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London Transport (Paperback)

1949-74

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

By Kevin McCormack
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Transport Systems
Pages: 96
Illustrations: Over 120
ISBN: 9781913870041
Published: 1st July 2022

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London Transport was formed in 1933 to bring together all the public transport operations (except national railways) that served the capital, the suburbs and the surrounding countryside. Previously, these had been in the hands of a myriad of operators, some more dependable than others. Containing some 120 color photographs, including rare images from the postwar period, and detailed captions, this album shows the transition from prewar standards, which initially continued after the Second World War, to the modernization that was essential to encourage continued use of London’s transport systems by the public in the face of increasing car ownership. Rekindling memories of the postwar period, this nostalgic colour portrait looks at London Transport’s buses, trolleybuses, trams and underground trains (both surface and tube stock) operating between 1949 and 1974.

As featured by

The Broad Gauge Society

This colour photographic album presents a fascinating look at the railways, trams, motor buses and trolley buses of London Transport throughout the 1950s, ‘60s and early ‘70s. There are plenty of iconic red (and green) buses, shown in various parts of the capital and Greater London areas, along with various types of Underground and surface railway stock. Indeed, there are some lovely views of the antiquated steam-hauled coaching stock still in sue during the 1950s.

Ex-Metropolitan Railway electric locomotives and push-pull-equipped BR steam feature and the full-colour content provides a superb reference for modellers, especially in terms of weathering inspiration. Support road vehicles aren’t overlooked either and the virtually empty suburban roads offer a stark contrast to more recent times!

Model Rail Magazine

Featured in

Tramway Review - March 2023

The author provides for much detail in the captions and the photographs which are mainly of excellent quality and researched through the Online Transport Archive. This is a useful title revealing London scenes and forms of transport of an era many readers will find familiar.

Archive - The Quarterly Journal for British Industrial and Transport History 

Featuring mainly buses and trams, this edition also includes some interesting Underground items. With its image led configuration with substantial captions, it has appeal to London Transport enthusiasts. For the modest price it offers much detail and good quality photography. A nicely produced inexpensive reminder of times gone by.

SAHB Times Issue 111, Winter 2022-2023 (published by the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain)

First published in 2014 in the last days of Ian Allan, this 96 page all-colour paperback is fully deserving of a second outing, as it brings together an excellent range of material at the very reasonable price of £14.99.

Trains, trams, buses and coaches are here in abundance, and the sheer variety of what could be seen in daily traffic during the 1950s and 1960s will come as a revelation to those more used to the standardised fleets of the 21st century. The first 25 pages are devoted to railways, and the early Underground rolling stock with their clerestory roofs and the brown-painted panelled compartment stock of the Metropolitan Line will fascinate many readers and bring back fond memories for others. This reviewer has a particularly soft spot for LT’s fleet of named Bo-Bo electric locos used on the Metropolitan Line, and here we see number 6 ‘William Penn’ of that fleet still in wartime grey livery in 1955. As one would expect, the bus section includes trolleybuses and a full selection of RTs, RMs, RTLs and RLHs as well as smaller classes such as the RC, GS, Metro-Scanias and Merlins.

This book is recommended as a very good picture summary of LT during the period covered.

West Somerset Railway Association

Highly recommended. Some really great colour photographs.

James Simmonds
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