Leyland-DAB articulated bus

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Leyland-DAB articulated bus
Articulated DAB - Leyland in Copenhagen 1986 - Flickr - sludgegulper.jpg
Leyland-DAB in Copenhagen in 1986
Manufacturer Leyland/Danish Automobile Building
Body and chassis
Doors 1-3
Floor type Step entrance

The Leyland-DAB articulated bus was an articulated bus manufactured 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.[1]

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 to Volvo's articulated chassis. These were built with two body designs.

National body type[edit]

The first models of 1979 was based on the Leyland National, but was powered by a Saurer 240 bhp underfloor engine and Allison fully automatic transmission instead of the Leyland components.[2] Other parts like the axles and the steering mechanism, were also from Leyland.

Four of these buses saw extended trials in the United Kingdom with the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, (SYPTE) and were demonstrated with other UK operators, with seven purchased by British Airways.[3][4][5]

DAB body type[edit]

Later deliveries from 1985 employed all Leyland components again, but with DAB designed bodies. This bus saw use in Denmark.[6] In the UK, SYPTE bought 13 in 1985.[5][7]


In 1980, Australian operator Darwin Bus Service had a Leyland-DAF bodied by Pressed Metal Corporation South Australia.[8]


  1. ^ Free rides on artic Commercial Motor 7 September 1979
  2. ^ Leyland's National artic is coming Commercial Motor 3 November 1978
  3. ^ S Yorks bus delays no fault of Leyland Commercial Motor 15 December 1979
  4. ^ Bending the flag Commercial Motor 17 January 1981
  5. ^ a b Leyland DAB Articulated Bus Lists on the Web
  6. ^ busexplorer.com Image of a Leyland-DAB series VII articulated bus of Abildskaus Rutebiler, in Aarhus, Denmark
  7. ^ Bendis back in South Yorks Commercial Motor 10 August 985
  8. ^ Darwin Bus Service Overseas Journal April 2008 The PSV Circle

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External links[edit]

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