WRIGHT Bus and coach manufacturer Ballymena Nothern Ireland UK


Wrightbus Limited
Type Private
Industry Automotive
Founded 1946
Headquarters Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Products Bus and coach manufacturer
Employees 1,800 (2014)
Website www.wrightbus.com

Wrightbus is a British coachbuilder and pioneer of the low-floor bus based in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, it was established in 1946 by Robert Wright and currently run by his son William Wright.


GHA Coaches Wright Handybus bodied Dennis Dart in Wrexham in March 2009

Wrightbus was founded in 1946 as Robert Wright & Son Coachbuilders. In its early years it rebodied lorries. In 1978, the company released its first aluminium-structured bus bodywork.

Wright’s breakthrough into the mainstream bus bodybuilding sector came in the early 1990s. The Handybus was a midibus body offered on a variety of chassis but was most successful on the emerging Dennis Dart attracting reasonably sized orders from a variety of operators including London Buses, Go Ahead Northern, Ulsterbus and Citybus (Belfast). This was followed by a move into the full size single deck market with the Endeavourbody which was fitted to Dennis Javelin, Leyland Tiger and Scania K93 chassis, and enabled Wright to develop its highly successful Endurance body which competed with the Alexander Strider and Northern Counties Paladin for orders on Volvo B10B and Scania N113 CRB chassis.

Other Wright products introduced in this period included two Mercedes-Benz-based products, the O405 based Cityranger and the OH1416 based Urbanranger. This was launched around the time bus operators in the UK began switching to low floor chassis. As a consequence the Urbanranger only attracted a handful of orders. However Wright had become well established in the bus bodybuilding sector by then and was more than able to exploit the opportunities the low-floor revolution would offer it from mid-1990s onwards.


In 1993, the Pathfinder on low floor Dennis Lance SLF and Scania N113 CRL chassis was unveiled.

The Axcess-Ultralow was introduced in 1995 and offered on the Scania L113 chassis. At this time it was selling in reasonable numbers to UK bus operators, but unlike other bodybuilders who could only offer the L113 with step-entrance bodies, Wright modified it by removing the middle section of the chassis and thus offered UK bus operators one of the first mainstream low-floor body/chassis combinations. A major customer for the Axcess-Ultralow was FirstGroup taking approximately 240.

Next up was the Volvo B10L-based Liberator introduced at the end of 1995. Notable came from the National Express Group who ordered 120 Liberators in 1997.

Next came the Renown body built on the Volvo B10BLE which went on to become the standard bus of the Blazefield Group. However Renown production was stopped when the B10BLE was replaced by the Volvo B7L on the new Wright Eclipse (now Wright Eclipse Metro), which due to its vertical rear engine wasn’t popular with many operators. However Wright didn’t lose custom and many operators including the likes of Ulsterbus simply switched to the incline-engined Scania L94UB, on a similar Wright Solar body. Another bodywork, which resembles the current Solar/Eclipse range is the Meridian, which is bodied on the new MAN A22 full low-floor single-deck chassis.


The most distinctive product of Wright is the New Routemaster London bus, introduced on 27 February 2012 as an update of the AEC Routemaster.

The first Wright Eclipse Gemini double-decker was first built on the Volvo B7TL chassis in 2001. A similarly styled bus entered service with Arriva London in August 2001 as the Wright Pulsar Gemini on the VDL DB250 chassis. Large operators of Gemini-bodied buses include Arriva, FirstGroupGo-Ahead Group, Lothian Buses and National Express.

Since May 2013, Wrightbus has also built its own chassis.


In 1997, an order for 25 Wright Crusader bodied Dennis Darts were delivered to Australian operator ACTION. Between 2003 and 2006, Kowloon Motor Bus received a total of 164 Wrightbus three-axle double-deckers, 100 of them were on Volvo Super Olympian and 64 of them were on Volvo B9TL chassis. In 2009, Kowloon Motor Bus had order a total 291 buses which including one demonstrator with 2-axle and all buses were in service in 2012. In 2010, the first of 450 Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs was delivered to SBS Transit, Singapore till end 2012.

In 2011, Wrightbus International was established. A contract was awarded by SBS Transit for 550 Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs and delivered since January 2013 till Mid 2015. In November 2012, a contract for 50 Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvos was awarded by Kowloon Motor Bus. These are being sent in ckd form from Ireland and assembled in China and followed by another 85, including two 12.8-metre-long demonstrators. In September 2013, Wrightbus entered into a partnership with Daimler Buses to manufacture buses in India.

In March 2014, orders were secured from Citybus and New World First Bus for 51 Volvo B9TLs. These are being sent in ckd form from Ireland and assembled in Malaysia. In July 2014, SBS Transit ordered a further 415 Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs which will be deliver from July 2015 till Mid 2017, increasing the total to 1,415 by 2017.



