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Dennis Brothers: Buses

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1908. 25 hp Dennis Charabanc.
August 1912. Char-a-banc.
February 1914. Char-a-banc.
January 1920. Chars-a-bancs.
January 1920.
May 1921.
February 1922.
Reg No: RT 4539.
May 1930.
April 1951.

Note: This is a sub-section of Dennis Brothers.

1905 Dennis produced their first bus.

All passenger-carrying vehicles were based on goods chassis until 1925.

1909 Dennis Brothers fitted White and Poppe petrol engines and later bought the company.

1921 Dennis designed a four-ton chassis.

1927 Forward-control double-deckers first appeared with the H-type.

1930 The Dart was invented as a normal-control chassis with six-cylinder engine and servo-brakes. This became the standard small bus with London General Omnibus Co.

By 1950 Dennis designed the Dominant model.

1952 Lancet was launched with an underfloor engine. It was much lighter and was successful in bus and coach use.

1956 The Pelican was introduced. It used components from the Falco.

1958 The forward-entrance Loline II came.

1960 Improvements were made to the Loline III; this model was 30ft long with a forward-entrance.

1961 Employed 1,300 persons. Commercial vehicle manufacturers specialising in motor fire engines, motor coaches, omnibuses and municipal vehicles. [1]

1967 The last of the Loline models were built.

1971 Dennis took ownership of the Hestair Group.

During the 1970s, a double-decker 'the Dominator' was made.

A single-decker version of 'the Dominator' followed. South Yorkshire Transport took the Dominator as its standard bus.

1980 A purpose-built single-decker chassis was developed - the Falcon.

By the 1990s the model of the Dominator could not keep up with Leyland Motors, Volvo, and Olympian.

1996 London and Country bought the last Dominators from Dennis.

1997 Dennis introduced the Trident, their first low floor double-decker, the three axle for export only.

Now part of Alexander Dennis Ltd of Falkirk

List of Models

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Dennis Owners