Leyland-DAB articulated bus
|Leyland-DAB articulated bus|
|Body and chassis|
|Doors||1 to 3 door|
|Floor type||Step entrance|
The Leyland-DAB articulated bus was an articulated bus built by Leyland-DAB in Denmark. The Leyland-DAB artic found customers in Denmark, and was the first modern style articulated buses in the United Kingdom, albeit with limited repeat orders.
Leyland, being a mainly British manufacturer, also had an overseas manufacturing interest in the Danish manufacturer Danish Automobile Building (DAB) since 1953, which used a number of Leyland parts in its own bus models. As a continental manufacturer, it had developed its own articulated bus model as an alternative for Volvo's articulated chassis. These were built with two body designs.
National body type
The first models of 1979 used a Saurer 240 bhp underfloor engine and Allison fully auomatic transmission instead of the Leyland components, but had bodywork based on the Leyland National. Other parts like the axles and the steering mechanism, were also from Leyland. Four of these buses saw extended trials in the UK with the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), and were demonstrated with other UK operators, later being sold to various operators.
DAB body type
Later deliveries from 1985 employed all Leyland components again, but with DAB designed bodies. This bus saw use in Denmark. In the UK, SYPTE bought 13 in 1985.
- busexplorer.com Chapter 18: Danish Bus Builders, 4.1. DAB
- busexplorer.com Image of a Leyland-DAB series VII articulated bus of Abildskaus Rutebiler, in Aarhus, Denmark