East Anglia Buses & Coaches in the 1960s


This book features operators based in East Anglia. They correspond mostly to those included in the old Ian Allan “British Bus Fleets” series of “A.B.C.” booklets which gave illustrated fleet lists of the operators concerned in the 1950s and 1960s.

Sixty or so years ago, bus and coach operators outside London fell into four main categories. Firstly, there were the municipal fleets, run by town and city councils. Secondly, there were the generally inter-urban and rural-based fleets controlled by the British Transport Commission, popularly known as the Tilling Group, which had been nationalised in the early post-war years, and from 1963 onwards were owned by the government-controlled Transport Holding Company. They also operated some local city services, for example in Cambridge and Peterborough, in the area this book covers, as well as express coach routes radiating from London throughout the country. 

Thirdly, there were the British Electric Traction (B.E.T.) fleets, which were semi-nationalised in that they were partially owned by British Railways, who had inherited them from the “big four” railway companies. B.E.T. fleets had similar operations to the Tilling Group (B.T.C./T.H.C.) companies. Fourthly, there were independent bus and coach operators. These ranged in size from very large companies with inter-urban and rural services, to tiny rural operators with just a handful of vehicles.

Featuring: Colchester Corporation, Eastern Counties, Eastern National, Great Yarmouth Corporation, Ipswich Corporation, City of Lincoln Corporation, Lincolnshire, Lowestoft Corporation, Luton Corporation, Southend-on-Sea Corporation, United Counties and a host of  Independent Operators

This fascinating book features over 185 black & white photos of the various operators in the region.

A5 size 

100 pages

250gsm Laminated Cover

185+ photos

Due 9th October 2019

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