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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (14 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445616904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445616902
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 24.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 709,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Over the last 35 years Laurie James has extensively researched the history, services, people involved and vehicles of many of the smaller independent bus operators of south east England. He has produced several books, focusing on areas such as Horsham, Guildford, Cranleigh and the Surrey Hills. Having also written the history of Somerset bus firms Hutchings & Cornelius and Safeway Services, he now turns his attention to the Surrey town of Woking and recounts the activities of the myriad of small businesses fighting to make a living out of running buses before the Road Traffic Act 1930 and continuing the story up to the outbreak of the second World War. He currently lives in Hersham, Surrey.

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There are more bus books than ever these days, many of them sadly nothing but picture-books with or sometimes without very informative captions. This is far different.

On the face of it, there would seem to be a tremendous risk involved in publishing a substantial, hardback volume on the history of one small bus and coach operator based in Surrey, but Safeguard has become well-known and admired far outside its fairly confined operating territory - confined, that is, regarding bus services; its coaches roam far and wide, including visiting Europe from time to time. The business remains in the hands of the founding family and, the reason behind the publication of this book, is celebrating its 90th Anniversary this year. Guildford is one of those "border towns" where two large operators meet - in this case, London Transport and what was Aldershot and District, and in such towns smaller operators were often able to obtain a foothold. This was the case in Guildford with Brown Motor Services, Tillingbourne Valley, Blue Saloon and the subject of this book.

When the firm reached its 60th Anniversary there was published an A5-sized paperback giving a brief history with many illustrations and a fleet list. The present author has used this as a base, and has sought out and interviewed the proprietors and employees, and been granted access to family records and photographs as well. The result is a very well-produced and quite detailed history of the firm and its vehicles. It is obvious that it was a family firm in every sense of the word - we are told, for example, that staff vacancies rarely arose because nobody left, surely a sign of a decent employer who treated the staff as, effectively, an extended family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Knight-Family on 9 May 2014
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Is it a book for bus enthusiasts or nostalgia buffs, local historians, social commentators or those interested in commercial history? Actually, it covers all those wants and is a pretty comprehensive description of this frankly unusual local enterprise. Unusual in that it has managed to keep going as an independent concern, in its own area for many years. I'd like to have read more, in all these categories, but that would have meant several more volumes!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Glenys Vale on 27 April 2014
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I was quite disappointed with the book, very much for a real bus anorak, very dry but some interesting vehicles portrayed though.
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