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Bath Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service, 1891-1974

Dennis Hill

Jacketed Hardback; 192 pages; 137 b/w photos; 1 map

Starting from the formation of the Bath City Fire Brigade in 1891, this account covers the 83-year period until the Brigade was absorbed into the newly-formed County of Avon Fire Brigade in 1974. For the greater part of that period the Brigade was also responsible for the provision of the city's ambulance service whose story is also included. Full accounts are given, not just of the various types of fire-fighting and ambulance equipment used, but also of the development of the services in relation to Bath and its outlying area, and of the key people involved in those developments.

Dennis Hill has assembled most of the photographs from private sources and most have not been previously published.

The Bristol Scroll

Martin Curtis

Paperback; 72 pages; 23 colour & 96 b/w photos

The famous 'Bristol' scroll which many people will remember on the side of Bristol buses is celebrated in this splendidly pictorial account. Published to mark the centenary of the first appearance of the scroll, this book traces its use, first in 1911 by the British & Colonial Aeroplane Company, later to become the Bristol Aeroplane Company and finally part of the British Aircraft Corporation. Later it appeared on Bristol Tramways Company's engines and vehicles, and then with Bristol Omnibus Company's buses, where the scroll became its well known fleetname throughout the Bristol region from 1965. The scroll also appeared on cars, lorries, boats and even on pre-fab houses in the 1940s. It is still in use today for heritage purposes. Illustrated with many photos never seen before, this is a comprehensive and beautiful survey of what was surely the most widely used and recognised symbol in transport after the London Transport bullseye.

Buses and Trams of Bath

Steve Chislett

Hardback; 96 pages; 152 b/w photos

Here for the first time is a complete history and photographic record of the various types of tram and bus services used in Bath and its immediate environs up to the arrival of Badgerline. Because of Bath's unique position, being a major tourist centre surrounded by hills, it has seen many different types of public road transport systems. All aspects of these are examined in detail with over 100 photographs.

From the stagecoach era, Steve Chislett passes on to the days of horse-drawn trams and later the intricate arrangements involved in setting up Bath Electric Tramways. The core of the book covers all types of motorised buses, both single- and double-deckers. Further sections cover coaches (including the unfortunately-named Green Torpedo Motor Cars and the charabanc tours of the early 20th century), open-top tourist buses, training vehicles, unusual visitors and an interesting survey of accidents and recovery vehicles.

Coachwork by Bristol Tramways

Allan Macfarlane

Hardback; 176 pages; 308 b/w photos

A full history of the bus body building activities undertaken by the Bristol Tramways & Carriage Company between 1907 and 1956 at the Body Building Works in their Brislington depot. BBW bodies were supplied to many different operating companies and were therefore seen all over the British Isles. The book contains 16 chapters, each with a wide variety of photographs. The total of 308 photos include a large proportion of official company shots as well as many others not seen before. Unusually there is a very even coverage of all periods of production, with particular strength in the first 30 years.

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