Maidstone & District

£36.00

This book by David Toy and Ray Stenning delves into the character, style and substance of this much-loved bus company through its post-war golden years until it became part of the National Bus Company. M&D’s dark green and cream buses could be seen everywhere from Gravesend to Rye and from Faversham to Eastbourne and Brighton, and its coaches farther afield on express services, excursions and holiday tours.

The book sets the scene by telling how it all started, then goes on to explore the towns and villages M&D served and goes into a lot of its stories. It shows how the fleet developed over the years, looking at specifics like the development of single-deck buses with the spread of one-man operation and how the company embraced the new rear-engined double deckers of the 1960s. There are lots of asides and diversions to give you a thoroughly engaging experience of this famous bus company. There are, in addition, more than 300 superb photographs, maps, timetable extracts and period advertisements.

208 Pages Hardback  285mm x 240mm