Scroll down through our listing of over 50 volumes dealing with the UK bus industry and its vehicles over many years. All books are in as-new condition unless otherwise noted.

Blue Triangle - first edition

By Alan Townsin, a noted British bus historian.

252 pages. over 300 photos all B&W

The definitive story of AEC buses from 1910 to the demise of the company. Hundreds of photos, every model described.

Much technical detail, world-wide sales and marketing, model development, a very thoroughly researched and fascinating read.

The book is in very good condition,  carefully protected by a clear plastic wrap

Inside all pages are like new and the binding is firm.

This first edition is essentially the same as the second but print quality, esp. photos, tends to be better.

$72.00

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Blue Triangle - AEC buses 2nd impression

By Alan Townsin, a noted British bus historian, and former employee of AEC at Southall, with access to much company detail.

The definitve story of AEC buses from 1910 to the demise of the company. Hundreds of photos, every model described.

Much technical detail, world-wide sales and marketing, model development, a very thorough and fascinating read.

2nd edition with extra material.

Very good condition

$70.00

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The First RTs Alan Townsin

AEC London Transport

Absorbing, detailed history of the design and building of RT 1 and the 150 pre-war RTs, which differed in interesting ways from the postwar thousands.

By Alan Townsin, a former draughtsman with AEC.

 

very good clean copy slight wear and tear to the cover

$70.00

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AEC Builders of London's Buses

A general history of AEC  including trucks and buses

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Leyland Buses in Camera

By Gavin Booth

130 pages over 150 photos from the first Leyland bus to the National

B&W

very good condition

$19.00

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The Leyland Bus Doug Jack 1st ed.

The full story from 1896 to the closure

440 pages mostly 

B&W

 

 

very high print  quality

 

Very good condition

$70.00

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The Leyland Bus- Doug Jack

Mark 2 is the expanded second edition. 440 pages

The full story on every Leyland bus 1896-1977. 100s of photos B&W

Chassis lists

The essential handbook and reference for every Leyland bus enthusiast.

very good condition some scuffing of dust cover

$70.00

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Beyond Reality: The Twilight Years

The Leyland National: was it the cause or a symptom?  The book gives nut and bolt description of the development of the later designs such as the Titan, the Panther,  the Olympic and much background on the choice of site for the new automated factory at Workington in the wilds of Cumbria.

A deeply absorbing story of the decline of Leyland , British leyland, via the National, to extinction. All  bus enthusiasts and students of history and engineering will find this highly interesting.

What were the many factors that caused the collapse of a world leader in Bus and Truck manufacture . Was it the National? Not entirely, the book tells the sorry, but fascinating story of the last days of Leyland, the closure of subsidiaries including AEC Roe and ECW, the fiasco surrounding Workington,  and the National.

mint condition

some scuffing of corners no damage to pages.

$59.00

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Provincial Bus and Tram Album

130 pages B&W

over 300 photos of British trams and buses operated in areas outside London

very good condition

$25.00

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Classic Bus Yearbook - 2

125 pp 150 photos mostly B&W

Many topical articles by different authors

VERY FINE condition

$10.00

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The Best of British Buses no. 5 75 years of Crosville by John Carroll

 

TWO COPIES ; one hardback one soft cover94 pp 150 photos mostly B&W  The full history from 1903 to 1980

Crosville was the very large BET operator in Wales, covering the whole country

VERY FINE condition

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$10.00

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Leyland Heritage

 

Mostly buses but many trucks

144 pages 200 photos colour and B&W

Very Fine condition 

$10.00

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Buses Coaches and Lorries

 Hard cover 60 pp. 90 photos all B&W

All over the world. Fascinating views of all kinds

rough condition

$10.00

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Bedford vol. 1 1923 - 1950

 

By renowned author alan Townsin

hard cover 150 pp. 180 photos all B&W

Very Fine condition

$10.00

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Londons Cast-off Buses

 Soft cover 96 pp. 150 photos all B&W

Very Fine condition

$10.00

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Londons Wartime Gas Buses

 Soft cover 64 pp. 50 photos all B&W  plus many diagrams showing the works of the gas producers

