Cumbria Stage Buses in Wasdale, Eskdale and Millom Post-War to 1985 (Stenlake)

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In Cumbria Stage Buses in Wasdale, Eskdale and Millom – Post-War to 1985 the author, Stuart Emmett explores the post-war bus routes operated by the Cumberland Motor Services.

Starting with a map, for those not familiar with this area of Cumbria, Stuart Emmett looks at the area of the Cumbrian coast from Whitehaven to Millom. As this area was considered to be a safe place during the Second World War it received thousands of evacuees, and was the site of ordnance factories, air stations and an armaments depot, with the workers creating an increased demand for buses. The book covers the area from Whitehaven via Gosforth to Millom, with a short trip into Wasdale, looking primarily at the routes operated by Cumberland Motor Services, but also covering Sim’s former stage bus operation from Boot in Eskdale.

Leyland buses were preferred by the Cumberland Motor Services, but during the war these had to be supplemented with a variety of second-hand buses, and buses on loan. After the war delivery was taken of 146 Leylands and 6 Bedford OBs between 1947 and 1953; then from 1954 to 1973 the British Transport Commission, who had bought CMS in 1948, took delivery of 200 Bristols.

Stuart Emmett has produced an in-depth review which is illustrated with 67 colour and black & white photographs. 56 pages.

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