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Bristol Lodekka
Bristol Lodekka F56G - 1961 - reg 109 DRM
Preserved Bristol Lodekka FS6G
Manufacturer Bristol Commercial Vehicles
Specifications
Floor type Step entrance
Doors 1 door
Engine(s) Bristol/Gardner/Leyland
Options Various customer options

The Bristol Lodekka was a low-height double-decker bus built by Bristol Commercial Vehicles in England.

Bristol manufactured over 5,200 Lodekkas from 1949 to 1968, as a standard double-deck vehicle for the UK state-owned bus sector. With all examples bodied by Eastern Coach Works in Lowestoft, they have a traditional half-cab design and a lower floor level allowing a low overall height. The earlier LD-series and the later FL and FS had a rear platform, but the FSF and FLF had a front entrance. Most were powered by 5 or 6-cylinder Gardner engines, with fewer having a Bristol or Leyland power unit. With the arrival of more modern "OMO" or one person operated buses, such as the Leyland Atlantean and Bristol VRT (the Lodekka's successor), many Lodekkas found themselves relegated to driver training duties.

Lodekka users in the UK included: Brighton & Hove, Bristol Omnibus, Crosville, Eastern Counties, Eastern National, Hants & Dorset, Lincolnshire Road Car, Scottish Omnibuses, Southern Vectis, Luton & District, Thames Valley & Aldershot, United, United Counties, West Yorkshire Roadcar Co, Western National, Central SMT and Wilts & Dorset. While no Lodekkas were bought by any London based companies, they often worked into the capital on services operated by Thames Valley and Eastern National.

West Yorkshire Road Car Company had an early Lodekka, fleet number DX1, which operated in the Harrogate area and lacked the distinctively stylish fairing of the production models. Locally, this was said to have been displayed at the Festival of Britain (South Bank Exhibition) in 1951.

The Bristol Lodekka was also manufactured by Dennis under licence, and was sold as the Dennis Loline.

Further useEdit

Surrey-based Top Deck Travel converted approximately 100 to "decker home" caravan standard between 1973 and 1997, and used these buses on extended tours to Europe, Asia and North America.

In the early 1990s, Surrey based "Leisurelink" used a former Southern Vectis example (MDL 954) on a weekend-only tourist service, linking Gatwick Zoo (now closed), Gatwick Airport and the Bluebell Railway.

Some overseas operators acquired second-hand Bristol Lodekkas from the UK for further service. For example, Fok Lei Autocarro S.A of Macau operated a small number of Lodekkas between the 1970s and late 1980s.[1] Citybus of Hong Kong operated one example in 1980s.

Popular cultureEdit

In popular culture, Bristol Lodekkas featured extensively in the early-1970s London Weekend Television series On the Buses, with actor Reg Varnes driving and Bob Grant his conductor. One of these Lodekkas has been preserved.

PreservationEdit

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