Dennis Loline

The Dennis Loline was a low-height double-decker bus manufactured by Dennis between 1958 and 1966.

Dennis Loline
Overview
ManufacturerDennis
Production1958–66
AssemblyGuildford, England
Body and chassis
Doors1
Floor typeStep entrance
Powertrain
EngineAEC AV470
Leyland O.600
Gardner 6LW
Gardner 6LX
Dimensions
Length8.5m to 9.4m
Width2.4m
Height4.12m

History

The Dennis Loline was basically a license-built Bristol Lodekka, being primarily supplied to municipal, private sector BET fleets and independent bus companies in the United Kingdom, during a period when Bristol's bus sales were restricted to state-owned bus companies.[1][2]

Production was to cease in 1962, however this was quickly reversed and it continued to be made until 1966.[3][4][5]

Three versions of the Dennis Loline were built: the Loline with rear entrance, Loline II with front entrance and the later Loline III with a revised front grille in front of the radiator and a different clutch and constant mesh gearbox.[6][7][8][9]

Aldershot & District Traction operated the largest number of Dennis Loline buses.

China Motor Bus in Hong Kong put one Dennis Loline into service in 1963. It was the first double-decker bus on Hong Kong Island.

References

  1. Four New Dennis Three Lorries and a Bus Commercial Motor 24 August 1956
  2. A Lower Loline Commercial Motor 29 August 1958
  3. Loline output to end Commercial Motor 8 December 1961
  4. Loline Back on the Market Commercial Motor 7 December 1962
  5. A double-decker comeback by Dennis Commercial Motor 19 March 1976
  6. Townsin, AA (1965). British Double Deckers Since 1942. Ian Allan Ltd.
  7. Dennis Loline Bus Lists on the Web
  8. Dennis Loline II Bus Lists on the Web
  9. Dennis Loline III Bus Lists on the Web

Further reading

  • Brown, S. (2013). The Lodekka Alternatives. Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7110-3535-5
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