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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.

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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.

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I want one.

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