|Manufacturer||Bedford (General Motors)|
|Body and chassis|
|Floor type||Step entrance|
The Bedford JJL was an innovative but ultimately unsuccessful bus model built by Bedford. The JJL could have been a success, but was ahead of its time in predicting the boom in the midibus market, as seen by the success of the Dennis Dart.
|chassis number||number plate||bodywork code||seating||built|
|IRK0JL9008||UKX 335X||Marshall 260250||B24F||1981|
|IRK0JL9009||AVS 903T||Marshall 260251||B24F||November 1978|
|IRK0JL9010||EKX 648T||Marshall 260252||B24F||1978|
|IRK0JL9011||HKX 553V||Marshall 260253||B24F||November 1979|
The build date of the first chassis may indicate that this was the prototype that was converted to a production bus, although the bodywork numbers and build dates conflict with those found in.
Maidstone Borough Council took delivery of the JJLs in 1981/82. UKK 335X and AVS 903T were sold to Brighton Buses, and then to Northern Bus, Sheffield in 1992. EKX 648T also went to Brighton, but was scrapped in 1988 after a collision with a tree. HKX 553V was sold to Bournemouth Transport (trading as Yellow Buses) in 1983, and then onto The Goodman Group, where it saw service with Rambler and Goodmans coaches. It is the last JJL in service, and has been exhibited at rallies.
Tricentrol of Dunstable produced a short version of Bedford's YMQ chassis, the YMQ/S, ten years after the JJL.
- Fotopic image of a Bedford YMQS with related development commentary
- Picture and details about Brighton Corporation 37
- Bedford promotional leaflet for the JJL (see image)
- Online database of bus orders Bedford JJL chassis search
- Picture and details about Brighton Corporation 36
- Picture and details about Brighton Corporation 38
- Southbus webpage Maidstone Municipal Transport, A brief history
- Colin Parkers Yellow Buses enthusiast site
- Fotopic collection of Goodman Group of Whittlesey