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Hit by the fall in the trade in the mid-1930s, the owner of a modest Lancashire cotton firm recruited his bright young nephew to broaden the business. His solution was to build coach bodies. This had hardly started when two key staff members left and set up as rivals. This book tells the amazing story of these two rivals, Bellhouse Hartwell and Beccols, in a fascinating tale of rivalry and enterprise, and of hope, disappointment and success in those now distant, early post-war years. The coaches produced by these two companies between 1947 and 1955 were very much of their time; sometimes avant-garde, sometimes outlandish and flamboyant, but always stylish and distinctive. With nearly 300 photographs and illustrations, many never seen before and all expertly restored, every page is a delight to the eye – it’s a brilliant reference work and a beautiful book.
128 pages, hardcover, over 280 pictures & illustrations, as well as production lists
King Alfred of Winchester bought a Leyland Olympic in 1950 and sold it in 1966. It was rescued by Friends of King Alfred Buses in 1990 and over a period of 22 years the rusting hulk was painstakingly restoredo its former glory. This is the complete story of that bus, from its days with King Alfred through to the restora ttion, expertly written by Stephen Morris.
72 pages, over 120 pictures, illustrations & maps
Managing Director Roger French OBE tells the inside story of the last 25 years of Brighton & Hove, one of the UK's most successful and admired bus operators. He reveals the secrets of how Brighton & Hove has been able to achieve the holy grail of consistent passenger growth every year since 1993.
160 pages, over 250 pictures, illustrations & maps