Maxwell's at home abroad
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MAXWELL BROCKHOUSE Bus Transmissions of Loughborough says 24 double-deck buses fitted with Maxwell automatic gearboxes are now in regular service in Groat Britain.
National Bus Company subsidiaries Maidstone and District, Ribble, and Trent, each have an evaluation vehicle in service, as have the Scottish Bus Group, London Transport, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire PTEs and Cardiff City Transport. Leicester, Chester and Warrington have five, six, and four units in service, respectively. The first two batches of gearboxes were made at Loughborough (16 units) and production then transferred to Brockhouse Transmissions at West Bromwich where 60 units will have been manufactured by the end of the year.
For 1983, the production plan is for 15 gearboxes a month initially, although this level could be increased in line with demand.
The gearbox is manufactured by Brockhouse, with the Loughborough company remaining responsible for design, development and sales and service.
Kowloon Motor Bus Company in Hong Kong has ordered two Maxwell gearboxes for evaluation. This is the first export order for the system.