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.
Hold on Tight
London Transport and the Unions
Playing a crucial role in building one of the world's best transport systems, London's bus, tram, rail and Underground workers have fought hard to improve working conditions over the years. This book studies workforce and management relations from the late 19th to the 21st century.
The Colours of the West Midlands
Before the creation of the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive in 1969, the corporation bus companies of Birmingham, West Bromwich, Walsall and Wolverhampton all had distinctively liveried fleets, as did the famous independents in the region: Stratford Blue, Harper Brothers, Don Everall and Midland Red. This book reviews the vehicles employed by these operators through a collection of colour photographs, mostly of buses working their city routes during the 1960s.
Brighton's Buses and Trams
Motor buses were introduced in Brighton in 1904 to compete with the new tram service, but complaints about the noise prompted Brighton, Hove and Preston United Omnibus Company to purchase a fleet of battery-powered electric buses in 1909. This illustrated history charts the development of public transport in the city and its environs, from the introduction of the tram system in 1901 to the 1990s when the buses went into private ownership.
Despite the electrification of many of the main line routes in Sussex during the 1930s, there were still steam locomotives running across the region in the 1950s and 1960s, including Bulleid light pacifics working services beyond the county and smaller engines on freight and shunting duties. Charting the scene during the last years of steam, many of the photographs in this collection are in colour and additional illustrations include period tickets, labels and timetables.
Green Diesel Era
The 1955 British Railways Modernization Plan called for the replacement of steam locomotion, and British Railways placed 'pilot scheme' orders for diesels with a number of British manufacturers. The lack of standardization caused logistical problems and some of the many different models built proved unreliable or unsuited. All the major first-generation diesel locomotives, produced by English Electric, Metropolitan-Vickers and others, are featured in this collection of mostly colour photographs.
Including the South Metropolitan Electric Tramways and Lighting Company
From the first single decked horse drawn trams in 1879 to the Croydon Tramlink in 1998, Croydon has been a centre of tramway operation for over a century. Robert J Harley has compiled a detailed history of its trams and trolleybuses up to the 1950s, covering the networks, rolling stock, economics and politics of tram use. Packed with archive photographs, maps, plans and memorabilia, this is a colourful commemoration of an important part of transport history.
This is Your Way Sir
LMS Publicity and Posters, 1923 to 1947
Once seen on station platforms across the country, posters for the railway companies represented a highpoint of 1920s and 1930s commercial art. This collection, featuring posters and other publicity materials, illustrates how the 'golden age of steam' was also a golden age of graphic design. Among the destinations advertised by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway were Lytham St Annes, Morecambe Bay, the Lake District, Ireland and, in a glamorous painting of theatregoers by Fortunino Matania, Southport in wintertime.
London United Electric Tramways
London United Tramways (LUT) covered west London from Shepherd's Bush out as far as Uxbridge and Hounslow, and across south west London from Tooting to Hampton Court. It brought cheap, reliable transport for Londoners, but its success was hard won. This richly illustrated account traces the story of LUT from the initial struggles against technical difficulties and anti-tram prejudice, through its heyday under the flamboyant General Manager, James Clifton Robinson, to its demise in the late 1940s.
The Aldwych Branch
Opened in 1907, the branch of the Piccadilly Line from Holborn to Aldwych was a little-used appendage that managed to survive until 1994. This illustrated history of the Aldwych branch explains why it was built at all and describes the alternative ways in which the Strand (later Aldwych) and Holborn stations and the track have been used, including their roles as art depository, offices and shelters during the Second World War and for experimental architectural purposes since 1994.
Western Branch Lines
From Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge across the Tamar to Aberdovey and Towyn on the Cambrian Coast Line, David Soggee's colour photographs show the stations and tracks of Western Region branch lines as they were in the 1950s and early 1960s, before diesel traction and the Beeching closures had made significant impact. The photographs are accompanied by detailed commentaries, packed with information on the lines and locomotives.
The Victoria Line
When it opened in 1968, the Victoria Line was the first complete underground railway to be built across London since Edwardian times. This volume from the Illustrated Histories of the London Underground series begins by examining the long and complex process of planning, then traces the construction and development of the line up to 2003.
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.
Abram Games and London Transport
One of the greatest graphic designers of last century, Abram Games (1914–1988) was a Londoner and a dedicated user of public transport as well as the designer of many brilliant posters for London’s Underground and bus services – all informed by his personal philosophy of 'maximum meaning, minimum means'. This book offers a unique insight into Gates's working methods, reproducing rarely seen sketches and following the development of initial ideas through to the final design.