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On 25 Feb 2021 10:43:17 GMT
Post by Marland
The idea of having a vehicle that resembled a tram on rubber wheels goes
back far longer and we in the UK cannot be too cocky.
This shows it on a day out with the bad weather screens down.
Why? is the question that springs to mind.
The originals were conceived by the chap who developed them to be easier to
access than the motor buses of the period just after WW1, look how high the
platform was on the London B types and K types of the era, Worthing where
he lived had buses with similar high platforms and like now had a high
proportion of elderly amongst the population so he looked around for
something that was easier to get aboard.
The chassis had been developed by the Sheldrove and Drury company to be
low to suit various tasks like a small bin lorry ,carry milk churns etc and
was quite successful in achieving that and had
a turning circle on less than 22ft which made them very manoeuvrable.
The clutch mechanism was automatic which was important when most drivers
had little experience of working one many having previously handled horse
With a short tiller for steering and another for operating the gear
selection with the driver being on a front platform they did resemble a
tram though the manufacturer did not design them that way intentionally ,Loading Image...
the name Tramocar was a good bit of what we would now call marketing by the
Worthing resident for his low floor passenger version whose small size
allowed them to be used on the Sea Front which conventional buses did not
They were successful enough the main incumbent operator Southdown bought
him out but kept the name for the service.
Ok , it wasn’t a tram but it was a good marketing name in the same way as
that coach service between Oxford and London calls itself the Oxford tube
but doesn’t run on tracks Underground.
One or two other places tried them but never to the same extent as
tiller steering was banned by the mid thirties and the later
examples built by S D started to get bigger
loosing some of the advantage over normal buses.
This is one of the last ones .