Ward's Darlington Dalesman
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The Dalesman GR11 was designed specifically for Darlington Borough Transport and is simple and rugged. It is powered by a rear-mounted Gardner 6HLXB engine which drives through a semi-automatically controlled SCG five-speed pneumocyclic gearbox.
Features include a sidemounted radiator fitted to the offside forward of the rear axle, and integral power steering.
The chassis frame has been designed to allow a low saloon Huddersfield has launched its first ssis.
floor, sloping slightly to the rear. The drive line is conventional and simple with the gearbox mounted next to the engine.
The first six Dalesman GR11 chassis are to be fitted with Wadham Stringer Vanguard 11m single-deck bus bodies and are due to be delivered to Darlington in August.
The basic GR11 chassis priced at £26,268 with leaf spring suspension. Air suspension has now been developed and is available as a factory-fitted option on both the GR11 bus chassis and the Dalesman 11 or 12m mid-engined coach chassis.
Ward Motors used the launch of the Dalesman GR11 to hold its own trade fair at its Shepley factory. Exhibits on display included the first production Dalesman 12m coach fitted with a Plaxton Paramount 3200 body. The coach which has been supplied to SKJ Coaches of Kirkburton made its debut at last week's Bus and Coach Council symposium in Blackpool.
The Dalesman coach is powered by a Perkins 640 TV8 engine rated to develop 255 bhp at 2,600rpm. Fitted with the ZF 56.80 six-speed synchromesh as standard Dalesman transmission, options include SCG 300 and 400 Series semi-automatic or Allison fully automatic gearboxes. Engine options now in