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The United Counties Story [Paperback]

Robert Cook , Andrew Shouler
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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1 Mar 2004
This is the story of the United Counties Omnibus Company, once one of Britain's largest and most influential bus companies. From its headquarters in Northampton, its sphere of influence covered most of the south-east Midlands, extending from Stamford and Market Harborough in the north, down to Oxford, Aylesbury and Luton in the south, from Daventry in the west to Bedford and Biggleswade in the east. Now part of Stagecoach East, the United Counties was the amalgamation of many small bus operators in the counties as they combined to serve an ever-increasing area. Robert Cook and Andrew Shouler combine social and transport history as they narrate the memories of people who worked in the local bus industry and detail the vehicles employed by the bus operators of this once great national bus company.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752431994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752431994
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,404,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadfull and incorrect, steer clear of it 11 April 2009
Full of mistakes and rose tinted memories, this book is an insult to those with an interest in United Counties and its appalling bias against Stagecoach does it no favours.

Roger Warwick's series of books give a far more accurate picture of the company, and Kevin Lane's book has better pictures.

Avoid this!
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This was a mixture of anecdotes from ex staff and passengers which gave the book an unusual angle. There was a fair amount of history which helps tie in the stories. A couple of the photographs have some strange errors on the captions. I feel that this is best described as an easy read which gives a number of facts and figures en route. Anybody who has an interest in UC would find this a book worth having.
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5.0 out of 5 stars united counties book 27 Mar 2013
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what a fantastic book about a local bus company and also the articles about Derngate bus staion brought back many good thoughts of my early days
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