New bus for London independent
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• Following its policy of maintaining a modern fleet of buses and coaches, F. G. Wilder and Son Ltd. of Fern Grove. Feltham, Middlesex (trading as Golden Miller), has acquired a new Bristol LH bus with Plaxton Derwent 49-seat body. The company is notable in that it operates three local bus services inside the Central (red) bus area of London Transport, (CM, February 9 1968).
Overall length of the new bus is 10 metres (32ft 10in.) with a wheelbase of 16ft 2in. The power unit is a Leyland 400 horizontal engine driving through a Turner 400 five-speed synchromesh gearbox and a rear axle with a ratio of 5.86 to 1. Michelin 9.00 by 20in. radial tyres are fitted.
A seating capacity of 49 is obtained by four rows of three-and-two seating at the rear of the body. The seats have Dapta frames and are upholstered in black Amble with welded seams. The air-operated entrance doors were supplied by Deans, and a pram pen is situated behind the driver's compartment.
Golden Miller already operates 10 Plaxtonbodied Bristols—all coaches—and another three Bristol/Plaxton coaches are on order.