TL11 to be dropped
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• The planned closure of the Leyland Engine Plant (see pages 4 and 5) will affect the newly-independent Leyland Bus. The TL11 is the standard power unit for the Tiger coach chassis, Lion double-decker bus chassis and Royal Tiger integral. The TL11 is also available for both the Lynx and Olympian, although specified only by a minority of operators — both models are more often specified with Gardner engines and are now also available with the Cummins L10.
A Leyland Bus spokesman says that he anticipates continuity of TL11 engine supply for a "phased, agreed period", and that when the TL11 ceases to be available Leyland Bus will offer competitive alternative engines.
The Tiger is the model which will be most seriously affected by the deletion of the TL11, which is currently rated at between 127 to 194kW for PSV applications. Many Gardner-engined Tigers are already in operation and a prototype Cummins-engined Tiger has been in trial service in Scotland for the past 12 months. There is also one Cummins-powered Royal Tiger currently in operation.