First Irish-bodied Ailsas
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FIRST of the Van Hool-bodied Ailsas has now been delivered to South Yorkshire PTE. This Is the first export order of double-deckers from Dublin to the UK, but Van Hoof has hopes of bodying Leyland and other bus chassis far this country.
The steel body structure is welded direct to the chassis to give an integral-type vehicle. Fire-retarded fibreglass is used extensively and the back of the bus is built in one piece from the top dome to the lower saloon, where it turns in to form the back and base of the rear passenger seats. Front and rear fibreglass panels are easily detachable in case of accident damage.
These 42 Ailsas will be painted in the new cream and tan livery of South Yorkshire. The Interior trim is orange moquette downstairs and brown pvc upstairs.