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London Transport: 1970-84 (Paperback)

P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Transport > Buses Transport > London Transport World History > UK & Ireland > England > London

By R C Riley, Matthew Wharmby
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Buses
Pages: 96
Illustrations: 120
ISBN: 9781913870348
Published: 1st August 2022



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In 1970, around 3,000 RTs were still in service in the UK’s capital. However, by 1984, transport in London was changing beyond recognition and would continue to do so as a result of tendering and devolution. London Transport 1970–84 covers the gently declining years of London’s bus operations, during which the venerable RT and Routemaster types were compelled to give way to ambitious modern buses like the Merlins, Swifts and DMSs. These enjoyed less success, however, and their time in London was short, affording the Routemasters a reprieve that would last for two and a half further decades. In this book, 120 stunning colour images from the camera of noted bus and railway photographer R. C. Riley are accompanied by detailed and informative captions, giving the full picture of this time of huge change.

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The Broad Gauge Society

Another book in the competitively-priced ‘Britain’s Buses’ series from Key Publishing, this title showcases 120 colour images by famous railway photographer Dick Riley, who was based in south east London and also recorded the local bus scene.

The book is divided into eleven sections by vehicle type, each with a short explanatory introduction, but with the main focus on the photos themselves. Each of these has an informative caption detailing background to the bus or route illustrated. It is noticeable that the photographer seems to have recorded only well-lit scenes, and in fact the majority of views are in bright sunlight, so that the book positively bursts with bright red buses. Although in most cases the focus is on the bus itself, there are a number which feature the local road scene, with background buildings and other vehicles, often in some remarkably traffic-free streets.

If you have an affection for the London bus scene of forty or fifty years ago, this well-printed and attractive book will definitely appeal to you.

West Somerset Railway Association

"A good read for bus enthusiasts and nostalgics making it clear that London’s buses were never all alike!"

The Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Journal - December 2022

This book brought back happy memories of the heyday of London buses. I would certainly recommend this book

James Simmonds
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