The Minibus Years in the West Country, compiled by Robert Crawley

The Minibus Years in the West Country, compiled by Robert Crawley
Booklet published by the Historic Omnibus and Transport trust in 2013, 46 pages. A5 size booklet (N7573)

Thirty years ago the bus industry witnessed a dramatic change in vehicle type with the introduction of very frequent small buses replacing lumbering giants on a much less frequent headway. Exeter was the teething ground for a carefully planned conversion of services from double-deck to 16-seat Ford Transits. Closely watched by other companies around the country, Devon General’s experiment was largely adopted elsewhere. Within a short time all the main operators were using them, but not all were Ford Transits. There was even variety in the diminutive bus and examples of this can be found in our latest publication put together by Robert Crawley, who describes the many types found in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset....

The booklet is packed full with colour photographs showing the vehicles themselves (usually with two photographs per page).

The condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.