Brighton Hove and District AEC-Tilling petrol STL-type No4 double decker bus (scratchbuilt, Ken Allbon)
Brighton Hove and District AEC-Tilling petrol STL-type No4 double decker bus (scratchbuilt, Ken Allbon)(i)
Glamour of Brighton
The model is part of a set made by Ken Allbon between 2010 and 2012.
Period advertising is for Dewar's White Label whisky on the side, and ??? Luxury Flats, and Champion spark plugs and OXO on the front and back.
The STL Bus
The STL or Short Type Lengthened bus format appeared in 1932, with the length for buses being increased from 25 to 25 feet.
The emergence of specified standardised "types" within the General Omnibus and then London Transport fleets emerged partly as a result of servicing requirements - since the chassis and bodywork were serviced separately, and the two types of servicing took different amounts of time, labelling buses with their type removed uncertainty over which chassis could be bolted back under which sets of bodywork.
In 1932 Tilling had previously received eighty AEC Regent STL chassis (and added their own bodywork) to operate on behalf of the London General Omnibus Company.
- Tilling STLs (countrybus.org)
- STL Class History (countrybus.org)
- STL-type buses (doubledecker-bus.com)
- Bus type naming (old-bus-photos.co.uk)
- photo of an AEC Regent STL (londonhalfcabs.net)
- Brian Thackray The AEC Story: From the Regent to the Monarch