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Red All Over
by David Maxey

Red All Over is a personal view of the current London bus scene, but with a strong 'review' element to highlight the major changes that happened in 2011 - not least the replacement of the last seven bendybus routes with double-deck types. All of those are covered in detail, alongside sections devoted to subjects like hybrids, single-deckers, refurbs and special paint jobs, to name but a few.

The book rounds off with an extensive section devoted to the New Bus for London launched on December 16th, a preview of the more interesting changes scheduled for 2012 . . . and the last-gasp arrivals which managed to sneak into the capital before New Year's Eve.

Could it be more complete? Not much.

More than 200 stunning photographs,
20,000 words,
extended captions and summary tables,
120 pages A4, full colour throughout.

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London’s Buses in the 21st Century

by Peter Horrex

London’s Buses in the 21st Century looks at the capital’s bus scene since 2000. Over 260 photographs illustrate a fascinating period from the Routemaster to the Borismaster, from step entrance buses to low-floor designs and the change from a multi-coloured bunch of operators to a service now run by the all-red big players. This book is full of nostalgia, it is a must for anyone who is interested in the London bus scene.

 

The book is split into the following chapters: Routemasters; The 73; Pottering About; Lost Liveries; Edmonton Green; After Dark; Bridges; I-Bus; E400s; The 185 Goes Bust; Step Entrance Farewell; Route March; Snow; Darting Around; Double Deckers; Marble Arch; Golden Jubilee; Single Deckers; London’s Olympians; ‘38’ Changes; Training; Sightseeing; Help; Metrobuses; Hill Climbing  and The Irish Connection.

More than 260 photographs, informative captions, 120 high quality 135gsm gloss paper pages with a 250gsm gloss laminated cover, full colour throughout.

 

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Red All Over 2 is the review of the London bus scene in 2012. The introduction of the NBfL and the disruption caused by the Olympics obviously feature in detail. Alongside sections devoted to subjects like route changes, the decline of the ALX200, the Euro-6 and the stop/start Enviro 400s, the Northumberland Park sale, the Farnborough Air Show shuttles, hybrids, and vinyl variations, to name but a few.

The book rounds off with a preview of the more interesting changes scheduled for 2013 . . .

We have had to add extra pages to fit everything in.

Could it be more complete? Not much.

More than 230 stunning photographs,
30,000 words,
extended captions and summary tables,
128 high quality 135gsm gloss paper pages with a 250gsm gloss laminated cover,
full colour throughout.

 

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LONDON BUSES in the 1990s

London’s Buses in the 1990’s, looks back at the Capital’s bus scene between 1990 and 1999. Over 200 photographs illustrate a fascinating period which saw privatisation occur in London. There were numerous types of buses running in a wide variety of liveries. This book will bring instant nostalgia to those who witnessed this period of change.

Featuring the following chapters: Leyland Nationals; East London; Route March; Walthamstow; South London; Pairs; Grey-Green; Suburbia; Mini-Buses; London General; After Dark; Daimler Fleetline; London Northern; Bridges; Bristols; Oxford Street; Metrobuses; Single Deckers; Stagecoach; Leyland Titans; Snow; Double Deckers; MTL and Routemasters    

 More than 200 stunning photographs, extended captions, 100 high quality 135gsm gloss paper pages with a 250gsm gloss laminated cover, full colour throughout.

 

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THE LONDON BUS GUIDE
Fully Revised & Updated 3rd Edition

This widely acclaimed guide, is now in its Third Year and is designed to shed light on the vagaries of the London scene and is especially recommended to those who’ve rarely, or never, visited the capital. If you already have a copy of the first and second books, you will glad to hear that  the 3rd edition is fully revised & updated with new photos throughout.

 Separate sections give details of
The Operators - Who are they? Who runs what?
The Buses - The types currently in use, with a photograph of every variant for easy recognition
The Garages - Their addresses, the buses in their allocations, the routes they run
The Routes - Peak Vehicle Requirements, frequencies, designated bus types

In addition . . . An Overview section explains the system - how fares work, how contracts are awarded and what criteria the operators, and the bus types, have to meet, and a final summary of the ‘added extras’ you can enjoy in London.

In short, pretty much all you need to know.

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152 Full Colour pages

200+ NEW photos

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RED ALL OVER 3
London Bus Review 2013

Red All Over 3 is the review of the London bus scene in 2013. The continued introduction of the NBfL obviously feature in detail. Alongside sections devoted to subjects like route changes, the sale of First Group, the return of Spirit of London,  the Wimbledon shuttles, hybrids & electrics, and vinyl variations, to name but a few. The book rounds off with a preview of the more interesting changes scheduled for 2014 . . .

