Remember the Blue Bus Services, by I Sandars
Published by the Repton Village History Group in 2003, 12 pages. Slim A5 size Booklet (N5347)
From the first inside page: REMEMBER the days when you could go to the bus station and get on your bus without having to wait on a cold, wet and draughty platform for the driver to come and open the doors, and when the conductor collected the fares and helped you on and off the bus? Then maybe you will remember the Blue Bus Services which ran between Derby and Burton via Repton, and Derby and Burton via Etwall.
The Blue Bus service was started in 1922 by Jack Dean and Arthur Allen - both former drivers of Trent Motor Traction. The first buses were Model T Fords, seating about twelve people. In those days these buses would have difficulty when loaded with ten or more passengers in negotiating the steeper gradients of the Bladon hills between Burton and Newton Solney, particularly in adverse weather conditions, when passengers would have to get out and help push on the steeper inclines. Journey time between Derby and Burton was one hour.
Percy Jowett Tailby joined in 1924 and a timetable produced in this year refers to Dean and Tailby's Motor Omnibus Service between Derby and Burton via Repton and Willington. Vehicles were kept at the Wheel Inn, Findern. Shortly afterwards, Harold George joined the company as a sleeping partner at first. Arthur Allen left the company in 1924, later becoming a driver with Derby Corporation. 1926 saw the Blue Bus Services fleet name on all the vehicles....
The booklet is illustrated throughout with several black and white photographs showing vehicles that worked on the route.
Condition of the booklet is generally good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is a small price sticker on the rear side cover