Compiled in association with the National Association of Road Transport Museums
Over the past few years there has been a dramatic growth in the level of road transport preservation and in the number and variety of vehicles preserved. The number of vehicles that survive buses, coaches and trolleybuses is enormous and rarely a day goes past without some new discovery or acquisition. The vehicles that do survive cover the full range of Britains road passenger transport industry, from horse-drawn trams from the end of the 19th century through the early petrol0engined buses of the dawn of the internal combustion engine and the trolleybus era, to the rear-engined double-deckers and integrated designs of the modern age.
Whilst many of these vehicles are owned by individuals or small groups, increasingly there are a number of museums where vehicles which can be owned by individuals or by the museum itself are available for public inspection. Increasingly, also, there is the move towards the use of historic road vehicles in public service on heritage routes, which as with rallies ensure that the classic bus designs are visible on the public highway. For the sixth edition, the book has been completely revised to take account of vehicle acquisitions and moves as well as the appearance of several new sites. As in previous years, the book also includes information on the various heritage bus operations. Along with a detailed listing of all vehicles preserved at the various sites, the book also provides the reader with information on location, opening dates and times, facilities, contact details and much else.
Compiled by the National Association of Road Transport Museums, Buses Restored 2005, like its companion volume on railways, provides the enthusiast with a detailed handbook to the museums throughout the British Isles. Just as Railways Restored has become the Bible of the railway preservation movement, so Buses Restored will be keenly sought by all road transport enthusiasts seeking a detailed and accessible guide to the subject.
NEW FOR THE 2005 EDITION:
- Now includes colour llustrations throughout
- A more comprehensive list of vehicles preserved, but not in collections, is included in conjunction with the British Bus Preservation Group.