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Bristol Commercial Vehicles / Eastern Coach Works Railbus


Bristol railbus interior

The interior walls were finished in cream leather cloth, and an enamelled white ceiling. Seating faced forward in each saloon using a 2+3 layout, the green moquette was supplied by T. C. Firth Ltd and was a pattern also used on buses. Parcel racks were fitted on each side of the passenger compartments formed of plastic netting and alloy tube. They also carried a stainless steel handrail and were hung on polished aluminium alloy brackets. Saloon lighting equipment was supplied by Lewis Dixon Ltd & EX Matthew's Ltd. Centrally placed on each side of the body were single power-operated sliding doors, under the control of the driver. These had a safety interlock to ensure that the vehicles could not be driven until the doors were closed. Sliding door pneumatic gear and the seat frames were supplied by Deans & Son (Yorkshire) Ltd. A Smiths oil burning heater supplied warm air to each passenger and driver compartment via ducting.

Bristol railbus cab


The drivers compartment interior was finished in dark green leather cloth. Driving controls were kept to the minimum and made as simple as possible. There was a single removable master control key. The controls consisted of an accelerator lever (incorporating the deadmans handle), air brake lever, horn lever, hand brake lever, and direction lever for forward and reverse selection, and engine stopping and starting (the master removable key). It was claimed that the whole driving technique could be mastered within about ten minutes. Indicating instruments mounted on the driver's control panel included: an engine cooling water thermostat; air pressure gauge; and speedometer and mileage recorder. Windscreen wipers were of the Trico FPK heavy duty type. The drivers seat was supplied by AW Chapman Ltd.

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