DENNIS TALBOT describes a few of the many highlights in a newly published book about a big city municipal undertaking that often took the lead in adopting new ideas and technology and which delivered goods in the area as well as transporting people

There eventually were 472 of Ralph Bennett’s Mancunians, 179 on Leyland Atlantean chassis and 293 on Daimler’s Fleetline. This is 1061 (LNA 161G) of the second batch of Park Royal-bodied Atlantean PDR2/1s new in December 1968. Fully loaded it carried 100 passengers, 76 of them seated.

Over 30 years after the original The Manchester Bus was published, Michael Eyre and Michael Shaw have written a new edition of the classic and definitive history of Manchester Corporation’s buses. 

Much research has taken place since 1990, using sources that have come to light in more recent years, resulting in many chapters being revised or rewritten. The new 496-page book takes full advantage of modern image and printing technology not available 30 years ago, with more than 1,200 pictures, over 300 of them in colour. Many of the pictures are from the transport department’s archive and have never been published before. 

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