Buses - September 2018

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SPECIAL FEATURES

WHEN READING DEWIRED ITS TROLLEYBUSES
As another electric era beckons, we look back 50 years to the end of an earlier one in the Thames Valley

MEGASIGHTSEEING – CHEAP, CHEERFUL CHALLENGE
We sample Stagecoach’s budget open-top tour of London

BRITAIN’S BREATHING SPACES
Bob Hind rides around the Norfolk Broads

4WD IN FUNCHAL
The unusual lorry buses on the steep hills of Madeira

REGULARS

COMMENT
Blakey may not be dead

NEWS
Rotala sells Wessex Bus; HCT Group buys Powells Bus; Volvo B5LHC trial starts in London; Coventry to keep its blue buses; Walsall heritage Trident coming to Gaydon; mainstream electrics to launch at Hannover; super-size Mercedes Sprinter; Stagecoach makes gains in Guildford; new CEO for Reading Buses; death of former Oxford MD Douglas Adie

INSIDE TRACK
Show more respect to paying customers

GLOBAL NEWS
First order for electric Enviro500; National Express wins major contract in Morocco; First expands schoolbus operations in Canada with Ontario acquisition; reprieve for Italian trolleybuses

LOOK IN ON LONDON
Latest tendered service awards; digital destinations go on trial; BCI tri-axle out on test; 70 years since first green RTs; sightseeing tour consolidation

MILLAR’S TALES
A strange bus bay in Craster; Blakey in Brontë Country; a knight out in Montreux

PUBLICITY MATTERS
Self-help in Shropshire

HALFCABS ETCETERA
Retired buses tracked down to new roles

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ALL CHANGE
Chester from the 1960s to the present day

FENTON FILE
A rare variant of the Optare Solo

YOU WRITE
The importance of printed publicity, labour relations, Stockport’s new buses station and concerns about Scottish quality partnerships

PRESERVATION UPDATE
Alton, Essex, Isle of Man and other recent rallies

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
Books on London by night, National Express coaches and Amersham & District, plus a DVD on Midland Red’s pioneering motorway coaches