Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 07:41 AM UTC
BELFAST TRANSPORT FROM HORSE TRAM TO METRO by MIKE MAYBIN is the first book that covers the entire period of operation.
Belfast Transport: From Horse Tram to Metro is the story of public transport in Belfast from the horse buses of the 1860s to the Metro system that was introduced in 2005. It is a fascinating story encompassing the change from horse buses to horse trams; the introduction of motor buses; thirty years of the trolleybuses; the closure of the tramways in the early 1950s; the closure of the trolleybus system in the late 1960s; and the total dependence on diesel buses. The story is told mainly through pictures with extended captions, describing not only the vehicles, but also their physical and social contexts. It covers the period of civil disturbances known as ‘The Troubles’ from 1969 during which the Belfast Corporation and its successor Citybus lost staff, vehicles and millions of pounds. It covers managers such as Andrew Nance in the late 19th century, Werner Heubeck in the late twentieth century and Ted Hesketh in the early twenty-first century. Different men and different methods, but with the same purpose: to provide that best transport that they could in the climate in which they operated.
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