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Trojan, the original "Mini-Bus". Built like tanks, which is probably why they were so expensive compared to the mass produced pressed steel versions from BMC, Ford and Standard.  Our family ran a pick-up, and apart from needing two people to start it every morning,  was indestructable. We once wrote to Trojan, giving the chassis number of our "1.5 ton". They came back and told us it was actually a half ton!! Regularly we must have put 2 tons on it!
A preserved Trojan 19 dating from 1961
Once a major force in vehicle manufacture in the early part of the century, the marque died out around the time of this vehicle, a 1949 model K6LA7 with Scottish-Aviation bodywork. Merged with Vulcan and then into the Rootes group, the marque faded away although Rootes famous two stroke was always the "TS" engine. The "Thomas Tilling" bus operating companies became the nationalised B.T.C. for whom Bristol were almost the sole manufacturer.
Tilling-Stevens
TROJAN
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Like many prototypes, this was a cross between old and the new.  Modern low window line, massive traditional radiator. The start of thousands of Loddekas destined for BTC companies.
Midland Red were an anomaly within British Electric Traction in that they had significant manufacturing capabilities and turned out large numbers of their own designed vehicles. Being small, they were able to tailor buses to suit exact needs, like the high speed motorway coach, as well as this D9. Although not without flaws, they showed the way in many aspects of engineering and design, which others followed.
Trojan advertising material: Click the "info" buttons.
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