What is CRG163?

CRG163 is the original fleet number (C = Coach; R = Bristol RE; G = Gardner engine) that was once allocated to a Bristol RELH Series 2, Mark 1, Eastern Coach Works (ECW) bodied coach (body number 18140), vehicle registration EFM 163H when owned and operated by Crosville Motor Services Limited.

The vehicle is fitted with a Gardner 6HLX 10.45 litre engine with 47 forward facing coach passenger seats (C47F).


A scan of the cover of ’Crosville United’, no’ 57 from 1964 - cover and page 5.  Page 5 describes the introduction of such fine vehicles as the CRG’s in 1963 with a descriptive of their specification.  The image shows brand new CRG495 & CRG496 parked at Pier Head, Liverpool.  My grateful thanks to my good friends Elwyn and Elsbeth Thomas, once Crosville staff/summer employment for providing me with many Crosville United publications.

CRG163 was first registered on the 6th of March 1970 by the original Crosville Motor Services Limited bus company. It’s headquarters was in Chester, operating bus services from it’s bus depots across Cheshire, Merseyside north and mid Wales. Crosville operated local registered bus services, coach trips as well as long distance express coach services to London and other major UK destinations.

CRG163 operated on long distance coach services for the company across the UK before being downgraded in 1979 to a dual purpose vehicle, based in Amlwch north Wales, reclassified as ERG163 (E = Dual purpose - coach/local bus services; R = Bristol RE; G = Gardner engine). At this depot on the Isle of Anglesey ERG 163 would be driven by Bob Moelfre (as known locally); Dewi Roberts; Richard Lewis and others.

ERG163 passing Bangor railway station around 1982 on its way to Cemaes Bay on route N61.

Following CRG163’s withdrawal by Crosville on the 13th of April, 1984 it entered preservation initially with Gordon Bate and then from 2002 with Richard Jones. CRG163 undertook a rigorous restoration process with Richard between 2002 and 2004 with grateful support from his father, late mother and others before being unveiled in June 2004 in her restored NATIONAL white livery.

Preserved CRG163 heading towards Bangor having driven across the Menai Suspension Bridge from the Isle of Anglesey



50 year anniversary

On 06 March, 2020 CRG163 celebrated its 50 year anniversary since the date of its first registration of 06 March 1970. It was therefore a special year for CRG163 and very apt as we enter the next chapter. Unfortunately any restoration or events have been hindered by the pandemic emergency.



Covid19 impact

Unfortunately in March 2020 a worldwide emergency emerged in the form of the Covid19 pandemic which impacted on everything. In order to reduce transmission rates various UK and Wales lockdowns and guidance were introduced from March 2020 onwards. This has unfortunately halted any further restoration work to CRG163. It is hoped however that progress can recommence as we emerge from Covid19.


CRG163 - next chapter

CRG163 is now entering the next chapter. New photos and more will appear on this website as it grows around all things CRG163.


CRG163 timeline summary



Contact details

If you have any photos or related information about CRG163 or any information on the parts presently required then please e-mail me, Richard Jones at post@crg163.com .  Many thanks in advance.


Please note 

There are some photos on this website where copyright is unknown.  If these photos are yours then please let me know by e-mailing post@crg163.com so that they can either be removed immediately or copyrighted to your name accordingly.  Thank you.

All photographs have been watermarked on this website and should not be reproduced elsewhere without prior consent. Unfortunately some private photos previously shared on line have been copied without permission and have subsequently appeared for sale by third parties on e-bay.



Photos

  • The black and white photo of CRG163 in her original cream and black livery is unknown unfortunately. If anyone knows rhw owner please provide so that credits can be provided.
  • The photo of ERG163 in it’s green and white dual purpose livery departing from Amlwch is being reproduced with thanks to the photographer, our good friend Don McKeown.
  • The third photo is of CRG163 in her first phase of preservation with Richard Jones as restored in her 1970’s NATIONAL livery.