London's Classic Buses

London's Classic Buses

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London's Classic Buses
by John A Gray

Measuring 9" wide by 10" deep, this medium sized, coffee table browser runs to 96 pages (including the title leaf), and is enclosed with a good quality binding and hardcover. The book is lavishly illustrated from front to back cover, with beautiful colour photos; these are of varying sizes, with many either full page, or full page minus caption. Apart from the smaller illustrations accompanying the introduction, each photo carries an informative comment; the text is also enlivened with occasional colour illustrations of memorabilia, such as magazine and comic covers, bus route maps, and contemporary publicity material. The content follows seemingly customary emphases for this type of book, namely, predominance of red, inner London buses, with a mix of green (country) types, and a significant proportion of vehicles with non standard liveries. For those who wish to make an informed purchase decision, without having the facility of examining this volume, the following information is given, errors and omissions excepted. 72 pictures illustrate one or more red buses, 19 feature other/non standard liveries, and 27 show green, country area buses. Of the country bus illustrations, 10 are of Greenline vehicles, 11 of London Transport country area, 4 of London Country Bus Services (lincoln green livery), and 2 are London Country Bus Services (leaf green decor). Each of the following bus types features in one or more pictures each: RM, RT, RT (Cravens), RT2, RM (prototype), RTL, RTW, L3AEC trolley bus, RT (roof box), RMC, RMF, RT10/RTL, RCL, RML, FRM, RT (Saunders), Swift SMS, and RMC (open top). The knowledgeable reader will see that front entrance, rear engine designs are almost entirely absent, as is the RLH type, which only numbered some 76 vehicles out of thousands of RTs, RTLs, RTWs, and Routemaster variants.

Identifiable route numbers are quoted in sequence; please note again, errors and omissions are excepted; where route numbers appear more than once in the same photo, the duplicate(s) is/are omitted; and routes/numbers at a distance are normally ignored. The numbers are:
63, 39A, 7, 21, 41, 27, 704, 105, 12, 13, 159, 43, 133, 10, 95, 327, 327, 2, 2, 9, 18, 48, 97, 131, 421, 117, 17, 715, 230A, 73, 36A, 253A, 256A, 185, 9, 6, 176, 74B, 11, 719, 723A, 370, 244, 134, 411, 409, 341, 401, 454, 354, 470, 809, 303, 418, 301, 204A, 321, 101, 99, 16, 76, 194C, 65A, 97, 207, 207, 226, 253, 11, 113, 88, 25, 9A, 8, 15, 8, 302, 347, 17, 347, 406F, 704, 34, 266, 87, 87, 140, 175A, 248, N95, 25, 38, 3, 137, 38, 30, 73, 168, 94, 149, 65, 65, 9, 11, 253, 6, 86, 21, 24, 19, 83, 19, 13, 15, 12, 15, 11, 14, 23.

It will be apparent that some of the above route numbers occur more than once, and it should also be pointed out that in one or two cases, red buses are pictured on country area routes, and green buses on inner city routes.

This book is a delight, and should provide much enjoyment to anyone who remembers the wonderful AEC and Leyland buses, that plied the streets of Greater London and the inner city, from the late 1940's through to the 1980's and beyond. Well worth getting a copy if you can!