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From 1967 to the late 1970s author David Christie visited many towns and cities in Britain, photographing the remaining traditional buses in service. This book concentrates on one marque - the AEC Regent, which was to be found generally in its Mk III variant and more so in the southern counties. 'Up North' was generally Leyland country, and a companion book covers the PD Leylands. Travelling from Romford in Essex, the author's home town, and starting with a brief LT selection, we call in along the South Coast before heading north to the Midlands and the Isle of Man, then on to Scotland, where the author relocated in 1973. All the photographs are in colour, originally in slide form, from which they have been digitally restored.
The Manchester & Leeds Railway was sanctioned by Parliament in 1836 as a railway commencing at Manchester and terminating at Normanton, from where trains would reach Leeds via the North Midland Railway. Although Leeds is only 35 miles from Manchester, the hilly nature of the surrounding terrain meant that the company engineers adopted a circuitous route through Rochdale, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and the sinuous and steep-sided Calder Valley. The 'Calder Valley' line was opened between Manchester and Littleborough on 3 July 1839, and further sections were brought into use on 5 October 1840 and 3 January 1841. The railway was completed throughout on 1 March 1841. The completed railway was heavily engineered, the Summit Tunnel between Littleborough and Walsden being the longest in the world at the time of its construction. This highly scenic line still forms part of an important rail link between Manchester and Leeds, although trains now travel on a shorter route via Halifax and Bradford. The eastern half of the route also forms part of separate Trans-Pennine route via Todmorden, Burnley and Blackburn.
Preston Corporation Tramways was formed in 1904, later becoming Preston Corporation Transport Department. Electric trams, the majority of which were built in Preston, were operated until1935. The first buses entered service in January 1922. The department bought nothing but Leyland chassis until 1976, when three Bristol LHS midi-buses entered the fleet. The first 'OPO'-equipped buses were introduced in December 1968 and consisted of fifteen Leyland Panthers. Preston was a staunch advocate of the Leyland Titan and operated an assortment of PD1, PD2 and PD3 models over the years. Between 1959 and 1967 eight rear-entrance PD2s were famously rebuilt as front-entrance PD3s. A large fleet of Atlanteans was assembled between 1974 and 1983 and these formed the backbone of the fleet for many years. Following bus deregulation in 1986 the company fought a bitter battle with United Transport (Zippy) as both operators went toe-to-toe with large fleets of minibuses. Preston won the day as United Transport was absorbed by Ribble in March 1988 and what had been a chaotic couple of years eventually settled down. In April 1993 the company was sold to a management and employee consortium. Here, rare and previously unpublished images document the years surrounding deregulation in Preston.
In the late 1980s, when he first took an interest in the buses he was travelling on, Kenny Barclay wouldn't have imagined in his wildest dreams that he would ever own one. Now he has four. Purchasing a Leyland Leopard from 1980 in May 2007, three more buses of varying shapes and sizes followed over the next two years and he has lovingly restored each of them. Here, Kenny Barclay gives a fascinating insight into this restoration process. A history of each bus, including technical specifications, is included alongside a selection of images of each vehicle in its heyday. This is followed by a fully illustrated account of each of the restoration projects, as well as photographs of the buses once restored to their former glory. Packed with fascinating photography, Restoring a Bus is perfect both for those looking to enter the preservation scene and those who simply admire vintage vehicles.
Instantly recognizable, endlessly imitated, beloved by tourists and Londoners alike: London's buses are iconic. Not merely a vital component of the city's infrastructure, they are equally embedded in its culture; written about, sung about, joked about, filmed, painted (and painted on), advertised, and celebrated in myriad ways. And for the many thousands of people who have depended on them for a livelihood - drivers, conductors, cleaners, mechanics, inspectors - they have created their own world, complete with a distinct language, with uniforms, with places, and with men and women of every imaginable culture and ethnicity. This new collection aims to celebrate the unique relationship that Londoners have with their most important mode of transport, telling you all the things you never knew about London's lifeblood and how it's kept the capital moving for more than a century. Tourists take the tube - but real Londoners take the bus.
The Peak District area of England has yielded limestone products since around the time of the Romans and by 1794 the Peak Forest Tramway arrived to help transport products further afield. By the time the Midland Railway arrived in the Buxton area in the 1860s, limestone and stone traffic was booming by rail. Even now large tonnages of raw limestone, aggregates and cement are dispatched all over the UK. This book illustrates some of these traffic flows, both past and present, and how they have changed locomotives and wagons. Some of these traffic flows are long-standing ones such as the Tunstead to Northwich, whereas others are more recent and short-term spot hire traffic. Privatisation in the mid-1990s saw EWS dominate the main flows but now DB Cargo, Freightliner Heavy Haul and GBRf all vie for lucrative flows from the four main rail-served quarries.
