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AEC Bridgemaster

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AEC Bridgemaster
Stagecoach in East Kent bus 19946 (MFN 946F), M&D and EK 60 rally (2).jpg
Park Royal bodied AEC Bridgemaster (forward-entrance)
Overview
ManufacturerAEC
Production1956-1963
Powertrain
EngineAEC AV470 (first two prototypes)
AEC AV590
TransmissionAEC synchromesh
Chronology
SuccessorAEC Renown

The AEC Bridgemaster was a front-engined low-height double-decker bus chassis manufactured by AEC.

History

The AEC Bridgemaster was introduced by AEC in 1956 to meet the demand of low-height double-deckers from municipal and independent bus operators across the United Kingdom, which were barred from purchasing the Bristol Lodekka. It was designed as a fully-integral vehicle, utilising two sub frames like the contemporary Routemaster. Four pre-production examples were bodied by Crossley with an aluminium body; production examples bodied by Park Royal were introduced from 1958 with steel body frames at the request of British Electric Traction.[1]

In 1960 a forward-entrance version with slightly different driveline layout was introduced.[2] A total of 180 were produced before it was superseded by the AEC Renown in 1963.[3] East Yorkshire Motor Services were the largest customer, purchasing 50.[1][4][5]

In popular culture

Bulgy the Double-Decker bus, his friend and 25 Australian buses from the Railway Series and the children's television series Thomas & Friends is based on the AEC Bridgemaster.

References

  1. ^ a b Companion to Road Passenger Transport History. Walsall: Roads & Road Transport History Association. 2013. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-9552876-3-3.
  2. ^ Bridgemaster With Front Entrance Commercial Motor 6 May 1960
  3. ^ Era ends Commercial Motor 19 November 1976
  4. ^ "Showstopper Bar None" Bus & Coach Preservation January 2018 page 12
  5. ^ AEC Bridgemaster Bus Lists on the Web
  6. ^ A.E.C. Limited / Park Royal Vehicles Limited AEC Bridgemaster brochure No. 584.8.58
  7. ^ A.E.C. Limited / Park Royal Vehicles Limited AEC Bridgemaster brochure No. 676.8.60
  8. ^ A.E.C. Limited / Park Royal Vehicles Limited AEC Bridgemaster brochure No. 584.8.58
  9. ^ A.E.C. Limited / Park Royal Vehicles Limited AEC Bridgemaster brochure No. 584.8.58
  10. ^ AEC Bridgemaster Bus Lists on the Web
  11. ^ AEC Bridgemaster Bus Lists on the Web
  12. ^ A.E.C. Limited / Park Royal Vehicles Limited AEC Bridgemaster brochure No. 584.8.58
  • Brown, Stuart J (2013). The Lodekka Alternatives. Hersham: Ian Allan Publishing.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

External links

Media related to AEC Bridgemaster at Wikimedia Commons

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