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United Counties Buses (Hardback)

A Fleet History, 1921–2014

British History Transport Photographic Books Colour Books 20th Century Buses

By David Beddall
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 200 colour & black and white illustrations & a system map
ISBN: 9781526755544
Published: 3rd August 2020


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United Counties Buses – A Fleet History begins by taking a brief look at the expansion of the United Counties Omnibus Company since its formation in September 1921 through to its demise in October 2014. The company acquired over fifty independent operators between 1922 and 1938 giving the company prominence in Northamptonshire and surrounding areas. May 1952 saw the fleet double in size with the acquisition of the Midland area of the Eastern National Omnibus Company, encompassing Bedfordshire, north Buckinghamshire and north Hertfordshire. The National Bus Company split United Counties into three operating companies in 1986: United Counties, Luton & District and MK Citybus, halving the size of the fleet. After being acquired by the Stagecoach Group in 1987, the company was largely left untouched.

The main focus of the book looks at the vehicles operated by the company, covering the numerous types operated by United Counties themselves. The various liveries, both fleet and advertising liveries are also listed within the book.

An interesting book at an organizational level and with a large selection of images.

Read the full Spanish review here

Miniaturas JM

Following a similar format to previous bus books reviewed in these pages, David looks at the history of the long standing bus company from its origins in 1921 to 2014 when the brand ceased to be. The book covers the origins and the various changes to the fleet of the company over the many years featured and is accompanied with a number of good quality photos. Members modelling the period from the 1950s to the post privatisation era might well find something of interest here, though it will appeal more to a historian or bus enthusiast.

Diesel and Electric Modellers United, Issue 95

This book is sure to find a place on the shelves of those with a love for this long-lived company.

West Somerset Railway Association

Listed in the paper's Down Your Way feature

Corby Telegraph, 3rd September 2020

As featured by

Corby Telegraph, 27th August 2020

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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