Bristol SU

The current edition of Nailsworth News features the photograph below, asking whether we “remember these?”.

It’s an interesting picture of the sort of Bristol SUSs once operating at Stroud between 1962 and, incredibly, 1978. A maximum of three operated at any one time and they tended to be confined to the Nailsworth Outstations (local servicesBristol SUS not quite what it appears to be) and the 563 Stroud-Miserden-Cheltenham, where narrow lanes and light loadings made these buses ideal.

But the slightly out-of-focus picture isn’t as genuine as Nailsworth people might think. It’s of a Western National SU (preserved locally in Stroud). Western National ceased in Stroud 12 years before the first SUSs arrived. The old Western National route number for the 430 to Minch was 428.

How many in Nailsworth would have picked any of this up?

Bristol SUS not quite what it appears to be


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