Oddball Wednesday - Willowbrook Crusader bodied Ward Dalesman

The following is a post written by Kieran before his decision to leave the blog.

Both the Ward Dalesman chassis and Willowbrook Crusader bodies are rarities within themselves, but combined together even more so.

In 1982 Ward began production of the 12 metre Dalesman chassis with Perkins engine. Just ten were ever built before Ward came into financial difficulty. An eleventh was near complete when the company collapsed in late 1983. 

The eleventh was without an engine or a gearbox and stayed as it was until 1986 when the chassis shell passed to Mackie's of Alloa. Its production was completed here with the addition of a Cummins engine, rather than the usual Perkins, and the fitting of the unusual Willowbrook Crusader bodywork.

Photo credit: Andy Campbell
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About Kieran Smith

Norwich Buses Blog was founded in December 2013 by Sam Larke after he left another popular blog, Norwich Bus Page. Since it's launch, the site has grown dramatically, especially whilst written solely by Kieran Smith during 2015. The blog is now in it's third year and we look forward to more success and growth in the future. If you think you'd make a good writer for Norwich Buses Blog, please do get in touch via email: samuel.larke@gmail.com
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