This attractively packaged picture album — with short articles — covers a period around 100 to 120 years ago, as the motorbus progressed from new-fangled novelty to establishing itself – and the London General Omnibus Company — as London’s main form of street public transport.

To many, this might seem like ancient history, but it is well told and impressively illustrated, with tales that resonate with what is happening today.

The story begins in the Edwardian decade when it was by no means a done deal that petrol engines, clutches and gearboxes would be the prevailing form of propulsion. Petrol electrics (the hybrid of the day), paraffin-fired steam engines and early battery-electrics all had their supporters.

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