East Lancs 1984-style double-deck body

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East Lancs 1984-style double-deck body
East Lancs curved screen 1.jpg
East Lancs "Droop Nose" bodied Dennis Dominator
Overview
Manufacturer East Lancashire Coachbuilders
Body and chassis
Doors 1 door
Floor type Step entrance
Chassis Dennis Dominator
Volvo B10M
Leyland Olympian
Scania N112
Scania N113
Volvo B58 (rebody)
Powertrain
Capacity 57 to 76 seated
Dimensions
Length 9900mm, 10100mm and 10500mm
Width 2500mm
Height 4300mm

The East Lancs 1984-style double-deck body is a type of step-entrance double-decker bus body built on different chassis by East Lancashire Coachbuilders in England.

Chassis[edit]

Several different chassis types were bodied with this style of bodywork. These include:

Description[edit]

This distinctive style of bodywork has a downward-sloping front window bay on the upper deck, with both top and bottom edges angled downwards. The side windows are square-cornered. A large double-curvature upper deck windscreen (either single-piece or two-piece) is one of the most distinctive features.

Originally a tall, wrap-around lower deck windscreen was fitted, but some batches were fitted with a double-curvature windscreen on the upper deck with either a straight or an arched top.

A batch of Dennis Dominators built for Southampton City Transport have bodywork which is mostly to this style, including the downswept front upper deck window bay, but with a divided flat upper deck windscreen in place of the distinctive double-curvature screen.

History[edit]

This design was introduced in 1984. Early examples included Dennis Dominators for Leicester CityBus. At first it was often specified for coach use, sometimes by operators who at the same time specified one of the plainer designs for bus use. This has sometimes earned it the misnomer "coach body", but in fact a majority were double-decker buses.

Later orders came from Drawlane subsidiaries London & Country, North Western and Midland Red North.

Naming[edit]

This design had no official name that was used publicly, however it has been referred to as the Droop Nose Design.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Postlethwaite, Harry (2000). East Lancashire Coachbuilders. Glossop: Venture Publications. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-898432-15-9. OCLC 44484652.