Buses - October 2017

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SPECIAL FEATURES

THE MINIBUS MAESTRO
David Leeder recalls working with Harry Blundred, who died in August

SHOWTIME ’17
We preview some of the exhibits expected at Coach & Bus UK and at Busworld Europe in Kortrijk

OPTARE WIRES IN
The battery electric MetroDecker EV debuts in York as the government provides funds for zero emission park-&-ride

A REFRESHMENT STOP
We go behind the scenes at Thornton Brothers’ refurbishment centre in Northumberland

MCV: SUPPLYING FROM AFAR
Double-deckers for the UK that are built in Egypt

FASTLINK: BRT-LITE OR NOT AT ALL?
How does the reality of Glasgow’s showpiece riverside route match up to the pre-launch hype?

BUSES FESTIVAL
Scenes from this year’s 100-vehicle gathering

IMBERBUS 2017
The biggest Routemaster operation yet on Salisbury Plain

THE LEDGARD LEGEND
Half a century on, remembering the Leeds independent

REGULARS

COMMENT
The real Swedish lesson

NEWS
Funds found for 150 gas and electric vehicles; Rotala buys Little Gem; Go South Coast places large order; UTG commends Swedish model; Go-Ahead wins Dublin contract; independents close in Kent and Yorkshire; McGill’s signals growth ambitions; Bolton Interchange opens

INSIDE TRACK
No publicity in Dorset

GLOBAL NEWS
Arriva expands in Croatia, First in Illinois; RATP exits Big Apple sightseeing; Grande West records first profit; LA sets target for zero emissions; Sileo suffers factory fire

LOOK IN ON LONDON
Assembly suggests a return of the bendybus; Go-Ahead and Tower Transit suffer tender losses; Van Hool fuel-cells arrive; safety standards on the way; Go-coach Hire fills in

MILLAR’S TALES
Spanish notice lost in translation; NatEx bridges roll divide; a Tiger Cub with no seats; a miniature coach’s yellow years

IDENTITY PARADE
Stateside Mainline — an American look for South Yorkshire

VINTAGE FENTON FILE
A Metal Sections double-decker for a West Midlands fleet

YOU WRITE
Plaxton’s low-entry Leopard and the Enviro400 City; how equality legislation affects bus/rail integration; the last Royal Mail post bus; Bob Hind’s travels and Mike Fenton’s File

PRESERVATION UPDATE
Running days, rallies and a heritage route; appeal launched to repair 90-year-old Tilling Stevens

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
Buses Yearbook, Edwardian technology and skulduggery, Burwell & District coloured in, plus maps and models

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