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Premature burial For LT Fleetlines?
3NDON TRANSPORT made no comment this week about ports that sizeable batches of roadworthy Daimler Fleetline )uble-deckers have been broken up to provide spare parts.
Reliable sources told CM tat over 50 buses, which were running condition but had (pired certificates of fitness, ere being sold to a Yorkshire :rap dealer.
The Fleetline's engines, ?.arboxes, and front axles we been removed for recontioning by outside contracirs, and have been sold back LT which has experienced iortages of these units.
There is also a shortage of ayland 680 engines within T, hence the decision to ilvage units from "life exred" buses.
Fifty Gardner 6LXB engines .e also reported to have been .turned to LT, but a Metroammell Weymann spokesan denied suggestions that iese would be used for new letrobuses.
"We are getting our entire uota of new Gardner en gines," he said.
Most of LT's redundant Fleetlines have been sold to Essex dealer Ensign Bus, and subsequent buyers in Britain and Hong Kong have described them as being in "surprisingly good" condition.
They are being sold steadily to large and small concerns, and among the latest to take the plunge is Brighton Corporation which has taken two for use as driver tuition vehicles. It is also overhauling several under contract.
Despite being blamed for many of London's bus shortages, the Fleetlines show up reasonably well in an independent report published by Newcastle University's Transport Operations Research Group.
Compared with 12 to 18 year old Routemasters which suffered 0.016 defects per bus; 1000km, the seven Fleetlines had 0.02 defects per bus/ .1000km. The Routemasters were more prone to chassis, ;brake, suspension, and gearbox defects, whereas the Fleetlines' greatest weakness lay in their engine auxiliary equipment.