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Books by David Christie

  • Bradford Trolleybuses: The Final Years

    David Christie

    Product Code: BYZWG
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    Bradford had the distinction of running its trolleybus system for over sixty years, being, along with Leeds, the first to operate in Britain. Both systems started in 1911 and Bradford went on to become the last Trolleybus operator in Britain, closing in 1972. This book is a collection of photographs recorded from 1969 to 1972. For system complexity, and scenically, Bradford was ideally suited to trolleybus operation with its long gradients on its routes out of the city centre. The fleet numbered some 100 vehicles in 1969, mostly re-bodied wartime chassis - however, there were also three classes retaining their original bodies, which have been recorded within. Some twenty or so have been saved for preservation, mostly at the Sandtoft Museum near Doncaster.
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  • AEC Regents in Service

    David Christie

    Product Code: BUOKD
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    From 1967 to the late 1970s author David Christie visited many towns and cities in Britain, photographing the remaining traditional buses in service. This book concentrates on one marque - the AEC Regent, which was to be found generally in its Mk III variant and more so in the southern counties. `Up North' was generally Leyland country, and a companion book covers the PD Leylands. Travelling from Romford in Essex, the author's home town, and starting with a brief LT selection, we call in along the South Coast before heading north to the Midlands and the Isle of Man, then on to Scotland, where the author relocated in 1973. All the photographs are in colour, originally in slide form, from which they have been digitally restored.
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  • Leyland PD Titans in Service

    David Christie

    Product Code: BUJCM
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    This book covers many variants of the long-lived Leyland PD marque, photographed throughout Britain from 1967 into the seventies. Coming from the south, the author was more familiar with the AEC and the more throaty sound of a PD2, even from London's RTLs, was a touch exotic. The author documents buses from East Anglia down to the South Coast, before travelling up to the Midlands, then into true Leyland territory of Lancashire and Yorkshire, to finish up in Scotland. The author was born in Romford, Essex, in 1943 but relocated to Scotland in 1973. All photographs are in colour from the original slides, which have been digitally restored.
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  • Routemasters in Scotland

    David Christie

    Product Code: BRVKE
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    The deregulation of the bus industry in 1986 led to the formation of new bus companies in Central Scotland such as Clydeside, Kelvin, Strathtay and Magicbus (Stagecoach). These companies seem to have hit on the idea to use redundant London Routemasters and to provide conductors to speed up services. During the next few years these were a common sight in Glasgow, Perth and Dundee and were duly recorded by the author. Some 240-odd operational RMs were involved, with over fifty additional vehicles for use for spares. Most of the buses received a complete repaint by LT before being delivered to Scotland - and the new liveries were a sight to behold! This `invasion' didn't last for long, though, and all this came to an end in 1990-2.
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  • London Terminal Stations in the 1960s

    David Christie

    Product Code: BQJII
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    In September 1962, the author started revisiting his boyhood trainspotting haunts at the London Terminals - this time armed with a newly purchased camera loaded with colour slide film. A few days were thought adequate to record mainly steam at Kings Cross, Euston and Paddington but after many viewing sessions of the resulting slides over the winter, enthusiasm was gained for more visits in 1963. So began a period over the next four years of travelling by train, via the London Terminals, all over the rail system to seek out steam. Kings Cross, Paddington, Euston, Marylebone, Waterloo and Victoria all appear, as well as the author's `home' terminal, Liverpool Street. Most of the photographs taken were at the country end of the stations, though some shots captured under the roof are also featured. Although steam was the priority, diesels were not ignored - especially the early livery variants. The decade finished up with several Specials being recorded from Kings Cross, leaving LNER-liveried Flying Scotsman as the only standard gauge steam loco allowed on BR.
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  • Central London Buses 1967-1987

    David Christie

    Product Code: BOHJZ
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    From author David Christie's home town in Essex, the Green Line route 721 (by RCL) was the usual way of getting to London - into Aldgate, one of his haunts as a young spotter in the `50s. From there a walk along to Bank, Aldwych, Trafalgar Square then Whitehall to Parliament Square, returning via the Embankment, invariably followed. This route was generally repeated when, in 1967, he started photographing LT buses. The author was able to capture the last of the RTLs in service, and on later trips to concentrate on the Routemasters. Also featured is the Vintage Route 100, using a 1930-built ST, which started in 1972. With a stunning array of superb photographs, this is a wonderfully evocative and nostalgic look back on an iconic period in London's transport history.
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  • Buses in Essex

    David Christie

    Product Code: BNYML
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    This volume starts with London Transport's green Country bus routes, radiating eastwards from Rainham, Epping and Romford. The author lived in Romford at this time and a favourite ride was on the 370 Romford-Tilbury Ferry route end-to-end, which started just half a mile from his home at the London Road Green Line Garage forecourt. Southend-on-Sea and Colchester Corporation are the municipal companies featured, as well as independents such as Upminster & District and Osborne's, as well as some contractors. Most of the images are of the traditional half-cab exposed-radiator buses that were then in their last days, being withdrawn from service in some cases just weeks after being photographed. Going against the trend, Southend Corporation unusually chose to ignore the all-conquering Atlantean rear-engine type (as far as it could) and operated a few of the last exposed-radiator Leyland PD3s built in 1968. With his wonderfully evocative photography capturing an interesting and unique scene, David Christie offers a nostalgic and fascinating snapshot of the area in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
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  • The Bluebell Railway

    David Christie

    Product Code: BGSME
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    The Bluebell Railway was the premier preserved line in the thirty year period covered in this book. Busy as he was with recording working BR steam in the mid-sixties , David Christie's first visit to the line was by train in 1964 and then from 1967 more frequently by car with a total of eighteen trips. The greater proportion of these were in the 1969-1972 period when the line was usually worked by tank engines and nothing larger than the `Dukedog' 4-4-0. The later, more infrequent visits witnessed a change from the `sleepy branch line' image to more of a `cross-country' feel, using longer trains with larger locomotives. With an array of incredible unpublished photography covering the heyday of this iconic line, from 1964 to 1993, the author offers a wonderfully nostalgic and brilliantly evocative record of this wonderful period in the life of the Bluebell Railway.
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  • London Transport Buses in East London and Essex

    David Christie

    Product Code: BBBOK
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    Starting at London City's eastern terminus, Aldgate, the red central bus routes radiating out to Essex are featured together with the Green Line coach services. Hackney, Clapton, Poplar, Bow & Stratford make up East London proper, with Barking, Ilford & Chadwell Heath forming the second 'wave'. We then come into Essex with Romford, Hainault & up to Epping. Hornchurch, Rainham and Gidea Park follow, with the outer limits at Upminster and Brentwood. Primarily featuring images from the late 1960s and early 1970s, David Christie offers a fascinating view of a golden age of transport in and around the capital, with a variety of buses on show.
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