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Eastern Coach Works

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of Lowestoft, Suffolk

1920 Established

1936 Private company.

1961 Omnibus body builders. 1,000 employees. [1]

1965 Leyland Motors acquired a stake (25 percent) in Bristol Commercial Vehicles and Eastern Coach Works.

1969 National Bus Co formed a joint venture with British Leyland (the 25% owner of Bristol Tramways and Carriage Co and Eastern Coach Works), by means of which British Leyland became a 50% owner of the NBC's manufacturing companies. The joint venture designed and built a new single-deck bus, the Leyland National. The first bus was delivered in 1972, and it remained in production until 1986. The National was also available to other bus operators.

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