Plymouth's New Buses. • The growth of the fleet of
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motorbuses owned by the Plymouth Corporation has led the tramways department to undertake body-building upon a rather extensive scale, and it is claimed that a new type of vehicle, of which nine are to be put on the road, represents the highwater mark in construction. The chassis adopted costs £740. and it has been found possible, owing to the introduction of new methods initiated by the tramways manager, Mr. H. P. Stakes, to lower the cost of constructing the body to £250, as compared with £300, the lowest private tender. Seat Jog capacity is provided for 26 passengers, and the vehicle is claimed to be easier to handle and more economical, due to a reduction in weight of 15 cwt.
Plymouth claims to he the first municipality to install four-wheel brakes on public-service vehicles, and these nine now buses are, of course, thus equipped. The first of the new vehicles was recently inspected by the tramways committee.