The Golden Age of Coach Travel

The Golden Age of Coach Travel : A History of Bus Tourism

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Coach travel had a huge impact on Britain in the twentieth century, the charabancs and buses of the early twentieth century began to challenge the railways for supremacy —tourist resorts, at first distressed by what to do with the influx of vehicles and unruly holidaymakers, soon adapted to capitalize on these new opportunities. After the war, the package tour (satirized by several 'Carry On' films) came into its own, thousands of people travelling on coaches of varying luxury to destinations at home and abroad.

In this fascinating history of long-haul bus journeys, leisure and travel historians Peter Robinson and Harry Cameron describe the evolution from horse-drawn omnibuses to charabancs and on to the motor coaches which carried people on holidays and business in the UK and abroad, examining how public demand changed the design of the buses and the deals that bus operators offered. They also explain the challenges presented by private car ownership in the later twentieth century and the role of buses in popular culture.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • Shire Publications
  • English
  • 30 MONO; 40 COL
  • 0747814635
  • 9780747814634

About Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson is Principal Lecturer and Head of Leisure Department at University of Wolverhampton. Peter has a background in tourism and events management in the public, private, and voluntary sectors, and his research interests include tourism and events management, transport histories, and slow tourism.
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Table of contents

Early Coach Tourism Destinations
The 1920s and 1930s
The Postwar Years
Coaches adn Buses in Popular Culture
The 1960s to the 1990s
Buses and Coaches for the 21st Century
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