Very Fine condition  pub. 1997  Capital Transport

$10.00

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Routemaster : Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of a British Icon edited from BUSES Magazine

130 pages all colour. about  200 photos

RMs in service and preservation and with other operators. Comprehensive and a must for RM heads

new condition

$10.00

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Bus Stop by Gavin Booth

 An anthology of buses from all over UK, from pre-1913 to 1968

Hard cover 160 pp. 80 photos all B&W

Fine condition

$10.00

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Buses by Alan Thomas

 An anthology of buses from all over the world, from pre-1913 to 1968

Hard cover 160 pp. 180 photos all B&W   Bus design, mechanicals, body building techniques: the nuts and bolts

Very Fine condition

$10.00

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Buses 'sixty eight. edited by GW Watts

 A look at the UK bus scene in 1968 with articles by various authors

hard cover 96 pp. 100 photos all B&W

Very Fine condition

$10.00

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Buses ''seventy edited by GW Watts

 A look at the UK bus scene in 1970 with articles by various authors

hard cover 80 pp. 70 photos all B&W

Very Fine condition

$10.00

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Provincial Bus and Tram Album by J Joyce

By a noted transport historian with remarkable historic photos of every type and version of the vehicles from each transport mode.

Photos have been complied from many significant collections

A comprehensive view of the development of bus tram and trolleybus operations throughout Britain (outside London) from the 19th century to the 1990s.

Newly reprinted with hard covers and colour photo (of a Glasgow tram taken at Crich Tramway Museum)

Condition very good but top edges of  the dust cover are creased from poor handling

128 pages. over 300 photos all B&W

(note this is a reprint of the book of the same title and author  also listed here)

 

 

$25.00

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The London Bus 80 Years of Capital Service compiled from BUSES Magazine

130 pages mostly colour. about  200 photos

From the NS to STL to RT to RM and rear engined DDs plus many SDs, 

new condition

$10.00

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The Bus we Loved

by Travis Elborough

 

A jaunty but thorough history of the Routemaster for bus lover and historian. The building of RM1, the many design changes, the social background, the effect on London life.
“A  fond history of the Routemaster’s invention, rise and decline, the people who worked it and the enthusiasts who were mad about it”.

 

softcover very good condition 210 pp

$10.00

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Routemaster Bus Profile

By Alan Townsin

A richly-illustrated, well-researched history of the development and service history of the AEC/ London Transport/ Park Royal Routemaster.

For the historian bus fan and restorer: the whole story

very good condition

$10.00

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Albion Album

by Robert Grieves

A pictorial run through 100 years of buses and trucks built by Albion Motors Ltd Glasgow since 1899.  From model A1 7h.p  to the Lowlander bus which was actually a rebadged Leyland. B&W photos on all pages and text captions giving dates locations vehicle detail and historical notes. Many overseas scenes incl NSW CX19s. A valuable historical reference by a noted author.

 

Robert was well-known by Aust. bus enthusiasts for his dedication, his meticulous research his large collection of photos and his time as a Sydney Bus driver.

 

very good
64 pp colour covers in card.

$32.00

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Aspects of Buses by DD Gladwin

A wonderful romp around all aspects of British bus operations from the 1930s to the 1990s

Many photos of every conceivable type of bus, body builders photos, ticketing, workshops, signage advertising. In short every aspect.

A fascinating read and a source of historical info.

210 pp. over 300 photos mostly B&W. Colour section.  Fine condition

Published Oakwood Press 2003

 

 

 

 

$10.00

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British Buses of the 1930s

by Alan Millar pub. 1982 by Patrick Stephens

114 pages B&W hard cover very good condition

over 200 photos of buses in many cities and rural settings,

wide ranging appendices covering dates of significant evnts, models and makers of the 30s,  full of unheard-of names and models

a useful research tool

$10.00

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Buses Annual 1975 ed. Gavin Booth

 A look at the UK bus scene in 1975 with articles by various authors

hard cover 128 pp. 100 photos all B&W

Very Fine condition

$10.00

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Buses in Camera Mercia and Wales by Malcolm Keeley

