Working on the buses


Creating an archive of stories of life working in the bus and coach industry


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Books wholly about working life


                                                               Listings arranged alphabetically by author





Publisher & ISBN



Characters of the Bus Industry

various authors, edited by Gavin Booth

Omnibus Society, 2004

ISBN 0 946265 37 2

A collection of short profiles of key industry figures, published to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the OS.  Managers who are profiled comprise:  Lord Ashfield, Charles W Baroth, R Edgley Cox, Sidney Garcke, Werner Heubeck, Geoffrey Hilditch, Brian King, Charles F Klapper, Arthur Lainson, Charles E Lee, William mOrison Little, Moir Lockhead, Norman Morton, Frank Pick, Robert Stuart Pilcher, George John Rackham, Donald Sinclair, Brian Souter and W J Crosland Taylor.


North Western - A Driver's Reminiscences

Peter Caunt

Oxford Publishing Co., 1984

ISBN 0 86093 275 3


Reminiscences of time spent as a driver at North Western's Manchester depot between 1963 and 1967


Any more fares please

Kenneth Clayton

Low Moor Local History Group

13 St Abbs Fold, Odsal,

Bradford BD6 1EL

£6 incl. P&P

Memoirs of a Bradford bus conductor, 1946 onwards


(no pic)

Fares Please

Edith Courtney

Hutchinson Press, 1957

Futura 1976

(ISBNs not known)

Experiences as a conductress in Swansea around the time of the Second World War


Working Days - Ribble

Roger Davies

Ian Allan, 2011

ISBN 978 0 7110 3484 6

A random collection of stories from people who worked for the mighty Ribble


My Fifty Years in Transport

Anthony George Grundy

Manchester Transport Museum Society & Adam Gordon, 1997 (originally published in 1944 by Tramway & Railway World).

Mr Grundy's reminiscences of working for the North Staffordshire Steam Tramways, Blackburn Corporation the Potteries Electric Traction, Wrexham & District Electric Traction Co., and the Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley & Dukinfield Transport & Electricity Board , where he was latterly Manager (1929-1944)


A Country Busman

John Hibbs

DTS Publishing, 2003

ISBN 1 900515 30 X


The ups and downs of buying and running a small bus company in rural Suffolk - Corona Coaches


Looking At Buses

Geoffrey Hilditch

Ian Allan Publishing, 1979

ISBN 0 7110 0870 1

Part 1 of GGH's fascinating account of his rise through the ranks to reach the heights of General Manager


A Further Look At Buses

Geoffrey Hilditch

Ian Allan Publishing, 1981

ISBN 0 7110 1148 6

Part 2 of GGH's fascinating account of his rise through the ranks to reach the heights of General Manager


Steel Wheels and Rubber Tyres, Volumes 1 & 2

Geoffrey Hilditch

Oakwood Press, 2003

ISBN 0 85361 614 0

Following on from the long out-of-print books above, GGH has written two new volumes published by Oakwood Press.  They cover his experiences in:

Vol 1:  Early days living in Oldham, Gorton loco works, Leeds Trams


Steel Wheels and Rubber Tyres, Volumes 1 & 2

Geoffrey Hilditch

Oakwood Press, 2004

ISBN 0 85361 616 7

Vol 2:  Manchester, Plymouth, Gt Yarmouth and Halifax


Clippie - The Autobiography of a War Time Conductress

Zelma Katin

Adam Gordon, 1995 (reprinted from 1944 edition)

ISBN 978-1-874422-12-9


An autobiographical account of what it was like to be a clippie on the Sheffield trams and buses during the Second World War.

Also available as an 185 minute 3-CD set (publisher: Poppy Records).


Adventures of a Bus Driver

Harry & Kay Jordan

Pentland Press, 1992

ISBN 1 85821 008 9


Memories of working for South Yorkshire Motors of Castleford, as a conductor, then driver, from 1923 until 1954


Working Days - Midland Red

Malcolm Keeley

Ian Allan Publishing, 2008

ISBN 978 0 7110 3316 0

A series of chapters about aspects of the mighty Midland Red, including various staff memories


Southdown Memories

Glyn Kraemer-Johnson and John Bishop


Ian Allan Publishing, 2009

ISBN 978 0 7110 3255 2

The authors have worked hard to track down a number of ex-Southdown drivers, conductors and other staff who relate a range of fascinating and unique stories.