Wright Eclipse GeminiGemini 3 (based on Volvo B5TL, Volvo B5LH)

Wright StreetCarStreetCar RTV (based on Volvo B7LA)

Wright StreetLite..StreetLite (integral mini/midibus)

  • StreetLite Max (integral single deck)

New RoutemasterNew Routemaster Transport for London bus


Single deck

Wright Axcess-Floline bodied Scania L94UBAxcess-Floline (for Scania L94)

Wright Axcess-Ultralow ANWScania5305Axcess-Ultralow (for Scania L113CRL)

DAF SB120-Wright Cadet in the Bluestar liveryCadet (for DAF/VDL SB120)

Wright Commander

  • Commander (for DAF/VDL SB200)
  • Consort (on Leyland 9-13R Roadrunner, possibly others)
  • Contour (on Bedford Y-Series and others)

Wright Crusader bodied Dennis Dart SLFCrusader (for Dennis Dart SLF, Volvo B6LE)

Wright Crusader 2 bodied Volvo B6BLECrusader 2 (for Volvo B6BLE)

Volvo_B7RLE_Wright_Eclipse_II_FJ58_LSN_15_March_2009Eclipse Metro/Eclipse Fusion (for Volvo B7L/B7LA)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEclipse Urban/Eclipse 2 (for Volvo B7RLE)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEclipse SchoolRun (school bus bodywork for Volvo B7R)

Wright Electrocity VDL DAFElectrocity (hybrid-powered single-decker bus based on DAF/VDL SB120)

Wright Endurance bodied Volvo B10BEndurance (for Volvo B10B, Scania N113CRB)


1995 Wright HandybusHandybus (for Dennis Dart, Leyland Swift)

Wright LiberatorLiberator (for Volvo B10L)

Wright MeridianMeridian (for MAN A22)

Wright PathfinderPathfinder (for Dennis Lance SLF, Scania N113CRL)

2012 VDLSB200-Wright Pulsar EclipsePulsar/Pulsar 2 (for VDL SB200)

  • Wright Pulsar 2 HEV

Wright Renown 1Renown (for Volvo B10BLE)

Scania L94UB with Wright Solar bodySolar (for Scania L94, Scania K-series single decker)

Wright Solar Fusion with ScaniaSolar Fusion

Wright Urbanranger Fire and RescueUrbanranger (variant of Endurance for Mercedes-Benz OH1416)

Double deck

Wright Eclipse GeminiEclipse Gemini/Eclipse Gemini 2 (for Volvo B7TL, Volvo B9TL, Volvo B5LH

Wright Gemini 2 HybridGemini 2 (integral with VDL chassis modules)

  • Gemini 2 DL
  • Gemini 2 HEV

Wright Pulsar GeminiPulsar Gemini (for DAF/VDL DB250)

Wright Pulsar Gemini HEVPulsar Gemini HEV (hybrid-powered double-decker bus based on VDL DB250)

BRUSH Coachbuilders Loughborough Leicestershire England UK

Brush Traction

is a manufacturer and maintainer of railway locomotives, part of Wabtec Corporation, based at Loughborough in Leicestershire,England situated alongside the Midland Main Line.

Brush works in Loughborough

Part of Brush Traction was Brushmobile Electric Car

Between 1901 and 1905 the Brushmobile electric car was developed using a Vauxhall Motors engine, although only six were built. One of these six featured in the film Carry on Screaming. Nearly 100 buses, plus some lorries were built using French engines until 1907.

In all, about 250 steam locomotives were built in addition to the tram engines. Production finished after the First World War and the company concentrated on transport-related electrical equipment, including tramcars, trolleybuses and battery-operated vehicles.

In World War II Brush Coachworks diversified into aircraft production, building 335 de Havilland Dominies for the Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm. Wing sections were built for Lancaster bombers and Hampden fuselages were overhauled.

1946 AEC Regal KEH-608 Brush B34F

1946 AEC Regal KEH-608 Brush B34F  coachwork

The coachworks continued after the war with omnibus bodies mounted on Daimler chassis using Gardner five-cylinder diesel engines and Daimler preselector gearboxes as well as AEC and BMMO Chassis for Midland Red and 100 Leyland Titans for Birmingham City Transport as well as bodies to the design of the British Electric Traction group on Leyland Royal Tigers. In 1952 the coachworks was closed and the goodwill and patents were bought by neighbouring Willowbrook.

