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Midland Red in Retrospect (Hardback)

A Journey Through Time

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By Bernard H Warr
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781526727053
Published: 20th September 2021


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Midland Red in Retrospect covers the period during the 1960s when the Midland Red bus company dominated the Midlands, operating the lion’s share of the bus services and also the express coach services from the Midlands to London and other locations.

Like London Transport, Midland Red had a very distinctive image and its own fleet of vehicles designed exclusively for its operations. This volume is written by someone who worked for the company during this period and reflects the colour and atmosphere of this much-loved and well-remembered bus operator.

Sadly the author passed away in September 2020, before the book was published and this volume of Midland Red bus pictures is a tribute to him.

"As the Journal's readers are predominantly railway enthusiasts why include a review of a book on buses? The answer this book will have a valuable place on the bookshelf of anyone modelling the area covered by their route mileage, and may also interest others just for nostalgia's sake"

Journal, November/ December 2022

This book covers the post-war buses and coaches operated by this major Midlands company, including all the different vehicle types which Midland Red was know for building itself.
With around 180 pictures, colour and black and white, in 140 pages, this mainly pictorial history is comprehensive overview of an interesting fleet.

Vintage Road Scene

Living in the Midlands the sight of the red Midland Red buses was a familiar one to me. This book takes us back to the beginning of Midland Red in November 1904. A key feature of the company was that it built many of its own buses. We learn about how this came to be. Through an informative text and well chosen photographs - many by the author (some in colour) with informative captions the development of both the company and its own range of own-design buses is detailed including the later designs. The text is well written and easy to absorb while the photos well reproduced and at a good size. This book is an excellent read and should appeal to those who model the areas that Midland Red operated in. Must get that bus on a bridge of the correct type!


Diesel and Electric Modellers United, Summer 22 Issue

"This fine book serves both as an introduction to Midland Red for younger readers as well as providing a fitting tribute to the company to those who remember it well in its heyday."

West Somerset Railway Association

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About Bernard H Warr

The author left school in 1960 and was lucky enough to be offered employment by the Midland Red. A keen bus enthusiast, the next four years proved to be some of the most satisfying of his career. Economic circumstance dictated a move away from the bus industry just before his 20th birthday, but in time railway engineering beckoned and he trained as a civil engineer with British Rail. Although with different masters this is a career path that he pursued for most of his life apart from a period as General Manager of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in the late 1970s.

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