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Hilditch, Geoffrey:  Steel Wheels and Rubber Tyres Volume One - Transport around Oldham in the 1930s, Locomotives at Gorton in the 1940s and Leeds trams in the 1970s.
Book Number: 015030
The Oakwood Press Usk United Kingdom 2003  168 pages b/w photos - Very few road passenger transport professionals, and especially those involved in the now almost vanished municipal sector, have ever taken the trouble to write down for publication a record of their activities which would include an outline of the engineering, operation and financial/administrative problems that came their daily way, and what a story so many of them could have told. Just what must it have been like to set up and then run a brand new circa 1900s electric tramway system or to cope later with the vagaries of those temperamental 1920s buses, or in the 1930s to start to abandon tramcars for motor or trolley buses or to engage in the initial and quite unprecedented traffic court battles? Consequently here is the author's attempt to provide present day passenger transport enthusiasts with just a flavour of what it was like to be so involved from the middle of the last century through the next few decades, when almost non-stop change was the name of the game. Before one reached the dizzy heights of finding the legend 'General Manager' affixed to your office door one had to obtain a suitable start in the industry and thereafter try to make progress as opportunity allowed. If anything, obtaining that first start could be far from easy. Here then is the story of how one interested but uninformed schoolboy tried to attain his early and overriding ambition to see his name on the side, preferably of a municipal tramcar, against those almost magic words 'General Manager' 
Price: $35.00

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