 A look at the UK bus scene in 1the west of the country

hard cover 132 pp. 0ver 200 photos all B&W

Very Fine condition

$10.00

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The History of British Bus Services

 

hard cover 290 pp. photo centre section 30 all B&W

Very ood condition pub. 1980

$10.00

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Chesterfield trolleybuses by Barry M Marsden

The history of trolleybus operation in the town of Chesterfield  in 1the centre north of the country, near Sheffiled

soft cover 96 pp. 0ver 50 photos all B&W  and maps fleet lists, timetables

Very Fine condition

$10.00

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Dennis Buses in Camera by RN Hannay

 

Dennis Brothers in the town of Guildford, Surrey, were famous for fire engines but built '000s of very fine buses

hard cover 112 pp. over 120 photos all B&W

Very Fine condition pub. 1980

$10.00

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Yorkshire Traction the Prestige Series number 5

 

Yorkshire Traction was one the huge BET empire and covered the largest county in England: Yorkshire. A firm Leyland customer

64 pp. soft cover 120 photos all B&W

Very Fine condition

$10.00

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PTE Buses in Camera

The PTE (Public Transport Executive) concept in UK was an attempt to consolidate many small municipal and private companies. Naturally it failed being top heavy with managers and lacking foresight.

However the PTEs brought together many interesting fleets and a search was on for a standardised design.

128 pp. over 200 photos all B&W

Very Fine condition  with dust cover intact

$10.00

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British trolleybus Scene by R F Mack

 

soft cover booklet

44 pp. 100 photos all B&W

fair condition with blotch on cover otherwise very good

Preserved buses listed

$10.00

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Char-a Bancs and Coaches by Stan Lockwood

Coach operators used a huge variety of types of vehicle and  provided many services.

The book is a very thorough pictorial history of the motor coach, its construction, design and use.

approx 140 pp. over 100 photos all B&W  Full index to photos

Very Fine condition  with dustcover unmarked

pub 1980 by Marshall Harris Baldwin

$10.00

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The Story of the London Bus by John R Day

The book covers the history from Shillibeer's horse bus to the Routemaster and Daimler Fleetline

The book is a very thorough pictorial history of theLondon bus, its construction, design and use.

148 pp. over 50 photos all B&W  Full index 

Very Fine condition  with dustcover unmarked

pub 1973 by London Transport

$10.00

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Best of British Buses No. 10 Post-war Regents, 1945 to 1968

By Alan Townsin, who worked at AEC for many years in the draughting office.

 

The post war period saw the rise and rise of the Regent III, used all over the world.

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Best of British Buses No. 2 The AEC Q Family

By Alan Townsin, highly respected author of the history of bus marques.

The AEC 'Q' was another revolutionary  concept designed by John Rackham. Rackham had worked for Yellow Coach in USA and was aware of the Twin Coach by Walter Fageol, which had two motors mounted one each side of the chassis driving the rear wheels.

The Q took this further, into double and single decker forms, with petrol or diesel engines and fluid flywheel transmission.

 

The book deals in detail with the development of the Q

Mechanicals, body types and AEC company history is covered.

 

100 pages, all B&W colour cover.

Published 1981, reprinted 1994

Good condition Slight shelf scuffing, All pages perfect.

 

 

$10.00

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Best of British Buses 1: Leyland Titans 1927-1942

96 pages 200 photos B&W by Alan Townsin 1981, reprinted 1993.

Near perfect condition; creased corner on title page.

 

From the TD1 of 1927 onwards to the last of the TD7s in 1942, Leyland Titans were the only serious competition for the AEC Regent, also designed by JG Rackham.

This book gives mechanical details, development of body styles especially Leyland's own products, and pinpoints the differences in each model, hard to distinguish in some cases. Just what was the difference betyween a TD4 and a TD5?

You will find this book very satisfying.

$10.00

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Best of British Buses No.3 Leyland Tigers 1927-1981

First edition 1981

 

By Alan Townsin, highly respected author of the history of bus marques.

