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British Municipal Bus Operators (Hardback)

A Snapshot of the 1960s

British History Transport Photographic Books 20th Century Buses

By Jim Blake
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781473857186
Published: 7th August 2019

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This book looks at municipal operators in England and Wales in the 1960s. Going back to the very first horse-bus or tram operations in Victorian times, many towns and cities throughout Britain had such operators, owned and run by the town or city councils. Most of them had tramway systems, many of which were replaced by trolleybuses from the 1920s onwards. In turn, after the Second World War, trolleybuses too were on the way out, with motorbuses unfortunately replacing both forms of electric traction. By the 1960s, only a handful were still operating trams, then by the end of the decade only few trolleybus systems remained.

During this period, some of these operators had very large fleets, for example those serving the conurbations of Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester, whilst others had very small fleets, such as West Bridgford Urban District Council in Nottinghamshire.

Municipal operators had a wide variety of vehicle types, encompassing virtually all chassis and body makes then in service, and were also well known for their distinctive, traditional liveries. In addition to the buses, there were also still trams and trolleybuses, which to many enthusiasts made them that much more interesting.

Another good reference volume from Jim Blake, that could well prove useful to members modelling the 1960s and wanting to get the types and liveries of buses and coaches correct for a given area. Recommended.

Diesel and Electric Modellers United (issue 94)

Reviewed alongside London Buses in the 1970s

Jim Blake has a number of bus books to his name, and is well regarded in bus circles. The photos are good and clear with information about each bus and information on various bus types as well. A potentially useful resource for the modeller.

Diesel and Electric Modellers United, Issue 92

Magnificent portrait of the time through an interesting collection of images.

Read the full Spanish review here

Miniaturas JM

Some fascinating vehicles are featured in the 174 pages of this volume.

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About Jim Blake

JIM BLAKE was born in December 1947 and brought up in Islington, North London. As did most young lads then, he soon developed an interest in railways, but also London's trams, trolleybuses and buses since North London's last two tram routes ran near his home, at the heart of London Transport's trolleybus system. His interest developed into transport photography in 1961 and he took over 100,000 photos before retiring his cameras in 2015. He still lives in North London today.

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