United Counties Buses: A Fleet History 1921-2014 (Pen & Sword)

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In its heyday, the United Counties Omnibus Company had an operating area that encompassed the counties of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire Buckinghamshire and Huntingdonshire, as well as operating services that reached into Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Rutland. The company also provided express coach services between London, Leicester and Nottingham.

United Counties Buses: A Fleet History, 1921–2014 tells the story of the company through its changing vehicle fleet. It begins by taking a brief look at the expansion of United Counties from its formation in September 1921 through to its demise in October 2014. The company acquired over fifty independent operators between 1922 and 1938 giving it a dominant position in Northamptonshire and surrounding areas.

May 1952 saw the already substantial fleet double in size, with the acquisition of the Midland area of the Eastern National Omnibus Company. Formation of the National Bus Company saw United Counties subsequently split into three different operating companies in 1986: United Counties, Luton & District and MK Citybus. The remaining United Counties operation was acquired by the Stagecoach Group in 1987, after which the company’s sphere of operation remained largely unchanged.

United Counties Buses: A Fleet History, 1921–2014 looks at the many different vehicle types operated by the company. It is divided into chapters, each covering a decade of the company’s existence and containing details of the fleet during that period. Every chapter is well illustrated, early years in black & white and more recent years in colour. Approximately 200 illustrations in total. 224 pages. Hardback.

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