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Bristol Lodekka in Colour [Hardcover]

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9 Jan 2014
Launched in 1949, the Bristol Lodekka was the first bus design to permit a low-floor solution to the age-old problem of trying to accommodate double-deck vehicles under low bridges. Following the withdrawal of the KSW model, the Lodekka was ultimately to be the last traditional front-engined double-deck design produced by Bristol and, by the time that production ceased in 1968, more than 5,200 had been built. Of these, the vast majority (as a result of the restrictions placed on the availability of Bristol products) were bought by Tilling Group companies with a number also passing to Scottish operators. As a result of these restrictions, the Lodekka was also manufactured under licence by Dennis - as the Dennis Loline. This pictorial colour album looks in detail at the working life of the Lodekka as it worked the country with a variety of operators. Every operator which brought Lodekkas is illustrated and the book also shows Dennis Loline operators. All enthusiasts will enjoy the variety of illustrations of this highly popular bus model and more general readers will be interested to note that it was Bristol Lodekkas that featured extensively in the early-1970s London Weekend Television series On the Buses, with actor Reg Varney driving and Bob Grant his conductor.

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing (9 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711037329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711037328
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 22.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Lodekka in photos from start to finish 7 Jan 2014
This book is described by the author as complementary to his own classic history of the type, "Bristol Lodekka". This reviewer sees it also as a complement to Stewart Brown's "The Lodekka Alternatives", a pictorial study of the non-state owned competitors.
Around twenty years ago, the onset of the low-floor concept changed bus design and manufacture across the world. Yet it was first created many years before in Bristol in 1949 in the form of the Lodekka. And it entered service in 1953, a good three years ahead of the equally famous Routemaster.
It was a highly successful bus with over 5,200 being built in 15 years, responding to new legal rules by slight adaptations of the basic design. Sadly the end came because it could not be adapted to the demand for one person operation that the market demanded.
This book shows 175 photos - all Lodekkas except for half a dozen Lolines and a couple of VRs. In the usual Ian Allan format, most are one photo, one page. One highly irritating feature is that about half the pages are printed on black. This means the caption text is reversed out as white print. It seems to be a feature that book and magazine editors use to look trendy and to hell with how easy it is to read.
There is a good range of representative operators and liveries until one gets to about page 80 where the impact of the National Bus Company's mandatory nationwide livery choices of leaf green or poppy red is shown. Most of the pictures are good but there are rather too many reproduced from poor quality prints. In the case of rare vehicles, this might be excusable. But for familiar types and operators it is less satisfactory.
The captions are full and well written. There is an index of places but it would have been much improved to have included operators as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for all bus people 1 May 2014
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I got this book to add to my collection. As a picture book it has such good scenes of these buses in service as well as some information of the companies that used them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book 18 Feb 2014
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I bought this as a gift for my uncle as he is owns a Bristol lodekka nice book nice to see pictures of the buses
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for Bristol bus enthusiasts 9 Aug 2014
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A very good book with excellent illustrations.
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