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The London Dms Bus

Author : Matthew (Matt) Wharmby
ISBN : 9781473869479
Genre : Transportation
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Vilified as the great failure of all London Transport bus classes, the DMS family of Daimler Fleetline was more like an unlucky victim of straitened times. Desperate to match staff shortages with falling demand for its services during the late 1960s, London Transport was just one organization to see nationwide possibilities and savings in legislation that was about to permit double-deck one-man-operation and partially fund purpose-built vehicles. However, prohibited by circumstances from developing its own rear-engined Routemaster (FRM) concept, LT instituted comparative trials between contemporary Leyland Atlanteans and Daimler Fleetlines.The latter came out on top, and massive orders followed. The first DMSs entering service on 2 January 1971. In service, however, problems quickly manifested. Sophisticated safety features served only to burn out gearboxes and gulp fuel. The passengers, meanwhile, did not appreciate being funnelled through the DMS's recalcitrant automatic fare-collection machinery only to have to stand for lack of seating. Boarding speeds thus slowed to a crawl, to the extent that the savings made by laying off conductors had to be negated by adding more DMSs to converted routes! Second thoughts caused the ongoing order to be amended to include crew-operated Fleetlines (DMs), noise concerns prompted the development of the B20 ‘quiet bus’ variety, and brave attempts were made to fit the buses into the time-honored system of overhauling at Aldenham Works, but finally the problems proved too much. After enormous expenditure, the first DMSs began to be withdrawn before the final RTs came out of service, and between 1979 and 1983 all but the B20s were sold – as is widely known, the DMSs proved perfectly adequate with provincial operators once their London features had been removed. OPO was to become fashionable again in the 1980s as the politicians turned on London Transport itself, breaking it into pieces in order to sell it off. Not only did the B20 DMSs survive to something approaching a normal lifespan, but the new cheap operators awakening with the onset of tendering made use of the type to undercut LT, and it was not until 1993 that the last DMS operated.
Category: Transportation

The London Bus Story

Author : John Christopher
ISBN : 0752450840
Genre : Routemaster buses
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This book comprehensively tells the story behind London's famous red buses.
Category: Routemaster buses

The London Bus

Author : James Taylor
ISBN : 0747807280
Genre : Transportation
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The red double decker bus is one of the enduring images of London. Although now increasingly replaced by modern bendy buses, the classic rear-entrance double-decker still appears on postcards, keyrings, t-shirts and other tourist souvenirs. Successor to the horse-drawn London buses of the nineteenth century, the B-type double-decker first appeared in the Edwardian period, and was the first in a classic line of London motorbuses. Take a trip back in time to explore the story of the London bus, from horse-drawn to bendy bus. With special attention paid to the much-loved double-decker, the author discusses bus design, manufacture and operation, plus the work of drivers and conductors, making this the perfect celebration of the best-loved bus in the world.
Category: Transportation

The London Bendy Bus

Author : Matthew Wharmby
ISBN : 9781473869431
Genre : Transportation
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Between 2002 and 2006 six of Londons bus companies put into service 390 articulated bendy buses on twelve routes for transport in London.rnrnDuring what turned out to be a foreshortened nine years in service, the Mercedes-Benz Citaro G buses familiar on the continent and worldwide earned an unenviable reputation in London; according to who you read and who you believed, they caught fire at the drop of a hat, they maimed cyclists, they drained revenue from the system due to their susceptibility to fare evasion, they transported already long-suffering passengers in standing crush loads like cattle and they contributed to the extinction of the Routemaster from frontline service. In short, it was often referred to as the bus we hated.rnrnThis account is an attempt by a long-time detractor of the bendy buses to set the vehicles in their proper context not quite to rehabilitate them, but to be as fair as is possible towards a mode of transport which felt about as un-British as could be.
Category: Transportation

London Bus Liveries A Miscellany

Author : Malcolm Batten
ISBN : 9781445690667
Genre : Transportation
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Malcolm Batten explores the variety of variant liveries carried by the buses of London Transport and its successors since 1969.
Category: Transportation

Beatrice And The London Bus

Author : Francesca Lombardo
ISBN : 0993043305
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Once upon a time - during the Year of the London Bus (2104) ... Beatrice has a dream - she wants to be a Bus Driver. But it's not easy when your Mum is a dream-flusher and kills all your dreams. When Beatrice sees a model of a Routemaster Bus in a shop, she's determined to have it and to turn it into a big talking London Bus that she can drive. And one day, guess what? Beatrice meets a talking Bus in the streets of London, only special people can hear. She's one of them. Did she make her wish come true? Has she suddenly turned into a wizard, even though her dream was to be a bus driver? No - she is not tall enough to be a wizard - Beatrice thinks. Was it all just a DREAM then?
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All Aboard The London Bus

Author : Patty Toht
ISBN : 1847808573
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Come! Board the London Bus and see the London sights with us. At any time, hop off, explore! Then climb back on, and ride some more… As a family of four spend a day exploring London, fun, child-friendly poems introduce readers to our wonderful capital city, and all its secrets. Well-known landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye, plus inescapable features like rain and taking tea, all get Patty Toht's witty treatment. Non-fiction facts provide more information about the subjects, while rising star Sam Usher brings them to life with his signature style and humour. This gorgeous celebration of London will be loved by both tourists and those who call the city home.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

The London Rt Bus

Author : J. S. Wagstaff
ISBN : STANFORD:36105041800009
Genre : Transportation
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Category: Transportation

Omnibus

Author : London Transport Museum
ISBN : 1871829232
Genre : Buses
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"2014 is Year of the Bus. This book is a comprehensive social history of how the London bus has worked in, and for, the capital for the last century and a half. We discuss the design, development and operation of buses in the city and its surrounding countryside, and consider how the bus has served Londoners from all over the world, and shaped London."--Back cover.
Category: Buses