London Buses in the 1970s
1970–1974: From Division to Crisis
The early 1970s saw London Transport with a fleet of elderly RT-class double-deckers and new one-man-operated vehicles plagued with reliability and suitability issues; while at the same time losing its Country Buses and Green Line coaches to the new National Bus Company. Jim Blake presents around 300 photographs from his archive, together with detailed captions, showing both the vehicles, including the much-overhauled Routemasters, and the problems facing London Transport in those difficult years.
The British Transport Commission Group
Former Thomas Tilling Companies in the 1960s
The Tilling Group of bus companies had been nationalized in 1948, but still operated about half the inter-urban and rural bus services in England and Wales during the 1960s, with fleets that included many older and interesting vehicles. Jim Blake spent the 1960s travelling the country photographing buses and coaches and this book draws on his huge archive and remarkable memory to present around 290 photographs with detailed captions about the vehicles and their locations.
B.E.T. Group Bus Fleets
The Final Years
During the 1960s up until nationalization, the British Electric Traction Group operated about half the inter-urban and rural bus services in England and Wales. Using around 250 photographs, arranged chronologically, Jim Blake surveys the great range of vehicles in the fleets of 30 individual operators, with detailed captions identifying models, routes and locations.
The Tower to Bispham
The Blackpool Tramway Since 1960, Volume Two
The famous tramway along Blackpool Promenade developed from a precarious survivor in the early 1960s into a Supertram which uses some of the most modern vehicles in the world. This book, the second of three, covers the three miles from the Tower to Bispham in more than 420 photographs, 360 of them in colour.
The Colours of Yesterday's Trolleybuses
Once a common sight in towns and cities across the UK, trolleybuses disappeared from our streets half a century ago. This book records the history of all 37 postwar networks. Geographically ordered, it ranges from Bournemouth to Belfast with entries on every system, each with a map. Colour photographs illustrate the vehicles, in their varied liveries, at work in busy urban centres.
The Colours of West Yorkshire
These colour photographs, dating to the 1960s and early 1970s, display the varied scene of municipal bus operators and private companies in the cities of West Yorkshire. A wide range of vehicles were in operation including AECs, Leylands, Bristols and Albions, which are identified along with locations and routes in detailed captions.
The Colours of South Yorkshire
In sections on the municipals – Sheffield, Doncaster and Rotherham – the independents and the ‘incomers’ of the early 1970s, this volume shows the colourful buses in the stations or on the streets, offering a glimpse of South Yorkshire in the years before the downturn in mining and heavy industry.
The Colours of Scottish Cities
In chapters on Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee, the ‘country’ buses of the Scottish Bus Group and earlier independent companies, this volume of over 250 colour photographs, explores the liveries of Scottish buses over the period from the late 1940s to the 1970s. The texts accompanying the photographs give details of the vehicles, routes and locations as well as livery.
Buses and Coaches
Guy Motors was the iconic vehicle builder that supplied a large proportion of the nation’s buses, coaches and trolley-buses, especially after the Second World War. This retrospective celebration of the company up to its acquisition first by Jaguar in 1961, then British Leyland, covers its entire range, with modern and archive photographs, marketing materials and extensive information on the vehicles and the company’s breakthroughs in chassis design, air suspension and disc brakes.
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.
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.
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.