1970s South East England - Bus Operators S. (Hardback)Gavin Booth (author)
Hardback Published: 01/09/2005
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Thirty-five years ago, at the start of the 1970s, the British bus and coach industry was radically different to that of the 21st century. Most large urban areas, as well as many of the country's smaller towns, still possessed municipally-owned bus operations. The trolleybus was still operational in a small number of places and thoughts of a tramway revival were years away. Although the National Bus Company and Scottish Bus Group had been established, the constituent companies within these nationalised groups still largely retained their individual identities. Virtually every bus and coach on the roads had been built within the British Isles and the demise of such great names as Bristol, Leyland and Eastern Counties would have been thought impossible. Concepts such as Deregulation were alien; indeed, greater thought was given to ideas of integration with the first of the Passenger Transport Executives having just been established. In the first of a new series, Gavin Booth steps back to the start of that decade to examine in depth the great variety of operators - municipal, nationalised and independent - that existed in 1970 in Southeast England. Although this region was dominated by London Transport, albeit shorn of its Country operations (as from 1 January when London Country was established), there were also other major operators in the area, with NBC subsidiaries such as Southdown and Eastern Counties dominating their own operational areas. Municipal operators in the area were less prominent, but still included towns like Maidstone, Brighton and Ipswich, whilst East Anglia was a part of the country famous for its independent operators, such as Hedingham & District and Theobalds of Long Melford. Drawing upon the collections of many of the country's noted bus photographers, the author provides a comprehensive pictorial selection, both colour and mono, to reflect the great variety of operator and vehicle type visible on the streets of southeast England at the time. As interest in the late 1960s and early 1970s increases, the launch of this new series from Ian Allan Publishing is timely. It will appeal to those nostalgic for the period before the arrival of corporate identity and garish new liveries. It will provide useful reference material to those recreating the era in model form and those involved in bus preservation. It will be a useful work of reference for those seeking information about the nature of the bus and coach industry in Britain at that time.
Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing
Dimensions: 280 x 215 mm
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