Bedford RL

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Bedford RL
ManufacturerBedford (General Motors)
Production1953–early 1970s
Bouk an chassis
ClessCommercial vehicle, military vehicle
Body stylechassis cab, flatbed, troop carrier, fire engine, recovery vehicle
LayootLongitudinal front engine,
rear-wheel drive (4x2), or
four-wheel drive (4x4)
RelatitBedford RLHZ Self Propelled Pump, aka Green Goddess
Ingine4.9 L 110 bhp I6 petrol
Transmission4-speed manual
Wheelbase3.962 metres
Lenth6.36 metres
Weenth2.39 metres
Hicht2.602 metres (at cap)
Crib wecht4.4 tons (empty)
Bedford 4WD chassis cab wi a chassis mounted drilling rig bi Ruston-Bucyrus

The Bedford RL wis the Breetish military's main medium larrie, biggit bi Bedford Vehicles, frae the mid-1950s until the late 1960s. Thay superseded the Bedford QL.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Bedford RL wis based on the Bedford SCL, a civilian 7-ton truck. The military version haed aw wheel drive an bigger wheels tae increase grund clearance. Oreeginally conservatively rated at 3 tons, aw RL GS (general service) trucks in Breetish Military service war, at a late stage in thair service lives, re-rated at 4 tons wioot ony mechanical modifications; the wecht referring tae its rated cross kintra payload wecht. The last RL rolled off the production line in the early 1970s, a tot o 74,000 bein produced.[1]

Design[eedit | eedit soorce]

The RL wis pouered bi a 4.9 litre (299.0 cu in) petrol ingine producin 110 brake horsepower (82 kW; 112 PS), awtho some war fitted wi diesel ingines.

Variants[eedit | eedit soorce]

Mony specialist variants war an aw biggit; includin recovery vehicles, mobile workshops, radio vans an cable layers. The Green Goddess fire ingine wis an aw based on the RL.

The RL an variants continued tae serve alongside the later Bedford MK an Bedford TM trucks until well intae the 1990s.

The Home Office an aw purchased a lairge nummer o thir vehicles, kept in reserve for ony naitional emergency. Aw hae syne been disposed o, mony haein less nor 2,000 mile (3,220 km) on the clock.

In Australie, R series Bedfords war uised during the 1960s, 1970s an early 1980s bi Victoria's Country Fire Authority (CFA). Thay war biggit as 800 gallon watter capacity, 4 wheel drive bushfire tankers an designated "State Spare Tankers". Considerably lairger an wi greater watter capacity than CFA's standard Bedford, Leyland, BMC, Austin an Internaitional brand rural fire attack tankers, thay war spread thinly throughout the state tae bolster thair smawer workmates. Most war painted in CFA's standard "Carnation (dark) Red". Thay war fitted wi rear-mounted, Breetish-biggit Godiva pumps rated at approximately 2,250 litres per minute output.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. JANE's Military Vehicles and Ground Support Equipment, 1985, page 436 and 437