Jim Blake's South East England Buses Trolleybuses & Coaches in the 1960s (Visions)

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A collection of good quality black & white images taken in the 1960s, from Jim Blake’s extensive photographic archive.

The 1960s was the last decade in which many traditional bus fleets and vehicle types could still be seen. Towards the end of that decade, many operators were absorbed into the Transport Holding Company, which later became the National Bus Company with its type standardisation and bland red or green livery.

Jim Blake’s South East England Buses, Trollybuses & Coaches in the 1960s captures a classic era for road-based public transport, before the demise of the traditional half-cab open rear-platform double-deckers. A variety of independent chassis and bodywork builders are featured, many of whom did not survive much beyond the end of the decade. The following operators are featured in the book:

  • Aldershot & District
  • Brighton Corporation & Brighton Hove And District
  • Eastbourne Corporation
  • East Kent
  • Maidstone Corporation
  • Maidstone & District
  • Southdown Motor Services
  • Banfield’s Coaches
  • Dengate Of Beckley
  • Drew’s Service
  • Empress Coaches
  • Grey Green Coaches
  • Horlock Of Northfleet
  • Safeguard Coaches Ltd
  • Tillingbourne Valley
  • Timpson’s Coaches
  • United.

The south east of England was notable at this time for still having a number of corporation and municipal fleets, mixed with a decent sprinkling of independent coach fleets. Jim Blake’s South East England Buses, Trollybuses & Coaches in the 1960s takes the reader back to the heyday of the independent bus operator. 96 pages. Over 150 illustrations.

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