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Bristol Tow Truck

FHN 923
The Old Darling
Purchased by United on the 5th June 1940 as a 'K' type double decker bus, it spent its first 10 years at Redcar. In 1950 it transferred to Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1956 the vehicle was converted by United's Central Works, Darlington as a tow truck. Working from Darlington as a recovery vehicle it then transferred to Middlesbrough in 1958 and then on to Scarborough in 1975. Withdrawn in 1978.
Charlie Bullock purchased the vehicle in 1978 when he retired. Then sold it to this Society in November 2005 for safe keeping. During its time it became the longest serving vehicle in United's fleet, a span of 38 years.

Bristol Tow Truck
Bristol Tow Truck

Chassis  Bristol K5G
Body Type         ECW as a bus
                           UAS as a tow truck
Engine               Gardner 5LW
Gearbox            4 Speed (crash)
Length               26' - (7 M 92 cm)

Width                 7-6” (2 M 29 cm)
Top Speed        32mph
Fleet No.           BDO 23   1940 - 1950
                           BGL  23   1950 - 1956
                           EDO 23   1956 - 1968
                                    35    1968 - 1971
                                    61    1971 - 1978
Chassis No.       55018
Engine No.        70784

Bristol Tow Truck
rear compartment
drivers cab
Drivers Cab
Crew Cab
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