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From demonstrating a petrol-engined double-decker at the 1905 Commercial Motor Show to building huge 100-seat Olympians for the overseas market, the Bus and Coach Division of Leyland built thousands of vehicles for markets all over the world. At the forefront of vehicle design and development, Leyland produced ground-breaking vehicles such as the Atlantean, the UK's first production rear-engined double decker bus. Through acquisition and merger, the majority of British vehicle manufacturers ended up under the Leyland banner, resulting in the creation of the mighty British Leyland Motor Corporation, whose fall subsequent from grace has been widely documented elsewhere. This, the third in a series of books showcasing the products of the passenger division of Leyland since 1960, concentrates on double-deck buses and coaches and includes such mythological giants as the Atlantean, Olympian and Titan among others. It contains 180 photographs, most of which are in colour, all with informative text and captured when the vehicles were in their operating heyday.
Roaring through the millennium into the twenty-first century we find the Transport Act 2000 that allows for increased cooperation between local authorities and operators, something that had not been allowed previously under competition legislation. Increasingly through the 2000s local authorities and county councils are taking responsibility for funding local bus services. The vehicles in use are changing as more and more operators invest in accessible buses. By the beginning of 2008, towards the end of the period covered by this book, 58% of the UK bus fleet is low-floor. Again, we see the demise of some well-known operators, the takeover of some by the bus big groups, and, on the plus side, the rise in importance of others. Illustrated previously unpublished images, this volume portrays the vehicles in use with independent companies through the first decade of the twenty-first century.
The Routemaster is the iconic London bus, recognised around the world. This pictorial account features previously unseen pictures of the ubiquitous RM, far and wide throughout the network during the period 1976-83, which included the year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee, when twenty-five of the type were specially painted in an all-over silver colour scheme. By the end of this period buses formerly allocated to the country garages had mainly gravitated back to the central area, some of which saw further passenger service while others were converted to driver training buses. It was also around this time that London Transport began to dispose of their RMs in significant numbers.
AEC, Bristol, Crossley, Daimler, Dennis, Leyland and others were all manufacturers of passenger vehicle chassis which could be seen throughout the country in the years following the end of World War Two. They produced a wide range of double deck and single deck buses and coaches, bodied by a considerable number of body builders. With the exception of Dennis, all those chassis makers have now disappeared, along with nearly all the body builders. In addition, most operators of this variety of vehicles are no longer in existence, being primarily absorbed into larger operations. This book can only give a small indication of the major role Steve and his Quantock Heritage fleet have played in preserving not only part of the engineering history of this country, but its effect also on social history. In practical terms he has displayed this by enabling the general public to see, enjoy, and also use vehicles of a bygone era.
After the successful six-year production run of its B7TL low-floor double-decker had been curtailed in London by increasing noise problems, Volvo developed a leaner and quieter update which it dubbed the B9TL, and orders resumed in strength. As diesel-engined buses gradually gave way to battery-hybrid technology at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, Volvo unveiled the B5LH hybrid to immediate acclaim and even healthier London sales. With most Transport for London-contracted bus companies operating Volvo B9TLs and/or B5LHs, bodied by Wrightbus, Alexander Dennis or MCV, this book offers a comprehensive account of the first ten years of one of London's newest double-deck bus types, whose career will span the rest of the 2010s and into the next decade.
For many years a major importer of new British buses, the former colony, with its high-rise living, is dependent on public transport. As well as buses, trams ply the North Shore of Hong Kong Island, with a modern Mass Transit Railway (MTR) below the streets. Buses remain the prime mover with both Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) and New World First Bus (NWFB) today's main players, with extensive fleets of tri-axle air conditioned double-deckers. In the past, things were very different with fleets of Leyland deckers including rebodied Guy Arabs, former London Fleetlines and other front-engined double-deckers. With space for advertising at a premium any buses act as mobile billboards for both local and major sponsors. Gary Seamarks been lucky enough to visit on several occasions between 1993 and 2011 to view the changing scene, with images all in colour. Some redundant buses exported worldwide also feature.
