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The Bus Section : Leyland Bus – 20 years since closure

The Bus Section : Leyland Bus – 20 years since closure

Mike Humble While ploughing through my extensive archive of all things bus and coach just now, I was staggered to notice that, 20 years ago this month, in July 1993 – and, after much diversification, rationalising and inevitable streamlining under the ownership of Volvo, the lights were finally switched out, the doors were locked and the gates were closed on arguably […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – Guy Wulfrunian

Essay : Not their finest hour – Guy Wulfrunian

Mike Humble From personal experience, there is no customer more difficult to trade with or educate for that matter than a Bus or Coach operator. Your average road haulier for example will look for overall cost and network support before driver acceptance and a typical average car buyer tends to look for reliability and a […]

Essay : Not their finest hour – Ward Bros & ACE Ltd

Essay : Not their finest hour – Ward Bros & ACE Ltd

Mike Humble Ward Brothers of Lepton near Huddersfield at one point ran a medium sized coach business operating a mixed range of services including Continental holidays. To say their choice of prime mover was different would be an understatement, but the coach chassis of choice for Ward was the lesser known Seddon Pennine VII. Seddon […]

Buses : Daimler and Leyland Fleetline

Buses : Daimler and Leyland Fleetline

Mike Humble Coventry’s local hero Daimler had a long and respected image in the eyes and hearts of many a transport manager as a builder of rock solid and cost effective buses right up the brands disappearance in 1973. Where Leyland was king of the corporate fleets that existed before the creation of the National Bus […]

The Bus Section : Leyland Atlantean

The Bus Section : Leyland Atlantean

Mike Humble Atlantean: bearing the weight of the world Should you be of a certain age, a bus still rustles up a mental picture of something big and noisy with large 22.5in tyres that rattles your fillings and windows with the thumping growling big block Gardner or Leyland 680 power unit. The sights, sounds and […]

News : Ashok Leyland to open R&D facility in the UK

News : Ashok Leyland to open R&D facility in the UK

Mike Humble/Bus and Coach magazine Ashok Leyland, the owner of Optare, is to open a Research and Development Centre at the MIRA Technology Park in Nuneaton, creating 30 jobs. The decision was confirmed during this week’s visit to India by prime minister David Cameron. Ashok Leyland increased its shareholding in the Yorkshire-based Optare group which was […]

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News : Optare doubles revenue and reduces losses

News : Optare doubles revenue and reduces losses

  Optare sales revenue doubled in the six months to 30 September from £22.7m last year to £46.7m this year. In the six months the company reduced its pre-tax losses from £4.4m to £3.3m. In the last three months of the period it produced an EBITDA profit of £146,000. Export revenues reached a record £10.5m. […]

By 20 December 2012 23 Comments Read More →
Best of British : Gardner 6LX diesel engine

Best of British : Gardner 6LX diesel engine

Mike Humble Ask many a seasoned truck or bus engineer the simple question ‘who made the best large diesel engine?’ and more than likely the answer without delay would be Gardner. Most of you out there in reader-land will claim not to have had any experience with such engines, some may not even know who […]

By 17 September 2012 54 Comments Read More →
Essay : Not their finest hour – Daimler Roadliner, the Lyons-made blunder bus

Essay : Not their finest hour – Daimler Roadliner, the Lyons-made blunder bus

Daimler tries things new: The Daimler motor company had a rich and respected past of which many people, including bus operators, had an enviable loyalty. William Lyons was almost held in regard as being another Donald Stokes, that was until Leyland Motors with Stokes at the helm bought into Jaguar Daimler in the early 1960`s. […]

Buses: The Bristol VRT & VRL – 1967 to 1981

Buses: The Bristol VRT & VRL – 1967 to 1981

Mike Humble:   One of the many companies within the old British Leyland empire involved with public transport, was Bristol Commercial Vehicles with its headquarters in the suburb of Brislington, slightly south west of Bristol city centre. Some relaxation in Government policy regarding free market competition resulted in Leyland Motors Ltd buying a majority shareholding […]