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York Independents (Paperback)

Eastern Stage Bus Operators

P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Transport > Buses World History > UK & Ireland > England > Yorkshire & Humberside

By Stuart Emmett
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Buses
Pages: 96
Illustrations: 150
ISBN: 9781913295936
Published: 3rd May 2022



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The splendid city of York lies on flat, arable land called the Vale of York. Once out of the

city and into the Vale of York, many beautiful small country villages are hidden away in the flat, fertile, agricultural land that dominates the area, and farms line the roads. Bus operators were needed to provide services linking these local villages and towns with York, especially

on market days. Consequently, routes were very rural, and besides catering for the traditional market day shoppers, they often carried a considerable volume of passengers to work in York.

This book, containing over 150 photographs, many in colour, tells the story of stage bus

companies, including Everingham Brothers, Baileys, J. Broadbent, Milburn and Gorwood

Brothers, who operated from the east of York. All of these companies had similarities and, like many rural bus services, they started by running a service to their nearest market town. This was often done to get a second income to supplement their main living, which usually came from farming and agriculture. As time progressed, most of the operators grew their bus network and also offered excursions and private hires. However, changes to the way of life in the 1950s and 1960s, including the growth of television and car ownership, led to the demise of many true country bus operators, including all of those featured in this book.

For those interested in the histories of small businesses Stuart Emmett’s books will certainly whet the appetite; and if you want to see the vehicles in their glorious miscellany of liveries and environments, you are in for a treat. From early Leylands through Bedford WTB, OB, OWB and SBs to twin-steer VALs, bodywork and chassis by dozens of manufacturers, open platforms and centre entrances, half cabs and flat fronts, you will find them all in profusion, sharply and brightly printed, with informative captions.

I wholeheartedly commend these books.

Journal of the Road Transport History Association - No103, December 2021

"While buses are a subject for specialists there is much here for a general reader with an interest in local history and transport."

The Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Journal - July 22

About Stuart Emmett

Stuart Emmet has trained/consulted in many industries, to many nationalities and in many locations on five continents. He holds a Master of Science degree from Cranfield University UK and a BA (Hons) from the Open University in the UK, and is also qualified as a mentor, a further education teacher and an NVQ assessor/verifier and as has acted as external examiner and verifier to various UK Universities and professional Institutes on many supply chain topics. He is the author of more than 30 books and 100s of articles. His works include Tommy’s Bus, Burrow & Sons, Wombwell 1921 to 1974, York Pullman 1926 to 1985 and more than 30 books on topics covering management, logistics, purchasing and supply chain management. Stuart is now retired and lives in Gosforth and Nether Wasdale in Cumbria and maybe seen regularly walking between these two places accompanied by a black lab called Gilly.

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