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1937 Bristol K5G Utility

1937 Bristol K5G in Personal Affair, Movie, 1953 IMDB

Class: Bus, Double-deck — Model origin: UK

1937 Bristol K5G Utility

Position 00:24:42 [*] Background vehicle

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DidierF FR

2014-10-06 17:33

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johnfromstaffs EN

2014-10-06 17:54

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Bristol G looks to be utility coachwork due to lack of opening windows.

DidierF FR

2014-10-06 18:09

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'Utility'… Does it mean the machine is used for training drivers, for instance?

Sunbar UK

2014-10-06 20:24

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1939-1945 'Utility' bodies were built in wartime to conserve materials.

Bus operator in Bedford was 'United Counties' as seen in the movie. I cannot find they bought 'Bristol G' buses (1931-1937), but could be reassigned from 'Eastern Counties' at Norwich as part of the same Tillings company. http://www.bristolsu.co.uk/g/operatorhistory/easterncounties.htm

johnfromstaffs EN

2014-10-06 20:42

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In which case would an early K fit?

The radiator has the high mounting of the G and early K so I went for the earlier model.

DidierF FR

2014-10-07 10:57

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So, johnfromstaffs, Sunbar, finally… G or K?

Sunbar UK

2014-10-07 11:35

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At least 22 Bristol K buses entered service with United Counties between 1937 and 1944 plus about 90 K5G busses from Eastern National built between 1937 and 1944 were in use by United Counties from 1952 onwards.

Buses built for United Counties
1937-39 K5G ECW qty 12
1937-40 K5G Roe qty 5
1942 K5G Duple qty 2
1944 K6A Strachan qty 3

Other buses operated after 1952 by United Counties but built for Eastern National, Chelmsford.

Including this 1940 Bristol K5G with a similar radiator, so I guess the early K you mentioned is correct.

http://www.bristolsu.co.uk/Pictures/k/easternnational/JEV-423-K00368.gif

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