Full Contents: What Happened Next, All Change – January/February, Double Vision, Single-Deckers – Part One, All Change – March/April, Renewed Spirit, Hybrids Update, Vinyl Variations, Rail Replacements, All Change – May/June, Single-Deckers – Part Two, NBfL Conversion 1  -  Route 24, The Sale of First London, Anyone for Tennis?, All Change – July/August,Quite Interesting, Route 76 Running Day, WDL1: Red All Over, NBfL Conversion 2  -  Route 11, All Change – September/October, Euro-6 Again, NBfL Conversion 3  -  Route 9, A Shower of Poppies, All Change – November/December, Rain, Where’s the Stairs?, NBfL Conversion 4  -  Route 390, New Vehicle Deliveries 2013, Type Changes Pending & Contract Extensions.

Could it be more complete? Not much.

More than 230 stunning photographs, 30,000 words, extended captions and summary tables, 120 high quality 135gsm gloss paper pages with a 250gsm gloss laminated cover, full colour throughout.

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LONDON’S WORKING HERITAGE

Londons Working Heritage takes a fascinating look at how the Capital’s former buses are still earning money today. The chapter headings are:

The Heritage Routes - TfLs Routemaster operated heritage routes, 9H & 15H.
Advertising & Corporate Capers - All over advert RMs.
The Epping & Ongar Railway - The bus service feeding into the railway, with RTs and RFs.
Company Business -  Buses that have been hired for corporate use, including the Tiger Cub.
Sightseeing - London’s sightseeing trips with RTs and RMs.
Edinburgh - Mac Tours plus other RMs on private hire work.
London TfL Operators - Most of the operator running TfL routes still have Routemasters for hire.
Weddings - One of the biggest uses of heritage buses is on weddings, RLH’s , RFs alongside RMs.
A Secret Reserve - Very useful when the tubes go on strike.
For The Enthusiast - From dedicated bus tours to running days, a good variety of buses featured.
Canada - A surprising number of Routemaster are still active in Canada.
Private Hire- From days out to birthdays.
Other Uses - A fascinating section, with some very unusual uses for surviving double-deckers. Includes some very rare shots of two RMs on the forecourt at Buckingham Palace

More than 220 stunning photographs, extended captions, 112 high quality 135gsm gloss paper pages with a 250gsm gloss laminated cover, full colour throughout.

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EASTERN COUNTIES
From National Bus to First Group

Eastern Counties - From National Bus to First Group is a pictorial journey through the years as East Anglia’s biggest operator experienced numerous changes. New owners came and went, the operating area decreased and the evolving bus fleet provided much interest.

The following sections feature within the book: Bristol VRs; Shotley; After Dark; Volvo B6s; The X1; Dennis Darts; Felixstowe; Minibuses; Bristol LHs; Ex-London; Ipswich Town Services; Dennis Javelins; Bristol Lodekkas; Bury St Edmunds; Rural; Training; Scanias; Second-hand; Ipswich to Mistley; Dennis Lances; Coaches; National Greenways; Olympians; Open Top; Leyland Nationals; Moving People; Superoute 66; Ipswich Garage; Snow; Volvo B7s; Withdrawn; Norwich; The Many Liveries of VR287; All Over Adverts; Bristol REs.

More than 220 stunning photographs, extended captions, 104 high quality 150gsm gloss paper pages with a 300gsm gloss laminated cover, full colour throughout.

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THE LONDON BUS GUIDE
Fully Revised & Updated 4th Edition

This widely acclaimed guide, is now in its Fourth Year and is designed to shed light on the vagaries of the London scene and is especially recommended to those who’ve rarely, or never, visited the capital. The 4th edition is fully revised & updated with new photos throughout.

 Separate sections give details of
The Operators - Who are they? Who runs what?
The Buses - The types currently in use, with a photograph of every variant for easy recognition
The Garages - Their addresses, the buses in their allocations, the routes they run
The Routes - Peak Vehicle Requirements, frequencies, designated bus types

In addition . . . An Overview section explains the system - how fares work, how contracts are awarded and what criteria the operators, and the bus types, have to meet, and a final summary of the ‘added extras’ you can enjoy in London.

In short, pretty much all you need to know.

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RED ALL OVER
THE LONDON BUS REVIEW OF 2014

Red All Over - The London Bus Review of 2014 does what it says on the cover. The pattern of the previous year repeated itself in 2014 with a lower level of new vehicle activity because so many routes were extended by two years or renewed with existing vehicles. 

Even so, other factors helped to maintain a high level of interest, not least the rather splendid Year of the Bus celebration which treated us to so many added extras. The arrival of a further 233 New Routemasters allowed the conversion of six more central London routes, including the mighty 38, and all this conspired to make ‘memorable’ the most suitable adjective to describe the year. 

