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.
Midland Red Style
The Midland Red bus company was, at its peak, the largest operator outside London, with 1,900 buses covering much of central England. A designer and builder of its own vehicles, the company was also a leader in developing tourism, promoting excursions and 'coach cruises' as well as regular services. This illustrated history includes photographs of the buses from the 1920s up to the 1970s and many examples of Midland Red’s atmospheric publicity posters and leaflets.
The Buses and Coaches of Bristol and Eastern Coach Works
The alliance between Bristol Tramways' chassis-building operation and Eastern Coach Works in Lowestoft (both part of the Tilling Group) began in the 1930s and produced a range of widely used buses, such as the innovative Lodekka. This illustrated history includes a review of models produced between 1936 and 1983 (when absorption into British Leyland brought production to an end) and includes details of chassis specifications, body styles and engines used.
AEC Regent V
London Transport had been the main customer for the AEC Regent III bus, but its successor the Regent V, which first entered service in 1954, found its customers outside London in most regions of the UK and abroad, notably in Portugal and Iran. This analysis of the model includes over 150 images, mostly in colour, of the Regent V in different bodywork variants and operator liveries from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Certain to start lively debates among enthusiasts and road transport professionals, this book looks at some of the stranger decisions and miscalculations that have affected the bus industry over recent years. Among the issues discussed, with illustrations of the vehicles involved, are the short-lived British Coachways consortium and the AMOS scheme that would have flooded London with minibuses, and among the bus models that went wrong are the Daimler Roadliner and Guy Wulfrunian.
Since London's iconic Routemaster buses were retired from service, enthusiasts from Britain and abroad have acquired vehicles and restored and adapted them. This celebration of the enduring appeal of the Routemaster focuses on vehicles that are still in use today, from working tour buses in various parts of the world to the bus built into the foyer of London's M&M's World, and includes some weird and wonderful bodywork conversions.