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London Buses in the 1970s- 1970-1974 From Division to Crisis

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London Buses in the 1970s- 1970-1974 From Division to Crisis


Using photographs from Jim Blake's extensive archives, this book examines the turbulent period in the history of London's buses immediately after London Transport lost its Country Buses and Green Line Coaches to the recently-formed National Bus Company, under their new subsidiary company, London Country Bus Services Ltd. The new entity inherited a largely elderly fleet of buses from London Transport (LT), notably almost 500 RT-class AEC Regent double-deckers, of which replacement was already under way in the shape of new AEC MB and SM class Swift single-deckers. LT itself was in the throes of replacing a much larger fleet of these. At the time of the split, it was already apparent that the 36ft-long MB class single-deckers were not suitable for London conditions. The shorter SM class superseded them, but they were equally unreliable. January 1971 saw the appearance of LT's first purpose-built one-man operated double-decker the DMS class. Both operators were also plagued with a shortage of spare parts.

Additional Information

Stock Code: P8720.0
Author: Blake J
ISBN13: 9781473887206
Height(mm): 282
Width(mm): 216
Page Count: 168
Publication Date: 4 May 2018
Publisher: PEN & SWORD
Publication Status: Available
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