British Municipal Bus Operators: A Snaphot of the 1960s (Pen & Sword)

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This book looks at various municipal bus operators in England and Wales in the 1960s. From the very first horse-bus or tram operations in Victorian times, bus services in most towns and cities throughout Britain were owned and run by the town or city councils. Many had tramway systems, some of which were replaced by trolleybuses from the 1920s onwards. After the Second World War, trolleybuses too were on the way out, with motorbuses replacing both forms of electric traction. By 1960, only a handful of tramways were still in service and by the end of the decade only a few trolleybus systems remained.

During the municipal heyday, some of these operators had very large fleets, for example those serving the conurbations of Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester, whilst others had very small fleets, such as West Bridgford Urban District Council in Nottinghamshire.

Municipal operators had a wide variety of vehicle types, encompassing virtually all chassis and body makes then in service, and were also well known for their distinctive, traditional liveries. In addition to the buses, there were also still trams and trolleybuses, which to many enthusiasts made them that much more interesting.

This book contains black & white photographs of buses operated by municipal operators during the 1960s. Photographs feature many different types of vehicles and a multitude of municipal bus operators around Britain. Photographs are presented in two-per-page format and each subject is described by the accompanying caption. An introduction to municipal bus operators during the period is also included. Hardback. 176 pages.

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