In September 1962, the author started revisiting his boyhood trainspotting haunts at the London terminals - this time armed with a newly purchased camera loaded with colour slide film. A few days were thought adequate to record mainly steam at Kings Cross, Euston and Paddington but after many viewing sessions of the resulting slides over the winter, there was enthusiasm for more visits in 1963. So began a period over the next four years of travelling by train, via the London terminals, all over the rail system to seek out steam. Although steam was the priority, diesels were not ignored - especially the early livery variants. The decade finished up with several Specials being recorded from Kings Cross, with LNER-liveried Flying Scotsman then the only standard-gauge steam loco allowed on BR. Kings Cross, Paddington, Euston, Marylebone, Waterloo and Victoria all appear in this collection, as well as the author's 'home' terminal, Liverpool Street.
In 1914, the U.S. Navy established its first air station in Pensacola, Florida. Two years later, the U.S. Army, after training its pilots in the skies of Texas, conducted its first combat flights. In the decades that followed and through World War II, the Gulf South welcomed over two hundred air bases and Naval air stations. By the close of the twentieth century these installations had fostered critical advances in pilot training, producing many of the most acclaimed military personnel to take to the skies. Vincent P. Caire's authoritative and inspiring photographic survey recognizes Gulf South aviation heroes like Brig. Gen. Claire Chennault and honors the role of key southern military air facilities like Eglin and Maxwell Air Force bases. For more than a hundred years, the Gulf South- defined here as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas- has supported advancement in every branch of military aviation, contributing both technical prowess and fearless pilots to U.S. forces. Through many never-before-published photographs and an informative text, Military Aviation in the Gulf South celebrates these achievements, including the massive expansion of aviation in World War II, establishment of training facilities for officers- including Hollywood stars and the Tuskegee airmen- and commissioning of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron. Caire's comprehensive history also highlights innovation- such as the designs of Lt. Harold L. Clark for Randolph Air Force Base- and sacrifice, like that of World War I pilot 2nd Lt. Samuel Keesler, the namesake of the Biloxi, Mississippi, base. For generations of servicemen and women, their families, and the local civilian communities that support them, Military Aviation in the Gulf South pays tribute to the enduring impact of the region's aviation programs on America's security and the defense of freedom worldwide.
Route 66 is a beloved and much studied symbol of twentieth-century America. But until now, no book has focused on the bridges that spanned the rivers, creeks, arroyos, and railroads between Chicago and Santa Monica. In this handsome volume, Route 66 authority and veteran writer and photographer Jim Ross examines the origins and history of the bridges of America's most famous highway, structures designed to overcome obstacles to travel, many of them engineered with architectural aesthetics now lost to time. Featuring hundreds of Ross's own photographs, Route 66 Crossings showcases bridges ranging in design from timber to steel and concrete, and provides schematics, maps, and global coordinates to help readers identify and locate them. Ross's comprehensive accounting of structures along the Mother Road's various alignments includes bridges still in use, those that have vanished or have been abandoned, and the few consciously preserved as monuments. He also recognizes ancillary structures that enhanced safety and helped facilitate traffic, such as railway grade separations, tunnels, and pedestrian underpasses. Ross seeks to encourage ongoing preservation of the structures that remain. In brilliant color and precise detail, Route 66 Crossings expands our knowledge of the bridges that linked America's first all-weather national highway.
China was the last bastion of the steam railway, with construction of new steam locomotives for industrial use continuing up to the end of 1999. Even now a few locomotives struggle on at collieries and other industrial premises, but this is likely to end very soon as boiler overhauls are almost impossible to obtain at an economical price. As the steam era was drawing to a close in China, steam enthusiasts visited the remaining operational locations in an increasingly desperate attempt to record what was happening before it was too late. The Chinese, while often perplexed at the interest expressed by the foreign enthusiasts, were generally welcoming and allowed access to industrial premises and linesides across the vast country. The locations ranged from the far western deserts of Xinjiang to the industrial heartlands of Manchuria with excursions into central China and the Mongolian Autonomous Region. Steelworks and collieries were prominent along with the occasional narrow gauge survivors. This book showcases the photographs obtained by one enthusiast over ten visits to China between 1992 and 2017.
