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In all the history of transport in London, there are periods that could be considered with the benefit of hindsight to be pivotal. Years such as 1933, with the creation of the London Passenger Transport Board; 1952, with the running of the final trams and 1962, with the last trolleybus conversion, were undoubtedly significant years, but it is hard to escape the conclusion that the 1940s represented a significant decade of change and challenge for London Transport. At the start of the decade, the process of tram to trolleybus conversion was still underway, with major tram abandonments in East London in process at the time when LT was faced by perhaps its greatest challenge - the need to keep public transport operational at a time when the destruction wrought by the Luftwaffe was seriously undermining the physical structure of the Metropolis. With peace restored in 1945, LT was faced by the necessity of major restoration work and then by Nationalisation, as the London Transport Executive in 1948. Towards the end of the decade the decision was made to phase out the final trams, heralding yet more changes to the structure of LT. In his latest book for Ian Allan Publishing, LT expert Michael Baker examines the decade. Exploring the subject through contemporary accounts and photographs, he recalls the great challenges faced by London Transport throughout the period. Individual themes covered in the book include the reaction of LT to the war and how it coped with the destruction of infrastructure and vehicles, the use of vehicles from outside London to supplement the fleet, the morale of the staff and much, much else.
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Michael Baker lives in Wareham in Dorset. Now retired after a career in teaching, he has been recording photographically as well as writing books and magazine articles on various aspects of transport history for many years. He is the author of numerous books for Ian Allan Publishing, his most recent being Glory Days: London Transport in the 1950s.
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Book Description Hardback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR005799287
Book Description Crecy Publishing, United Kingdom, Addlestone, 2003. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR004256868
Book Description Ian Allan, Hersham, 2003. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 1st edition, large 8vo, 96pp, photo illustrations; illustrated laminated boards; VG+ Copy, no DJ as issued Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 32644
Book Description Ian Allan Publishing, Shepperton, 2003. Hardback. Condition: Mint. First Edition. LONDON TRANSPORT IN THE 1940s Michael H. C. Baker. Ian Allan & Co. Ltd., Shepperton. 2003 First Edition ISBN 0711029180 96pp Illustrated Hardback. This copy is in mint unread condition bound in illustrated laminated boards, a dust wrapper is not called for. The text block is unmarked, tight, white, bright and square. This was a publisher's review copy and there is a stamp to the f.e.p. This lavishly illustrated book covers the operation of the capital's transportation systems during the blitz and subsequent rebuilding. This copy is from the library of the late S. W. Stevens-Stratten author and editor of Model Railway Constructor and Vintage Roadscene an acknowledged authority on rail and road transport. Ref X7 Size: 96pp. Seller Inventory # 012548
Book Description Hersham Ian Allan Publishing, 2003. First Edition: Hardback, colour photographic laminated bds., red titles, 175 x 240 mm., 600g., 96 pp., illustrated throughout with bw. photographs, no dw., Fine copy. Seller Inventory # 10724
Book Description Ian Allan Publishing, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Seller Inventory # mon0000048653