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Bristol Lodekka  (Paperback)

P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Transport > Buses

By Martin S Curtis
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Buses
Pages: 96
Illustrations: Over 150 images
ISBN: 9781913870072
Published: 1st June 2022

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Lodekkas first appeared in service during a period when the passenger-transport industry was enjoying a peak in popularity. Passenger numbers were among their highest ever in the provinces, and most members of society relied on public transport for journeys to and from work or school, or for leisure activities. The Lodekka was supplied only to state-owned transport operators, as a result of sales restrictions imposed on the manufacturer, yet some 5,217 examples were built between 1949 and 1968, making it one of the most familiar British double-deck bus types throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

This book, which features a huge variety of photographs, including a number of official views which will be of great interest to modellers and enthusiasts alike, recalls a period when Bristol Lodekkas not only formed the mainstay of many provincial bus fleets but also one in which company liveries were closely associated with specific areas of the country. It gives a colourful look at the life and times of the Bristol Lodekka, portraying it in different liveries and locations as it worked the country with a variety of operators.

This book serves as a fitting tribute to one of the last designs of front-engined half cab double deckers which will be fondly remembered by many.

West Somerset Railway Association

Many of the photographs do bring back nostalgic memories of the well-kept, smart, and diversely-liveried buses that were the norm throughout the UK before the creation of the Passenger Transport Executives and the National Bus Company, and the advent of all-over advertising. The standard of the photographs, almost all of which are in well-balanced colour, is generally excellent and they are printed one to a page at a useful size, with informative captions. There is a good selection of views of the various chassis/body configurations as the design was developed throughout its production life, and also representative examples of the 280 built under licence as Lolines by Dennis Brothers.

Ffestiniog Railway Magazine

"A brief but informative introduction gives all the salient facts about the vehicle, and is followed by a splendid collection of photographs of the bus in service up and down Britain."

Andy Wood
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