On the non-LT front, there were significant deliveries of the revamped Gemini 3 model alongside batches of Enviro400s, all fitted with upgraded engines meeting the Euro 6 emissions standard. They were all hybrids too, making diesel-electric transmission practically the standard for double-deck vehicles in the capital. So, while numbers may have been down, 2014 will be remembered in future years for that significant change, and for extended running with the first fully-electric buses. 

Could it be more complete? Not much.

More than 250 photographs, 25,000 words, extended captions and summary tables, 120 high quality 150gsm gloss paper pages with a 300gsm gloss laminated cover, full colour throughout.

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LONDON’S HERITAGE
2014 A Remarkable Year

London’s Heritage - 2014 A Remarkable Year records a truly superb series of events that involved the classic London bus during last year. 

 TfL’s ‘Year of The Bus’ spawned lots of open-days and the memorable cavalcade and Regent Street gathering. The Routemaster celebrated 60  years with a superb event held at Finsbury Park. The RT reached 75, the main celebration took place in April with a gathering at Ash Grove garage, and a running day on route 22, then the following day a second gathering took place at the London Bus Museum. A second running day was held on route 11 later in the year. The B-Type bus was restored  initially in original red and then in time for remembrance services and a trip to Belgium it was converted into the ’Battle Bus’. Other events featured include, the Strikes, the end of 9H, Showbus, the Isle of Wight rally, the Hornchurch running day, the launch of CRL4 and the  Earls Court Routemaster day, RMs at Imber and the Ensign running day.

More than 230 photographs - Extended captions and summary tables, 
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THE LONDON BUS GUIDE
Fully Revised & Updated 2015 Edition

This widely acclaimed guide, is now in its Fifth Year and is designed to shed light on the vagaries of the London scene and is especially recommended to those who’ve rarely, or never, visited the capital. The 2015 edition is fully revised & updated with new photos throughout.

 Separate sections give details of
The Operators - Who are they? Who runs what?
The Buses - The types currently in use, with a photograph of every variant for easy recognition
The Garages - Their addresses, the buses in their allocations, the routes they run
The Routes - Peak Vehicle Requirements, frequencies, designated bus types

In addition . . . An Overview section explains the system - how fares work, how contracts are awarded and what criteria the operators, and the bus types, have to meet, and a final summary of the ‘added extras’ you can enjoy in London.

In short, pretty much all you need to know.

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THE LONDON FLEET LIST
2015 Edition
Information correct up to 11th April 2015

Our new and fully updated, The London Fleet List is our companion to The London Bus Guide. This very handy A6 sized pocket book gives details of every bus thay is used on TfL’s routes.
The book is crammed with information and is split into two-parts.

The first looks at the buses by type and features running number, registration, garage, operator and year built.

the second lists the buses in numerical order by operator and lists running number, garage and type for an easy cross reference to the first section.

A total of 8,970 buses are listed and this book is a must for all serious London bus enthusiasts.

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THE LONDON FLEET LIST
2016 Edition
Information correct up to 17th August 2016

Our new and fully updated, The London Fleet List is our companion to The London Bus Guide. This very handy A6 sized pocket book gives details of every bus that is used on TfL’s routes.
The book is crammed with information and is split into two-parts. The buses renumbered recently by Arriva and RATP Dev London are listed with their new and old numbers.

The first looks at the buses by type and features running number, registration, garage, operator and year built.

the second lists the buses in numerical order by operator and lists running number, garage and type for an easy cross reference to the first section.

A total of 9,000+ buses are listed and this book is a must for all serious London bus enthusiasts.

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London’s Advertising Buses 1969 - 2016
 

Today, if you visit central London it won’t be long before you see a bus in an all-over advertising livery. The bus of choice to be used as a moving billboard is the New Routemaster. However, such a large quantity of ‘ad-buses’ running around is a fairly recent development. Since the first one appeared in 1969, there has been periods when they were banned and when they weren’t and the numbers running were limited. We feature many of them

This book charts the history of the ‘ad-buses’ with numerous photos and listings of what has carried what. Since 2012 there has been a real boom in all-over adverts on buses so there are plenty of photos from this period as well. In addition, we have included a table listing all 1000+ buses that have carried all-over ads and what campaigns they were used for.

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The London Bus Review of 2016

2016 was another intensely busy year for TfL’s bus operation, with 125 new contracts awarded and almost a thousand new vehicles entering servce. There were fewer New Routemasters this year but a significant number of Gemini 3s and the first of many MCV EvoSetis, all built on the Volvo hybrid chassis.

Volvo’s much-sought-after B5LH merits its own survey in this edition as London deliveries pass the 850 mark. There are also features on the conversion of Red Arrow routes 507/521 to full electric operation, the Gospel Oak-Barking rail by bus’ replacements and the Farnborough Air Show shuttles, alongside regular inclusions like Vinyl Variations and Quite Interesting.

