London's Transport Recalled (Kindle)
A Pictorial History
The rich variety of transport in the London area – stretching out as far as the one time limit of London Transport’s green bus operation – is reflected in this colour album from Martin Jenkins and Charles Roberts. Both authors have long-standing connections with the Capital and, using mainly previously unpublished colour views from the period 1948-1969, have assembled a remarkable array of views covering all modes of transport. The reader is taken on a fascinating journey of discovery, not knowing what will be around the next corner encountering buses, trams and trolleybuses; main line steam, diesel and electric; London Transport electric and steam as well as little known industrial railways; activities on the Thames, in docks and on canals; liners, ferries and pleasure steamers; plus aviation and even a coal merchant’s horse drawn cart. The images have been selected wherever possible to show changing streetscapes, buildings and fashions and will appeal to those who remember the period as well as the London of today. The stunning colour reproduction brings the pictures to life, as do informative captions. The book is a tribute to those photographers who had the foresight to record scenes before they were swept away in the name of progress.
For one whose memory does not stretch back to the time when the majority of these images were taken the interspersing of images of other modes of transport with the buses and trolleybuses etc. in their street scene gives an interesting view of the environment at various time periods.Great Eastern Railway Society newsletter
With 200 pages of good quality colour pictures, this album contains a wide range of views of railways, trams, buses and ships, mostly dating from the 1950s and 1960s. Many of these historically valuable photos are taken in bright sunlight, and the results are stunning. Well recommended.West Somerset Railway Society
A treat for lovers of transport vehicles in every way.Miniaturas JM
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BOOK OF THE MONTHBest of British, November 2019 - reviewed by David Brown
For sheer variety of vehicles and locations, with lots of nostalgic charm and great incidental interest, this collection takes some beating.
This is a treasure trove of well reproduced colour memoirs of London and its many forms of transport - road, rail, water and air - taken mainly between 1948 and 1969, much of it never published before.Buses, November 2019
"It will literally give hours of continuing pleasure and is highly recommended."Wessex Transport Society
"This book is a must read for all who lived in and around London during this era and for transport enthusiasts."Ton Class Assc
The rich variety of transport in the London area is reflected in this colourful album.Bookseller Buyers Guide