Leyland and B.U.T. Vehicles Replace Auckland Trams
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NAANY of Auck1and7s tram routes are ivi to be converted to trolleybus operation, and as an interim measure 94 new oil-engined buses are being introduced.
The Three Kings suburban service will be one of the first to be affected, The trams on this run have already been withdrawn and are being replaced by 29 Leyland Royal Tiger underfloorengined buses. These will maintain the service until the introduction, early next year, of new large-capacity B.U.T. single-deck trolleybuses, 40 of which are now being built.
When the Royal Tigers, which have Saunders-Roe bodies, are replaced by the trolleybuses on normal service they will continue to act as auxiliaries during peak periods. They have a capacity of 44 seated and 20 standing passengers. Entrance and exit jack-knife doors are put immediately ahead of the front and rear axles respectively, and both are operated by compressed air. The rear door is actuated by a treadle mat.
The bodywork on the trolleybuses, which will again be of Saunders-Roe construction, will be generally similar, although its passenger capacity will be increased to 90. There will be room for 54 seated and 36 standing.
All the bodies on both types of vehicle will be designed for one-man operation. A till will be fitted dose to the driver, but to facilitate loading, passengers will be able to pay a conductor while they are queueing.