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Well, what d'you make of it? I long ago chucked out the original print of this ...don't remember having it, in fact... and don't recall the vehicle either. No registration number, so what've we got to go on? Well, obviously, it's that once-ubiquitous, highly standardised machine, an ECW-bodied Bristol RESL; but this one isn't quite standard, and the first things I noticed after scanning the negative, were those unusual sidelight and indicator lenses. This said Newport Corporation to me. I rummaged around in the Bentosfoto archive for another picture of a Newport RE, for comparison. Yes, the wing mirrors and their stalks were of the same pattern and the "letterbox" destination screen ...rather unsatisfactorily occupying the space intended for a T-box... also matched. The clincher, for me, was the cab window, which has a lower section with sliding pane, for hand signals. So I'll stick my neck out and say that this was one of the Newport batch registered JDW 301-8F, new in September 1967. It was photographed at the premises of one of the best-known South Wales independents, Silcox of Pembroke Dock, on Tuesday 30th October 1979.

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Taken on September 21, 2012