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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.

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.

Life on the Railway: Bath Green Park

John Owen

Jacketed Hardback; 200 pages; 99 b/w photos; 18 maps; 6 line drawings

Most railway histories concentrate on locomotives, with perhaps an occasional brief mention of the engine drivers or firemen. Too often the men and women behind the scenes are forgotten - the fitters, tube blowers, shunters, booking clerks, refreshment room staff, without whom the railways could not have functioned. While not neglecting the locomotive scene - several train workings feature such as The Fish and Chip Special, The Ghost Train and The Rabbits - the emphasis is on describing how one small part of Britain's railway network operated, and what life was like for all the employees on the railway. Bath Green Park station and motive power depot provide the basis for the story, with the Somerset & Dorset in partnership with the Midland Railway's Mangotsfield and Bath Branch, a relatively little known but equally hard-working component of the railway scene in Bath.

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