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Stenlake Publishing - Steel Wheels and Rubber Tyres – Volume Two: A General Manager’s Journey: Manchester, Plymouth, Great Yarmouth, Halifax


Steel Wheels and Rubber Tyres – Volume Two: A General Manager’s Journey: Manchester, Plymouth, Great Yarmouth, Halifax



Author : Geoffrey Hilditch
ISBN : 9780853616160
Cover : paperback
Price : £12.95

Volume One ended at the point where the author had, with some reluctance, left Leeds City Transport for what at the time seemed to be a very uncertain future. On the face of things the ,chances of ever holding the job of general manager of a municipal transport undertaking were just about nil, but one never knows just what life is going to bring, and if one is lucky enough to possess ambition, background and appropriate technical qualifications then who knows just what might be possible?

Achieving such a post in those days depended also on a whole series of other factors, when good luck and a wife who never objected to frequent household removals were of paramount importance.

In the event as you will read Geoffrey Hilditch managed to make it, but once the chair was his he speedily found that life was very different to what it had been as a lowly member of staff, or a department head, or even a deputy general manager. The buck really did stop here!

A new general manager in a strange undertaking has to learn as quickly as possible where the buses actually run, what local tribal customs are in respect of union agreements, duty schedules, etc., and just what are the relationships between your outfit and other bus concerns that impinge on your territory. Even more important was to learn about those that exist or otherwise with other departments in the municipal structure, and their chief officers. Last but by no means least, what do the members of the council think about your efforts?

Two things become very obvious in no time at all. A considerable sense of humour is a decided asset, as is a very thick skin, for here the pages of your local newspapers will soon reflect what their readers think of you and your managerial efforts – do you really base your timetables on Old Moore’s Almanac or the Liverpool Tide Tables as some correspondents are sure is the case?

A5 format, 184 pages, 120 illustrations.

Steel Wheels and Rubber Tyres – Volume Two: A General Manager’s Journey: Manchester, Plymouth, Great Yarmouth, Halifax
£12.95
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