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BRITISH LEYLAND is to undeaake a campaign change on Atlantean double-deckers fitted with G2 automatic transmission. Its decision was prompted by the problems of Colchester Council which reported overheating in the electronic control system on its six new buses.
New Linke GERMAN bus manufacturers Linke, Hoffman, & Busch, may set up a plant in Dublin, according to reliable sources. A decision will depend on whether it gets work from State-owned operator CIE. But the firm will also export from Dublin and has had discussions with the Industrial Development Authority, which attracts new industry by cash grants of up to 50 per cent and tax-free concessions.
Red Arrow Voith
A NEW VOITH Diwa D851 fully-automatic bus transmission has now entered service With London Transport for a limited period. It is installed in an AEC Merlin serving the 501 'Red Arrow' route between Waterloo and London Bridge.
Supplied by Voith Engineering of Thornton Heath, Surrey, the transmission's principal feature is its ability to provide additional braking to that of the conventional vehicle brakes. It does so by means of a hydrodynamic retarder.