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The name Ribble Motor Services Ltd was first registered in June 1919. From small beginnings, the company grew to become one of the largest bus operators outside London, dominating much of the north west of England. By 1930 the company's fleet had expanded to over 650 vehicles and, a decade later, Ribble was operating more than 1,000 buses. The area served by Ribble was very large, stretching from Liverpool and Manchester in the south as far north as Carlisle, whilst its long-distance coach services brought the name to the capital and many other parts of the country. These coach services, from the north west to London, were operated by Ribble's Standerwick subsidiary. Using double-deck vehicles, and taking advantage of the new motorway network, these services offered timings that had not been previously available by road. Ribble passed to the National Bus Company in 1969, its individual identity being subsumed by the NBC corporate colours from the early 1970s. This volume, the sequel to author Roger Davies, earlier Glory Days: Ribble, provides a colourful reminder of the operator, its vehicles and its services from the late 1950s through to the early 1970s. The great majority of the colour images in the book are previously unpublished. The pictures combined with Roger Davies' detailed captions will bring back floods of pleasant memories for those who recall Ribble and the buses it operated in the 1950s and 1960.
- Introduction & Acknowledgements
- Colour Plates