Birmingham once enjoyed an extensive tram network that provided cheap, frequent and reliable transport throughout the city and its suburbs. This book follows its development from the first horse-drawn tramway in 1871, through the construction of a comprehensive electric system in 1901, to its final closure in 1953. Extensively illustrated with historic photographs and route maps, it also details the different models of rolling stock.
45 Years an Eastbourne Busman
In this illustrated memoir Mick Hymans recalls his bus-driving career in Eastbourne, where the first municipally owned motor bus service in the world was launched in April 1903, serving the town and surrounding areas of Sussex. Alongside historic details and anecdotes of his experiences, he describes the transition from local authority control to private ownership.
Early Tramways in Yorkshire
A Golden Age
From the earliest horse-drawn and steam trams to the age of electricity, tramways revolutionized transport within British towns and cities. Extensively illustrated with contemporary postcards and exclusive glass plate negatives showing street scenes and opening ceremonies, this book recounts the early years (1870s–1920s) of tramways in every corner of Yorkshire, including Sheffield, Hull, Doncaster and Keighley.
From Horse Tram to Metro
This nostalgic, illustrated tour of Belfast's public transport from 1860 onwards encompasses the dawn of horse buses and trams, motor and trolleybuses, and the disappearance of the tramways. Through archive photographs and detailed captions it explores issues such as missed opportunities to create a light railway, the unlikely German hero of the buses, and the heavy toll paid by transport workers during the Troubles.
99 Years of Coaching
The Story of Sheasby's South Dorset Coaches
Founded in the village of Corfe Castle in 1896, South Dorset Coaches’ first vehicles were horse drawn but motorized transport soon took over. This history of the company is illustrated with over 150 photographs of the motor coaches operated from the 1930s to the 21st century.
Horse-drawn tramways were superseded by cable and electric systems in the early 20th century, and in the big cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow extensive services operated into the 1950s and 1960s. Focusing on these centres and with nearly 200 images, fleet lists, maps and details of route openings and closures, this volume tells the story of Scotland’s trams up to the costly new line that opened in Edinburgh in 2014.
Lost Voices of the London Trams
London’s tram network declined in the 1930s and 1940s and was phased out in the 1950s, with the last tram running in January 1953. Both the memoir of a transport buff and a detailed study of London trams, illustrated with over 200 vintage photographs, Baker’s book describes the system, the routes, the depots and the vehicles, and ends by welcoming the ‘new dawn’ of today’s Tramlink service in South London.
British Buses 1967
The 220 photographs in this survey of bus services in Britain were all taken in 1967, capturing the varied scene in the year before the formation of the National Bus Company, which brought a greater degree of standardization to the network. Explanatory captions identify the assorted fleets of buses, coaches and trolleybuses run by a wide variety of private operators and city corporations.
The Leyland Atlantean
The rear-engined, front-entry layout of the Leyland Atlantean double-decker bus was not an entirely new idea when it appeared in 1958, but with the economics of the industry changing, it did prove to be the formula universally adopted in the decades to come. This book tells the story of the model through a series of colour photographs of buses in service around the country from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Southdown at War
The apple-green and cream buses of Southdown Motor Services operated a territory along the south coast from Portsmouth in the west to Hastings in the east. This illustrated history focuses on the company’s wartime services, examining how it coped with the disruption of air raids during the Blitz and the later V1 flying bombs, and the heightened security and restricted movement that came when thousands of troops gathered in the region in the months before D-Day.