AEC Bridgemaster

The AEC Bridgemaster was a front-engined double-decker bus chassis manufactured by AEC.

AEC Bridgemaster
Park Royal bodied AEC Bridgemaster
Overview
ManufacturerAEC
Production1956-1963
Powertrain
EngineAEC AV590
Chronology
SuccessorAEC Renown

History

The AEC Bridgemaster was introduced by AEC in 1956. Four pre-production examples were bodied by Crossley with an integrated aluminium body. Production examples bodied by Park Royal were introduced from 1958 with steel body frames at the request of British Electric Traction.[1]

In 1961 a forward-entrance version was introduced.[2] A total of 180 were produced before it was superseded by the AEC Renown in 1963.[3] East Yorkshire Motor Services were the largest customer, purchasing 50.[1][4][5]

Bulgy the Double-Decker bus from the Railway Series and the childrens television series Thomas & Friends is based on the AEC Bridgemaster.

References

  1. Companion to Road Passenger Transport History. Walsall: Roads & Road Transport History Association. 2013. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-9552876-3-3.
  2. Bridgemaster With Front Entrance Commercial Motor 6 May 1960
  3. Era ends Commercial Motor 19 November 1976
  4. "Showstopper Bar None" Bus & Coach Preservation January 2018 page 12
  5. AEC Bridgemaster Bus Lists on the Web
  6. A.E.C. Limited / Park Royal Vehicles Limited AEC Bridgemaster brochure No. 584.8.58
  7. A.E.C. Limited / Park Royal Vehicles Limited AEC Bridgemaster brochure No. 676.8.60
  8. A.E.C. Limited / Park Royal Vehicles Limited AEC Bridgemaster brochure No. 584.8.58
  9. A.E.C. Limited / Park Royal Vehicles Limited AEC Bridgemaster brochure No. 584.8.58
  10. AEC Bridgemaster Bus Lists on the Web
  11. AEC Bridgemaster Bus Lists on the Web
  12. A.E.C. Limited / Park Royal Vehicles Limited AEC Bridgemaster brochure No. 584.8.58

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