Bere Regis & District - The Life and Times of Country Busmen, by Andrew Waller
Published by Hobnob Press in 2012, 166 pages. A4 size Hardback (N7194)
This book tells the story of how three young men from Dorset villages created a partnership that in its heyday was the biggest privately owned bus concern in the south of England. For a while it ran well over 100 buses and coaches, serving the county’s towns and villages, schools, army camps and factories. To meet the needs of soldiers and sailors going home for the weekend, it also reached distant corners of the land. This book traces how Bere Regis & District’s network of rural bus services grew out of the labours of the 19th century carriers and the pioneer busmen of the early 20th century. By the end of World War II it was strong enough to keep expanding for two or three decades. Growing car ownership, the deaths of the three partners and Transport Acts in the 1980s each posed new challenges. Even so the business lasted in one form or another for almost 66 years, longer than any of the big bus companies that surrounded it...
The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.