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The history of EPD 543V (SNB543)

London Country's last Leyland National

This vehicle was delivered new to London Country Bus Services Limited in December 1979 to Reigate Garage (RG).

She entered service soon afterwards from Guildford Garage (GF).

In 1980 she transferred to Addlestone Garage (WY) and was a regular on route 437 which operated between Kingston, Addlestone & Guildford.

During 1986, in preparation for privatisation, London Country was split into four companies. SNB543 was allocated to the South West division and continued to operate out of Addlestone Garage until July of 1986 when she returned to Guildford.

In February 1988 London Country South West was sold to the Drawlane Group and continued to operate out of Guildford.

In April 1989 the company was rebranded as London & Country, And a new two tone livery was introduced. SNB543 gained the new livery in September 1990.

In December 1992 the Drawlane Group was renamed British Bus.

Between November 1994 and January 1995 she moved between Leatherhead (LH), Guildford  and back to Leatherhead in quick succession.

A re-organisation and renaming of the company to Guildford & West Surrey took place in December 1994.

In September 1995 she was returned to Reigate and this was the last garage she worked out of before being placed into the reserve fleet in September 1997.

One of her final duties was operating on the K50 Kingston Park & Ride in December 1997.

January 1998 saw SNB543 end her career with London & Country as she was withdrawn from service and sold.

After a short rest she returned to service in March 1998 with Hall of Kennoway in Scotland, where she was painted into a blue and white livery.

In October 1999 she eventually retired and was purchased for preservation by well known bus preservationist Mike Nash.

In 2006 she was repainted into London & Country livery.

In late September 2012 she was sold to the newly formed SNB543 Group for continued preservation.

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Our thanks go to Mike Nash and David Heath for the these photos.