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Critchley-Norris Motor Co

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April 1908. Critchley-Norris Steam Chassis.

Critchley-Norris of Bamber Bridge, near Preston were makers of Omnibuses

a branch of Peter Pilkington

1906 The Critchley-Norris 40hp model made its debut at the Royal Agricultural hall Show. It had a four-cylinder engine and developed 25 bhp at 800 rpm. It had a four-speed box and a cone clutch. Transmission was by side chains to sprockets on the rear wheels.

James S. Critchley designed the vehicles with W. Norris which used Crossley petrol engines.

1906 Details of their petrol bus.[1][2][3]

1906 Burnley Motor Pleasure Co bought a Critchley-Norris that ran for a number of years.

1907 The company displayed a more powerful version of the double-decker bus, for which they had a contract to supply several to the London Central Motor Omnibus Co[4]

Bus services began in 1907 with one double-deck and one single-deck Critchley-Norris and two Ryknields.

1907 Selling Motobloc

1908 They exhibited a steam bus chassis with a three cylinder engine. Also exhibited their petrol-engined chassis which had first been made in 1906.[5]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Automotor Journal 1906/03/24
  2. Automotor Journal 1906/03/31
  3. Automotor Journal 1906/04/07
  4. Commercial Motor 14 March 1907
  5. Commercial Motor 2 April 1908
  • Buses and Trolleybuses before 1919 by David Kaye. Published 1972
  • Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris