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Re: Centre Entrance Buses?

PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:35 pm
by Centralian
Looking at a Coaster and a Bedford SB5 as examples, the engine sits on top of the front axle. Judging by the overhang in front of the axle these two are Bedford Vams with the engine sitting in front of the axle so I would argue different to a Coaster. But yes having the door behind axle does allow seating at the front and avoids the restricted entrance if door was placed forward of axle. Can't say I've seen any other similar units. The furthest one looks to have 3 double seats forward of the door opposite the driver.

Re: Centre Entrance Buses?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:56 am
by LB608
MO 8229 Ison Deepwater, Bedford VAM

Re: Centre Entrance Buses?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:33 pm
by Denv12
Centralian wrote:I can't put a name to the operator, but in the early '80's these two were regular features in Lismore parked during the day
and then taking the school kids back in the afternoon. They look like Bedford Vams with Superior body and what could best
be described as a centre door only. In the one further away you can see the seating forward of the axle.
Nearest one has rego MO 8229.


Thanks Centralian.Great photos. Thats some history in that photo.

Those vehicles have the door closer to the centre than most other centre entrance buses.
Its interesting to see that was adequate room at the front the builder could have fitted a front door entrance.

Re: Centre Entrance Buses?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 12:37 pm
by tonyp
This is a Hunters Hill Bus Co centre entrance bus MO 863 from c1940:

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(This photo is from ATDB but I apologise that I don't recall the source)

This is the position of a centre door. If the door is immediately behind the front axle (normal control bus) it is still considered a front door. What this thread is getting at is buses that only have a centre door and no other doors.

I think it's better to describe it as a centre door rather than a centre entrance as any door can be used for both entrance and exit, depending on local rules.

Re: Centre Entrance Buses?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 12:57 pm
by Bedford-29
The picture is from the Ken Magor collection tonyp its probably one I posted yonks ago