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  • Wayfarer Mk1
    to the rear panels and there was a shelf like ledge across the back waist below the rear windows This can just about be seen in the photo of LLY 719 above The bottom of the fin ended on the ledge The frame arrangement for the rest of the coach Although the overhang ahead of the front axle looks to be the same of the coach This too had a pronounced slope to the Quite why LLY 719 was built so differently from other Wayfarers is difficult to say for it is clear that it was not built significantly ahead of the other first examples of the style By reason of its differences it will not be examined in detail here although may feature on another part of the site However it is worth mentioning some of the general aspects of the Wayfarer design that appeared right from the start The mark 1 Wayfarer was similar in construction to the traditional half cab coaches which still continued to be available The frame was constructed in wood and the interior featured a rising floor line towards the rear of the coach In addition there was a small step of a couple of inches to the seats from the centre gangway The rising seats idea dated back to the days of the charabanc and allowed passengers a view over the passengers in front All featured the standard large opening roof panel Harrington took advantage of the fact that the Leyland and AEC chassis were substantially constructed The bodies were built with little thought for weight saving and this resulted in particularly sumptuous interiors easily matching the average limousine car Although the under floor configuration allowed as many as 41 seats to be fitted many touring coaches were built with a little as 26 The unladen weight was invariably greater than a large double deck bus One of the most obvious new features was the use of curved toughened glass for the front corner windscreens Together with the two main windscreens screens the four panes across set a future trend for almost all Harrington bodies for the next ten years At the back it was a similar story where corner glass was an option when the fin was fitted The fin did tend to make the interior of the coach dark though some in the back seat might say cosy and the corner windows certainly let in a more light However it required the two main rear windows to be a different shape and the overall effect was less harmonious with the curves of the rear dome The rear corner window was an option which was seldom taken up The Wayfarer also abandoned the rear wing which swept down to join with the rear bumper trim Instead there was a re appearance of the egg shaped wings first seen on the so called torpedo bodies produced just prior to WWII Of course before the introduction of the under floor chassis the front wings

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  • Harrington Wayfarer Mk 2
    the change was merely Harrington working on that problem However the new chassis were certainly likely to flex more than the old ones so strength was certainly an issue too Substantial aluminium beams were laid across the chassis to provide the basis for the body Harrington always used a sort of sub chassis across the top of the real chassis and half inch plywood formed the floor The aluminium frame was a top hat section fastened to the horizontals with triangular brackets These vertical frames were cold riveted to a 14 gauge interior panel stress panel is rather too strong a word but the mark 1 had used only hardboard for its interior panels and the exterior panels were pop riveted to the outside rather than screwed This made a section certainly very strong in compression Attractive though the big chrome framed windscreens of the Wayfarer Mk1 may have been they soon proved to be something of a liability Unlike previous models the Wayfarer did not have a bulkhead to strengthen the front of the body Front engined chassis such as the Leyland PS2 had even on the full fronted bodies a half height bulkhead behind the engine usually supplied by the chassis manufacturer This contributed a great deal to the strength of the body and prevented it from lozenging or going out of square side to side The new generation of underfloor chassis were supplied without any tin ware Lacking this important feature Harrington were not alone with this problem and without the benefit of modern sealants the Wayfarer Mk1 windscreens soon leaked terribly where the frames were screwed into the wooden body Therefore the Mark 2 had a different windscreen arrangement and this is the most obvious external clue to the change from Wayfarer Mk1 to Wayfarer Mk2 The main screen was divided up into four parts not the most attractive of assemblies but the important feature was that the frame now contributed significantly to the strength of the front of the vehicle The corner windows were now in one complete curve and mounted in rubber seals supplied by Glazetite Again this was a possibly a visually retrograde step but it meant that any slight movement of the body did not impose stresses on the toughened glass which had led to leaks or even breakage on the Mk1 Body 1357 for Silver Star carries the special order front dome and pre dates the two well known Tiger Cubs that are in preservation It differs from the two preserved coaches because it has vertical pillar frames Another obvious visual difference for the Mk 2 was that the flared out bottom to the side panels and separate wing covers was abandoned By special order these had been left off the variant of the Wayfarer 1 delivered to Southdown earlier in 1952 This was a portent of things to come The wheel arches and the length of the bottom edge of the coach was now finished off with a small aluminium

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  • Harrington Wayfarer Mk 3
    Coaches were nick named Space Ships and readers of the boy s comic Eagle will readily understand this both Dan Dare s space craft and the Wayfarer 3 appeared to have a mass of windows and generally had an uncanny similarity The windscreen frames had been changed so that the glass area below the main windscreen was significantly larger Most remarkably all four panes were made of curved glass This might have put off some operators who would have been very aware of the increased cost of repair in the event of breakage Most Mk3 were made with windows in front dome and roof cant panels None were ever made with the Harrington fin Now that would have been a space ship The rear dome featured corner windows and a central window panel now reshaped to blend rather more successfully with the corners In terms of construction the Mk3 was the same as its predecessor all aluminium The most significant feature was the new grille arrangement on the front panel It was a dummy of course because the radiator was actually situated behind the front axle The bumper trim was raised up from the bottom of the panel and this tended to reduce the droopy look which seemed to afflict all early underfloor engine body designs regardless of manufacturer The sliding door had now settled down to a standard position on both the Contender and Wayfarer and was not actually true centre entrance The descreet advantage of this was that it was now easier to space out the seats according to whether 41 or 37 seats was specified by the customer One unusual feature was the mounting of the rear lights in small vestigial fins low down by the rear bumper This was of course a nod towards the styling

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  • Harrington Wayfarer 4
    registered TLC 320 Due to the Suez crisis the rest of the order for 20 was cancelled and then picked up again later in the production run The frontal appearance was simplified with only two large windscreens rather than the fussy multi pane of the previous model The curved glass for the main screens had been discontinued Legislation still required that the driver s windscreen should hinge open and coaches and buses of all makes suffered many breakages as drivers tried to open their screens without properly unfastening them At least flat glass meant replacement was relatively cheap and easy The first five coaches had a centre entrance This may have been so that the range was common with the lightweight Mark IV C body where a front entrance was not possible However after the first five bodies the front entrance made an appearance This was not the first time Harrington had tried such a thing some of the Contender models with Mk 2 Wayfarer styling had this when Maidstone District were experimenting with one man operation in 1955 The roof dome was made of fibre glass and at the back edge almost out of sight was a feature where the dome was stepped to incorporate a row of ventilation intakes Inside the air flow could be controlled by adjustable chrome grilles This particular roof feature was to continue into the Cavalier range and funnily enough even appeared on the Duple Dominant made long after Harringtons had ceased trading The complete front panel was also constructed in fibre glass The large dummy grill was continued but re shaped so that the head lamps were now outside it s boundary At the back an attractive stainless steel panel wrapped around under three windows which were slightly shallower than on the Mark

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  • Southern Vectis 405 Dennis Ace Harrington
    and made an appearance at the Isle of Wight Bus Museum Running Day on October 17th 2010 Click on thumbnail for larger image Photos Dave Moore Company Secretary Isle of

    Original URL path: http://www.thcoachwork.co.uk/dl9015.html (2016-04-25)
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  • CXN 247 Harrington Commercial

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  • CUF 404 Leyland Cub Southdown

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  • DUF 179

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