The bestselling guides to Britain's canals and rivers for 50 years. For all users of the inland waterways. This established, popular and practical guide covers the canals and waterways around Birmingham and the River Severn. Covered in this guide are the River Avon; Birmingham Canal Navigations (Main Line); Droitwich Canals; Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and the River Severn; Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal; Stourbridge and Dudley Canals; Stratford-on-Avon Canal; Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal; and the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. The detailed Ordnance Survey (R) maps clearly show the location of essential features such as locks, towpaths and boating facilities, as well as pubs, shops and restaurants in the area. There are comprehensive navigational notes and descriptive text on the history of each canal, and on local services and places of interest, for which postcodes are included - ideal for use with sat-navs. This practical A5 guide features 'lie flat' spiral binding and 'book mark' back cover flap for ease of reference. In print for 50 years, the Collins/Nicholson guides to the waterways have always been a vital part of journeys along Britain's canals and rivers. These bestselling guides are designed for anyone and everyone with an interest in Britain's inland waterways - from experienced boaters to those planning their first boat trip, as well as walkers, cyclists and visitors. Nicholson's - The bestselling guides to Britain's Waterways.
Allow Mark Lindemann, Cycle World Magazine's resident expert, share the tips and tricks he has gained from riding over 750 different bikes during the past 30 years. This is the perfect guide for beginners or those looking to get back on two wheels after a hiatus. Evolve from rookie to seasoned rider with this comprehensive beginners guide to motorcycles, riding and gear. Whether you are starting as a new daily commuter, track fiend or budding off-roader, Mark Lindemann of Cycle World will teach you how to tackle test rides, avoid lemons, maintain and tune your ride and master fundamental bike skills.
We all use road signs every day; they guide and direct, instruct and protect us as we travel by car and on foot. Both learner and experienced drivers always need to catch up on the latest information about traffic signs and the "AA Know Your Road Signs" is an ideal companion and builds on the information provided in the AA's edition of "The Highway Code". The book is divided into 17 clear and easy-to-use sections covering warning signs; regulatory signs; speed limit signs; low bridge signs; level crossing signs; tram signs, bus and cycle signs; pedestrian zone signs; on-street parking; traffic calming; motorway signs; direction and tourist signs; signs for cyclists and pedestrians; information signs; tidal flow lane control; pedestrian, cycle and equestrian signs; and, road works and temporary signs. "AA Know Your Road Signs" also contains a short guide about the best ways to plan a route.
2nd edition of Bikers' Britain with updated content and 82 routes, 36 of them are brand new for this edition. For motorcyclists in the UK, from open-throttle straights to expert curves, from soaring mountains to windswept coastlines. An absolute must-have for the five million native riders and the tens of thousands of bikers who visit Britain each year, the book is packed with a selection of week-long, day long, half-day and shorter routes on the country's most exciting and picturesque roads. Each ride has been ridden and reviewed by expert bikers and includes an easy-read large-scale AA route map. The content stays fresh and exciting whether you use it as a top-box essential or for planning your next dream trip from the comfort of your armchair.
In terms of public image, the scooter has long played second fiddle to the motorcycle. Of course, there is a large dose of stereotype in the readings of both kinds of machines and at heart both have provided the same thing: escape, independence, mobility and a certain kind of cool. Following on from Chris Haddon's highly successful my cool motorcycle, my cool scooter showcases beautiful scooters from all corners of the world and celebrates the scooter's history thus far. The humble scooter is much more than a mode of transport - it is fashionable, stylish and trendy. As many of the stories featured in this book demonstrate, owners take their scooters on miraculous adventures from city streets to glorious country escapes. The book explores the most iconic brands of scooter from the well-known Vespa to the classic Goggo. Each section covers a selection of historical information, owners' stories and vehicle notes. For scooter owners or those interested in scooter history this book will inspire and intrigue readers.
Looking Back at Stanier Locomotives is a photographic album depicting the designs of Sir William Arthur Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway from the 1930s. With an extensive selection of colour photographs taken during the 1950s and 1960s, this volume covers locomotive types including Black Fives, Jubilees, Duchesses, all of Stanier's varieties of tank engines, Princess Royals, Rebuilt Royal Scots, 8Fs, and his Moguls, too. Paying tribute to Stanier's wonderful designs, the book allows the reader to explore all of the workings, liveries, tenders, chimneys and other details that might have been missed by the casual observer.
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