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Western National: A Journey in Colour, 1983–2003 (Hardback)

Colour Books Photographic Books Transport > Buses World History > UK & Ireland > England

By Andrew Bartlett
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 200 colour illustrations & a system map
ISBN: 9781526755063
Published: 6th April 2020


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This book covers Western National in the period from 1983-2003, looking at the changes in livery and operation of the company, which was transitioning from a part of the National Bus Company to that of a private operation.

The author has been a prolific photographer of buses for many years, covering many areas of Britain, chasing different types of vehicle and the services they run on.

This book concentrates on Western National, looking at its operations during an interesting period, when liveries were changing and the company's corporate identity was moving on from a nationalised concern to that of a newly privatised group member.

This book is a useful addition to local public transport history.

West Somerset Railway Association

A jewel for remembrance.

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Miniaturas JM

Another good book from Pen & Sword, which whilst not of immediate interest to Railway Modellers, does provide a good historical reference for the ancillary elements of a railway. Recommended.

Diesel and Electric Modellers United (issue 94)

Listed in Brilliant Books feature, words by Candia McKormack

Cotswold Life, June 2020

... the comprehensive captions to the photos give a good feel to the changes which were happening. There is a good range of vehicle types and locations, with some pretty landscapes reminding us that this is a nice part of the country.

PSV Circle, June 2020

About Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett has previously written about the history of public transport in his home city of Leicester, the Western National company and buses along the route of the South West Coast Path. He now focuses on London, where he worked for several years, to chart the politicised and protracted saga of London Buses’ privatisation, a process which took the sixteen years between 1979 and 1994, to complete. For many years a consultant working in the Inland Revenue/HMRC, he has since retirement also set crosswords for the Financial Times and the New Statesman and developed a keen interest in genealogy. Married to Debbie, he now lives in south Devon.

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