Amberley Publishing - Transport, Military, Local and General History

Coventry Buses 1914 - 1946

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Author: David Harvey

Although Coventry Corporation had been running a tram service since the 1880s, the Corporation’s first bus services did not come into operation until 1914. The outbreak of the First World War that September, however, meant that the bus chassis built for Coventry by Maudslay were requisitioned by the War Office for Army use. When the war came to an end, new buses were ordered from Maudslay, and later from Daimler, and the service resumed in 1919. Bus services expanded during the interwar years, while from the 1930s tram services contracted. The death knell for the city’s trams came with the infamous air raid of the night of 14/15 November 1940, which destroyed the infrastructure they required. Austerity buses and vehicles from other corporation departments were brought into the city to make good the losses from that night, and from more heavy air raids that hit the city in April 1941 and August 1942.

In this book, David Harvey examines the Coventry bus fleet from when it first began in 1914 to 1946, when the final delivery of Austerity buses arrived in the city.

Book ISBN 9781445647043

Book Format Paperback

pages 192 pages

Publication Date 15 Jul 2015

Height 234

Width 165

Illustrations 250


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Comprehensive pictorial coverage of the period.Review by John
The book has a very brief history followed by 164 illustrated pages with an average of three pictures per double page, obviously all in monochrome. Buses are shown in chronological order and the coverage is most comprehensive. Each image is accompanied by descriptive text, though this is necessarily somewhat repetitive if reading through serially. There are several annoying typos, Hamall Lane for Harnall Lane for example. As an appendix there is a full fleet list for the period, though being organised like a spreadsheet its 20 pages could have been much reduced if footnotes had been used for the notes column. This too is spoilt by small errors, the 1914 buses are noted as DU 258-263 yet there are two images included of DU 269. (Posted on 20/07/2015)

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