As before, contract changes and renewals are presented in two-month chunks, with some rather nice photographs, and the extended captions have been extended even further than in previous editions (keep this up and it will soon be a proper book). As if all that weren’t enough, the copious use of tables provides extra background detail.

What more could you want?

Red All Over 6 - The London Bus Review of 2016 It’s all there.

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THE LONDON BUS GUIDE - 2017
Now Includes Fleet Lists

This widely acclaimed guide, is now in its Seventh Year and is designed to shed light on the vagaries of the London scene and is especially recommended to those who’ve rarely, or never, visited the capital. The 2017 edition is fully revised & updated with new photos throughout and has been extended to include fleet lists for all the operating companies.

 Separate sections give details of
The Operators - Who are they? Who runs what?
The Buses - The types currently in use, with a photograph of every variant for easy recognition
The Garages - Their addresses, the buses in their allocations, the routes they run
The Routes - Peak Vehicle Requirements, frequencies, designated bus types

In addition . . . An Overview section explains the system - how fares work, how contracts are awarded and what criteria the operators, and the bus types, have to meet, and a final summary of the ‘added extras’ you can enjoy in London.

In short, pretty much all you need to know.

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THE FIRST IN OUR HARDBACK ‘ROADSIDE SERIES’
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Our new ‘Roadside Series’ will feature the various bus types that have, or continue to operate in London. One thing ‘The Roadside’ series isn’t, is a definitive history, that’s been done!

Instead we give an overview of the day to day operations with photos that also bring back memories of life when the buses were operating. It might be through the milkman delivering his bottles or a store/pub that no longer exists, but it is memories, nostalgia, a time to float back to the days of your youth, the ‘Good Old Days’.

The first volume features the RTs during the ‘60s & ‘70s. Jim Blake has created a collection of over 300 photographs which perfectly hit the remit for the series. The buses are fascinating but there is plenty of other interest in most of the photos, look beyond the bus! In addition, each is captioned with a wealth of historical information.

Each section has a theme and Jim uses them to takes us on a remarkable tour through London during the days of the mighty RT. The sections are - Pubs, Bridges, Stations, Level Crossings , Churches, Market Day , Sunday Service , Mishaps & Breakdown, Industrial Area Specials, School Days, Terminus, War Damage, At Home, Learning The Game, Hills, Out In The Country, Landmarks, Hospital Service, Out In All Weather, Around And About, Greenline, Town Service, Odd Men Out, The Odd Spot, Aldenham, Last Survivors & End Of The Road.

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THE CAPITAL CITYBUS STORY
Capital Citybus was one of London’s most successful independent bus companies. This photo book focuses upon their operations, vehicles and activities. We look at where Capital Citybus came from and the form in to which it developed and eventually disintegrated.
The story starts with Ensignbus who took advantage of market opportunities to provide local bus services under contract to London Regional Transport. Further expansion saw market opportunities for commercial local services crossing the London boundary into Essex taking advantage of passenger traffic for the then new Lakeside shopping complex development. Ensignbus added to its portfolio the small London operation of the East Midland Bus Company, trading as Frontrunner (South East) Ltd based in Dagenham. Then they packaged up its LRT tendered operations along with its local commercial services and these were sold under the legal title Frontrunner (South East) Ltd to CNT Holdings who used the brand name Ensign Citybus, operating out of Dagenham.
Expansion continued apace. Following the collapse of London Forest, Capital Citybus were awarded a large number of routes, these were operated by offshoot Walthamstow Citybus Ltd, from a depot at Northumberland Park (NP). The brand name Capital Citybus was applied and soon spread along with the very bright canary yellow, with red relief, livery to the fleet at Dagenham.
A management buy out occurred in December 1995, route tender success continued unabated. A further depot was opened in Hackney Wick (H) in October 1996, known simply as Hackney Depot. The acquisition of route 91 took Capital Citybus firmly into zone one where a 80% red livery rule applied. This spawned a very smart red and yellow livery which was progressively added to vehicles upon repaint.
The size and success of Capital Citybus made it an obvious target for one of the larger bus operating groups and it succumbed to become part of First Group in July 1998 with the brand name First Capital, soon being amalgamated with First CentreWest to become branded First London, later absorbing most of the LT operations of First Essex (Thamesway) at Ponders End Depot (PE) in September 1998. Within this volume there is at least one shot of each of the vast number of different vehicle types operated.

This was originally published by Ravensbrook Press as a colour photocopied book under the title of ‘Moving Comfortably Ahead’. It has been reworked and re-edited for this this issue. In addition there is a Foreword by former owner Leon Daniels and a full Fleet List.

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