Busing in Derby
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AN ENTREPRENEUR with the memorable name of William Wallace Wallis — yes, it really was — has the distinction of being the provider of Derby's first horse bus service.
The story of the development of bus operation from that first route around 1840, from hostels to the city's first railway station, to the present-day municipal operation in the city, is contained in Derby City Transport, Route History 18401982 by B. K. Edwards and J. G. Simpson (Omnibus Society, £2.75 post free).
A brief introduction details the historical background to the development of buses and trolleybuses in the East Midlands city, while most of the remaining pages list the chronological development of groups of city bus services.
There are pictures of various types of buses and trams in Derby, including the unique lowheight Volvo Ailsa built for the former Blue Bus routes to Willington.
Publications Department, Omnibus Society, 216 Hastings Road, Bromley, Kent BR2 8CIH.