more about Brush in total because it’s still exists


1913 Leyland S3.30.T Brush B27F body a 1913 Leyland S3.30.T Brush B27F body b


1927 Karrier WL 6-2 Brush H32-28R a 1927 Karrier WL 6-2 Brush H32-28R b


1928 Karrier brush ad 1928 Karrier Brush


1929 Brush bodied Leyland TD1


1929 Leyland Titan TD1 with Brush O27-24RO bodywork UF4813


1930 Trent CH5432, SOS ODD ex S rebodied Brush B26F


1931 Midland Red HA7328, an SOS IM6 Brush


1932 Brush bodied Oxford AEC Regent JO5403


1932, JO5403 is an AEC Regent and carries a Brush body


1935 Ledgards famous Brush bodied Maudsley Marathon coach CUB1 in original form


1935 Midland Red 1693, AHA578, an SOS DON new in 1935 with a Brush B36F body


1935 Trent 304, RC2704, a SOS DON with Brush B36F body


1935 Trent 344, RC3715, a SOS DON with Brush B36F body


1935 Trent RC2721 is an S.O.S DON with a Brush body rc2721


1936 Leyland Cheetah LZ2 with Brush C31F body


1936 London Transport Class E1 trolleybus 554, DLY554 554


1936 Trent 334, RC3705 an SOS with Brush B36F body


1937 London Transport 591, DLY591, an E1 class AEC 664T with Brush body 591


1938 Bristol K5G with Brush L28-26R body


1938 Bristol K5G with Brush L28-26R bodyJT9353


1938 Daimler COG5 with Weymann 54 seat Highbridge body new to Trent in April 1938. Rebodied by Brush in February 1948


1938 Midland Red SOS FEDD 2225, FHA207, from 1938 with a Brush H30-26F body


1939 Midland Red SOS FEDD FHA238 with a Brush H30-26F body fha238


1940 Midland Red SOS SON 2390, GHA309, with Brush B38F body


1940 Midland Red SOS SON 2391, GHA310, with Brush B38F body


1940 Midland Red SOS SON 2407, GHA326, new in 1940 with a Brush B38F body


1943 Daimler CWG5 with a Brush L27-26R body


1943 Guy Arab I with Brush L27-26R body a


1943 Guy Arab I with Brush L27-26R body


1943 Guy Arab I with Brush L27-28R body


1944 Daimler CW with Brush utility body


1944 Daimler CWA6 with Brush UL27-26R body


1945 built Brush bodied Daimler CWA6


1945 Daimler CWA6 with a Brush H30-26R body gyl291


1945 Sunbeam W with a Brush body


1946 AEC Regal KEH-608 Brush B34F


1946 Daimler CWA6 Brush H30-26R


1946 Guy Arab III with a Brush B34F body


1946 Guy Arab with Brush B35F body


1947 Daimler CVD6 with locally built Brush bodywork ACH627


1947 Sunbeam W with Brush B35C body


1948 AEC Regent 3127, JHA28, with Brush H30-26R body BMMO


1948 Brush bodied Daimler CVD6


1948 Brush H30-26R bodied Leyland PD2-1


1948 Daimler CVD6 with Brush H56R body


1948 Leyland PD2-1 with Brush H30-24R body


1948 Leyland PS1 GWY77 in 1954 with a secondhand Brush B34F body


1948 Leyland PS1s with Brush B34F body


1948 Leyland Tiger PS1 with Brush B34F body 7905


1948 Leyland Tiger PS1 with Brush bodywork.9651


1948 Leyland Tiger PS1 with Brush bodywork


1948 Sunbeam F4 with Brush B32C body


1948 Sunbeam F4 with Brush H30-26R body


1949 BMMO S9 with Brush body


1949 Daimler CVD6-Brush H30-26R 528


1949 Daimler CVD6s with Brush B34F bod


1949 Daimler CVG6 with Brush H56R body


1949+1950 Derby 76, BCH576, and 86, BCH886, were both Daimler CVD6's with Brush H30-26R bodies


1950 B.U.T. 9641T with a distinctive Brush H38-32R body ktv506


1950 Brush B44F bodied Leyland PSU1-13 Royal Tiger mtc757


1950 Brush H30-26R bodied Daimler CVD6 890


1950 Dennis Lancet III with Brush B32F body


1950 Guy Arab III fitted with a Brush B38F LPT140


1950 Sunbeam F4 with a Brush body


1951 Brush B44F bodied Leyland PSU1-13 Royal Tiger


1951 Brush DP40F bodied BMMO S13


1951 Brush H30-26R bodied Crossley DD42-8A


1951 Daimler CVD6SD with Brush B39R body


1951 Foden PVD6 with Brush H30-26R body


1951 Foden PVD6, with a Brush H30-26R body


1951 Leyland Royal Tiger PSU1-13 with Brush B41R body


1951 Leyland Royal Tiger with Brush B44R body


1952 B.M.M.O. S13 with a Brush DP40F body 888

1952-b-m-m-o-s13-with-a-brush-dp40f-body OHA888

1952 Crossley DD42-8A with a Brush H30-26R


Brush works in Loughborough Guy Arab III with a Brush B34F body


That’s it about Brush Busbodies