Yesteryear transport in London

My two most recent proofreading projects for Pen & Sword Books have had, in common, subjects to do with yesteryear transport in London. The first of these was a colour picture album ‘recalling’ London’s transport. The bulk of the illustrations were taken from 1949 to 1969 and looked at all forms of transport. These included road vehicles (buses, trams and trolleybuses), railways (both LT and BR), glimpses of aircraft at the major London airports of the time and views of shipping within the former London docks, ranging from small passenger ships to barges and tugs. There was even a horse-drawn service delivering coal! A beautifully illustrated and well-presented manuscript, and one that should prove interesting to a wide audience.

The second project dealt with the subject of the London bus scene from 1975 to 1979. This volume was in black and white, and detailed the surprisingly wide variety of vehicles around at the time. The veterans, RTs, RFs and Routemasters, were still going strong, and outlived some of their planned replacements, such as DMs and SMSs. The pictures covered not only the London Transport area, but that of the adjacent London Country one as well. Some of the vehicles brought in from other areas to cover shortages were also spotlighted.


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