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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.

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Photo Collections

John Blannin Collection: A collection of around 10,000 colour photographs taken between 1960 and 2015, kindly donated to the LTHL. It is currently being catalogued and recorded and will be made available to enthusiasts once this has been done.

If you have a collection of historic photographs or books you wish to dispose of then please get in touch - don’t bin them - we can usually arrange a pick up.

Contact Us

We are always grateful for further information or archive and historic photographs for inclusion in second and future editions of our PDF booklets. If you can help then please email us. All our booklets are prepared by the LTHL and human error sometimes creeps in. If you spot any mistakes or typo errors please get in touch. If you have anything you think might be of interest to us that we can publish in PDF format please let us know - we are always interested in unpublished material - as long as you have copyright.

For any other enquiries please email us: lth.library@gmail.com

Body/Seating Codes

All our PDF booklets use the standard PSV Circle seating codes when describing the body and seating arrangements for double and single deck buses and coaches as detailed below:

The seating capacity of a double deck vehicle is usually expressed as the number of seats in the upper saloon 'over' the number of seats in the lower saloon - for example 30/26 indicates a vehicle having 30 seats on the upper deck and 26 seats on the lower deck. Highbridge and lowbridge refer to the body layout and not the overall height of the vehicle (i.e. lowbridge has a sunken gangway on the upper deck or part thereof).

Letters placed before the seating capacity:

AB  Articulated Bus
AC  Articulated Coach
B   Single-deck bus
C   Single-deck coach
CH  Double-deck highbridge coach
CL  Double-deck lowbridge coach
CO  Convertible open top vehicle
Ch   Char-a-banc

DP  Single-deck dual-purpose vehicle
F   Full fronted vehicle (where not normally fitted)
H   Double-deck highbridge bus
HD  Half-deck coach
L    Double-deck lowbridge bus
M   Minibus

O   Permanent open top vehicle
RC  Airport/Observation coach

T    Toastrack

Letters placed after the seating capacity:

C  Centre entrance (if there are two or more pairs of seats in front of the entrance)
D  Dual entrance/exit (or more than two)
F   Front entrance
L   Wheelchair lift (shown after entrance)
O  Open staircase (shown after entrance)
R   Rear entrance
RD  Rear entrance with doors fitted
RP   Rear entrance with open platform (early vehicles)
T    Toilet fitted (shown after entrance)