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Last Years of the London Titan (Hardback)

British History Transport London Photographic Books Colour Books Buses London Transport

By Matthew Wharmby
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 112
Illustrations: 275
ISBN: 9781526749710
Published: 19th August 2019

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Already depleted by withdrawals in the London Buses Ltd era, the Leyland Titan fleet of T class was divided upon privatisation between three new companies; London Central, Stagecoach East London and Stagecoach Selkent. Together with a host of smaller companies operating second-hand acquisitions, the Titans’ declining years between 1998 and 2003 are explored in this pictorial account that encompasses both standard day-to-day routes, emergency deployments and rail replacement services. Only small numbers remained to usher out the type altogether at the end of 2005, when step-entrance double-deckers as a whole were banished from the capital.

All the images are sharp and well reproduced on quality art paper, and even when taken in somewhat dark conditions, the colour definition remains good.

This is a useful addition to the library of London bus publications and will bring back pleasant memories for those with a love of the London bus scene.

West Somerset Railway Association

A good quality book, looking back at a time I well remember before I left London.

Diesel and Electric Modellers United (issue 94)

Another well-printed colour album, the many informative captions bring these views to life. A must for all London bus fans of the 1980s.

West Somerset Railway Association

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

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Miniaturas JM

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About Matthew Wharmby

Matthew Wharmby is an author, historian and photographer specialising in London buses past and present. He has written for Buses, Bus & Coach Preservation and Classic Bus magazines, and has had multiple books published by Ian Allan, Pen and Sword, Capital Transport and Key Publishing.

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