The Enviro400 was introduced in 2005 and has become a popular model among bus operators around the UK, as well as in Hong Kong. Initially available as a diesel, the model was adapted to a hybrid example known as the Enviro400 H. With a small change in body style introduced in 2009, Alexander Dennis Ltd relaunched the Enviro400 in 2014 as the Enviro400 MMC. A year later a third version was constructed, this being named the Enviro400 City. This latter model was originally constructed for use in London though there were sales in other towns and cities across the UK. The Enviro400 has become a familiar sight on the streets of London.
From its formation in 1919 in Wigan, Lancashire, Northern Counties Motor & Engineering Company Limited grew to become one of Britain's most prominent bus builders. From independent operators both large and small, through to the municipal sector, the British Electric Traction and Scottish Motor Traction groups and the large PTE fleets, their coachwork appeared throughout the land. In this book, Howard Wilde focuses on the later years, with photographs from the late 1980s onwards, showing Northern Counties-bodied buses at work in various locations across the country. Some of these show buses as they were when new; others depict the colourfully varied second-hand scene that this deregulated era fostered. The selection provides a fascinating insight into the state of the British bus industry at the time, as well as paying tribute to this well-loved and much-missed coachbuilder.
London's West End Buses in the 1980s looks at London's buses in and around the West End during a time of great change. Bus routes were put out to competitive tendering, garages closed, the Routemaster started its slow decline, Aldenham Bus Overhaul Works closed, and by 1989 the once mighty London Transport itself was being divided into separate business units, ready for eventual privatisation. This was the decade when Grey-Green won the first tendered central London route from London Buses, and grey-and-green buses could soon be seen passing the Houses of Parliament; green or blue buses started crossing Waterloo Bridge, and minibuses appeared on new route C1 in Victoria. London sightseeing was also changing, with operators large and small operating anything from Routemasters and DMSs to the odd Bristol VRT! Vernon Smith was working in the West End and was a regular traveller on the buses during this time, and uses his collection of photographs from within the area roughly bounded by the City, Aldwych, Westminster, Victoria, Marble Arch and Euston to show the changes, and the many colourful and varied buses to be found working in London at that time.
The boundaries of the current county of Lancashire were established in 1974 when the Furness district was lost to the newly formed Cumbria. Meanwhile Merseyside and Greater Manchester gobbled up much of the southern portion of the original county. However, some parts of the former West Riding of Yorkshire were gained. The major bus operator was, for many years, Ribble Motor Services. After sale it became part of the Stagecoach Group, though the East Lancashire operations were sold on to Blazefield, which later went to Transdev. Back in the 1970s many municipalities in Lancashire operated their own buses and these provided a great variety of vehicles and liveries. Most of the council-owned companies were eventually sold off leaving just one - Blackpool - with its large bus fleet and a modern tram system. Until the 1986 deregulation of the bus industry, there were very few independents running stage services in the county. There were just Fishwick's smart green buses around Leyland, Preston and Chorley. This company ceased trading in 2015, but others have entered the market, such as Pilkington's in the Accrington area. John Law has been photographing the county's buses since 1974, building up a massive collection of images. He has put together the best and most interesting of these within this book.
There is a head-turning charm about heritage transport. And where better to showcase such preserved delights than glorious Devon? This book is an affectionate endeavour to celebrate a bygone era. One kept vividly alive, and on the road, by the dedication of owner enthusiasts. Here buses visit the county's spectacular coastlines, climb towards rugged Dartmoor tors, and pass through picturesque towns and rolling countryside. In more than 200 images the author, Roger Malone, has set out to portray the vehicles in surroundings that are sympathetic to the subject, and which often seem timeless. As well as depicting a fascinating array of heritage public transport, his photographs convey much of the county's superlative scenery - a delight enjoyed by both Devonians and visitors alike. And so we roam from a magical, rain-shiny running night at Exeter to high summer on Plymouth Hoe; from a climb over the high moors to Princetown, to the genteel Regency resort of Sidmouth. Throughout the book old companies will revive old memories. Royal Blue, Grey Cars, Devon General, Western National - all seen across diverse locations from North Devon to the south coast as we journey on this colourful trip into the past.
More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he's covered more than a million miles as a mover, packing, loading, hauling people's belongings all over America. In The Long Haul, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades and the poignant, funny, and often haunting stories of the people he encounters on the job.