Transport Topics

I have always been interested in transport. My first job was at Leyland Vehicles and transport has been a constant strand in my life even while I have been working in completely different fields.

This area of the site focuses on topics around transport which have not been covered in depth elsewhere, or where I feel I can offer a fresh perspective.

The Silent Servants

FOR OVER SEVENTY YEARS BATTERY-ELECTRIC LORRIES AND VANS quietly shifted our rubbish, picked up our laundry, brought us our groceries and delivered our milk - before almost disappearing from our streets. Now they are set on a renaissance that will utterly eclipse what they achieved in the twentieth century. Whilst what is happening now is very exciting, it is fascinating to learn how we got here. Take the link on the right to a comprehensive and detailed history of these vehicles in Britain from the late-Victorian era all the way up to today.
June 24, 2021
Class 142s at Liverpool

The Class 142 Pacers

A DEPRESSING JOURNEY ON BRITAIN’S WORST TRAINS This is a story of desperation – desperate times, desperate prospects, desperate measures. And a short term solution that […]
June 7, 2020
Rendering of GMC Transbus

The US Transbus programme

THE LEAP INTO THE FUTURE THAT ENDED UP AS A SHUFFLE The 1930s was a decade of tremendous advances in urban bus design and many of […]
November 5, 2019
Photo Yellow Coach Model 720 double-deck bus Chicago Motor Coach Company 104 two-door front

Yellow Coach Model 720 and Model 735

THE STORY OF THE 1930s YELLOW COACH AMERICAN DOUBLE-DECKERS We take the rear-engined double-deck bus for granted as the mainstay of urban operation in many British […]