The 1927 Tiger was the single decker version of the revolutionary Titan TD1 of 1927, designed by John Rackham.

 

The book deals in detail with the development of the Tiger through TS1 to OPS1

Mechanicals, body types and Leyland Motors company history is covered.

 

100 pages, all B&W colour cover.

Published 1981,

Very good condition Slight shelf scuffing, All pages perfect.

$10.00

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The Bristol Story Part Two Alan Townsin signed by the author

 

Thsi volume deals with the last of the K-type, and covers the volume-selling Lodekka in detail..  Bristol  buses were built by the former Bristol Tramways and grew into a make seen nationwide  and used by almost all BET (British Electric Traction) companies. Finally the company began to build Olympians under the Leyland name.

pub. 1999 208 pp 200+ photos all B&W

Hardback perfect condition. Signed copy

$10.00

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North Western Volume 2 by Eric Ogden

 

From 1961, the story of the North Western Road Car Company, serving a large area around Manchester and Blackpool, involving long routes.

Fuel tax and oppressive legislation spelled the end of a good company.

 

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Crosville -- State -owned Without Tears

 

This large Welsh operator was indeed  owned and operated by the Local Government body.

hard cover `80 pp. many photos all B&W

$10.00

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Guy Motors and the Wulfrunian by RN Hannay

 

A full company history incl. the trucks and trolleybuses  80 pp. over 100 photos all B&W

Very Fine condition

ps "Wulfrunian" derives from the Roman name for the town of Wolverhampton:   Wulfrunium

 

$10.00

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The British Bus in the Second World War by John Howe

 A brilliant look at the many stratagems resorted to by British bus operators during wartime, and military service as well.

152 pages all B&W about  200 photos

new condition

$10.00

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Buses in Camera Scotland and Northern England by Gavin Booth

130 pages all B&W about  200 photos

new condition

$10.00

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Classic Bus Yearbook 1995. Edited by Gavin Booth

 

128 pages many colour some B&W about  180 photos

new condition

$10.00

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The Bristol Lodekka by David G. Savage

 

The largest selling  low height double decker was seen all over Britain.  Many bodybuilders and design configurations are all shown. 150 + photos all B&W

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Northern Counties (bus body builders) of Wigan by Eric Ogden

A pictorial survey of their car and then major bus body building  business from the 20s, with brief history

114 pp approx 80 photos all B&W.  pub. 1976 Transport Publishing

hard cover as new condition

$10.00

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London Buses in Camera 1933 to 1969 John A Gray

144 pp.   300 photos all B&W.    pub. Ian Allan 1971  hard covers

Every bus type to operate in London during the LPTB era is shown, with detailed captions.

The buses the trolleybuses, the crews , the wartime measures, the garages all dealt with in fascinating detail

As new condition with dust jacket unmarked.

$20.00

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Blackpool's Buses by David Dougill

pub 1982   136 pp. 

All B&W 

 

$10.00

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John Fishwick and Sons 1907 - 1997 by David Prescott

pub 1998   96 pp. 

All B&W 

 

$10.00

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Sunderland Corporation Buses by David Wayman

pub 1974   120 pp. 

All B&W 

 

$10.00

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Blackpool Bus Handbook by Nick Watts

pub 1989

A5 format    52 pp. 

All colour 

 

$10.00

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Classic Bus Tests edited by Peter Waller from original sources

 

Contemporary  reports from the 1930s onward of classic British b us chasses and later in their complete form. 

112 pp. 100+ photos

$10.00

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The British Bus Today and Tomorrow by Gavin Booth

pub. 1983  126 pp. all B&W

 

$10.00

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PMT "Potteries Motor Traction" by G K Smith

pub. 1977 160 pp. hard cover  perfect cond. over 200 photos all B&W.

PMT, based around the pottery towns of Stoke and Burslem, was a big Leyland user but many other makes appeared.

 

$10.00

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Bristol: a Century on the Road by Martin S Curtis

 

144 pp. hard cover very good cond.  exc. small tear in rear dustcover

over 200 photos all B&W

 

$10.00

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