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The Routemaster [Hardcover]

Michael Baker
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4 Nov 2010
The Routemaster bus is a universally recognised symbol of London. Developed in the 1950s it has been a familiar sight on the streets of the capital for half a century and still operates on selected heritage routes today. Although developed by AEC for London Transport Routemasters were sold initially also sold to Northern General and second-hand vehicles were later part of the fleets of other operators throughout Britain. Although its open platform design ultimately led to it being phased out in London in 2005 it is regarded by many as a 20th century icon of British design when developed its lightweight integral chassis, independent front suspension, fully automatic gearbox and power hydraulic braking put it well in advance of most rival buses. This volume tells the story of the Routemaster's development and operational history in London and elsewhere, accompanied by approximately 100 colour illustrations of the vehicle from prototypes through the changing operational scene of the last 50 years to its continuing existence today. Written by a well known authority on the subject, Michael Baker has a number of best selling titles to his name.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan (4 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711035415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711035416
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 19.5 x 13.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now retired after a career in teaching, Michael Baker lives in Wareham, Dorset. A prolific writer, particularly on London where he grew up, he is the author of a number of titles for Ian Allan Publishing. He has contributed all the companion volumes in the London Transport series, and is a hugely popular author among the transport enthusiast fraternity, for whom his engaging writing style is a major draw.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Routemasters: History and archive pictures 2 Aug 2011
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A very neat book with some beautiful illustrations of the iconic and much missed Routemaster. There is also a history of the class alongside the pictures. Sadly the prose doesn't appear to have been checked for grammar and spelling accuracy as there are numerous errors but this doesn't detract from the lovely array of pictures and the neatness of the book. Smaller than many of the tomes on the Routemaster but no less lovingly prepared, despite the printing errors. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shrunk 9 Dec 2010
Good book with most imagies not seen before,but it is so small you could nearly fit it in your pockect,most photos are well printed,shows trolleybus conversion plus Northern Rm's,also the unpainted Rm664,also shows the end of the Rt's plus problems with rear engined buses
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4.0 out of 5 stars tiny book big subject 10 Jan 2012
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nice little book full of history of the routemaster shame it did`nt have more shots of the inside of the passeneger saloons, good addition to my collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 11 July 2014
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Just a very interesting read
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