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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan (17 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711036330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711036338
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1.6 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. J. Kelland on 11 July 2012
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I have waited patiently for this book for almost seven months and can honestly say that the wait was well worthwhile. The book details the development of the bus services within the City of Birmingham between 1925 and 1975 in great detail and also includes services run by operators other than Birmingham City Transporyt, a detail the publishers failed to mention in their pre-publication blurb. The text is expertly written and the photographic coverage is wideranging although, understandably, biased towards the later years where numerous superb colour shots illustrate the story. Like the previous reviewer I no longer reside in Birmingham and this title is instant nostalgia for a fondly remembered past both inside and outwith the industry. To conclude buy this book whether you are a Brummie or not, you will not be disappointed. Looking forward to Mr Keeley next effort, each one just gets better and better.
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Malcolm Keeley has authored a number of excellent books on the subject of public transport in an around the Birmingham area during the 20th century. This one is no exception. Instead of a chronological history of the vehicles, the book has been organised by the routes, starting at 1, ending at 99, that would have been seen on the streets if Birmingham during the years featured in the title. As ever the photographic content is excellent, there are a few repeats from earlier volumes (usually to illustrate rare routes) but there also many previously unseen examples, both in monochrome and in colour, featuring rarely seen shots of the 91J or the 36K for example!

The book doesn't end there though. There is a healthy dose of Midland Red information towards the end of the book, and a specific chapter featuring the lively scene in Kingstanding where buses from Walsall, West Bromwich and the private operator Harper could also be seen, as well as the ubiquitous Birmingham City Transport vehicles.

Highly recommended to transport buffs and also local West Midland historians.

**Worth an additional mention is the fabulous high quality colour photography of Derek Potter, photographs taken typically in the early sixties, a must for any Brum historian whether interested in the transport aspect or not! **

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 July 2012
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Unfortunately some of the book descriptions by Ian Allan do not accurately describe the contents. This is no exception. I wasn't expecting so much colour content or so much on Midland Red routes - what a bonus
My previous favourite book was the 1970's TPC book on BCT written by various authors including one M Keeley.
Malcolm, like me lives in Shirley and I was surprised when my wife hired a bus from Wythall for my 60th birthday to find that the conductor was the great man himself. He was just as interesting in the flesh as on the page
If you are interested in buses buy this book = it's a bargain
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Les Ronan on 30 Jan 2014
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Highly recommended - it brought back memories of my younger days when everything in the bus world seemed so certain. Excellent photos and interesting text as Malcolm Keeley always provides./
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew R. Darby on 4 Aug 2012
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This is a fantastic book, a must have for any birmingham bus enthusiast. I was somewhat shocked by the amount of pictures used within this book, many in black & white with a small portion in colour. The information given about each route is very decent, when I read through my most familiar routes I could'nt believe how much the routes have changed in 30 years and how some are barely recognisable from those same routes today. Malcolm Keeley is by far the most prolific author in this region on his local buses, particularly because of his first hand knowledge of the Birmingham area. But not just this, he has produced consistent 'excellent' books in the last few years which leads me to think of what he will produce next!
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As someone who lived just outside the city boundary, my loyalty was with Midland Red buses but I regularly walked to the boundary to catch the "blue and cream" bus. Since the takeover by first West Midlands PTE then National Express, much of the route structure has changed and it was a pleasure to be able to go back to the descriptions of the routes that I knew.
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By Skeggy Dave on 30 Sep 2013
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Malcolm Keeley has produced yet another excellent book about Birmingham busses. Many first time published photographs and very informative script. thank you.
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