York Independents: Eastern Stage Bus Operators (Key Publishing)

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An illustrated history of Yorkshire bus operators running into York from the east, by Stuart Emmett.

The city of York is surrounded by many beautiful small country villages, hidden away in the flat, fertile, agricultural land that dominates the area. Early in the twentieth century, motor bus services began to link these local villages and towns with York, especially on market days. Many of the routes were very rural in nature, but the bus services provided an essential lifeline for these rural communities

York Independents: Eastern Stage Bus Operators contains over 150 photographs telling the story of some of the stage bus companies that provided services to and from York. It includes:

  • Everingham Brothers
  • Baileys
  • J. Broadbent
  • Milburn and Gorwood Brothers,

All of these companies started by running a service to their nearest market town. This was often done to secure a second income to supplement the operator’s main living, which usually came from farming and agriculture. As time progressed, most of the companies expanded their bus networks and also began to offer excursions and private hires.

Changes to the way of life in the 1950s and 1960s, including the growth of television and car ownership, led to the demise of all of these true country bus operators, although the last of them soldiered on as late as the 1980s.

York Independents: Eastern Stage Bus Operators tells the story of each featured operator and includes many images of classic vehicles in action. Also includes several route tables, diagrams and maps. 96 pages.

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