As we reach the landmark of our 800th issue, consultant editor ALAN MILLAR looks back at 100-issue intervals to see how the bus and coach scene has changed and what has remained constant down the decades

Had things gone to plan after Buses Illustrated was launched in November 1949, the 100th issue would have appeared in February 1958.

But what publisher Ian Allan hoped would be a monthly magazine had a troubled start. It disappeared for over a year in 1950/51 as he wrestled with cash flow difficulties and paper shortages, returning for six years as a quarterly, then every other month before going monthly again in 1958.

The February 1958 issue was issue 36. We only reached issue 100 in July 1963 and have clocked up round hundreds every eight years and four months since then. Dipping into those issues provides slices of bus and coach history.

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