The London MB and SM Buses - A London Bus Disappointment

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Purchased to replace London Transport's ageing RT-type fleet, and also to ease staff shortages by extending one-man operation, the MB-types were not only a disappointment, but an unmitigated disaster. In this new volume of his photos, Jim Blake takes a critical look at what were therefore some of the most unsuccessful buses ever operated by London Transport, operating only between 1966 and 1981, most of them however achieving only 6 or 7 years of service. In addition to the buses themselves, Jim also catches glimpses of London life spanning the period from the "swinging 'sixties" to the harsh first years of the Thatcher regime. The MB and SM family of vehicles also saw service with London Country, the latter being delivered new to them - but they fared just as badly in the outlying countryside around London as in Central London. They brought to a sad end London Transport's long association with AEC buses.
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Stock Code PS479.0
Author Blake J
ISBN13 9781399034791
Format Hardback
Height(mm) 252
Width(mm) 178
Page Count 184
Pictures 220
Publication Date 5 May 2024
Publication Status Available
Publisher PEN & SWORD
Record last updated 16/05/2024