Back in 1958, DAF started the production of the TB-series of rolling bus chassis. The letters TB stand for TramBus (streetcar-bus), which means that the entrance and driver’s compartment are ahead of the front axle. Many of the independent Dutch and Belgian bus and coach builders used it as the underpinnings for their products.
The DAF-Verheul bus on display in the DAF Museum rolls on the TB 160 DD chassis. The letters DD refer to the naturally aspirated, 5.75 liter inline-six diesel engine, good for 120 SAE-hp. The DS was the turbocharged version.
There you go, a trambus all the way. With the introduction of this type of chassis, the driver also became the conductor.
The TET was a public transport operator in the eastern Netherlands. It stands for Twentsche Electrische Tramweg Maatschappij, founded in 1904.
The driver’s~conductor’s office. Clean desk policy for sure.
An interior like this screams both classic and transit (city) bus.
Verheul was a major manufacturer of -especially- transit buses, both body-on-frame and unibody. The company has also built heavy trucks and tractor units for a while. The business all came to a very sad ending in 1970, when a blazing fire destroyed the production facilities.
After that, competitor Den Oudsten got the upper hand in the production of our standard buses in bright yellow. With DAF as the preferred chassis supplier, but that speaks for itself.
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