Type of Vehicle - Single Deck Bus
Year Built/Registered - 1970
Vehicle Description - Bristol RELL6G
Reg No - FRB 208H
Fleet No - 356
Livery/Operator - Trent Motor Traction - NBC Poppy Red
History of FRB 208H
FRB 208H was new to the Midland General Omnibus Company Ltd or MGO for short in July 1970, being registered on the 22nd of the month, she was one of a batch of 4 ordered by the company and was one of the very first REs built at Eastern Coach Works, Lowestoft with the later type style of a curved BET windscreen.
She entered service as fleet No 146 at Mansfield depot where she stayed all her working life as a passenger vehicle carrying the Black and Cream livery used jointly by the MGO and sister company Mansfield & District.
In 1972 Trent Motor Traction acquired the operations of the Midland General as part of the reorganisation of the National Bus Company and as a result she was renumbered 356 and repainted in the NBC Poppy Red livery you see her today.
The end came in October 1981 and sent for storage, she languished for a while before being chosen in 1982 to send her through the works, at the time the policy was to remove all double doors vehicle out of service, fortunately she was sent away to Bedfordshire for life extention only to be converted to a mobile information centre.
356 was further sold to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council as their road safety unit and her livery became red, amber, green.
The bus was purchased for preservation in January 2000 and converted back into a proper bus again with new seats being sought from numerous scrapyards in Barnsley and given a repaint back into NBC Poppy Red.
The present owners came together in February 2014 and the bus has visited several rallies up and down the UK over the years.