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British Buses Since 1950 (Paperback)

Trendsetting Designs

P&S History > British History Transport > Buses

By Gavin Booth
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Buses
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781802822403
Published: 13th January 2023

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Bus design has certainly evolved in the seven decades since 1950, but it has not been a steady process. Advances in bus design have caused manufacturers to rush back to the drawing board for fear of being left behind. In 1950, the first of the new breed of underfloor-engined single-deckers appeared, and, just six years later, came the first rear-engined double-decker. Buses got longer, and one result in the 1960s was a rash of new rear-engined single-deck models. Efforts to make buses accessible for all passengers led to low-floor models in the 1990s, and then, in the 2000s, concerns about the environment prompted diesel-electric hybrid, gas, electric and hydrogen buses. Covering the designs that led the way with varying degrees of success over the past 70 years, and illustrated with over 170 colour images and period advertisements, this book showcases the good, the bad and the ugly of British bus design.

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About Gavin Booth

Gavin Booth has written or edited more than 80 books since 1969. He has contributed extensively to the enthusiast and trade press, and created and has edited the magazine Classic Bus for 13 years. He has worked in and around the bus industry for more than 50 years, latterly as Chair of the passenger-focused body Bus Users UK. He is a past-President of The Omnibus Society.

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