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Sinopsis: These days, an interest in buses - recording and photographing them - is not particularly unusual, as the numbers attending vehicle rallies will confirm. However, forty or more years ago it was regarded with more than a degree of suspicion, both by passengers and bus company employees. Bus photography was much less common than railway photography. The author started bus photography with a box camera giving only eight frames on a roll of film, so economy was vital, with perhaps only one view at each location visited. In 1964 he acquired an Ilford Sportsman 35mm camera so, with 36 frames now available on each film, he had the opportunity to record the Irish bus scene comprehensively on a visit from England in 1965. He returned in 1967 for a more extensive Irish tour and again for an extended day trip in 1968 to record the closure of the Belfast trolleybus system. This album is the result of those excursions; most of the buses have long since been scrapped and many of the background buildings redeveloped. It is hoped that this book will evoke nostalgia for past transport in a very different Ireland.
Biografía del autor: Richard Newman has taken an interest in buses and railways since before the age of five. Born and educated in Portsmouth, he joined British Railways in 1966 and worked in clerical grades and as Station Manager at St Denys (near Southampton). After a spell as Relief Station Manager in the Portsmouth area (which included the Isle of Wight) he was made redundant and joined Southern Vectis driving buses around the Isle of Wight. Later, he worked in the company offices helping to produce the Great Britain Bus Timetable. With redundancy looming once again, he was involved as a partner in running Westbrook Travel, a local bus and coach firm, for a few years, but is now semi-retired, although still driving buses occasionally for events such as the IW Pop Festival. Richard was involved from an early stage in the IW Steam Railway and its establishment at Havenstreet. Since 1996 his involvement has been with the IW Bus and Coach Museum. He owns several preserved buses including two elderly unrestored Southdown Leyland TDs and a 1959 Bristol Lodekka. He has written two books on Southern Vectis celebrating the 60th and 75th anniversaries of the Company (the latter book a Colourpoint production) and this latest album reflects his keen interest in Ireland and its transport scene.
Título: Irish Buses in the Mid 1960's (Irish Railway...
Editorial: Colourpoint Books
Año de publicación: 2007
Condición del libro: Good
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