Overland to India by Am-conditioned Coach
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ACOACH service from London to Calcutta and Bombay will be inaugurated by Garrow-Fisher Tours, Ltd., on October 17. The vehicle which is to operate this new scheduled route is an A.E.C. Mandator0 with bodywork by Thos. Harrington, Ltd., Hove. It is a 26seater with full air-conditioning, and includes much equipment that has been specified in the light of previous experience of the route.
The Nor malair air-conditioning plant is carried in a " bonnet" in front of and below the driver, and is driven from the nose: of the crankshaft. Large, doubleglazed windows and efficient insulation and 'dust-proofing contribute to the performance of the cooling system. A drop of 30° F. can be achieved in a short time.
Amenities include window curtains. coat-hooks and overhead parcels racks, barred to prevent the dislodgment of personal effects. The rear of the 31-ft. coach provides room for an Espresso coffee machine, a sink unit with running water and a three-ring gas cooker. The crew consists of driver, co-driver and hostess.
Further luggage space is provided by a covered container mounted on the roof, and it is intended to tow a heavy-duty trailer, equipped with fitted suitcases. The coach body is sharply upswept at the rear, to prevent "bottoming" on unmade roads. The tyres fitted as standard are Regent remoulds, with Trunkway treads.