ORDERS , AND DELIVERIES WILLOWBROOK BODIES FOR B.E.T. FLEETS: An order
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for eight Willowbrook 70-seater 30-ft.-Iong double-decker bus bodies to be based on A.E.C. Regent Mk. V chassis has been placed by the Devon General Omnibus and Touring Co. Ltd. Another Willowbrook order from a BET. group company is for six 36-ft. bus bodies on A.E.C. Reliance chassis for Maidstone and District Motor Services Ltd. Four of these are to be 53-seaters but two will have luxury seating for 49 passengers.
ALL SIZES: Two operators have recently placed orders for fleets of Bedford-Duple coaches each comprising three sizes of vehicle. Progressive Motor Coaches (A. E. Harris), of Cambridge, is to receive nine SB-Bella Vega 41-seaters, one VAL-Vega Major 52-seater and one VAS-Bella Vista 29-seater. North Manchester Motor Coaches Ltd., has ordered three, one and one respectively of the same models. Other notable orders for Duple bodies on Bedford chassis include one for six Bella Vega 41-seaters on SB chassis for the United Service Transport Co. Ltd., of London, S.W.I7 and one for five similar vehicles for Stanley Spencer and Happiway Tours, of Manchester. The six VAS 29-seaters for W. Alexander and Sons (Midland) Ltd.. reported in "The Commercial Motor" for November 30, are to have Bella Vista bodies. Five examples of the same type of chas.sis for David McBrayne Ltd. are to receive Duple 30-seat bus bodies.
TIPPERS FOR NIGERIA: Niger Motors Ltd., of Lagos and Apapa, has ordered four A.E.C. Monarch tippers to be used in connection with the Nigerian project for extending the wharf at Apapa, Nigeria. They will be fitted with Anthony Hoist tipping gear and 7/8-cu. yd. bodies, and Duramin Safari cabs.
MORE FOR MAURITIUS: A.E.C. Ltd. has received orders from Mauritius for a total of 13 Monarch tractive units. The new vehicles will be used for operation on sugar plantations with gross train weights of up to 24 Ions. They will be shipped in CKD form complete with Duramin cabs and fifthwheel units, to the Electric Motor Car Co. Ltd., Port Louis, A.E.C.'s distributor in Mauritius, where they will be assembled.
GREENSLADES EXTENDS FLEET: Greenslades Tours Ltd., Exeter, has ordered six more A.E.C. Reliance coaches.
MORE FOR TUNNEL CEMENT: The Tunnel Portland Cement Co. Lid. has ordered seven more A.E.C. Mammoth Major eight-wheelers for bulk cement transport.
MORE AFRICAN BUSINESS: The value of contracts gained from South and Central Africa last year by Leyland Motors Ltd. has risen to over £25 m. New orders call for 48 buses—all Worldmaster models—and 84 goods chassis, including 36 Super Comets, 24 Beaver tractive units and 12 Comets.
FOR SCOTLAND: Highland Haulage Ltd. Inverness, has placed an order with Millburn Motors Ltd.. Glasgow, for 12 Albion Chieftain Super Six chassis.
TRAMS MAKE WAY FOR BUSES: Cutting down its fleet of trams in favour of buses, Blackpool Corporation Transport has ordered a further 10 Leyland Titan doubledecker buses. The order is for the Titan PD3A.1 model, the A signifying a glass-fibre bonnet. Due to go into service in time for this year's summer season, the Titans will have 70-seater M.C.W. bodywork.
REGENT ORDERS LEYLAND: Regent Oil Co. Ltd. has ordered 26 Leyland Octopus eight-wheeled tankers for delivery work. They will have 4,000-gal. capacity tanks built by the Yorkshire Engineering and Welding Co. (Bradford) Ltd.
MORE TO NAME: Three Albion Reiver chassis have been ordered by Robson's Border Transport Ltd., Carlisle. Every vehicle in the fleet of this operator is given a name and the three new arrivals are to be called Border Marshall, Border Hunter and Border Clipper.
FIVE AND FOUR: The National Projects Construction Corporation, New_ Delhi, has placed an order with Ashok Leyland Ltd., Madras, for five Leyland Comet -lorries and four Comet tipers.