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Stenlake Publishing - Isle of Portland Railways Volume Three: Railway, Associated and Other Bus Services


Isle of Portland Railways Volume Three: Railway, Associated and Other Bus Services



Author : B. L. Jackson
ISBN : 9780853615668
Cover : paperback
Price : £13.95

This volume gives a detailed account of the bus services in the Weymouth and Portland area over a period of seventy years, and the reader will soon become aware of the railway connection. The Great Western Railway buses were part of a defence strategy against local tramway proposals. The activities and technical details of the Great Western Railway buses are fully explained, including the difficult relationship with the town council and residents, resulting in a temporary withdrawal of services, and later proposals to replace the Easton section of the railway with a railway bus service. The arrival of Southern National which later replaced the railway bus service and its involvement with the Portland branch railway, and subsequent history are covered in detail, as are the various private operators and their fleets. The relationship between the various bus operators, the railway companies and the local authorities are explored, giving a vivid account of the trials and tribulations of bus operations in a south coast town in peace and war. Fleet lists and details of many interesting early vehicles are included.

This is the first time a complete omnibus history of the area has been compiled, and it also forms a social history of the changing habits of the public as they deserted the railways for the convenience of the buses and lator abandoned these for the motor car.

A5 format, 224 pages, 150 illustrations.

Isle of Portland Railways Volume Three: Railway, Associated and Other Bus Services
£13.95
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