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The London Mini and Midi Bus Types (Hardback)

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By David Beddall
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 100 colour and 100 mono integrated
ISBN: 9781399095266
Published: 5th March 2024



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London Passenger Transport Board inherited a number of small buses from various independent operators during the early 1930s, followed by the introduction of the Leyland Cub around the same period. The introduction of the big-bus policy saw many of the small buses withdrawn from service. The 1950s saw the introduction of the GS-class Guy Special for use on the lightly-trafficked country routes. More smaller buses entered the London Transport fleet in the form of the Ford Transit and Bristol LH / LHS saloons. The mid-1980s saw a resurgence in small-bus operation as a cost-cutting exercise. Many new types entered service with London Buses Limited and other independent operators. The introduction of these minibuses saw a number of new services introduced to serve previously unserved areas of London. However, the success of these small buses led to their replacement by the larger Dennis Dart midibus. Whilst the introduction of varying lengths of Darts catered for many of London’s needs, other types of mini and midibuses were taken into stock by London based operators for fill in gaps. London’s Mini and midibuses takes a look at the various types of mini and midibuses that have operated on routes in the Greater London area.

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About David Beddall

David Beddall is a life-long bus enthusiast, who from the age of seven has pursued his interest in the subject. He initially took an interest in his local bus services in the Bedford area, but later expanded his interests to Northamptonshire and later still the whole of the country. London’s Dart and Dart SLF is his latest book for Pen and Sword, in this volume he has researched the history of this iconic single-decker. David Beddall lives with his family in Northamptonshire, where he continues to pursue his bus interests.

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