A less revered regional operator

alan.millar@keypublishing.com

Title: United Counties A Fleet History 1921-2014

Author: David Beddall

Publisher: Pen & Sword Transport

ISBN: 978-1-52675-554-4 Specification: 285mm x 225mm, 224pp, hardback

Price: £30

Perhaps it is because its large operating territory lacked the domestic holiday destinations that attracted visiting enthusiasts to the territories of Ribble, Crosville, Midland Red, Western National, Southdown, East Kent and others, but for all of its size and vehicular interest, far less has been written and published about the United Counties Omnibus Company.

Yet this is a business that over half a century grew to serve large parts of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and north Buckinghamshire, with tentacles reaching London, Oxford, Leicester, south Lincolnshire, Peterborough, Huntingdon and north Hertfordshire. It had just 37 vehicles when founded in 1921 to take over the Wellingborough Motor Omnibus Company, but there were over 600 by 1970.

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