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Yorkshire Dales Buses: West Yorkshire Road Car Company in Wharfedale (Paperback)

The 1950s to 1970s

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: Over 170
ISBN: 9781802820034
Published: 2nd September 2022
Last Released: 13th February 2023

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The West Yorkshire Road Car Company’s routes from Skipton and Ilkley up into Wharfedale, Wensleydale and Swaledale are some of the most scenic in Great Britain, and they are captured in this volume of historic bus photographs, taken from the 1950s to the 1970s by some of the finest photographers in their field. Using his first-hand knowledge of West Yorkshire’s network, Stuart Emmett takes the reader on a journey in Upper Wharfedale, passing by countless sheep farms along the grass-patched limestone river valleys as he goes from hamlets and small villages like Grassington to market towns like Skipton and Otley, and the spa town of Ilkley. The enduring Yorkshire landscape, which has been used for many films and TV programmes, such as Calendar Girls, All Creatures Great and Small and Emmerdale, complements the little-changed street scenes and villages to give a fascinating backdrop to this captivating collection of more than 170 photographs, many of which are previously unpublished or have rarely been seen in print.

Anyone with a fondness of images of the local bus in remote and beautiful settings is likely to find this paperback album irresistible...
This is a beautiful book!

West Somerset Railway Association

This is something of a treat for enthusiasts who like Bristol/ECW single-deckers, as the 170 or so pictures in 96 pages of an Amberley-style softback book show that many pre and post-war L, LS, MW, SUL, RE and LH types, with many variations, and all against the backdrop of the Dales scenery. The author’s book on the buses of Samuel Ledgard of Leeds is also still available.

Vintage Road Scene

Specialist interest maybe, but these buses are depicted in some of Britain’s loveliest scenery.

The author writes a well informed commentary from personal experience. There is a map of routes, histories of each and the vehicles used.
Places featured include Kilnsey, Grassington, Kidstone Pass, Kettlewell and stops between.
Sadly some routes described have been lost. Skipton to Hawes took almost four hours. Do modern buses still go though the arch at Bolton Abbey? Pictures show buses in floods, snow and high summer so scarcely a dull photo here.

Great for bus nostalgics of whom I am happily one.

York City & District Society of Model Engineers

We have reached volume 8 of the “British Buses” series, and this one covers the West Yorkshire Road Car Company in Wharfdale from the 1950s to 1970s.

The Company’s routes from Skipton and Ilkley up into Wharfedale, Wensleydale and Swaledale are some of the most scenic in Great Britain. The enduring Yorkshire landscape, which has been used for many films and TV programmes, such as Calendar Girls, All Creatures Great and Small and Emmerdale, complements the little-changed street scenes and villages to give a fascinating backdrop to this captivating collection of more than 170 historic bus photographs.

The photographs here encompass the vast open landscapes that attract so many tourists to the area. Here we have mostly rural buses in action, in all types of terrain and weather. Members will be familiar with previous works by the author will recognise the style, with the photos accompanied by detailed captions adding local colour to the facts.

PSV Circle (Buses) - News Sheet No. 993, October 2022

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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