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Bedford JJL
Bedford JJL
Bedford JJL
Manufacturer Bedford Vehicles
Specifications
Floor type Step entrance
Doors 1 door
Engine(s) Bedford diesel
Options Various customer options

The Bedford JJL was an innovative but ultimately unsuccessful bus model built by Bedford Vehicles. The JJL could have been a success, but was ahead of its time in predicting the boom in the midibus market, as seen by the success of the Dennis Dart.[1][2]

Model historyEdit

For brand history, see Bedford Vehicles.

Only four JJLs were produced, along with a pre-production prototype, starting in 1978.[3] The production vehicles produced were as follows:[4]

chassis numbernumber platebodywork codeseatingbuilt
IRK0JL9008UKX 335XMarshall 260250B24F1981
IRK0JL9009AVS 903TMarshall 260251B24FNovember 1978
IRK0JL9010EKX 648TMarshall 260252B24F1978
IRK0JL9011HKX 553VMarshall 260253B24FNovember 1979

The build date of the first chassis may indicate that this was the prototype that was converted to a production bus, although the bodywork numbers and build dates conflict with those found in.[5][2][6]

Maidstone Borough Council took delivery of the JJLs in 1981/82.[7]

  • UKK 335X and AVS 903T were sold to Brighton Buses, and then to Northern Bus, Sheffield in 1992.[5][2]
  • EKX 648T also went to Brighton, but was scrapped in 1988 after a collision with a tree.[6]
  • HKX 553V was sold to Bournemouth Transport (trading as Yellow Buses) in 1983, and then onto The Goodman Group,[8] where it saw service with Rambler and Goodmans coaches. It was the last JJL in service,[9] and has been exhibited at rallies.

PreservationEdit

Bedford JJL coach - Scorton 09 - IMG 4984

HKX 553V

An example can be seen at several vintage vehicle rallies in the UK.

  • HKX 553X+ can be seen at events in the North West of England

External PhotosEdit

  • [1] EKX 648T in Maidstone Borough livery
  • [2] UKK 335X in Brighton Buses station shuttle livery
  • [3] AVS 903T in Brighton Buses blue livery
  • [4] AVS 903T in Brighton Buses station shuttle livery
  • [5] HKX 553V at Showbus 2003
  • [6] HKX 553V in Yellow buses livery
  • [7] HKX 553V in Yellow buses livery
  • [8] HKX 553V in Goodmans Coaches livery
  • [9] HKX 553V in Rambler livery

Tricentrol of Dunstable produced a short version of Bedford's YMQ chassis, the YMQ/S, ten years after the JJL.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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