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A Full-sized Bus

19th May 1950, Page 40
19th May 1950
Page 40
Page 40, 19th May 1950 — A Full-sized Bus
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on a Small Scale

Q1NCE its introduction 0-3 exactly two years ago, th Austin 25-cwt. chassis has established an enviable reputation for ubiquity. One of the latest passenger versions is a 12-seater coach in which full-size technique has been employed.

For use at Grantley Hall Training College, presumably for transporting student teachers to outlying schools, The vehicle was built to the order of West Riding Education Committee by Westgate Motors (Wakefield), Ltd., Wakefield. An ambulance chassis forms the basis of the vehicle, although van springs are fitted -in place of the softer ambulance type. Low-pressure ambulance tyres are retained.

In style similar to larger vehicles, the coach has a conventional hardwood B6 framework and aluminium panelling. Fittings and finish are up to coach standards. A sunken gangway provides adequate headroom, and four single and four double seats are fitted on near and off sides respectively. A single door and step occupy the near-side half of the back panel, matched by a window in the off-side half. An emergency exit is placed alongside the driver, where there is also luggage space. Three Beclawat Whirlwind winding windows are fitted on each side, and there is a sliding window behind the driver's half-cab. Two Airvac ventilators are situated in the roof, and •a Clayton Dewandrc heater is fitted to the front bulkhead. Traffic indicators are built in behind the cab doors, with arrow indicators above the rear registration panel. A 6-in, eight-day clock occupies a position at the top of the bulkhead. There are six interior pillartype lamps, and the destination indicator is illuminated by three. lamps.

Dunlopillo cushions, Connolly hide upholstery and wall linings, and chromium-plated tubular seat frames are employed.


Locations: Austin, Wakefield

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