Provincial Buses in Colour: 1960s
The 1960s for many represent the decade in which Britain's bus industry last experienced real stability. In the early 1970s, reorganisation and the oil crisis led to radical changes, with the disappearance of many familiar operators, while the 1980s saw more reorganisation and, in particular, deregulation and privatisation. More recently, the 1990s saw the emergence of the major bus operating groups - Stagecoach, First Group, Arriva etc - which again has radically altered the nature of bus operation. Looking back 40 years, the 1960s seem to represent years of less drama. Nonetheless, it was the era when most of Britain's surviving trolleybus operators converted to bus operation, when the rear-engined double-decker became the preferred vehicle for many operators, when one-person operation saw the elimination of many conductors, and when the gradual process of amalgamation began, with the creation of the first Passenger Transport Executives. Enthusiast interest in the period is evident through the success of books like Heyday of the Bus and Heyday of the Bus: The 1960s Revisited and of magazines like Classic Bus. During the 1960s Barry Watson travelled widely around the country recording the then contemporary transport scene; his photographic work on commercial vehicles has already been published to much acclaim in Glory Days: Foden and Classic Commercials in Colour. However, during his travels he also recorded the bus and trolleybus scene and, in Provincial Buses of the 1960s in Colour, we travel back to the decade and recall the bus and trolleybus scene through some 85 previously unpublished colour photographs.
Hardback, 80 pages, 85 colour photographs
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