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for 57 Passengers
QPECIALLY constructed for opera
tion in the tropics, a fleet of singledeck buses is being produced by Park Royal Vehicles, Ltd., Park Royal, London, N.10. for delivery to Nigeria. Based on Albion CX.41 chassis, the vehicles are for Union Nigerian Transporters, Ltd., the supplier being the United Africa Co., Ltd.
On a straight-framed chassis with a wheelbase of 20 ft. 6 ins., an 8-ft.-wide all-metal body is built, with seating accommodation for 57 passengers. This is achieved by putting the gangway offcentre, and arranging specially shaped, wood-slat seats for three and two passengers respectively on the off and near sides Dooriess entrances are provided at the front and rear, and communicate with the interior by means of four steps. The driver's cab, which is of the full-fronted type and is integral with the body, has two doors.
Much attention has been paid to ventilation. For example, sliding glasses behind the driver enable the passengers to benefit from the ventilation provided by the outward-opening
double-panelledwindscreen. All 14 side windows in the main compartment are of the half-drop type, and there are eight Roe-Vac extractor ventilators in the roof and a standard P.R.V. ventilator communicating with louvres above the illuminated destination indicator.
Steel used in the construction of.the body is treated with anti-rust compounds after degreasing and is then given a coat of hard-drying oil and , painted with metal primer before assembly. The timber used, mainly iroko or opepe, a hardwood similar to teak, is dipped in cuprinol and painted in grey primer. The body throughout is thoroughly insulated against. heal with Alfol material.