New Bodies on WartimeChassis
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To modernize its fleet of over 163 vehicles, Burnley, Colne and Nelson Joint Transport Department is Ithving a number of old chassis reconditioned and new bodies built on them. These chassis are of the Guy war-time type and the 56-seat bodies are being constructed by East Lancashire Coach Builders (Bridlington), Ltd.
Frames of the bodies are all-metal, and the second contract that was placed called for the fitting of Siddall and Hilton Moreseat equipment for experimental service.
This equipment employs the principle of staggered seating whereby one passenger sits slightly to the rear of the other. This arrangement, combined with a recess in the back squab, makes more Seating room available for each passenger.
Except for the driver's screen and cab glasses. which are in 136-in, toughened plate glass, Simplastic glazing is employed. Six pairs of sliding quarter lights are fitted, four in the upper saloon and two in the lower.
Apart from the normal roof ventilators, of which there are six, a ventilation system as specified by the department is incorporated. Air enters at the front bulkhead and passes between the ceiling panels and the floor of the upper saloon. It is extracted through the partition bulkhead by chromeplated breathers.
The exterior colour scheme is in maroon and cream set off by orange mouldings and a narrow gold line below the waist band,