Buses readers have voted for the Bristol Lodekka as their most iconic bus of the last 75 years.

Alder Valley 601 (formerly Thames Valley 834) was one of a small batch of Bristol FLFs fitted with a sliding door for passengers instead of the usual jack-knife style entrance. This particular bus was originally fitted with a Bristol power plant, but this was exchanged for a Gardner unit in 1965. It was photographed at Reading station with on the left of frame, a Reading Corporation Dennis Loline, basically a Lodekka for the open marking.

In the Buses January anniversary supplement and a Buses February article, readers were asked to vote online for what the felt was the most iconic bus through the 75 year Buses has been in print. More than 750 votes have been counted, and the results are in.

The clear winner in the Bristol Lodekka, with more than a quarter of the votes. The 13ft 6in high halfcab double-decker was first covered by Buses way back in issue 2, when a prototype appeared on the pages of Buses Illustrated in 1949.

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