The British Motor Bus
When The British Motor Bus was originally published in 1977, it was welcomed as the first book to cover the development of buses in Britain from the pioneering days of the late 19th century right through to the most sophisticated machinery of the time. It quickly became accepted as the standard work on the subject.
Much has happened in the last decade; this revised and updated edition brings the story of the British motor bus right up to date, and surveys an industry coping with the uncertainties of the deregulated environment.
The decade has been a traumatic one for the domestic bus manufacturing industry with a dramatic slump in sales aggravated by increasing competition from mainland Europe. All of this, coupled with changes in ownership, raised great doubts about the future shape and control of the industry.
Against this background, leading transport author Gavin Booth has brought the story up to date with additional material and a complete new set of photographs and illustrations, many previously unpublished. Another new feature is the 'Checkpoint' page after each chapter, with a summary of main events in the bus and coach business set against world events; a description of a significant bus model; profiles of typical vehicles of the period; and a 'Sign of the Times' - a reproduction of contemporary printed matter.
The bus in Britain has developed in response to various elements: improving technology, changes in fashion, passenger needs, competitive activity and legislative requirements. And it will undoubtedly continue to develop in unpredictable ways and continue to provide a source of great fascination for enthusiasts and other observers of the bus business.
Hardback with dust jacket, 128 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Good/Very Good with some fading to spine of DJ
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