Buses - August 2017

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SPECIAL FEATURES

BATTERY POWER
Britain’s 40-year story of electric traction

NEW LIFE FOR DART
A Jersey operator takes the top off a Pointer

FLYING A KITE
The Foden-NC rediscovered in preservation

THE ROAD TO THE ISLES
Bob Hind spends a Sunday exploring Orkney

MODELS: THE DIY OPTION
How to create the diecasts that shops don’t sell

REGULARS

COMMENT
Calling all fishwives

NEWS
Cuts in Dorset; First in front in Bristol and York; new generation Mercedes-Benz Tourismo; Stagecoach’s Ribble White Lady; Lothian results; limited edition model for Buses Festival; Go-Ahead goes contactless in Oxford; new park-&-ride for Leeds; Chester Bus Interchange opens; end for Stockport-Bolton joint route; bus minister Jones moves on; Stagecoach recruits from beyond for East Scotland MD

INSIDE TRACK
Amazon would do it

GLOBAL NEWS
Big groups invest in driverless technology; more electric Volvos for Swedish cities; Flixbus to charge for seat reservations; UK-owned MET plans German expansion; European builders beat Chinese for contract in Israel

LOOK IN ON LONDON
Mayor’s 25-year plan; Arriva, Stagecoach and Sullivan make tender gains; RM2 returns to its original green haunts; trial for new-style information ‘blinds’; RATP orders BYD/Alexander Dennis Enviro200EV electrics

MILLAR’S TALES
Titan by name, tiny by nature; scaled down Stagecoach by a Scottish seaside; a styling touch that is all Kiwi; a Queen Mary among English grapes for winemaking

PUBLICITY MATTERS
CT Plus channels island timetables

PICTUREVIEW
Busway in bloom — in Dunstable

IDENTITY PARADE
Sarfend surf — a summer revamp for a coastal connection

VINTAGE FENTON FILE
An AEC that mysteriously ended up in Yugoslavia

YOU WRITE
Railway ticketing has lessons for bus industry; fairer system needed for England’s concessionary travel scheme; public engagement essential for route development; the case for printed publicity; first impressions count on Leeds airport link; Amsterdam shows how to explain its local system to visitors

PRESERVATION UPDATE
Hungary home for Arriva Ikarus; Atlantean anniversary at King Alfred September running day; Greater Glasgow Atlantean restored to 1980 livery; scenes from recent running days; lifeline Bedford OB returns to Shetland

FLEET NEWS ENGLAND & WALES
Compiled by John G. Lidstone

FLEET NEWS SCOTLAND
Compiled by Sandy Macdonald

FLEET NEWS IRELAND
Compiled by Paul Savage and Ian Molloy

REVIEWS
The Scottish Bus Group’s purchases analysed and explained; an updated Routemaster Handbook; an A-Z of trolleybus builders; early histories of trolleys and Midland Red founders; a model of a Barton RTL

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