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The Local Transport History Library publishes these illustrated PDF booklets to a standard format of 7x5 inches, which makes them easier to read on a PC or tablet screen without annoying scrolling. If you are viewing on a mobile phone we recommend you rotate your phone to the horizontal for best results. The booklets should automatically resize to your device. You will need to have the Adobe Reader installed.

The Adobe DC Reader for Windows, Mac Os, iPhone/iPad, Android phones and tablets can be downloaded HERE.


The original source for these histories was the ‘Local Transport Histories’ website by kind permission of Peter Gould. He has since relinquished the domain www.petergould.co.uk, but this has been purchased by another individual who has loaded the histories back onto the internet using this domain name, albeit without Peter’s permission. These fleet histories are out of date, no longer revised and not endorsed by Peter (and contain commercial links) - you will find most of them on this website now in PDF format with illustrations and updated where possible, plus many others not on the original site.

We would like to offer our thanks to the following who have kindly allowed us to publish their photographs in our booklets: John Kaye (also John Boylett); Donald Hudson; David Lang; Paul Haywood; Barry Rennison; Mike Morant (also W. J. Wyse); Mike Beamish; Keith Butcher; David Beilby; Ken Aveyard (also Wimborne Railway Society Archive); Chris Hough; Bernard Warr; David Mitchell (also Robert Mitchell); Roland Wilcox; Alan Hall; Martin Clark; Larry Goddard; Roy Marshall; John Stringer; Ashley Birch; National Tramway Museum; Tramway & Light Railway Society; D. J. Norton; Michael Keeley (also Patrick Keeley); Stuart Little; Bruce Tilley; Chris Stewart (also Essex Bus Enthusiasts Group); Trevor Brookes; Commercial Motor Archive; John Ryan; Barry Nunn; Peter Williamson; Stephen Howarth; Peter Green; Brian Pask; Great Eastern Railway Society; Science and Society Picture Library; Brian Townsend; Richard Simons; Pennine Heritage Ltd (with special thanks to Frank Woolrych); Todmorden Antiquarian Society; Atack Family collection; Getty Images; Doug Nicholson; Eric Thompson; Joe Gornall; John Heighway; Malcolm Jones; The Bus Archive; Roger Cox; Michael Rhodes; Graham Hill; Chudleigh History Group; John Briggs; David Flett; Hesterjenna Photography; Steve Guess; Brian Pritchard; Cliff Essex;  Alan Snatt; John Law; Graham Woodward and Paul Redmond.

We have also used photographs from other photographers in our publications but unfortunately have been unable to contact them - full credit has been given where appropriate and if you see any of your photos in our booklets we would be grateful if you would confirm you have no objections to their use. Unattributed photographs are credited to the LTHL collection - if you spot any of your photographs please get in touch, we will credit them correctly or remove them if you wish. We would also like to thank the following authors for permission to publish their works in our booklets; Neville Mercer; Dave Taylor; Roger Cox.

We are grateful to the PSV Circle for permission to use information from their fleet lists etc. in compiling the fleet lists in our PDF booklets. For more detailed information we recommend you visit their website for details of available publications.

We would like to thank
David Lang for his patience in asking contributors to his website for permission to publish their photographs in our PDF booklets. Please take the time to visit the sct’61 website which is full of historic bus photos.

Our thanks are also extended to
Mike Beamish for making his photographic collection available to us to illustrate our booklets. Check out his website - Mikes Bus Pages.

About the Library

The enactment of the 1985 Transport Act on 26th October 1986 (de-regulation) effectively ended municipal operations throughout the country and this date has been used as a convenient cut-off date for the municipal histories, even though operations may have continued in the private sector after this date. We have also used this date as a convenient cut-off date for most of the companies in the private sector and most of our histories are pre-deregulation when the passenger transport industry was changed forever and many historic names were lost to corporate identity. This site attempts to chronicle the industry up until that time. All publications on this site are in PDF format - they are readable on most devices including iPad, iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire tablets with the Adobe PDF download. The body and seating codes used in our publications are the standard PSV Circle codes and can be viewed HERE if you are uncertain about any of them.