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Johnson VR
Where the Bristol VR lives on

Numbers of the Bristol VRT are reducing rapidly as we enter the 21st Century.  However, Johnson Brothers (Tours) of Hodthorpe, near Worksop and Redfern Travel  now have a total of 49, of which 40 are serviceable and are used daily on school contracts.  The fleet is made up of series I, II and III types, both Gardner and Leyland examples.

In recent years a ‘Running Day’ has been organised by Scott Johnson and a group of enthusiasts.  This video is a record of one such day that took place on Saturday 13th April 2002.

Representatives of each type of VRT were used on the day - journeys took us to Sheffield on a series I and II to visit Burgin’s of Tinsley, operator of ex. Southern Vectis VRT’s.  Then a ride on NGM168G a former Central SMT and Southern Vectis series I dating from November 1969.  We then travelled trough picturesque Cumber Park to Redfern Travel in Mansfield, paying a call at Tim Draper at Tibshelf that owns ex. Maidstone & District BKE849T. Both Leyland and Gardner examples are sampled on this delightful trip. Our final ride is by ex Crosville DVG266 on an evening journey through the north Nottinghamshire countryside and back to Worksop.
Many of the VRTs have been refurbished to a very high standard by Johnson Bros.. This can been seen on the ‘rides’ during the video.  There are also many ‘line side’ views of the VR’s in action.

We conclude the programme with a Photo Gallery of VRT’s in service with their original owners that now operate with Johnson Brothers.

We would like to thank Scott Johnson of Johnson Brothers (Tours) for supplying the vehicles on the day, and to Richard Newman for the excellent organisation of the event.

 Filmed :  2002
 Duration :  80 minutes (approx).
 Price :  Within UK - 16
   Rest of world - 18
 Format :  DVD -R
 Order Ref :  D024

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