Streets and Lanes of Midland Red (Capital)

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Midland Red was certainly one of the largest and arguably one of the most innovative bus companies in the UK in the twenty-five years following the Second World War, often considered the heyday of bus operation. Frustrated by what traditional bus builders could provide, Midland Red was famous for designing and building its own fascinating buses from 1923 until 1970.

Streets and Lanes of Midland Red captures many of these iconic vehicles and sets out to illustrate the magnitude of the Midland Red network, which at its height comprised around 7000 route miles, stretching right across the Midlands. It includes nearly 200 high quality images, including many examples of fine photography from the the late Peter Mitchell.

The book features all manner of settings, from bustling urban town centres and crowded bus stations, to delightful country villages and almost-deserted rural vistas. All the images are accompanied by detailed captions with further information and anecdotes relating to the subject.

Well-known transport authors Malcolm Keeley and Roger Torode have created an interesting account of some of the lesser-known operations of Midland Red. Covers the period from the earliest days to the company’s absorption by the National Bus Company. 144 pages. Hardback.

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