British Long-distance Coaches in America
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E Canadian American Coaches, eLtd., trading under the name of Canadian American Trailways, one of the few Canadian companies to operate a bus service over the border into the United States, put into service last week two Leylaild oil-engined coaches, which illustrate very well.the type of vehicle used for long-distance work in North America.'
For this purpose Mr. Cooper, general manager of the company, imported two Leyland Tigress bonneted-type chassis, with 20-tt, wheelbases and left-hand steering. Both the machines are powered by Leyland oil engines of 8.6-litre capacity. Gruss air springs, Westinghouse compressed-air brakes, radiator shutters and Budd wheels, with 9.75-in. by 22-in. tyres, are common to both chassis. This tyre, fitting in combination with an eightspeed gearbox and a top-gear ratio of 4.1 to 1, enables each vehicle to maintain speeds in the region of 60 m.p.h.
Both 29-seater bodies are of Canadian manufacture, being built by Messrs. Smith Bros., of Toronto. As is customary in American long-distance coaches, all the seats, including those a.t the back are of the reclining variety and can be tipped to any reasonable angle by the passenger. Special attention' has been given to luggage accommodation, a n d spacious interior and exterior luggage racks are provided.
The vehicles, which are operating between Windsor (Nova Scotia) and Buffalo, in New York State, are finished in cream and red with interior decorations in cream and brown tones.