Buses and Coaches in and around Walton-on-Thames and Weybridge, 1891–1986 (Kindle)
Although the Surrey towns of Walton-on-Thames and Weybridge were for many years served by the London bus network, there were also a number of small scale locally based operators running bus services, before selling out to London Transport in the 1930s.
Such companies ran coaches for private hire, contracts and pleasure outings, commencing just after the First World War.
This book seeks to newly record the history of these proprietors and put the activities of the London General Omnibus Company and later London Transport into local context.
The story starts in the 1890s with horse drawn buses linking with the local railway stations and carries the reader through the dawn of the motor era, the rise of the charabanc, entrepreneurial opportunities in the 1920s and consolidation in the 1930s, World War Two and the gradual decline of bus services from the 1960s. It culminates in a return to a de-regulated operating environment in 1986.
Capturing the story of Ben Stanley's Coaches (amongst other pioneers) by using primary source material , the book covers more than just routes and vehicles - it attempts to show how road passenger transport was influenced by local social historic and economic activity.
This is a very well written and thoroughly researched work, copiously illustrated.Andy Wood, Wessex Transport Society bi-monthly Review