5 titles:

Showing Up;

Early Turn;

Late Turn;

Split Turn;


S Ledgard


A series of 5 booklets covering working for Bradford Corporation on trolleybuses, 1960-1972



Shades of Green & Red

Rod Lucas

Capital Transport Publishing, 2006

ISBN 185414 301 8

Work as a driver with London Country Bus Services and then as an engineering manager with LT and Bus Engineering Ltd at Chiswick Works.  1970s and 1980s


The Road Ahead – observations of a London bus driver

Kenny Mackay

Author House UK Ltd, 2010

ISBN 978 1 4520 8407 7 (sc)

Commentary from the heart about the current London bus scene


Works Driver - Southdown from the inside

Works Driver - a view of Southdown from the inside

Bruce Macphee

Self published, available from Dinnages Transport Publishing - to order, contact them here

Bruce Macphee describes his days as a works driver for Southdown; he also drove buses in service for them and, later, for Brighton Hove & District.  1960s and 1970s


Working with Routemasters

Edited by Andrew Morgan

Capital Transport, 2004

ISBN 185414 282 8

A collection of short stories covering aspects of working with the RM, including design, driving, conducting, mechanical and operational management



Bill Peters

DTS Publishing, 2002

ISBN 1 900515 55 5

Experiences as a conductor and driver with Liverpool Corporation Passenger Transport, 1950s & 1960s


Wheels to the West

Clem Preece

Travel & Transport, 1974

ISBN 0 901698 03 2


An account of the author's time at Royal Blue as Superintendent, Assistant to the General Manager, and Commercial Manager.  Contains good background on Traffic Commissioners' hearings and licensing issues.


Fifty Years a Busman

D Randall

Town & Country Press, 1970


Memories of working for Crosville (from 1914) and North Western, and of briefly running his own bus company


On the Buses

Harry Rees

Kithead Ltd, 1995

ISBN 1 872863 08 6

Recollections of a West Bromwich CTD busman, 1928-1976; with plenty of
details about the fleet, services, and other operational matters.


(no pic)

Women at Work on London Transport 1905-1978

Anna Rotondaro

Tempus Publishing, 2004

ISBN 0 7524326 5 6

Mainly pictorial book charting the history of women at work on London's transport (operating buses, trams, trolleybuses, tube trains, in the offices, canteens, works etc.).


The World's Most Famous Bus Driver


Also some content on-line at the On The Buses Fan Club site:

Here and here

Tommy Steele

Self published?

Tommy Steele
77 Homelake House
Station Road

, BH14 8UD

£6.50 incl post - mention On the Buses Fan Club

Encompassing 21 years experience, this fascinating book is dedicated to bus crews and their passengers everywhere. The book describes what it was like to work and travel by bus, before one-man operation took away the camaraderie which existed between the bus crews themselves and sometimes even their passengers!


Wrexham Trams & Buses 1903-33 - A Personal Memoir

Gerald Steen

GS Publications, 1978

ISBN 0 9532803 0 6


Memories of the author and his father's time working for Wrexham & District, and later Crosville.


The Wearing of the Green

William M Tollan

Adam Gordon, 2000

ISBN 1 874422 27 3

Reminiscences of working on the Glasgow Trams


An Ephemeral Flash

K L Turns

TVS Publications, 1994

ISBN 1 898969 00 0


The author's experiences of running a small bus company in Northumberland (Batty's, later Tower Transit).



Bus Crew - London 1924-1970


J. S. Wagstaff

Sheaf Publishing, 1979

ISBN 0 9505458 1 3


Jim and May Cooke talk with J. S. Wagstaff about their days on the buses from London's Bromley Garage.


Busman’s View

C R Wason

George Allen & Unwin, 1958

(pre dates ISBNs!)

A detailed account and observation of the bus driver and conductor’s lot in the 1950s.  Fictitious place names but based on Hartlepool.


Weekend Bus Driver

David Wayman

Sheaf Publishing, 1987

ISBN 1 85048 001 X

David worked as a part time driver with Ribble at Manchester in the 1970s and 1980s


H Webb Recollects Part 1

H Webb

The Omnibus Society, 1964


The author's recollections of working as a horse bus conductor for Thomas Tilling in London


Stan "The Tram" Croasdale

Martin Wilson

Lancastrian Transport Publications, 1994

ISBN 0 9509405 8 5

Experiences of a driver and conductor with Blackpool Corporation, 1942 to 1985


(no pic)

Turning Points - A Lifetime in Transport

Walter Womar

Autobus Review Publications, 1995

ISBN 978-1-898432-54-8


Autobiographical account of the author's time at North Western Road Car, Gateshead & District, PMT, Midland Red, (where he was General Manager), and finally at National Bus Company headquarters


Wylde's Adventures in Busland and

Wylde's Reflections on Public Transport






John Wylde

Author, 1998

ISBN 0 9533502 0 7

Author, 1998

ISBN 0 9533502 1 5



Recollections of working for London Transport in the bus schedules department, then as Secretary/organiser - Orpington Rural Transport Association, proprietor - North Downs Transport Services, Taxibus, Cross Country Connexions (Berwick-upon-Tweed).




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