wembley - part 2 (Eastern Counties VR's) (c) Colin Apps
PCL 256W, yet another overall advert VR, this one seen advertising Saxon Radio/Radio Orwell, this scheme was also carried by VR204.

Milk Cup Final 1985, Wembley - part 2 (Eastern Counties VR's) (c) Colin Apps
RAH 259W, our final overall advert liveried VR, this one wearing a scheme for the Eastern Evening News.

Milk Cup Final 1985, Wembley - part 2 (Eastern Counties VR's) (c) Colin Apps
PCL 257W, Colin reports that this was the only red VR from Eastern Counties there that day!

Thats it for part two of this photo special, if you missed the first part you can view it here. Look out for part three covering independant operators who are still around - coming soon!