Responding to David Call’s comment, firstly, there is of course a third type of entrance for single deckers which seems to have been prevalent prior to approx.
It was later sold to Nailsworth Boys’ Club, when a boat rack was carried on the roof, bunk beds and a kitchen were fitted and it was painted in a light blue livery.
The vehicle was bought from Nailsworth Boys’ Club in June 1978 and stored for many years in a underground factory.
) I remember a preserved United Counties J, still with "shield" radiator, but ECW post war body, but where is the other preserved example? May I point you to Gerry Tormey’s website which has details on specifications and survivors of Bristol J vehicles at The United Counties vehicle is VV 5696 and the third vehicle is Western National ATT 922. In answer to the various questions: yes, the body has a door, so it’s a B35RD.
And both comments are right – this isn’t the original body, it’s a replacement dating from 1947; and the original engine was a Bristol JJW petrol engine.
If you’d like to hear it in action (and have a ride on it), then please come along to our rally at Brislington, Bristol on Sunday 12th August 2012, when it will definitely be in action.
If you can’t make that, then you should find it at a couple of other events during the year, and either way, more details about events and the bus itself are available on our website, Hope to see you in August!Purchased by Colin in 1996 who fully restored it in WWII livery, such as the white on the front of the mudguards.The shot could have quite easily been taken in the early forties don’t you think?Can I be difficult and disagree with some of the foregoing. "It is one of only three preserved Bristol J Types" – must be more than that.Tony Brown at Chelvesdon has one, I’ve got two plus there is the one in the picture. According to my understanding of the standard bodywork nomenclature, the ‘D’ suffix for doors is only normally applied to rear platform double deckers.Also an H is only a J with a different engine so I think Colin Billinton’s WNOC H ought to be included in the total on the basis that there is no more difference between an H and a J than there is between a JJW and a JO6A for example. "and the only one that has been preserved of those which operated with Bristol Tramways." Don’t think so. Looking back at my PSV Circle sheets from those long gone days, Bristol L types, which, so far as I know always sported a sliding platform door always seem to be described as B35R.