Launched in 1949, the Bristol Lodekka was the first bus design to permit a low-floor solution to the age-old problem of trying to accommodate double-deck vehicles under low bridges. Following the withdrawal of the KSW model, the Lodekka was ultimately to be the last traditional front-engined double-deck design produced by Bristol and, by the time that production ceased in 1968, more than 5,200 had been built. Of these, the vast majority (as a result of the restrictions placed on the availability of Bristol products) were bought by Tilling Group companies with a number also passing to Scottish operators. As a result of these restrictions, the Lodekka was also manufactured under licence by Dennis - as the Dennis Loline. This pictorial colour album looks in detail at the working life of the Lodekka as it worked the country with a variety of operators. Every operator which brought Lodekkas is illustrated and the book also shows Dennis Loline operators.
All enthusiasts will enjoy the variety of illustrations of this highly popular bus model and more general readers will be interested to note that it was Bristol Lodekkas that featured extensively in the early-1970s London Weekend Television series On the Buses, with actor Reg Varney driving and Bob Grant his conductor.
Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing