The shifter. Does anyone know how it operates?
It's a pneumocyclic direct-acting semi-auto gearbox developed by Leyland back in the day. I used to see them while travelling on old city-buses but they have now vanished as new buses are mostly automatics.
I always thought they were pretty cool, the gear lever itself is super-short and close to the driver's hand AND it's also a gated shifter, making clickity-clackety noises all the way up to fourth... or fifth.
I think they have some kind of hydraulic linkage to the gearbox itself, which is in the rear in these buses.
I want one.