Bradford 846 - Click for a larger photo

Bradford 846
(JWW 376)

Chassis: Sunbeam F4
Chassis No: 50730
Motor: British Thomson Houston type 209AY3, 95 hp
Bodywork: East Lancs.(1963) H37/29F
Body No: 5893
Length: 28 ft  6 in
Width: 8 ft  0 in
Unladen Weight: 7 t  19 cwt  3 qr
Entered Service: August 1950
Withdrawn: 26 March 1972
Owner: Private
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Brief History

This was the middle vehicle of a batch of three, which turned out to be the last trolleybuses delivered to the Mexborough & Swinton company. Originally they carried centre-entrance Brush single-deck bodies. After the M&S system closed in 1961 the three together with another four similar vehicles were sold to Bradford Corporation.

The intention had been to extend the chassis to allow new 70-seat forward entrance bodywork to be fitted but with a new manager that year Bradford's policy towards trolleybuses changed. Consequently the chassis although rebuilt were not lengthened, nor were they fitted with automatic acceleration control as was standard in the Bradford fleet.

846 re-entered service with its new East Lancs double-deck forward-entrance body on 1 February 1963. As a sign of the times, in 1970 it was one of four trolleybuses equipped with 2-way radios to improve staff security on late evening journeys.

846 is awaiting restoration and is in storage away from the Museum site.

 

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