The story of Blackpool's buses and trams during a decade of strife and economic hardship.
The popularity of Blackpool came to a climax in 1939 with the completion of several distinctive developments enhancing even further the town's reputation as Britain's leading resort. The new Derby Baths, Odeon Cinema and New Opera House theatre were complemented by the multi storey car park (the largest in Britain) containing a transport hub 'Talbot Road Bus Station'. Further plans came to a summary halt in September with yet a further announcement of hostilities against Germany. We seek to cover the consequent developments during the following decade and hope readers will allow for the dearth of photographs outside of media clippings.
The story of the tramway is well known given its coverage in diverse publications. However the town's bus services carried even greater strain during the ten years from 1939 and deserving of equal time. Finding original photographs from this era which are previously unpublished has not been easy. From time to time some gems surface. Now read on....
About the Author.
John Woodman's formative years were in Blackpool during the 1940s. His emergent interest in the town's transport began the following decade and has continued ever since. He can recall the postwar era and the bus and tram fleet with its dark green colours. This title is the sequel following 'Municipal Transport in Transition' published in 2011 which deals with Blackpool's transport during the 1930s. War and Austerity covers a challenging decade with tremendous demands placed on the town's resources. His extensive knowledge of urban tramway history extends to the USA where he worked over twenty years in the economic development and investment sectors. John's interests include conservation of important Blackpool trams jointly with a small group of supporters.
• A4 size
• 120 pages
• Written by John Woodman
• Published by Rigby Road Publications
• Limited Edition
• Released - September 2015