Bedford keeping mum over Goldliner mods
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— by Martin Watkins
THE GOLDLINER—the coach body designed by Duple and National Travel to meet GRSA standards—was handed over to National Travel (South East) for service last week.
Although looking externally very similar to the standard Duple Dominant, this coach has many detail differences both in dimensions and construction methods.
The chassis is the Bedford YMT—but this 500 engine is not the same as fitted to the standard chassis. Bedford, how ever, is keeping quiet about the detail mods under the floor.
Bodily, Duple has done away with the steel channel with wood inserts used in the standard Dominant in favour of welded steel tube with pop-riveted panels.
To conform to GRSA (Group of Rapporteurs on Safety Provisions on Motor Coaches and Buses) the entrance opening is liin wider. Three large lockers are fitted along the body on both rear and offside. These give a total luggage accommodation of over 5.6cum (200cuft). While the floor is flat along under the passenger seats with no humps or intrusions for wheel arches the centre gangway is dropped to give a headroom of 1898mm (6ft 2:lin).
The prototype coach is fitted with 49 seats to the normal UK spacing although GRSA spacing would dictate that probably five fewer seats would be fitted. This is to conform to the seat spacing regulations which will be set at 750mm (2ft 5iin).