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Ulsterbus - Farewell RE

Saturday 28th February 2004 saw the final day of service of the Bristol RE in Northern Ireland.  Also the end of Bristol RE service in the UK with a large bus operator, closing a chapter that has lasted 35 years in the province.
The farewell tour started and finished in Londonderry where the reign of the Ulsterbus RE also ran from 1969 to the present day.

Our cameras were in attendance on this final day to record the event.  The programme starts at the Europa Bus Centre in Belfast.  Using preserved Ulsterbus Leyland Leopard 1591 (SOI 3591) and preserved Citybus RE 2415 (VOI 8415) for the journey to Londonderry’s Pennyburn bus depot.

Vehicles for the tour were lined up for inspection and consisted of 2440 (WOI 2440), 2581 (BXI 2581 - now 82-DL-1473) and operated by Lough Swilly of Donegal, 2595 (BXI 2595), 2596 (BXI 2596) and 2599 (BXI 2599).  Leaving Pennyburn we film the vehicles running on city services, through the city and out to various suburbs such as Slievemore, Altnagelvin, Lonemoor, Creggan, Rosemount etc. then running into Foyle Street bus station for a well earned break.

The second part of the day we film the vehicles on a selection of country routes through Ardground, Alla Church, Brackfield, Templemoyle and Eglinton airport.  A stop is made at the Du Pont factory for photographs before the run back into Pennyburn depot. There is plenty of interior filming and outside footage, and all is captured in superb stereo sound! The scenery is stunning with bright sunshine on the snow covered fields.

We then show a ‘Photo Gallery’ of the REs in service from the cameras of Paul Savage and Raymond Bell.  These photographs show the REs in service from 1972 to 2004. itv is most grateful for the use of these photographs on this video programme.  To finish we have some rare footage of 1058 (9058 UZ) at the Dublin Bay Rally in 1986.  You will enjoy this video immensely which will complete the set if you have our other three Citybus and Ulsterbus Bristol RE titles!

 Filmed :  2004
 Duration :  106 minutes (approx).
 Price :  Within UK - 16
   Rest of world - 18
 Format :  DVD -R
 Order Ref :  D045

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